|JVC DLA-RS40U Reference Series 3D-Ready Home Cinema Projector Preview|
|Home Theater Front Projectors HD-ILA Projectors|
|Written by Michael Palmer|
|Tuesday, 02 November 2010|
Native contrast ratio refers to the intrinsic ability of the projector to show the complete range of image contrast simultaneously in every frame. JVC avoids implementing a dynamic iris to artificially inflate contrast specifications, but rather uses a wire-grid polarizer to reduce stray light. This means deep blacks and bright whites living together in harmony.
In JVC's attempts to find the most film-like images in 2D and 3D, the DLA-RS40U uses an upgraded version of its Clear Motion Drive to reduce motion blurring, and tightly spaced pixels found in their D-ILA technology. Standing for Direct Drive Image Light Amplifier, D-ILA is a proprietary form of Liquid Crystal on Silicon featuring smooth gray scales and accurate colors. All units in this reference series feature three 0.7-inch D-ILA chips.
The projector lamp in the DLA-RS40U is 50% brighter than JVC's previous models, throwing 1300 ANSI lumens which is purportedly good for larger screens upwards of 14 feet. A 16-step aperture is provided to obtain ideal brightness and contrast levels. Further, there are three standard screen adjustment modes to match different types of screens, as well as Dark/Bright Level Gamma adjustment capabilities. Users can adjust the black, brightness, or individual red, green, and blue levels. Definitely not professional calibration level, but for a projector under $5K, this is forgivable.
The DLA-RS40U comes standard as a 2D projector, displaying all images at its native resolution of 1080p, but this entry-level model is also 3D-ready. Using the built-in Frame Sequential Method to provide full 1920 x 1080 pixels to each eye without crosstalk and flicker, owners will need to purchase optional active shutter glasses (PC-AG1, $180 each) as well as an IR emitter (PK-EM1, $80). With the extra gear purchased, sit back, relax, and enjoy both 3D Blu-ray and broadcast content.
The DLA-RS40U projector features one pair of HDMI 1.4a compliant inputs as well as a single Y/Pr/Pb component input. In addition to its standard remote control, there is an RS-232C port for commercial external controllers. Both the lens and lens cover are motorized, which translates to added dust protection and a respectable +/- 80% vertical offset and an okay +/-345 horizontal offset. Lens throw is rated between 1.4:1 and 2.8:1.
The JVC DLA-RS40U Reference Series 3D-ready Home Cinema Projector should be available starting in November for around $ 4,500 and comes with a complimentary 2 year parts & labor warranty. To use its 3D capabilities, owners will need to separately purchase active shutter glasses ($180/pair) and an IR emitter ($80).