JVC DLA-RS2 D-ILA Front Video Projector Reviewed

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RS2_jvc.jpgHigh Points
• The JVC DLA-RS2 has excellent contrast that only gets better when professionally calibrated.
• Two HDMI 1.3 inputs are very good and leave you ready for Deep Color if that technology ever comes along.
• There is no rainbow effect with the JVC DLA-RS2 as you see with some other digital projectors, specifically DLP models.
• The DLA-RS2 runs relatively cool at sea level and the fan is nice and quiet.

Low Points
• The JVC DLA-RS2's performance out of the box in my system was poor, to be kind. While I am using a pretty standard video screen and top of the line associated equipment, I couldn't bare to watch the Super Bowl this year on the projector uncalibrated. One hour into a quick two-hour session with my guru, Kevin Miller, and the projector was vastly improved. If you are handy with Digital Video Essentials and want to take on the project yourself, that's Kool and the Gang, but otherwise, if you want the most out of this outstanding projector, I must recommend you get an ISF calibrator out to calibrate this THX certified projector. It's worth the money.
• The internal video processor isn't anywhere near as good as an external unit like the DVDO VP50Pro. You could live without a VP50Pro out of the gate, but will want to get one to achieve the best from your DLA-RS2, especially if you want to get the most from the sports that come via 1080i HDTV. Obviously, the DVDO comes at additional expense. While you are at it, pop for the Dtrovision cable and you will have the hot set-up.

Conclusion
My video has never looked better than with a professionally calibrated JVC DLA-RS2 in my system. The color resolution is nothing short of vibrant. The contrast is better than I have ever seen in my room, including with projectors I have owned or reviewed costing much more than the RS2. JVC has polished their top 1080p HD-ILA projector into a most refined video product that is a sheer joy to watch. While there are less expensive and very good projectors on the market today, I never have regretted the investment in my JVC DLA-RS2 rig. It has brought my wife and I countless hours of movie and sports enjoyment.

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HTR Product Rating for JVC DLA-RS2 D-ILA Front Video Projector

Criteria Rating

Performance

5

Value

5

Overall

5

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