JVC DLA-X500R 4k Projector Review

by on March 11, 2015

What you are seeing here with the JVC DLA-X500R is a projector with exclusive 4K e-shift3 technology that can accept Native 4K 60 frames per second through 4K enabled HDMI inputs and up-converts to exist 1080p sources to 4K.

It is definitely designed for those who wish to have a projector in their home, but do not want to pay exorbitant prices for it as it is the cheapest of its type available. I suppose that it has some good business uses as well, even though all I can think of is how to entertain myself rather than use it to show some decent PowerPoint presentations.

If you are concerned that you might want to invest in a 4K display rather than this projector, I can understand your concerns. However, you might be surprised at what this DLA-X500R projector from JVC can do.

The Good

Then there is an Intelligent Lens Aperture that creates a Dynamic Contrast Ratio of 600,000:1 and a native Contrast Ratio of 60,000:1. It has deep blacks and bright whites, and it is possible to project a very saturated image even when the lights are on. In fact, there are three distinct DILA devices within the DLA-X500R that enables this projector to product a quality stable image with no flicker.

The 4K data JVC has some interesting significant boost in picture quality you can see this diagram how it creates an A frame and a B frame, and it has the pixels shifting diagonally in order to quadruple the total pixel count.

All Full HD signals are then scaled to 4K with JVC’s exclusive Multi Pixel Control, with an auto mode to simplify operation. Then the projector detects the original resolution, and it can analyze the data frame by frame and pixel by pixel. It is able to add details as well as dynamic contrast to create quite a picture.

The DLA-X500R has three chip D-ILA (Direct Drive Image Light Amplifier) that is a JVC exclusive. It uses Liquid Crystal on Silicon that is reflective, highly efficient, and has terrific brightness in the best sources. It has images with smooth gray scale and rich, highly accurate colors with no spatial dithering to cause noise in the low black levels, something that JVC is well-known for.

Then there is the 3D aspect, which is capable with an optional 3D emitter. The glasses are sold separately at $180, but if you purchase the X900R version, it comes with the 3D emitter and two pairs of glasses.

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The bad

The JVC DLA-X500R is not true native 4K. This isn’t the first time that I have seen this written about a product, but it is the third iteration of its e-shift technology that can stimulate 4K with a pixel-shift process. The technology is able to shift diagonally to effectively make 4K. It might not be true 4K, but it is better than 1080p. Of course, the user can actually disable the 4K e-shift3 feature, which will enable you to get a decent 1080p image.

Home Theater Review states that the JVC DLA-X500R is not optimally configured for dark-room movie watching. It recommends switching it to Low lamp mode and adjusting the lens aperture to a maximum.

Even though it has five pictures modes that we’ll explain in the Highlights section, there is not THX and ISF modes.

The DLA-X500R does not accept a 480i signal, so you’re probably going to need a Blu-ray or something very up to date. By the way, the DLA-X500R does not contain HEVC decoding or built-in Web applications in order to accommodate 4K streaming from Netflix or similar services. This is because the HDMI inputs are 1.4 and not 2.0, and there is no USB port for a 4K server.

Final Thoughts

It is good to know that projectors still have a market in this now 4K world. The JVC DLA-X500R represents one that is priced to own, even though the price is still pretty high. The idea of having 1080p and/or Blu-Rays made into 4K is seems too good to be true, and it kind of isn't. However, if this projector can pull off a technical process that looks like 4K quality to you, who cares?


JVC DLA-X500R D-ILA Projector Specs
• Weight: 32.3 pounds
• Projection Size: 60” to 200” inches on a diagonal
• Contrast Ratio: Dynamic is 600,000:1 while the native is 60,000:1
• 3D: Yes
• Brightness: 1,300 Lumens
• Video Compatibility: 480p, 576p, 720p 60/50, 1080i 60/50, 1080p 60/50/24, 3840x2160p 60/50/24, 4096x2160p
• Lamp Life: 2 to 3000 hours
• Resolution: 3840 x 2160, with 1920 x 1080 in 3D mode.
• Connectivity Ports: HDMI x 2 (3D, Deep Color, and CEC Compatible), DC12V, 3D Sync, RS232C, and LAN
• Power Zoom/Focus: 2X Zoom, Motorized Focus, f=21.4 to 42.8mm/F3.2-F4
• Zoom lens ratio: Unknown
• 3D Glasses: Sold separately


There is an illumination system with a 230W SHP lamp that is rated for up to 4,000 hours in standard lamp mode or 3,000 hours in high lamp mode. This power supply is matched exactly for this lamp, and it has one year or 1,000 hours lamp warranty.

The remote has a good button layout, and there is direct access to many picture adjustments. There is no input button, but since there are only two inputs, this won’t be too much of a problem. The remote can control zoom, focus, and horizontal/vertical lens shifting.

If you do not want to use the remote, JVC has a free smartphone app for the projector setup and control.

The Aspect Ratio menu includes options for 4:3, 16:9, and Zoom, but it is possible to find an Anamorphic mode in order to mate the projector with an anamorphic lens and 2.35:1-shaped screen. DLA-X500R allows the user to save up to five lens memories, allowing the user to focus, zoom, and use lens-shifting tools to configure different screen shapes for different sources.

There are also five different picture modes that include Cinema, Anime, Natural, Stage, and User. There are also other advanced adjustments that include a high brightness mode and three custom modes where you can adjust RGB gain and offset. There are also four gamma presets and three custom modes with selections from 1.8 to 2.6, as well as picture tone and dark/bright level controls to further fine tune the gamma. Then there are also seven-point color management systems and many other methods of adjustment to achieve the finest picture that you can get.

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Visual Specs

I’ve already mentioned the 4K resolution with the help of a little technical magic within the DLA-X500R itself. We’ve also talked about the 1,300 Lumens of brightness alone with the contrast ratios of 600,000:1 with the dynamic and 60,000:1 with the native. We’ve also mentioned how good it can do in bright light, and how you might need to adjust when the lights are off.


On the back are two HDMI 1.4 video inputs, as well as RS-232, Ethernet, and a 12-volt trigger. There is also the 3D synchro port to attach an option PK-EM2 3D emitter ($100), which is slightly bigger than a USB thumb drive and can communicate with the PK-AG3 glasses via RF.


Most of my sources have stated that the JVC DLA-X500R is the least expensive 4K capable projector on the market at a price of $5,000. I was able to find it on Amazon for a price of about $4,000.

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Not so Great

It may be the lowest price of 4K projector that you can buy, but considering that it isn’t truly 4K, I still would not consider this a complete lie. After all, the true test of any product is going to be time, and if people are still using the JVC DLA-X500R in the next few years, then we will know that consumers are willing to accept anything that just looks like it is 4K.


4K video with a low-priced projector
Capable of 3D with an emitter
4,000 hours of standard lamp mode
Smartphone app for control
Different Picture modes


Technically, not true 4K, but probably good enough
Problems with dark-room watching
No THX or ISF modes

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Bottom Line

I suppose that the best way to describe the JVC DLA-X500R is to classify it as “an inexpensive 4K projector”. Of course, it is so much more, but this would be the brand consumers will probably give it. There is no doubt that consumer interest in very real 4K could bring products like the DLA-X500R into extinction, but time will tell that story. 4k TV's are a great alternative.

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  • July 18, 2015 at 9:01 am

    Is there a 2015 version of this projector planned? Does anybody know?


    • Stephen
      July 27, 2015 at 6:41 am

      So far, JVC hasn’t made any announcements about a 2015 model but we’re keeping our eyes open and will definitely review anything that emerges. If one does come out, it will likely be later in this year and we’ll also see what gets revealed at the IFA show in Berlin in September, or the CEDIA Expo in Texas in October, when projector announcements are common.


  • Ian
    December 29, 2015 at 4:29 pm

    To clarify exactly what is the output resolution? 1080p or 3840 x 2160? Surely if it’s the later it not quite being 4k is the same as tv’s with the same resolution? Surely if it can do 3840 x 2160 at 60 hz that’s all we’ll really need considering that’s the Blu-ray spec.


  • Joe
    August 29, 2016 at 2:12 pm

    How is this projector compared to Sony VPL HW45ES


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