JVC RS25 Home Theater Projector Review
JVC has earned a dedicated following of enthusiastic videophiles who eagerly await news of their latest home theater projectors, all built around JVC's proprietary D-ILA light engines. Every year, due to the company's glowing track record for performance, a standing backlog of orders always needs to be filled before they can get around to issuing samples for review.
JVC's newly released 1080p home theater projectors for this fall include the DLA-RS15 ($5,495), the DLA-RS25 ($7,995), and the DLA-RS35 ($9,995). These models are also being marketed by JVC's Consumer Products Division as the HD550, HD950, and HD990) This review will focus on the RS25 (HD950). To put things into perspective, the differences between the three models are these:
Contrast specs: The RS15 is rated at 32,000:1, the RS25 is 50,000:1, and the RS35 is 70,000:1.
Lumen specs: The RS15 is rated at 1000 lumens, and the RS25 and RS35 are 900 lumens.
THX Certification, ISF Calibration modes, VGA input terminal, and Color Management System (CMS): The RS25 and RS35 have all of these, the RS15 has none of them.
Manual Aperture: The RS25 and RS35 each have 16 steps between maximum and minimum settings, and the RS15 has three steps.
Warranty: The RS35 has a three year warranty; the other two models come with two years.
In short, there isn't much difference at all between the RS25 and RS35. The RS25 is basically an RS35 with slightly lower full on/off contrast and a two-year warranty.
Features in common between all three models include a powered 2.0x zoom/focus lens, powered lens shift, Clear Motion Drive (frame interpolation), custom gamma adjustments, anamorphic vertical stretch, screen correction modes, and an automatically retracting lens cover. The connection panel on the side of the unit offers two HDMI 1.3 inputs, one component, one S-video, one composite, an RS-232c port, and a 12 volt trigger to activate an anamorphic lens sled. (The two higher priced models also have a VGA port that is missing on the RS15). All three models look identical, in elegant glossy black casework, and they all weigh 24.7 lbs.
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