DLA-RS25 Projector one owner and a great projector & remote.
Less than 550 hours on Bulb and ready for years of enjoyment.
Not needed but FYI: After market bulbs on line at $50 new factory bulbs on E-Bay for $154
Highlights from the web:
- Best black level performance of any home theater projector I’ve ever seen (other than old CRT projectors)
- Good sharpness, but just average for 1080p projectors
- Very good shadow detail
- “Out of the box” picture is impressive in THX mode but can be improved with a full calibration of this projector
- Really good post calibration color accuracy
- Excellent placement flexibility
- Well above average brightness in “best mode” for movie watching
- “Brightest mode” isn’t much brighter, barely average (or low side of average)
- Full support for HDMI 1.3b with 24 fps, Deep Color, CEC…
- Definitely worth the bucks, if you are into performance!
Let’s start by getting the housekeeping out of the way. We are pleased to give the DLA-RS25
our Hot Product award. No surprise, of course in that, considering its
predecessor (the RS20) not only won a Hot Product Award, but later
picked up our top award; “Best In Class – $3500 – $10,000 projectors”.
So far (although I do have the Sony VPL-WV85 and a couple of other
higher end projectors yet to review), the JVC DLA-RS25 (and its twin,
the JVC HD950), has to be considered the favorite in this year’s “Best
in Class” challenge.
Starting from the beginning, what we have here, in the form of the
JVC DLA-RS25, is an $8,000 list price, 3 panel LCoS projector (liquid
crystal on silicon). In today’s world of home theater projectors, only
two major manufacturers use LCoS, and they are, of course JVC (which
calls theirs D-ILA) and Sony (SXRD). Both companies manufacture their
The JVC RS25, and its identical twin, the HD950 (sold by different
dealers), come with excellent placement flexibility, power zoom, focus
and lens shift, and are nicely styled in a shiny black piano finish. The
RS25 has some gold trim – the lens trim ring and on the top, while I
believe the HD950’s trim comes in silver – that’s not much difference is
This JVC projector, is about the best black level performance around,
something JVC has been able to claim for its three most recent
generations of home theater projectors.
For this year, the JVC RS25 looks
and behaves very much like last year’s RS20, but along with minor
improvements in a number of areas, JVC has added CFI – Creative Frame
Interpolation, which will be discussed below.
Finally, a little key background before we get into the heart of this
review. I own the JVC RS25 projector’s predecessor, the RS20. I bought
it earlier this year, because at the time, I strongly felt it was the
best overall projector for me, and my budget. The RS25, like the RS20,
isn’t perfect, but most will agree, it comes about as close as one will
find in the under $10,000 price range, and for that matter, rivals many
projectors far more expensive, in most ways.
With that in mind, it’s no surprise that I really like the DLA-RS25,
and the essentially identical DLA-HD950.
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