JVC DLA-X3 3D review

JVC's affordable 3D lightbox ushers in a new era for D-ILA home projectors

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  • Gorgeous 2D performance
  • Excellent fine detail
  • Versatile picture controls
  • Low operational noise
  • Good motion resolution


  • No THX preset
  • Crosstalk

JVC has built a towering fan base around its D-ILA projectors. They've earned a reputation for industry-leading black levels and image clarity, yet crucially are not the most expensive in the market.

Now the brand has upped the ante by making its entire 2011 range 3D-compatible. The buzz about these three models has been so great, JVC sold out its entire first shipment almost immediately after they were announced.

Perhaps this is because JVC's proprietary D-ILA technology offers several benefits over LCD and DLP. The extraordinary contrast they offer is native and not dynamic. This means that a D-ILA projector does not require an automatic iris to manage light output; there's a uniformity of deep blacks and peak whites in every frame, with no mechanical iris hunting from scene to scene.

The DLA-X3 reviewed here is the cheapest model in the group, yet it claims an impressive 50,000:1 native contrast ratio. Naturally it also helps that the unit is attractive.

The centre-mounted lens and symmetrical air vents give it a neat, balanced look. All the input terminals are at the rear, allowing for straightforward installation and cable runs. These air vents (protected by what looks like chicken wire) are larger than we've seen before, principally because the new 220W Short-Arc High Efficiency UHP mercury lamp runs hotter than previous bulbs.

One reason why the projector throws out more light, around 1,300 ANSI lumens, is so that it can compensate for the filtering effect of 3D spex. JVC quotes a lamp life of around 3,000 hours in Normal mode.

The DLA-X3 should fit most home cinema spaces; it's able to throw an image up to 200-inches across within a projection distance range of 3.01m to 6.08m.

Tech Specs

Product TypeD-ILA Projector
Native Resolution1920 x 1080
Maximum Lens ApertureF/4
Standard Mode Brightness1300 lm
Native Aspect Ratio16:9
Operating Power Consumption350 W
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Component VideoYes
Input Scan Format1080p
Output Scan Format1080p
3D Type3D Ready
Maximum Diagonal Image Size5.08 m
Brand NameJVC
Contrast Ratio50,000:1
Lamp TypeUHP
Projection MethodFront
Normal Mode Lamp Life3000 Hour
Height179 mm
Width472 mm
Depth455 mm
Optical Zoom2x
Lamp Power220 W
ManufacturerVictor Company of Japan, Limited
Product ModelDLA-X3
Product NameDLA-X3 D-ILA Projector
Manufacturer Part NumberDLAX3
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.jvc.co.uk
Weight (Approximate)14.70 kg