After the success of our last O2 Priority Moment we have decided to extend the offer!
So, we will continue to offer £100 off any JVC projector until January 3rd
But remember there are a limited number of vouchers for this offer. We are offering 15 vouchers on this particular offer.
I noticed the article below on AV Forums. If the current crop of JVC projectors are anything to by these should be something special! The full article is available to view at:-
Usually we see three models for the UK market, an entry level, high end and top of the range product. However, it is all change for 2013 as we are introduced to a new mid-range version assigned the model number DLA-X55 which promises to mix the entry level and high-end features into a projector that will sit at the £5,000 price-point. That is still quite a lot of money but it is also the first time that JVC have tried to plug a gap in the market for such a model. So, what can we expect in this year’s line-up?
The starting point is the DLA-X35 which will be priced at £2899. It will offer a native contrast ratio of 50,000:1 (we tend to believe JVC more than other manufacturers as when we measure them they get close to the suggested marketing figures) and 1,300 lumens of brightness. Last year’s X30 proved to be an absolute bargain with performance levels that blew away most, if not all, competition in its market position. The only niggling issue were the various reports of visible crosstalk from some owners on the forums and this year JVC have stated that the 3D performance of all its models will be a major step up in quality. There is also a change of eyewear and emitter as the 2013 models move away from IR and switch to RF transmission. The new emitter also plugs into the rear of the projector chassis, meaning it can be hidden away, as no direct line of sight is required. The new eyewear is also quite comfortable to wear and still manages to allow a good level of brightness when watching 3D content. More on that later. The X35 will retail at £2899.
Next we move on to the new model in the range, the DLA-X55R. In basic terms this is a mid-range projector which shares the 50,000:1 contrast and 1,300 lumens specifications of the entry model, but also adds in the new e-shift2 4K scaling device, improved 3D playback (includes RF emitter and glasses) and a full suite of calibration controls including the same Colour Management System (CMS) as the higher end models. Certainly enthusiasts have been asking for the higher end features to appear lower down the range and this is why the DLA-X55 makes its debut. Priced at £4999 it is the first time that e-Shift has appeared at this price point and will no doubt interest those who couldn’t quite stretch to the X70 last year or the X75 this time around. In fact, when comparing the X55 to the X75 there is not that great a deal of difference at first glance between the two in the spec sheets, just a higher native contrast figure and THX/ISF certification on the higher model.
With the introduction of the DLA-X55R you could be forgiven for thinking ‘why bother’ moving up to the DLA-X75R. It is certainly the first question that popped into my head. The 75 is THX and ISFccc Certified and ups the contrast ratio to 90,000:1 natively. It also now includes the automatic calibration feature only available on the X90 last year. It is certified under the THX3D program which promises to present 3D content with improved colour balance performance. The X75 is certainly the all-round enthusiasts model which will absolutely suit the dedicated bat cave cinema room where its full contrast and dynamic range can be shown off. We also suspect that this model and the high-end X95 will also be suitably specified for many a custom installation where its full calibration and automation can be utilised. The X75 will retail at £6,999.
Which brings us to the hand assembled, with hand-picked parts, DLA-X95R. This high-end monster will boast a contrast ratio claimed to be 130,000:1 native with 1,200 lumens brightness. It has all the features of the X75 and also sports the same industry certification from THX and ISF. Where the X95 is different is the fact it uses only the best components from the production line that are hand tested before being hand assembled in the chassis. It will retail for £9,999
So, just how did these new projectors perform during our introduction?
We were shown pre-production examples of the DLA-X55R and DLA-X95R in JVC’s newly refurbished home cinema demo room. This is a dark coloured room, with dark walls and a black screen wall which sports a Screen Excellence enlighter 4K masking screen. As with any launch using examples of the product which are not finished retail stock, it is difficult to give any detailed opinions on performance and we will always state that you should wait for our in-depth reviews, where we have full control over the product. Also in the demonstration where Andy and Amane who are the product engineers from JVC Japan and on hand to answer any questions we had during our session
As you would expect the pictures produced by both models were superb with excellent blacks, shadow detail and dynamic range which brings content to life on screen. The images on the X55R are truly excellent and with the e-shift2 set accordingly, it produced pictures that will worry the competition, no end, in its price bracket. This model will make an impact this year if the retail version manages to reproduce or better the performance we saw here. We were given the remote control to mess around with the settings and to also check which picture mode and gamma setting we were watching. There have been some changes made to some of the picture modes and the Standard colour space has, I am told, been widened so it is more in line with the Rec709 standards than last year, where it was slightly undersaturated. Certainly with what I saw on-screen with scenes I have imprinted in my head through constant assessment use, (chapter 48 King kong) the X55 produced a fantastic image in 2D that is sharp, detailed and yet still keeps that analogue film like look that many fans of the JVC models adore. In 2D the X95R was a step up thanks to the viewing environment and its much higher native contrast. It is in conditions like this where you can see subtle differences in the same scenes where there is just that little bit more depth and detail on screen. Obviously, the room has to be right to get the full benefits out of the X95R’s dynamic range but the sharpness was also much higher thanks to the better glass being used.
We were not in a position to fully test the e-shift2 device or the new profile settings and the sliders for low, mid and high frequencies. I had to bring a camera box and tripod with me on the plane down, so had no room for calibration gear and Mr Withers is currently sunning his head in Spain; so couldn’t bring any gear along for us to fully test out what the results are. However, there is a neat feature seen in the video where you can see the effects of the process in coloured areas, which I am told might make it into the finished product as a demo mode.
Moving to 3D and to my eyes there was a definite improvement in the 3D performance of both the X55R and X95R. I have been using an X90R, on and off, for a couple of months so I am used to the performance in 3D. Steve Carter, product specialist for JVC UK confirmed that there was a new 3D chip inside the unit and that the engineers had been working hard to make sure there was a noticeable jump in quality, especially with crosstalk performance. We would agree with that assessment on the showing here where crosstalk was almost non-existent and only seen in those most-difficult-of-scenes we all know, when we went looking for it. Even then when it was seen it was mild and on the same level as some of the better competition out there.
Again, it must be stressed that these are pre-production models and we will not be making any official comment on performance until we get the review samples through. But it is also important to give you a general feel from what we saw during our introduction.
So, overall, on what we have seen with these samples it is a general step up the ladder in terms of performance and features, with the DLA-X55R likely to create its own little enthusiasts niche based on the new price point for the higher end technology. We think this will be the most popular of the new range and can’t wait to get them all in for
We spotted this article in What Hi Fi from JVC about their new 4k projectors entitled the DLA-X95R, the DLA-X75R and the DLA-X55R. These models will upscale standard video content to 3840 x 2160, 4K images.
Pixll-Home Cinema (Leeds) is looking into more information on the models and we'll come back to you once we know more. It is safe to say after the success we had last year with JVC's line up we will be supporting them again!
Contact us on 0113 2509991 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org if you want any more information on the forthcoming JVC models or any of our other projector brands.
Video of our latest installation in Leeds.
We were asked by the client to convert some space above their garage into a cinema viewing area which could be used by the couple and their children. The couple wanted good quality sound and picture which would fill the room without "blowing" the bank but also had to be child friendly for their two young children. When we initially went out to do the consultation we found that the house's previous occupiers had used the room for similar purpose. Unfotunately they had taken their equipment with them bar the projector screen and had left visable marks where the equipment had been and hadn't done a great job of hiding any cabling.
Although we felt the screen needed replacing the client was happy to persevere with it for the time being so we were left to spec a projector that would compliment the 106" fixed screen. It was a no brainer! We put in the JVC DLA X30. I have to say that it was a joy to work with and the client was extremely happy. As regards the electronics, once again we specced the combination of the Anthem MRX700 amplifier, Pioneer BDP LX55 and Sky HD.Here at Pixll we tend to favour the Anthem at the minute. What it lacks in THX licensing it makes up for in spades once the ARC calibration is done-the room sounded fantastic. To control all of the above we put in a simple Logitech Harmony Learning remote with an IR repeater kit. All of the kit is connected to the network and is housed in the gloss black Alphason cabinet in the alcove at the front right of the room.
Not a difficult job but one we took great delight in finishing, particular as we received a glowing reference from the client.
Read on for some brief video of the JVC DLA X30
What Hi FI say this is the "finest sub £10,000 projector you can buy". Read on for more information and check out AV Forums review of the DLA X70 on our blog aswell