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Serious picture quality, meet serious valueThe relatively affordable JVC DLA-X35 produces videophile-grade images with very few compromises.
Hi, there. I'm David Katzmaier from CNET and in front of me is the JVC DLA-X35B. The B stands for black. Its projector also is available in white, that's a W. This is JVC's least expensive projector with D-ILA technology. It's still $3500 however, which means that it's a lot more expensive than some of the other LCD or DLP projectors you'll see. Of course it does produce a lot better picture quality. You could tell just by looking at it, it's a pretty serious- looking projector. There's no external buttons until you get around to the back panel. JVC controls all of the zoom, focus and lens shift by the remote control, so, that's a really need feature. This projector also runs extremely quite. These vents along the side here control the exhaust and you really only hear it when you turn the lamp power to high, which is something you're not gonna do in a light controlled room. In addition to those buttons on the back panel, you'll also find the projector sample couple [unk] of inputs that's 2 HDMI and 1 component video input. There's also a remote trigger where you plug in the optional sync module for 3D glasses. That's an extra 99 bucks. The one picture here is the RF version. The next part about that sync module allows the projector to work with RF glasses that complied with full HD 3D standard. The end result is that this projector will work with the glasses that are a lot cheaper than JVC's $180 versions. That includes the $20 Samsung's and the $60 Panasonic's. So, it's a really nice step up feature if you wanna buy especially multiple pairs of glasses with this projector. On the downside, this JVC does not include emitter or any glasses in the box. The X35 is a good selection of picture settings, although not quite as much as some of the step up JVCs. I appreciated the full multi-point gamma control, which actually access excellent detailed grayscale control. There's a couple adjustments for color but there isn't a full color management system. This 120 hertz projector also includes a smoothing effect that you're gonna wanna leave turned off if you appreciate the true canes of film. When we brought the JVC into our dark lab and turn-- put it on a 120-inch screen, we found the picture quality was superb. This projector produces extremely deep black levels, which is one of the reasons why it costs so much more than the entry level projectors. It also has very accurate color despite those relatively sparks controls. That combination equals one of the most accurate pictures we've seen from any projector or television, and of course, you get that additional bonus of the extra size. We compared this directly to a like price Sony and we found that the pictures were very similar, it was almost impossible to tell a difference between the two after calibration. One of the downsides of the JVC, though, is that it does have relatively inaccurate picture settings before calibrations. So, if you're not gonna spend the money for a professional to come in and mess around with your picture, you're gonna get a more accurate picture with the Sony. Of course, with the projector like this and a screen setup, we do recommend that you engage in helping professional if you really wanna make this projector load out to its full potential. That's a quick look at the JVC DLA X35 Home Theater Projector. I'm David Katzmaier for CNET.