This is it. This is the Native 4K starting point for most people. Traditional 2-piece projection systems with a screen and a projector are a great way to really bring the theater experience home. JVC is a leader in the field and their D-ILA projectors have taken over since they were introduced. Today I will review the JVC RS1000, also known as the NX5 and the N5 internationally.
Lets start by clearing the air. You have probably seen the NX5 available at your favorite box store and you have heard of the RS1000 available only through custom integration companies like home theater installers. These are the same projector and the differences you may be able to pick out side by side are just normal variances that come out in production. In a blind test there is no way to discern one over the other. Neither is better than the other in performance. Now that we have that sorted lets talk about the RS1000
This is a monster of a projector. It weights 44 pounds and requires a sturdy mount to suspend this from the ceiling. You get the full 4K resolution supporting all 8.8 million pixels. This translates into an ultra-sharp image. You get 40,000:1 native contrast and 400,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio with gives you the blackest blacks and a stark transition from light and dark. What this projector can do does not match just whats on the spec sheet. You get crisp 4K resolution, vibrant colors that jump off the screen and an ultra-realistic HDR recreation. It does all of this with just 1800 ANSI lumens too. This is all made possible by using the D-ILA engine utilizing 3 of the 0.69 reflective devices paired with a 65mm all glass lens. This projector is a convertible too. I mean to say you can use this in different aspect ratios with a click of a button. This is known as lens memory. You can have one setting saved as 16×9 format and the next as 2.35/2.40. You set these manually and have the ability to choose the zoom and lens shift to make this possible. This can be a little confusing so I will dive deeper into this a little later. The RS1000 has 2 full bandwidth 18gb HDMI ports, an ethernet port for control, a USB port for updates and a power port to make it all work. This does have the ability to 3d, but you need to purchase the JVC 3d emitter sold separately.
The biggest claim to fame that sets this projector above other native 4K variants is the Dynamic Tone Mapping or DTM. Dynamic tone mapping helps optimize your image no matter what the source or what the content is. That means your copy of Avengers will look as good on your 4K UHD player as well as on your 4K Apple TV. The magic that goes into recreating a perfect image every time is very technical, but the ease at which it does this is amazing. This dynamic tone mapping is available in the JVC firmware starting at 3.10. If you have the newest firmware (3.50) this enhances the projector even more. This update includes the theater optimizer feature that allows you to really pair the projector to your system perfectly. There are considerations for the screen size and screen material used as well as compensations for picture based on the projectors lamp life. All of this leads to an image that anyone would be proud to enjoy.
There are a few things you want your projector to do and the D-ILA series does them very well. You want a projector that recreates a stunning image without any of the drawbacks. Im referring to heat and noise. I have noticed the JVC to be very tame in terms of heat and noise. You will notice some fan noise on lamp high mode, but that is to be expected. The heat this projector gives off is very minimal in comparison to Sony projectors. This could be a consideration for hotter climates or rooms with cooling issues.
The JVC RS1000 is an incredible projector and the amount of performance you get with this unit is even more impressive. I have said a lot of nice things about this projector so far and I would venture to say the only downside is the initial price and the lower lumen output of the projector. Price is highly subjective, but a lot of times with electronics, the performance you want usually comes with a price tag. Knowing what I know now, I would save for the items I want versus compromising with products and have to rebuy later on. The brightness issue isn’t much of a concern when used in a proper light-controlled room. With the lights off and projected onto a well paired screen, this will rival some TVs in terms of performance.
To sum it all up I would recommend this JVC RS1000 to anyone that has a medium sized to smaller sized screen. To make this even better, I would say pair this with a higher gain white screen to maximize the picture quality. This projector should be used in light-controlled rooms only unless you have a really good ambient light rejecting (ALR) screen. The picture quality is incredible with its wonderful color recreation as well as the well-known JVC inky black levels. It is more expensive than the 4K e-shift peers, but the performance is noticeably better than the lesser expensive models. This unit kicks out low noise and heat and very livable whether you use this daily or solely for the purpose of movie or game night. The RS1000 is the starting point for native 4K. Sony makes a projector similar to this on in price but not in performance. Not to mention the similar Sony model does not have the Dynamic tone mapping feature. You would be hard pressed to find a better projector for the price. So like I said in the beginning, for native 4K projection, this is it.