New JVC Projector Shines Bright

By Mike Hobin

Some tasks are not necessarily a chore — like being asked to review a new HD home theatre projector from JVC.

First impressions of the DLA-HD250B were that it’s huge – a whopping 365x166x478mm unit that weighs a substantial 11kg.

The technical specs come first:

  • Display device: Full HD D-ILA device
  • Panel size: 0.7 inch (16:9)
  • Resolution: 1920 x 1080 pixels
  • Lens: 2x motorized zoom & focus, f=21.4mm — 42.8mm, F=3.2 — 4
  • Lens shift function: Motorized ±80% vertical / ±34% horizontal
  • Projection size: 60-200 inches
  • Lamp: 200W UHP
  • Brightness: 1000lm
  • Contrast ratio: Native: 25,000:1
  • Terminals: Composite x1 (RCA),S-Video x1 (mini DIN), Component x1 (RCA 3-pin),HDMI x2 (ver.1.3), RS-232C (D-sub 9-pin)
  • PC input signal: Digital: VGA/SVGA/XGA/WXGA/WXGA+/SXGA/WSXGA+/WUXGA
  • Video input signal: 480i/p,576i/p,720p 60/50,1080i 60/50,1080 24p/60p/50p
  • Noise level: 19dB (Normal mode)
  • Power consumption: 280W (Stand-by mode:1W)

Now that we have all the techy stuff out of the way, let’s get down to what really matters – is it any good?  Yes, yes it is.

Modern digital display devices often suffer from contrast ratio issues, specifically crushing in dark scenes in your movies.

JVC use D-ILA to combat this, its end result is a very high contract ratio and this leads to the ability to keep colours bright without washing out your darker scenes and causing the black to appear grey.

The colour was so good right out of the box I didn’t even bother running it through a colour calibration.

The JVC is all but silent (19dB) so you won’t hear its cooling system whirring away over the quiet scenes in your movie – a nice change from my DLP TV, which tends towards the noisy.

Having said that, of course, your movie should be loud enough to make your windows bow outwards and your neighbours complain, anyway.

The DLA-HD250B has two HDMI inputs and a plethora of the old analogue inputs, which I hope will never be used — you don’t spend the money on a spectacular HD projector to use a composite input!

Lens control is accomplished with the included remote control and is very easy to set up. Unless you’re moving your unit around a bit, you should only need to set it once.

Movement, both vertically (+-80%) and horizontally (+- 34%) as well as the 2x motorised zoom is done electronically and allows a large degree of freedom in placement of the projector; the throw distance is 3.0-6.1 metres.

A motorised lens cover opens when the unit is on and automatically closes when turned off, to project your shiny new lens from accidents and dust.

All-in-all, it really comes down to how easy a unit is to use on a day to day basis, and I had absolutely no issues with the JVC at all.

In fact, once the placement was done and the vertical horizontal shift, zoom and focus were set, it was a perfect unit.

I would happily have the JVC DLA-HD250B as my main HD display, and that’s all the endorsement you really need.

  • The JVC HD250 usually is available from www.rapalloav.co.nz for $5499.00 but until the end of April can be bought for $5299.00, complete with a free 92-inch Nova 16:9 manual pull-down screen valued at $455.00.
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