It’s been nearly a full decade since I built my dedicated home theatre. Since that day, it keeps evolving. It was first an LCD HD theatre, than 3D, then I added some upgrades to the subwoofer, including added DSPeaker Antimode 8033s, speakers, projection screen, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X. The latest upgrade is full-spec UHD with Wide Color Gamut and High Dynamic Range. That’s when I procured a JVC X750R projector.
As great as it was, I still had to change between the HDR and SDR settings manually, and the projector took an awfully long time to do a handshake. It also was not bright enough to produce an acceptable HDR picture. So although I only had my JVC X750R for a couple of years, I decided to upgrade to the JVC RS540, which is equivalent to the X790R.
In terms of chassis and physical looks, the RS540 is virtually identical to my old X750R; although it adds some gold touches that I can live without.
As mentioned in many previous articles, as well as in various discussion forums and through my Tweets (@davidsusilo), 4K/UHD video is about more than just increased picture resolution. One of the other enhancements is Wide Colour Gamut (colour space). A wider colour gamut means the resulting image includes a more accurate colour palette.
HDTV uses a limited colour gamut that’s defined by the ITU Rec 709. For UHD, ITU has defined an extremely Wide Color Gamut as part of its Recommendation 2020, and the Ultra HD Blu-ray Disc system has adopted REC 2020 as the ‘container’ for conveying a Wider Color Gamut.
For now and the foreseeable future, the movie studios plan to release their Ultra HD Blu-ray titles using the colour gamut already being used by the digital cinema industry, and that is called DCI-P3. And the JVC projector can do virtually 100% of the entire DCI-P3 colour space using its internal colour filter, which is what you see at the movie theatres.
Calibration of the Unit
Calibration using Calman and the associated meters was a blast. It’s so simple, it’s almost automatic, actually. As a calibrator, I was surprised that the THX preset, with a few tweaks, resulted in a fairly accurate result. In fact, this is the most accurate projector preset I’ve encountered to date – even more accurate than my previous JVC X750R. Of course, for the utmost accuracy, especially in the HDR department, a professional calibration is still required. Just like with any 4K projector display, the green tends to be overshot by too much.
Convergence is also pretty much bang-on right out of the box – I spent less than 20 minutes spent perfecting it. Even the previous “personal” best (JVC X750R) still took nearly an hour to do.
In fact, just a couple of weeks ago, I calibrated a $12,000+ projector, and it took me nearly two hours to perfect its convergence. To me, it is not so much about having the convergence be correct out of the box, but more of a testament to the quality control done by JVC at its factory. No wonder they call their delivery system a “4K Precision Image.”
Further, lens distortion is virtually nil. When set up properly, I had to work my eyes extremely hard to find the distortion of the lens, which usually happens around the corners and edges of the screen. Without my laser level, I couldn’t find the errors. Even as a person who is extremely sensitive to chromatic aberration, I couldn’t find the chromatic abberation unless I concentrated and truly looked for it during a movie playback.
With such brightness, accuracy, quality and the relatively low price of $8,000, only one word can describe this projector: AMAZING
- 1900 Lumens with High Power Lamp (PK-L2615U)
265W High / 200W Normal
- 130,000:1 Native Contrast Ratio
- Intelligent Lens Aperture increases dynamic contrast ratio to 1,300,000:1
- 6th generation 0.7-inch D-ILA devices
- e-shift5 4K Precision 3840 X 2160 Projected Image
- Dual Full Speed 18Gbps HDMI/HDCP 2.2 Compatible Inputs
- Compatible with full spec native 4K signals such as 4K60p 4:4:4 4K60p 4:2:2/36bit and 4K24p 4:4:4/36bit
- Compatible with 4K streaming devices and UHD BD content
- Compatible with DCI Color Space
- Advanced HDR (High Dynamic Range) Compatible with HDR10 plus Hybrid Log-Gamma
- Multi Pixel Control (MPC) with Auto Mode for ease of use
- MPC works with 4K60P (up to 4:4:4) signals
- Clear Black processing (Patent pending)
- Motion Enhance (2D, 3D, 4K) with Clear Motion Drive
- THX® 3D Certified
- ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) Licensed— Quality installers can calibrate projector to your room
- Low latency mode — reduces gaming/PC frame delays
- sRGB, DCI and x.v. Color space
- Darkness and lightness correction
- Lens memory function memorizes 10 positions for focus, zoom and shift.
Maintains constant height for 2.35, 1.85, 1.78 on same screen.
- Screen Mode Presets for different screen material (117 memory positions)
- Convergence Correction – 1/16th Pixel Increments (2 memory positions)
- Simplified 6-Axis Color Management System
- Manual Gamma Control included with JVC Calibration Software
- Control4 SDDP (Simple Device Discovery Protocol)
Stunning 3D Performance with RF active shutter glasses (optional)
- Advanced 3D Crosstalk Cancellation Control
- 3D Anamorphic Mode
- Parallax adjustment for fine tuning 3D effect
- Accepts all modern 3D formats (Blu-ray, side-by-side, top-and-bottom)
Optimum Flexibility and Convenience
- Remote control via LAN, RS-232C, IR
- 12V Screen Trigger Output
- V: 80%/H: 34% motorized lens shift
- 1.4:1 to 2.8:1 lens throw