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JVC DLA-X500R Projector JVC DLA-X500R
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3D: Full HD 3D
Weight: 32.4 lbs
Aspect Ratio:16:9
Lens:2x manual
Lens Shift:H + V
Lamp Life:3,000 Hrs
4,000 (eco)
Lamp Cost:$499.00
Warranty:2 year
Connectors:  HDMI (x2), Network, RS232, 12-Volt Trigger
Video Formats:  480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p/60, 1080p/24, 1080p/30, 1080p/50

JVC was the first company to try 4K enhancement. Their e-Shift system allows a 1080p projector to display 4K content by physically shifting pixels. While no projector can create detail that isn't present in the source material, the e-Shift system does create a smoothness and richness that isn't present on most 1080p projectors.

The JVC X500R is a member of the third generation of e-Shift projectors. With over a thousand lumens of calibrated light output and super-deep black levels, it can produce deep shadows and sparkling highlights with ease. The e-Shift system removes all pixel structure, creating one of the smoothest images you'll ever see on a 1080p projector. The X500R also includes a fully powered 2.0:1 zoom lens with lens shift, a lens memory system, frame interpolation, and whisper-silent operation, making it a strong value for the home theater enthusiast at $4,999.

The Viewing Experience

JVC has a reputation for making serious home theater projectors, and the X500R follows this tradition. It's not pretty; instead of smooth lines and slick curves, the X500R has a matte black case that appears angular and industrial, giving it an imposing appearance appropriate for its thirty pound weight. It's all function, in other words, which gives it its own weird beauty.

When you fire up the X500R, there's a whisper as the fan engages, then the brilliant white JVC logo appears in the middle of a pitch-black screen. The projector's black level is deeper than deep, to the point where its black level rivals that of solid-state projectors that can turn their light sources completely off. ANSI contrast isn't too shabby either, but on/off is where this projector really shines.

Two other things stand out: sharpness and color. The MPC detail enhancement system is quite aggressive, but once it has been turned down to more moderate levels the projector delivers an image that is life-like and crisp, with tons of fine detail evident in high-quality HD material. The 4K upscaling is just the icing on the cake, as the X500R takes already brilliant HD material and adds that little something extra, giving the picture a smoothness that's hard to describe. As for color, the X500R has comprehensive color controls that are precise and easy to use, and a little effort on our part gave us absolutely perfect performance in both grayscale and gamut for a picture that is 100% reference grade.

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Comments (5) Post a Comment
John H Posted Mar 25, 2015 6:37 PM PST
Am I correct that it cannot project 4k content because of copy protection?
davidm Posted Mar 26, 2015 7:52 AM PST
Sounds like a nice projector, but it's dishonest to say it's a 4k projector. There is not a 4k resolution picture, there is 1080p worth of pixels, smudged. The larger the picture, the more evident this would become. I'm sure that JVC stays away from any implication that the projector truly "can display images in 4K," as you say in your review.
Peter Raes Posted Mar 28, 2015 10:16 AM PST
i just dont understand why companies bring out these non native 4K projectors with UHD blu ray and players within 9 months max from now? Home cinema fans will go for the real deal ,native 4K...period! Sony has been ruling the market for nearly 3 years now with native 4K projectors , common Epson..JVC...wake up!
Sergejs Kravcenko Posted Apr 13, 2015 6:20 AM PST
I got jvc X500r, my friend bought Epson LS 10000 we did calibrated both projectors and I can state that JVC has slightly richer colors and better contrast, it has better ftL values with the same screen gain (1.0) and Standard mode comparing to Epson ls 10000 Natural mode and the same screen gain (1.0), epson did provided 9.45 ft-L my JVC x500r provided 11.500 with the 1260 hours of my lamp. Nevertheless we are both happy with our equipment, these are astonishing piece of equipment for video lovers.
Grat Smyth Posted May 2, 2015 7:00 PM PST
For those interested in 3D I would guess the Epson is the better buy. There is no mention in the JVC review about whether or not the 3D is any good so I'm guessing it's so poor it wasn't worth mentioning. From everything I've heard JVC's 3D performance is very poor and there's nothing in PC's review to contradict this.

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