Now we get to JVCs best known attribute. They have been legendary for having great black level performance going back about a decade to their RS1, the exact predecessor (with many generations in between), really the first projector I can think of that had exceptional black level performance. JVC later came out with an RS2 (then the RS10, RS20…), with even better 1080p panels which allowed for even deeper blacks.
I have seen nothing anywhere that can beat JVC’s more expensive models. Even the RS440 and X590, manage to beat just about everything else under say, $12,000.
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The photo and caption player, of course, has several general scenes with images I often use, and the usual long sequence of our Bond night train scene, with comparison images with the competition. (All are intentionally heavily overexposed, and converted to greyscale to make things easier to figure out.).
The short version is when it comes to producing very dark blacks, at under $4K, this is the leader of the pack. The Epsons – 5040UB and 6040UB come close, but I just ran the 5040UB side by side (well – really the 5040UB above, the JVC below) for comparison.
The JVC has it, but even the Epsons are a dramatic step up from the average 4K UHD DLP in this regard. (Acer’s laser 4K UHD, the V7860 does have some pretty good blacks, the exception.) Other than that, the JVC easily bests the black levels of Sony’s two 1080p projectors. When it comes to Sony’s 4K projectors, the JVC easily beats the entry level ($4999) VW285ES with its native 4K panels (which does impressively well without a dynamic iris).