JVC DLA-X790R User Reviews
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Has transformed movie night! Had a Benq10000 (DLP) and was quite satisfied even though it only extended to 110” on our 128” diag 16:9 screen, and even though it’s a 1:1 gain white version the picture was sharp, highly colorful and bright, just lacked size (a function of mounting distance 15’ fm screen and 1.6:1 zoom ratio). Enter the JVC. Jaw-dropingly “WOW!!!” Contrast? Inky! Brightness? Thank God almost all our BluRay titles are in 3D, becasuse the slight brightness reduction means we don’t have to wear sunglasses! The X790 also fills our screen to its edges. Everyone says “it’s a “REAL” theater now. Couldn’t be happier. Okay, if it had an optical-feedback self calibration mode... might be a little more-so. Love the calibrated pic-mode pre-sets and (waaay) extra brightness (high lamp mode) for HDR & 3D - in fact my wife thought 3D was hokey on our 60” Samsung 4K. She refused to watch UNTIL she “experienced” Avitar in our HT a-la the JVC. Now she’s a total fan! “Okay! I’ll admit, it’s totally worth having to wear the damn glasses!” As so many other professional & user reviews have stated, at our first row’s 16’ ft viewing distance, the detail is stunning and doubt anyone could tell the difference between native and pixel-shifted 4K. So far have never noticed any fan noise, even when projector’s on cool down with fan running but no audio. Literally whisper quiet. The illuminated control is much appreciated and “lighting” should be adopted for ALL HT remotes! Ordered four sets of third-party 3D (IR & RF) glasses and they immediately synced to the JVC-dongle and worked flawlessly. A couple mos earlier had updated to a full Dolby ATMOS / DTS:X 7:1:4 config by adding four Klipsch Premier 140’s (two powered by remote amps) for the effects, a Marantz SR8012 and SVS 16 Ultra. These were added to L/R Legacy Focus 20/20s (six 12” woofers between the pair) and matching Legacy center. The sides were replaced by Klipsch Premier ATMOS-certified dipoles. Two in-ceiling Legacy 8” coaxials are L/R rears. Existing components of note are a Ceneova* 300W RMS/Ch 8-Ohms, and a Kenwood KA-1* amp, 4 Ch @ 150W RMS/Ch into 8-ohms, with both amps doubling into 4-ohms, and an Oppo BD103 for BluRay & Sony ES UDP-1000 for 4K discs. * External amps both increase available power and permit the SR8012 to run cool, with only four of its internal amps being drawn upon. The overall result is a fully transformed & updated theater that represents a great update investment!
Any Problems: None to date (one month and probably 20 hrs of viewing).
While I am not a home theater noob, my focus has been more on the audio side of the house due to space constraints in previous homes. When we built our new house, I carved out a modest, dedicated home theater space that is 100% light controlled and decided to invest in the full experience and go projection over large tv. I am moving from a 75" Samsung UN75HU8550 4k tv in my previous media room and also own 2 of there new 55" 4k HDR Q7F series sets in other areas. While I understood that getting the same brightness and contrast out of a projector for HDR content would be impossible, I researched and spoke with the experts to narrow down the list. At first, I was intent on a native 4k projector since I was accustomed to 4k panels for the past several years. However, after looking at products like the new Sony 285ES, I was left unimpressed with black levels and overall "pop" of HDR content (paired with a Stewart StudioTek 130), despite it still being an excellent picture. I decided that black levels and contrast were more important than true 4k. So, without actually seeing the 790R/RS540U in person, I felt confident with their reputation and other professional opinions to pull the trigger. All I can say is "Wow". I couldn't be more happy with the decision to go with JVC. The picture quality with very little tweaking is excellent and I can only imagine how good it will be once I have it professionally calibrated. I have it paired with a custom 119" Seymour Enlightor-Neo acoustically transparent screen and the image is stunning. Take the plunge and enjoy the excellent black levels and pop this projector is capable of producing.