JVC DLA-HD750 Review St. John's NL
JVC DLA-HD750 Review
March 1, 2009 By Geoffrey Morrison
The JVC DLA-HD750 takes the DNA from its excellent predecessors and somehow improves on them.
Lets get this out of the way. There were only two things wrong with the predecessors of this projector: color and noise.
That was pretty much it, and to be honest, they didn’t get in the way. The image that the DLA-HD1, HD100 and various other siblings created was simply stunning, thanks to the highest native contrast ratio I’ve measured this side of a CRT.
And amazingly, the DLA-HD750 is even better.
When I say highest contrast ratio, I don’t mean “this one’s good, but that one’s better.” I mean “this one’s good, but that one’s fraking gorgeous.”
Still, despite the truly amazing contrast ratios, HD1 and HD100 weren’t perfect. The color, for one, was an issue. The color points were quite over saturated. Everything was a little too colorful. While not objectionable to most, this wasn’t, shall we say, reference.
Then there was the noise. The HD1 came out at a time when projector companies were spreading their focus to other aspects of the projector experience, like audible levels of noise. Certain companies, like Mitsubishi and Sony, revealed projectors that were so quiet as to be more unobtrusive than projectors had ever been. Well, not so much with the JVC’s.
But that image…
So here we have the first major redesign of the line. The new cabinet has graceful curves that are far prettier than its forbears; there is a trick lens cover that slides in and out. They’ve even added an iris! (Well, sort of). But most of all, it’s quiet.
Real quiet. Hunting rabbits quiet. So quiet in fact, that I can’t tell which is quieter, this or the stunningly quiet Sony VPL-VW70. I guess I’ll give it to the Sony only because the JVC has a little more of a high-pitched whine to its sound, but really, I’m splitting hares (look at that, a pun!).
The HD750 has been worked over by the minds at THX, a process we have written about . Their handiwork is perhaps most evident in the picture mode labeled — wait for it — “THX.” In this mode, the projector takes on a different feel, one of a professionally calibrated display.
The color temperature goes to 6500K, the gamma gets changed, and perhaps most significant, the color points change. They go from pretty-but-oversaturated to pretty close to accurate.
I like accurate.
What I don’t like is the electronic nannying. Once you get into the THX mode you are locked out of several picture functions like gamma and color temperature. This is unnecessary and rather patronizing.
What if we want nearly everything the THX mode has to offer, but want a different gamma? It’s our projector, why shouldn’t we be allowed to change it? It’s not like the theater this is going into is going to be THX-certified itself. Worse, this lockout doesn't allow you to adjust or fine tune the color temperature — something that needs to be done as all screens are slightly different.