The JVC DLA-RS440U and its twin, are rather large home theater projectors, easily several times the size of some of the smaller DLP projectors. It comes finished in black is pretty rectangular with some angles on the front corners for the venting. This is a projector designed first and foremost for a home theater/cave, so the black finish is the right choice, since most home theaters have dark ceilings.
Let’s take the quick tour, then get into the details of the JVC’s hardware. From the front:
The recessed, and motorized, 2.1:1 zoom is centered on the front. Since everything is motorized (including having Lens Memory) there are no physical controls for zoom, focus or lens shift. Speaking of that, the JVC has a whole lot of vertical and horizontal lens shift, for excellent placement flexibility.
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Other than the venting, the only other thing on the front of the JVC projector is the IR sensor for the remote control. Well, there are three LED indicator lights – the usual Power, Lamp, and Warning! They are small, of course, located up at the top, and wrap around to the top. Should their be a problem, there’s a list of warning codes in the manual.
The top of the projector – is black. No controls. The Control Panel, found on the top of most projectors is located on the back, in the center.
Also located on the back, but to the left of the control panel are all the inputs and related connectors. To the right of the control panel, is the door for replacing the lamp. Four, screw thread adjustable feet are found on the bottom, for those rear shelf mounting, or setting up on a table top.
The large casing for the JVC helps keep this projector especially quiet, compared to much of the competition, a nice thing to report.
The JVC RS440U and X590U come with a backlit remote control. We’ll go into full detail about it on the 2nd hardware page. Also on that page will be photos of most of the projector’s menus, with some appropriate comments on a number of the menus.