JVC UH1 4K DLP Projector IMPRESSES BIG TIME

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Hello fellow projector enthusiasts,

I’m new here and wanted to post my initial review and experience with my newly purchased JVC LX-UH1B DLP Projector, on July 25/18

Specs:
2000 lumens
Single chip TRP DMD (Digital Micromirror Device) .47’ DLP chip
While not native 4K, the LX-UH1 employs JVC’s ‘E-Shift’ technology to achieve the 8.3 million pixels (3820 x 2160) required for “4K” designation.
Supports HDR 10, Hybrid Log Gamma
100% REC 709 coverage. Supports BT 2020 colour
RGBRGB Colour Wheel
2 HDMI inputs, including one that features the full speed/full spec HDMI/HDCP2.2 standard and capable of handling data transfer rates up to 18Gbps. There is also an RS-232C interface and a 12-volt screen trigger output.
100,000 - 1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio via Iris turned on.
The LX-UH1 provides a +/- 60% vertical lens shift and +/- 23% horizontal lens shift.
1.6x wide zoom lens
4000 hr Lamp life (Normal) mode. 10,000 hrs (Eco).

Background:
I’m not a Calibrator or retailer....jus a quality picture loving enthusiast. My previous Projector was the well reviewed Mitsubishi HC7800D, 1080p DLP Projector which I reallly enjoyed for several years. I went to a local retailer and saw the LX-UH1 in action against the Optoma UHD65 which I was thinking I would end up with, given how well reviewed it was everywhere, especially by “The TV Specialists” on YouTube who have done several in-depth reviews and comparisons of the UHD65 against other projo’s. Given JVC’s pedigree and vaunted reputation in the theatre projection realm, I was quite excited to see their first DLP. I figured that it was going to be special if JVC was going to put their label on it. I was not disappointed!

Personal Opinion Re: Specs On Paper
Each manufacturer employs their own in-house systems for determining Contrast Ratio (CR). For example, the Optoma UHD65’s specs claim 1’200,000-1 dynamic contrast - an incredible number! Whereas the JVC UH1’s spec claims a modest 100,000-1 by comparison. Those numbers, IF accurate would indicate the black levels, shadow detail and CR of the UHD65 should blow away the JVC. However, in side by side viewing at the local retailer, nothing could be further from the truth! I’m sitting 16 feet away from a 120” GRANDVIEW White Screen 1.0 gain, in a fully darkened theatre room with a white ceiling and light blue walls (so definitely light is reflecting off both), yet the picture is still spectacular! It is plenty bright, rich in colours that have the ‘pop’ and ‘wow’ factor, exceptionally crisp, sharp and detailed, with very satisfying contrast.

1080p SDR Blu Ray Content:
First impression? wow! Side by side (at the Retailer) with the Optoma UHD65, the opening scene of “Avatar” and the night scene where Jake spends his first night on Pandora, the JVC’s blacks were, to my pleasant surprise, better than the UHD65, and its overall clarity and sharpness was visibly superior. Note, both were using the same Sony UBP X800 4K player. The contrast in the opening spaceship scene on the JVC was stunning! The star field was black not grey, the multitude of stars very clear, and the light spaceship was excellently contrasted in the foreground. I purchased the JVC.

When I got it home, I ran it through a barrage of real content tests from 1080p Blu Ray in SDR to UHD4K HDR content on both Blu Ray and You Tube content.
Via the newly purchased Sony UBX800, I must say what the JVC does with SDR Blu Rays is, in my experience, astonishing! My favorite movies exploded off the screen with a stunningly new level of detail, contrast and colour. So much so, that it was almost like seeing each for the first time. I thought I had relatively good picture quality before. But this? ...Wow, the colour the JVC puts out. “Brilliant” isn’t the best adjective...explosive is!
NOTE: I’m not a Calibrator, merely an enthusiast. I own arguably the very best 1080p plasma ever built - the Samsung PN F8500 60”, which boasts deep, inky blacks, stellar colours, superb motion and best ever brightness for a plasma. Of its 4 main viewing modes, while “Relax” may in fact be most technically correct to “real life” and I have no complaints about its picture quality, I prefer the extra “pop” and contrast of “Movie” or “Standard”. I like saturated colours. I want a highly cinematic experience. If I desire real world accuracy, I’ll go out for a walk. When it comes to movies, I want “pop”, “wow” in blacks, colour and depth. In this sense, while I respect that it may not be for everyone, especially the die hard purists who may prefer the more technically perfect calibrated image, it is precisely what I was looking for. And the JVC rises to the challenge...easily.

Contrast, contrast, contrast
The contrast is superb and blacks are very satisfying. While they don’t approach the depth of JVC’s renoun D-ILA models, the LX-UH1’s blacks are still deeper than I anticipated. And in scenes where there are bright highlights, the blacks are every bit as deep as the Epson 5040UB I saw at the retailer. How did JVC pull this off in a DLP? I’m comparing it to both my previous Mitsubishi HC7800D, 1080p Projector and the Epson 5040UB I saw on display at a local retailer, which truthfully, did not impress me at all and was $800 more. So imo the JVC is head and shoulders above it in every way. It is also visibly superior to the 3 Optoma’s I had in my home and the UHD65 I saw on display.

The opening scene of “The Hobbit: Desolation Of Smaug” was fantastic! The depth of blacks on Thorin’s black hood/cape. The contrast and detail of the rain and slick look of the cape was incredible! In fact, the blacks in the projected image are in fact deeper than the black bars above and below the projected image. Fast forward to the scene were the Dwarves are captured by the elves and locked up. And where Thorin meets Thrandruil and the colours, textures detail in the walls, the bars, Thrandruil’s clothing etc are stunning. Again, contrast is very satisfying.
“Interstellar” on Blu Ray, and fast forward to the Black Hole scene to be treated to a depth of blacks I was not used to seeing on my previous Projo! The contrast, detail and POP of the image was stunning!
“X Men: Apocalypse” and the colours blew me away! Pun intended. The colour of Mystique’s blue skin exploded off the screen as did the detail and textures of everything! The explosion scene were all the kids are rescued was insane! The richness of the fire exploding through the floor, the colours, the details and clarity were mesmerizing!
Are you getting the picture? Pun intended. The JVC LX-UH1 is like NO DLP Projector I’ve ever seen.
Was it worth the extra $400-500 over the UHD65? Not even a rational question!

HDR/EOTF
One way in which the user can achieve noticeably deeper blacks is via the “EOTF” (Electro-Optical-Transfer-Function). Changing the setting has a very visible impact on overall brightness. When an HDR10 signal, like on a UHD Blu Ray is detected, the Projector auto selects 2.4 gamma. Obviously the good folks at JVC, felt that 2.4 was the optimal Gamma for viewing 4K/UHD/HDR content. Personally, I prefer ‘Contrast Priority’ but that is not an option when watching UHD content. For movies where one wants to see deeper blacks, setting the EOTF to ‘mid’ or ‘low’ will visibly deepen blacks. By tweaking other settings like ‘Brightness’ and ‘Contrast’, I can get the best of both - deeper blacks and sufficient brightness, dark level detail.

The REAL issue for me now is given how amazingly vibrant, detailed, upscaled 1080p Blu Ray’s look via the Sony X800 on the JVC, I’m left asking myself, Do I even need 4K Blu Ray content ? I’m seeing my Blu Ray library as if for the first time, with fresh eyes, and am constantly amazed as is my son, with what we are seeing now that we have never seen before...I’m not kidding, it’s that impressive! But...

4K Content:
I must say as impressive as my SDR Blu Rays look, 4K Blu Ray, played on the newly purchased Panasonic DP UB820 4K Blu Rayer with the ‘HCX’ professor, looks even more amazing! Shimming highlights, intricate details, superb contrast, rich colours....it’s all there.

“Black Panther” 4K, the detail is simply incredible! From the shimmering green in the dress in the bar scene, to the textures, colours and details on skin in the two challenge fight scenes, to the way T’Challa’s suit lights up with energy when struck...to the uniforms of the female warriors, to the clothing...the picture is absolutely stunning in every way.
“The Great Wall”, the opening first few scenes, which include a very dark campfire scene are rendered with exquisite detail, great contrast, rich colour and deep blacks. The colours of explosions, the creatures skin, blood, the female soldiers uniforms - are all rendering with stunning vibrancy and accuracy!
“Justice League”, having been mastered at 4000 nits, explodes with stunning brightness, HDR pop and excellent contrast, detail.
“Interstellar” 4K and ‘Passengers” 4K looked pristine. Highly detailed, crisp, with superb contrast, colour and clarity.
“Exodus; God’s And Kings” looks Reference Quality all the way!
Avengers Infinity War” is accurate, vibrant, detailed on this JVC!

Dynamic Iris:
For those not accustomed to the effect of an iris, the effect of the fluctuating brightness and dimming it creates may take a bit of getting used to. However, for myself it is something that while I did notice in the first 10-20 hrs watching, it is barely noticeable to me anymore.

YouTube 4K HDR Content
Streamed via the UB820, is flawless. Bright, detailed, richly contrasted, pristine - A+++++!

Animated CGI Content From 1080p Blu Ray
wow! We all know CGI animation has rich, saturated colours. Watching “MegaMind” with my sons, was ridiculously good picture quality! From the subtle gradations of colour/shades and hues of blue and purple in MegaMind’s head, ears and face, to the wonderfully contrasted night scenes, to the dazzling textures in clothing, to the deep blacks especially of the city scenes at night, especially when Titan kidnaps Roxanne is like nothing I’ve ever seen before! Jaw-dropping, eye-popping, spectacular...getting the picture? OK, so I’m still a big kid at heart. “Kung Fu Panda” was a revelation - in that I saw shades of colour and details I had never seen previously,

Rainbow Effect
Nothing that neither myself, nor my wife or sons can detect.

Conclusion:
I honestly can’t believe the picture quality! And for sub-$3K (here in Canada)...Wow!
I used to get compliments from family and friends who saw my previous Mitsubishi in action...wait till they see this!
If my JVC UH1 looks this impressive, truthfully I cannot even imagine what the RS series or X590, 790 series projos must look like!!!
Perhaps one day, I’ll be fortunate to own one myself.

Thanks for reading.
 
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Great write up! Lots of good info here. Sounds like JVC nailed this PJ on multiple fronts: great black levels being one of the most important.

I’m curious: have you been sensitive to the rainbow effect with other DLP gear?
 
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Great write up! Lots of good info here. Sounds like JVC nailed this PJ on multiple fronts: great black levels being one of the most important.
I’m curious: have you been sensitive to the rainbow effect with other DLP gear?
Hi Todd,
No even with my older Mitsubishi HC7800D, I never experienced any “rainbow effect”. And certainly none on the JVC. My normal viewing distance is 18 feet away, which may be too far away to notice.

Regarding 4K detail, the experts claim the distance I’m seated from is outside the “sweet spot” for seeing the improvement in fine detail which the 4K brings out. And at times, I’ve moved up several feet to see if I can make out any more. I don’t really see a difference in detail when I move closer, and yet I am seeing noticeably more fine detail in faces, textures, clothing, fur, etc than I’ve ever seen previously.

When I had the both the Optoma UHD60 and UHD51A in my home, I could not see any rainbow effect either. But I recall when I took a couple of photos of the image off the UHD60, while looking through the lens of the camera on my IPad 2, and only then, I could see coloured lines. Then it occurred to me “This is what people claim is ‘rainbow effect’.”

The JVC is truly impressive. And via the Lens Aperture and brightness setting, the blacks can be visibly enhanced even deeper. Of course there will be some trade offs when these are engaged, but many instances with Brightness set to 45 and Gamma in “Contrast Priority” mode, with Contrast set to 55-60, and with Picture in “Cinema”, then depending on content the blacks are very deep. Andguven how bright the Projector is and how rich and vibrant the coluurs are, the overall effect is in my opinion, rather spectacular indeed! Of course, I’m sure the blacks are not as deep as the X590 and above models, but this JVC is brighter than they are, so there are some trade offs.

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Sounds like you're one of the lucky ones that isn't sensitive to the rainbow effect... I, unfortunately, don't fall into that camp... consider yourself lucky! Allows you to really enjoy the DLP tech! I can spot it right away from most any distance. I'm not going to tell you how, because I don't want to introduce any chance of you possibly discovering it! ;-)

The effect, to my eyes, is a bright staggered flashes of color on the screen. I've actually noticed something similar (but slightly different) with frame interpolation modes on my JVC projector.

Agree with you on the trade offs --- I'm hoping that JVC will have this puppy setup for demo at CEDIA. They usually have one primary demo room for their uber expensive laser cannon... and then one or two side rooms. Can't wait to see it in action!
 

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Thanks for the excellent review John... we appreciate you sharing that info with us. Sounds like you found a real winner.

Rainbow effect never bothered me either... hope I never start noticing it.
 

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No.

But I think you're eye wouldn't be able to see the difference. ;-)
 

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LOL... well, I think @John Platanitis has some good weight behind his words. I'll let you know what I think when I see it at CEDIA! ;-)
 

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Well, remember, their other gear (along with uber expensive sony PJs) are seriously robust in size and build quality. I think this JVC falls perfectly inline with its price point
 

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QUOTE="Todd Anderson, post: 26989, member: 6"]No.But I think you're eye wouldn't be able to see the difference. ;-)[/QUOTE]
QUOTE="Todd Anderson, post: 26992, member: 6"]LOL... well, I think @John Platanitis has some good weight behind his words.” Indeed!

And I agree with Todd -though it’s not native 4K and while it uses “E-shift” as other JVC’s, I don’t think the human eye can resolve the difference.

And my testimony is true guys. The pic quality is phenomenal!
 

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QUOTE="Todd Anderson, post: 26989, member: 6"]No.But I think you're eye wouldn't be able to see the difference. ;-)
QUOTE="Todd Anderson, post: 26992, member: 6"]LOL... well, I think @John Platanitis has some good weight behind his words.” Indeed!

And I agree with Todd -though it’s not native 4K and while it uses “E-shift” as other JVC’s, I don’t think the human eye can resolve the difference.

And my testimony is true guys. The pic quality is phenomenal![/QUOTE]
What do you think about the build quality compared to other projectors you have had, quality of materials etc.? Ventilation...I currently have the panesonic 7000u which appears bigger and higher quality build.
 
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RE: Blacks

On YouTube, under the video review made by “TV Specialists” where they did side by side 3-way review of the Optoma UHD65, Epson 5040ub and the JVC LX-UH1, I made several comments. For any who may be interested, they are worth reading and I think provide a very clear rebuttal to the conclusions reached in the video review. Ironically, on their webpage in-depth 3 part review, they are far more balanced in their clearly biased view of the Optoma and say a few times the JVC stands toe to toe with the other two and especially when it comes to HDR and black level, it is “simply impressive”. I of course, agree.

OK, so the more I think about black levels on a Projector, hey I admit that in a static image on screen, the Epson and Optoma have deeper blacks. But my thinking is, So exactly who is spending thousands to watch a black screen? My point is that the truest representation of blacks ought to be in scenes with bright highlights. Which is why HDR consideration is huge with the JVC in my opinion. The TV Specialists state that given how bright the JVC is, how brilliant it’s whites are compared to the visibly more yellowish whites produced by the Epson and the Optoma, that it’s HDR performance is visibly better while simultaneously it’s blacks are “that close” to the Epson and Optoma in real content where bright highlights are in the scene, that any onlooker looking at either Projector in a blind test would in all likelihood not be able to tell the difference.

Now, admittedly I’m only a consumer. No expert by any means. But to myself, that seals the deal! For since the JVC outperformed the others in HDR and since it can produce visibly brighter whites while simultaneously equal or near equal blacks, THEN in actual point of fact, in my opinion, the LX-UH1 has the best black levels where HDR is concerned when all relevant factors are considered. Since it is clearly the brightest of the 3 images after calibration, producing whiter whites, equal blacks and better HDR without sacrificing loss of brightness.
...and isn’t HDR at least as important, if not more so than mere resolution when it comes to considering the full implications of 4K?

Just one man’s admittedly novice opinion
 
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Re build quality, it is WAY superior to the Optoma UHD65 which looks and feels cheap by comparison. It is small, but solid, well built. Sure a motorized zoom and focus would be nice, but for the price point, I can live with manual since it’s so rare that they get adjusted after initial setup
 

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Thanks for the great write-up John! I have no idea how I missed this originally!
 
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I wonder how it compares to the new LG laser projector.HU80KA
I’m really not familiar with that one...although having never yet seen one in person, rather limited understanding of quality Laser projo’s is that they should excel in every area...including price

Remember, I paid $3K tx incl here in Canada for the LX-UH1.
 

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I’m really not familiar with that one...although having never yet seen one in person, rather limited understanding of quality Laser projo’s is that they should excel in every area...including price

Remember, I paid $3K tx incl here in Canada for the LX-UH1.
The LG is $3000 also. I would be interested in a shootout between these too...any takers....Sonnie.....Todd???
 
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MARANTZ SR5006
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
LG UBK90
Front Speakers
PSB Image T55
Center Channel Speaker
PSB C-60
Surround Speakers
PSB Bi-bolar surround S-250
Subwoofers
PSB Subsonic 8
Video Display Device
JVC UH1B, 4K DLP Projector
Screen
120” Grandview 1.0 gain (white)
The LG is $3000 also. I would be interested in a shootout between these too...any takers....Sonnie.....Todd??
I paid $3K all in in Canada. So add 25-30% for USD price. So a 3 K USD laser would be 25-30% more here in Canada. So closer to $4K plus tax. So not really a similar price point...at least here.
 
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My AV System  
Main Amp
MARANTZ SR5006
Universal / Blu-ray / CD Player
LG UBK90
Front Speakers
PSB Image T55
Center Channel Speaker
PSB C-60
Surround Speakers
PSB Bi-bolar surround S-250
Subwoofers
PSB Subsonic 8
Video Display Device
JVC UH1B, 4K DLP Projector
Screen
120” Grandview 1.0 gain (white)
Hi John,
thank you for your great review.
I also bought a JVC LX-UH1. Could you please post your settings for 1080p and4k?
Hi Oliver, thanks for the kind words.

In 1080p I prefer Cinema Mode most of the time.
I like a vivid picture with colours and contrast that has “pop”. Not all purest’s will like my settings, because they may find them a lil unnatural. However, I want deep colours, blacks and contrast.
I like “Contrast Priority” the best and usually have it turned on.

In “Cinema” I have the following settings:
Brightness - 45
Contrast -55
Colour -50
Tint - 50
Sharpness - 14

Under “Advanced” I have the following settings;
Gamma - Contrast Priority

Note: I have a fully darkened theatre room.
My Projo is ceiling mounted about 15-17 feet from a 120” white wall mounted, fixed frame screen.
I have dark brown painted walls behind and 3 feet in front of screen on both sides, and then the colour is light blue.
I have white ceiling tiles in a “drop ceiling”.
Even though I am clearly getting some ambient reflection on my ceiling tile, I find my picture quality is superb!

I don’t adjust colour

Under “Movie Pro”, I have
Colour Enhancement - 12
Skin Tone -0
Super Res - 10

“Auto Aperture” is on high.

And under “SYSTEM SETUP” (far right on top), when watching 4K content, I have HDR “On”,
And EOTF - set to high.

When in 4K, as you probably already know, the only default gamma is 2.4. I would have liked the option to change that to 2.6 to deepen the blacks a bit more, but overall, I am quite pleased.

I’m not a Calibrator by any means, just an enthusiast
I hope this helps!

Cheers
John
 
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