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JVC DLA-X55R Projector JVC DLA-X55R
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Street Price: $4,999
3D: Full HD 3D
Contrast:50,000:1
Lumens:1200
Weight: 33.3 lbs
Resolution:1920x1080
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Technology:D-ILA
Lens:2x powered
Lens Shift:H + V
Lamp Life:3,000 Hrs
4,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:n/a
Warranty:2 year
Connectors:  Component, HDMI 1.4a (x2), Network, RS232, 12Volt Out
Video Formats:  480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24, 1080p/50

JVC DLA-X55R
1080p D-ILA Home Theater Projector

Bill Livolsi, May 24, 2013

Limitations

Input lag. When it comes to gaming, especially fast-paced gaming that requires quick reflexes, input lag matters. Input lag measures the time between a signal's arrival at the projector and the time that it is displayed on the screen. We measured the X55's best performance at 68 milliseconds, or four frames at 60 frames per second.

Compared to other recent projectors, that's fairly slow. Some 2D projectors clock in at 17 milliseconds, while the best 3D projectors measure about 34 milliseconds.

Highly sensitive to ambient light. The X55 can display low-end super-deep shadow detail. However, to bring this detail out, the theater room needs to be very dark and non-reflective. Many people do not have the time or inclination to black out their rooms in this way, and for those people, the X55 is "too much projector." While you can certainly use the X55 in a room with imperfect light control, it's a bit like owning a Ferrari in a town where the speed limit on every road is 35 miles per hour. Sure, the projector is capable of more, but you'll never get to experience it.

Complicated menus. The X55 has a lot of options and as such there are a lot of adjustments available. That said, there are some things that could be done better. Gamma preset selection and gamma customization are on separate pages, for no discernible reason. The gamma presets are lettered (A-H) rather than numbered, even though most people buying the X55 will know what gamma correction is and whether they want 2.2 or 2.4 or something else entirely.

Fan noise. While low lamp fan noise is whisper-quiet, the fan noise with the lamp on full power is a different story. The X55 is noticeably louder than its competitors and much louder than the best 1080p projectors in its price range. Many people install their projectors in such a way that fan noise is less of a concern, but if you and your audience are seated near the projector itself this is important to keep in mind.

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Reader Comments(14 comments)

Posted Feb 2, 2014 1:57:48 PM

By Khristal

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Hi my name is Khristal hunter I just brought a 130" IMAX 4K Pro-Curve screen it's ratio is 2.35:1 I need help in finding a projector screen best for me... Plz help

Posted Jan 15, 2014 6:41:01 PM

By Todd Krueger

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For those waiting to make the final decision and are waiting to hear some practical 'hands-on' experience, I dove in and purchased the JVC. As a collector of 35mm films and an avid video game player, the JVC has impressed me every step of the way. Even in the darkened theater scenario, it requires the viewing of the green power on LED on the projector itself, or the fan, to know the unit is on. Also, the 12' distance is more than enough distance for a theater room with this unit. The power lens shift, focus, and zoom with the five separate memory assignments make placement on a shelf that is off center a breeze and the unit works well with video games. The only negatives: Fan noise (when lamp on brightest setting), only two inputs (HDMI), and the requirements of a low light area to enjoy it.

Posted Oct 10, 2013 5:08:00 AM

By william johnson

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Was looking at buying the x55r but I do a lot of online gaming. Is it going to be too slow to play shooters? if so what would be the best choice for gaming, movies, and 3d for me... price up to 5000.. I want the best I can afford. And I do a lot of gaming.. lol Thanks Bj

Posted Sep 13, 2013 5:03:58 AM

By jeremy

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yes you can as long as the projector has the cook up. like with XBOX just use HDMI

Posted Jul 26, 2013 12:03:34 PM

By bassa

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hey, I wanna know whats the minimum distance should we keep between projector and the screen. Is 12 feet enough for a good performance.?

Posted Jul 8, 2013 7:28:31 AM

By james H

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I was wondering if i can hook a gaming system to the projector. or any projector.

Posted Jul 7, 2013 9:35:19 AM

By james H

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I was wondering if i can hook a gaming system to the projector. or any projector.

Posted Jul 3, 2013 9:26:42 AM

By Vick Bhugun

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Hi.. for my situation. Fully light controlled room with dark grey walls and black roof and black carpet floor.. I should get a white screen with 1.3 gain ?

what screen would you recommend for size 120" 16:9

Posted Jun 20, 2013 2:49:50 PM

By Bardia

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Bill, I was set on the X55 until I read your comment about how it's an over kill for a family room. I plan to only use the projector at night witht he lights off and the only ambient light in the room would be begie walls, white ceiling and white furniture, which now sounds like plenty.. If I get a 120" diagona StudioTek 130, would I have washed out blacks when viewing?? What would be a better projector if this is not the right one for my set up. Thank you!

Posted May 28, 2013 12:35:09 PM

By Bill Livolsi

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Hi folks,

I see a lot of people are wondering why we didn't compare the JVC X55 to the Sony HW50 we reviewed back in March. The simple answer is that we returned our sample of the HW50 shortly after completing the review, so we did not have both projectors in-house at the same time.

When writing a shootout piece, we need to actually see both projectors side-by-side on the same screen. And yes, we could compare the two projectors on things like features, or our measurements, but that's something that any reader could do simply by reading both reviews. While we could write up a shootout based on our recollections and notes, we see a lot of projectors over the course of a few months and the human memory is a fragile thing that's often wrong. So, instead of not writing a shootout, we chose to compare the X55 to two projectors we did have in-house -- the AE8000 and 5020UB. The AE8000 comparison is particularly useful since we also shot it out against the HW50, and now our readers can look at both projectors compared to the same baseline.

The real value of a shootout piece comes from the insights we gain from actually shooting out the two projectors, side by side, in the lab. When we stop insisting on that, the quality of our articles as a whole suffers. I would have loved to do the X55 vs HW50 shootout, but the timing just didn't line up. I apologize for not being clear about the reasoning up front.

Posted May 28, 2013 9:58:17 AM

By Gerry

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Since the Sony VPL-hw50es uses LCOS technology like the JVC, shouldn't you have used the Sony to compare against the JVC?

Bill, you reviewed both JVC and Sony so I'm a little curious why you chose to compare the Panasonic and Epson instead.

Posted May 25, 2013 6:14:33 AM

By Gerry

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Nice review. You also reviewed the Sony VPL-hw50es, how does it compare to the JVC since both are LCOS projectors.

Posted May 25, 2013 2:50:20 AM

By singing italian

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GIVE ME A BREAK. The Epson projectors have the most inconsistent performance of all the big projector companies. In fact every unit I received 8500, 8700 or 9700 all had some significant flaw. The new 5020 after you perform panel alignment would be considered a joke after looking at JVC X55R or the Sony VPL-HE50ES. Also black and white movies exhibit poor uniformity on left and right sides of the screen with green and red tinting on a black and white movie, its very obvious ( but then again you guys never look at black and white material ) The other projectors listed do not experience anywhere near the inconsistencies of the Epson. Projector Central use to be far more objective. GIVE ME A BREAK the 5020 is no where near the same class of projector as the JVC X55, SONY VPL-HW50ES or Panasonic 8000. simply because of their poor quality control. Most Epson owners have a minimum of 3 returns. Don't waste your time on EPSON unless you got a lot of time to waste.

Posted May 24, 2013 7:47:47 PM

By Cory

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Hey Mike, So I've gotta ask the $1M question...how does it stack up against the Sony VW-50es.

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