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