JVC DLA-X3 3D review

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

A D-ILA projector delivers deep blacks and peak whites without the need for a mechanical iris

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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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Steve May
Home entertainment AV specialist

Steve has been writing about AV and home cinema since the dawn of time, or more accurately, since the glory days of VHS and Betamax. He has strong opinions on the latest TV technology, Hi-Fi and Blu-ray/media players, and likes nothing better than to crank up his ludicrously powerful home theatre system to binge-watch TV shows.