JVC DLA-X3 3D review

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

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The DLA-X3 is a seriously desirable home theatre projector, with a 2D performance that's ridiculously fine for the money. The DLA-X7 and DLA-X9 models may offer superior contrast, but there's nothing here to really grumble about.

Black level performance and fine detailing remain top dollar. The X3 is also well built and at 20dB, whisper-quiet in operation.

Its 3D performance is similarly exciting, although there remain some issues with performance and execution. The separate sync transmitter is inelegant, and there's also that thorny issue of crosstalk. Many viewers will doubtless be able to ignore the latter (3D is currently little more than a fun diversion, after all), however, I still feel there is work for JVC to do in this area.

It'll be interesting to see how the step-up THX-rated models compare.

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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