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JVC DLA-X570R Projector Conclusion

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JVC X570R

JVC's X570R may be their "entry level" model, but the picture it produces is simply stunning.

It’s always tough making a major investment during a technology transition. How long will my investment last? Is now the right time to jump in? These are all valid questions. Sometimes those questions become even more tough with a significant investment in projector technology.

Simply put, JVC’s X570R e-shift4 projector hits all the sweet spots you can ask for in a projector under $5,000. Its e-shift4 technology will rival native 4K projectors to the point where you’ll be hard-pressed to tell the difference. JVC’s Projector Calibration Software makes calibrating the X570R a breeze. Black levels are excellent. And the raw performance in this “entry level” high-end projector? It is simply awesome. My only regret is that the X570R's color support is pretty much limited to the Rec. 709 color gamut even with 4K/UltraHD sources.

With HDMI 2.0b, HDR10 and HLG HDR, you’ll be covered for quite a while. If I had to choose only one projector under $5K, the X570R would likely be that choice. Highly and enthusiastically recommended!

The Score Card

The scoring below is based on each piece of equipment doing the duty it is designed for. The numbers are weighed heavily with respect to the individual cost of each unit, thus giving a rating roughly equal to:

Performance × Price Factor/Value = Rating

Audioholics.com note: The ratings indicated below are based on subjective listening and objective testing of the product in question. The rating scale is based on performance/value ratio. If you notice better performing products in future reviews that have lower numbers in certain areas, be aware that the value factor is most likely the culprit. Other Audioholics reviewers may rate products solely based on performance, and each reviewer has his/her own system for ratings.

Audioholics Rating Scale

  • StarStarStarStarStar — Excellent
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  • StarStarStar — Good
  • StarStar — Fair
  • Star — Poor
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Remote ControlStarStarStarStarStar
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Recent Forum Posts:

osupike99 posts on October 16, 2017 10:50
Which color profile is REC.709 in the PJ?
nathan_h posts on September 07, 2017 10:22
Gunny, post: 1207261, member: 19518
How much 4K content even exists at this time? By the time it is available in sufficient quantity perhaps native 4K projectors will be reasonably priced. Until then I'll stick with my current 1080P projector.

Not a bad choice. Most Hollywood releases these days come out in UHD day and date with their Blu-ray counterpart. But if you are more into indie, foreign, and or catalog titles, then the pickings are MUCH slimmer.

Hopefully that changes before long with things like iTunes and AppleTV getting UHD etc. We may never see a huge rush to release catalog titles on UHD disks, but streaming and download services may provide the lower overhead that make it possible for that content to see the light of day.
nathan_h posts on September 07, 2017 10:19
Chad works magic with JVC projectors.

http://www.hdtvbychadb.com/tours.html

ritechie, post: 1208714, member: 81403
Todd
Let me start by noting a few things. I've just replaced my LAMP and it has required a significant amount of re-“calibrating” using my Disney WOW disk and further modifications by eye. Your lamp is unlikely to have 100 hours on it. Your screen (120“Silver Ticket), B-R Player (OPPO), distance (12') and room lighting will all be different. Bottom line: I would NOT suggest reading anything into my settings.

I switch between 3 different USER MODES, all based on the CINEMA setting. I've modified my initial calibration so that my ”MOVIE“ MODE is as natural as possible, my ”SciFi“ MODE slightly emphasizes BLACKS (higher DYNAMIC CONTRAST, etc), and a ”3D“ MODE to maximize brightness and take advantage of ”HIGH" lamp power. In all 3 MODES, my CMD is OFF and CLEAR BLACK is OFF . . . . in all my settings.

nathan_h posts on September 07, 2017 10:17
Very true. In fact, for the price of the entry level model, one can get last year's “step up” model – which has full DCI P3 coverage, which makes a difference with quality UHD sources, like the new remaster of Blade Runner.

Note, if I was shopping today, I'd wait a short while until the 2018 models, just announced at IFA and being shown at CEDIA, hit the street, and pick up a 2017 model – the RS520 – for the price of the 2018 entry level model.

I would avoid the 2016 model, the RS500, just because it doesn't have a proper built in gamma curve for HDR. One can create one with custom software and measurement, and do as good or better than the built in HDR gamma on the 2017 models like the 520. But it's not for the faint of heart, imo.

Schrodinger23, post: 1206445, member: 81322
While the JVC seems to perform very very well in just about every area, I think if one is interested in HDR, they should step up to the X770R or the X970R. Both, have 100% coverage of DCI-P3:

http://www.highdefdigest.com/news/show/JVC/Projectors/4K/Ultra_HD/hdr/wide-color-gamuts/THX/3D/eshift4/price/ces-2017/jvc-details-new-4k-eshift4-projector-lineup-with-hdr-support/37796

I think that color gamut is what we need to aim to hit for HDR. Also, these higher end JVC's don't have the same problem as the Epson's with color filters where it severely limits the light output, where you would have to choose between speculator highlights or wider color gamut.

http://hometheaterreview.com/jvc-dla-x970r-d-ila-projector-reviewed/?page=2

DCI-P3 is the color gamut most films up to this point have been mastered for and even most films that are coming out now. There are only a small number of films that try to expand the colors past DCI-P3: Inside Out, for example, had one scene where they put the colors out to the edges of Rec. 2020. With the current technology I don't want to go out past DCI-P3 if they are using narrow-band primary colors (like with lasers or quantum dots). Getting out to the edges of Rec. 2020 in this way results in “metamerism”, where different people perceive colors differently, even on the same display. For this same reason I can't see a big push for Hollywood to start color grading films past DCI-P3, if they know that each person might perceive images drastically different.

Hopefully in the next gen JVC projectors we will see either the performance of the X770R come down to the replacement for the X570R, or the price of the replacement X770R to drop below $5,000. That is when I will be ready to jump in. If they have that, I can see it being a good projector for several years, whereas if we jump in with the X570R we will be looking to upgrade much sooner.
nathan_h posts on September 07, 2017 10:14
Funboy, post: 1206419, member: 45148
If the calibration meter faces the projector, aren't all the settings incorrect for the different screens? Figured it would skew the results - especially for grey screens. Or does it simply not matter as much as I'm thinking?

It matters. JVC lets you tell it what kind of screen you have. They have a long list of types, and then it has an offset or correction built in. Problem of course is that is a generic correction, and your particular screen might not be in their database.

So the pros do the autocal facing the projector, as designed, and then touch up the results by measuring off the screen. Heck, you want to do that touch up even if you have a neutral white screen, since autocal only gets you 90% of the way there.
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