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- Great overall picture and contrast
- Accurate color
- Very quiet on Low lamp mode
- Relatively small design
- e-Shift and 4K input capability don't improve the picture all that much
- 3D accessories not included
- HDMI slow to find signal
We really don't think there's a cheaper 4K projector that can match the JVC DLA-X700R in picture quality. Both Sony and JVC are the leaders in LCoS projectors. They're the best projectors for contrast, black level and overall picture quality. The JVC is an incredibly close contender to Sony's VPL-VW350ES in picture quality, yet is nearly half the price. It's not identical, however it's definitely a better bang for your buck.
The DLA-X700R is pretty similar to previous JVC projector models. It has a glossy black casing with wing looking sides and a low profile. It has forward facing vents that surround the cyclopean lens for efficient and silent cooling. It doesn't have any external focus or zoom dials, all of that is controlled via the remote. All of the unit's buttons are located discreetly on the back of the unit too. And at 17.9Wx18.6Dx7H inches, it's relatively small when you compare it's size to other high end 4K projectors.
The X700R's remote control is pretty normal sized. It has access buttons to all of the settings and key shortcuts that you need. It also has backlight for dark rooms, and a quick “hide” key that shuts off the projector's image without shutting the projector off.
For connections, the DLA-X700R is equipped with a number of ports. This includes:
- Two HDMI ports
- One LAN port
- 3D transmitter port
- 12V trigger port
- RS-232C jack
The HDMI ports support 4K video too. However there are some pitfalls. In reality it's not a native 4K resolution projector through and through. It uses JVCs e-shift technology to increase the number of pixels while using 1080p D-ILA display chips. However, that said, with the quality of 4K imagery that's on the market today you'd be a fool not to consider this for a 4K projector. All ports are conveniently located on the back right hand side of the projector. Right next to the removable power chord.
The most important factor of picture quality is arguably the contrast. The DLA-X700R nails the mark with this aspect. It's incredibly deep, crisp and realistic contrast and black level we've seen on a projector to date. It features a number of preset options for picture setup, including THX-certified picture modes for 3D and 2D playback. Color accuracy was great too. And with the High lamp mode, you can use this projector without any problem in a room with some ambient light. However, if you want it to be super quiet, keep the high lamp mode off.