I would rate the JVC DLA-NX7 picture quality out of the box as very good. No major issue with color accuracy leaped out at me. I definitely didn’t feel like I had to immediately start tweaking picture settings the second I turned the projector on. As with most JVCs projectors just a few grayscale adjustments were all that were needed to reproduce a reference-quality image from SDR material.
I like that JVC has reduced the amount of preset picture modes and increased the amount of user configurable modes. Of the four different preset SDR picture modes available, the Natural mode was the most accurate.
In addition to the Natural picture mode, the JVC also includes a Cinema and a Film mode. The Cinema mode image was a little cooler and brighter while the Film mode picture was warmer with boosted contrast.
There are also six User configurable modes which look identical to the Natural picture mode. These modes can be used to store picture settings after calibration such SDR brightest mode or SDR best mode.
To achieve the best out-of-the-box SDR picture choose Natural (any custom User mode) along with the REC709, D65, and 2.2 gamma preset options. The lamp power will be defaulted to low and increasing the lamp to high did affect color reproduction slightly but can be easily corrected with calibration.
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