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Review: JVC DLA-RS10 and DLA-RS20 Home Theater Projectors

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32000:1 Contrast Ratio
1000 Lumens
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The JVC DLA-RS10, and DLA-RS20 are JVC's newest models in a long line of D-ILA based home theater projectors. D-ILA, or Direct-drive Image Light Amplifier, is JVC's proprietary version of LCoS microdisplay technology. JVC's D-ILA home theater projectors have always had excellent picture quality. But those who remember back a few years will recall that contrast on those earlier units was modest by competitive standards, casework was boxy and bulky, fan noise was exceptionally high, and lamp replacement costs were extreme.

Those limitations are a thing of the past. The RS10 and RS20 deliver extremely high contrast, very deep black levels, and a beautiful picture with pure CRT analog characteristics. They come in elegant, high gloss black casework, fan noise is very low, and lamp replacement costs are competitive. They are not the least expensive 1080p projectors on the market, but their image quality cannot be beat. We are pleased to give both models our Editor's Choice Award at their respective price points of $4,995 and $7,495.

Differences between the RS10 and RS20

The RS10 and RS20 look almost the same from the outside. The actual differences between them are as follows:

Brightness. The RS10 is rated at 1000 lumens, while the RS20 is rated at 900 lumens. In fact, the RS10 is incrementally brighter than the RS20 in all operating modes, and the ratings are accurate indications of the relative brightness.

Contrast. The RS10 is rated at 32,000:1, and the RS20 is rated at 50,000:1. It is important to note that there are no dynamic irises on either model, so these ratings are not boosted by an iris that closes down on black scenes.

Manual iris control. Both models have manual irises which you can open or close to adjust light output. The RS10 has three iris settings, while the RS20 has sixteen. Thus you can fine tune the light output to a greater degree of precision on the RS20.

VGA input. The RS10 and RS20 have almost identical connection panels. The only difference is that the RS20 has a VGA input, while the RS10 does not.

THX certified operating mode. The RS20 has it, the RS10 does not.

Color Management System (CMS). The RS20 has it, the RS10 does not.


Specifications for the JVC RS10 and RS20

ANSI lumens: RS10, 1000; RS20, 900

Contrast (full on/off): RS10, 32,000:1 RS20, 50,000:1

Light Engine: 1920x1200, native 16:9 D-ILA (LCoS), with 200W UHP lamp.

Video Compatibility: 1080p/60/50/24, 1080i, 720p, 576p, 576i, 480p, 480i.

Connection Panel: Two HDMI 1.3 ports, one 3-RCA component port, one composite video, one S-video, one RS-232c, and one 12-volt trigger. In addition, the RS20 includes a VGA port.

Lens and Throw Distance: 2.0:1 powered zoom/focus lens. Will throw a 100" diagonal 16:9 image from 10 to 20 feet.

Lamp Life: 2000 hours

Replacement lamp price: $399.

Warranty: Two years.

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Eiffel Posted Mar 17, 2009 1:51 PM PST
Thanks for an interesting review.

Just a comment and a question:

In Europe, the RS10 and RS20 are also sold as HD350 and HD750. The HD350 is available with a white or a black casing, which addresses one of the issues raised in the review.

One thing I would like to understand better is the impact of the lack of a CMS feature: Does it matter in practice, and, if so, when?
kenson Posted Mar 17, 2009 3:40 PM PST

About the inconsistent remote, did you have removed the protective film from the remote sensor?

As always, good review. Thanks.
Nate Posted Mar 17, 2009 11:28 PM PST
Yep, the remote sucks. Even pointing it at the project sometimes doesn't work!

And the inputs are sloooooow as mentioned. Is there a secret IR code to switch to a specific input?

The PJ is amazing though, I love it. After a fade to black you can't see your hand in front of your face. :) It doesn't get much better than this! (RS10)
Doug Posted Mar 18, 2009 9:08 AM PST
No mention of the zoom feature that the AE3000 has? That is a great feature that I would like to see added to this line.
Art Feierman Posted Mar 19, 2009 11:15 PM PST
Hey Doug,

While only the Panasonic has the save lens memory, any projector with at least a 1.5:1 zoom lens, and motorized zoom and focus, can do the same thing.

The difference is convenience with the Panny. Keep in mind, like with the Panasonic, the JVC has a 2:1 zoom lens. You'll find that you lose about half of your placement range, to make the anamorphic lens emulation work. If I remember correctly, you lose the short end (wide angle) portion of the placement range.
Hugh Posted Mar 23, 2009 12:18 PM PST
Thanks for the great info. How do these compare to the RS2U? Specifically, the RS10? Looking a buying a close out 2U that's priced above the RS10.
Juan Posted Apr 9, 2009 12:01 AM PST
You compare the fan noise to what was the case one decade ago, but you miss the final conclusion. At the end is it noisy? average? silent?
Tucker26 Posted Apr 23, 2009 3:18 PM PST
Thanks for a great review. Primarily to get more contrast I am considering an RS10, a DLA-RS1X, and an RS2 to replace my aging DLA-G15U which has served me well. However, I am concerned with how brightness of the newer projectors compares with the DLA-G15, which I consider to be just OK in my current setup. The brightness ratings don't help much as the G15 was never officially rated as far as I know, and because the G15 was professionally calibrated so it would be considerably less in any case. But I do note that the G15 has a 400 watt Xenon lamp which maintains brightness well over its life, while the new projectors all use 200 watt lamps which will dim considerably over their lives.

I would appreciate it if someone can, ahem, shed some light on relative brightness I can expect with the newer projectors compared to the old on HD video material.

??? Posted May 20, 2009 1:15 AM PST
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Tom Posted Aug 4, 2009 9:19 PM PST
Hello! What is the difference between the JVC RS10 and JVC DLAHD350. If choosing between JVC DLAHD350 and Panasonic AE3000, which would be the best buy? Thank you!
Douglas Posted Aug 13, 2009 7:58 AM PST
When you tested ANSI contrast (292:1), what was the setting for the manual iris? How much does brightness and ANSI contrast change when changing the manual iris?
Kether Darshan Posted Aug 18, 2009 1:40 PM PST
Does anyone know the Discrete IR Codes to Switch to Component 1 input and Video 1 Input?
Scott Posted Sep 24, 2009 11:16 AM PST
A silly novice question: Ceiling Mount on this unit?

I currently have an Optoma HD81-LV. I am moving and will probably leave that behind. I am looking at using the RS10 in my new home. In the review article it mention how a white case would be nice for ceiling mount people. How do you ceiling mount this projector as it looks like it needs to be mounted in the center of the screen. I looked at the Throw calculator and the image appears to be the same.

Also, this is going in light controlled 16'x22' room with something close to 150” diagonal screen. Please list other recommended projectors that can handle that size screen for under $10K.


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