Screen Shots From JVC LX-UH1

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    Some months ago, I did a thread on my new JVC LX-UH1 Projector and how impressed I was with it. They say a picture is worth a thousand words. So for any who may be curious, or considering to purchase one, I offer these screen shots. I’m no expert photographer, and these screen shots were taken from my I Pad2. They give a very reasonable approximation of the picture quality of the UH1. Though it goes without saying, the picture in person is still superior in every way. But the attached photos give a reasonable sense of the JVC’s ability when it comes to colour, black level, contrast, HDR (especially the Red Giant Star scene from “Passengers”).

    Note: I have a basic, nothing too special Grandview white 120” Screen, 1.0 gain. It cost about $550 ...not in the thousands like some screens can run.
    The JVC is ceiling mounted 16+ feet from the screen and I sit approximately 18 feet from the screen in my theatre room. And it easily fills the screen with plenty of brightness and “wow” factor.
    My 4K Blu Ray Player is the Sony X800.
    The projector is in “HDR” mode, with brightness set to 50, contrast to 55, colour is at 80. Gamma is preset in this mode to “2.4” for all UHD/HDR content. I wish JVC had allowed the option of 2.6 or “Contrast Priority” when watching 4K content. But I’m sure they have their reasons.
    Attached Photos are from “The Greatest Showman 4K” . The rest are “Passengers 4K” - two of my favourite movies. More to follow.
    The first shot a close up from TGS is stunning in its image quality! And shows what the JVC is capable of when a real mastered in 4K content source is used.
    And also note, that the image in person is superior to the photos. My IPad is not capturing the full range of detail or colour that I see in person. For example, the close ups of Chris Pratt and Jennifer Lawrence are visibly more detailed in person. The pores on their skin, bumps on skin etc are all more clearly visible in person. Photos are an approximation only.
    Note: I’m not a Calibrator...just an enthusiast. Nor have I had the LX-UH1 calibrated. What you see is it’s “out of the box” image quality.
    By reducing brightness to between 48-45, the blacks become noticeably deeper. And of course, “contrast” can be set higher to offset the deeper blacks of the lower setting. While they do not approach the higher end JVC models, which are at this point in time, out of my budget, they are very pleasing I think.

    I personally think that the truest test of blacks is in tandem with simultaneous bright spots in the image. No one is looking a static black image on a projector while watching a movie. And I also think too much is made of how “inky” the Black bars on top and bottom of the image appear. I understand the blacker they appear, the more perceived contrast is in the projected image. But I have often noted while watching the JVC that the colour and depth of black in the actual image is often visibly deeper and inkier than the black bars appear - at least to my eyes. A good example of this is the colours of black in “Incredibles’ 1 or 2. The black in their superhero suits is clearly deeper than the bars appear, so the bars are also not the truest test of the projectors black levels.
    So I think the LX-UH1’s ability to produce very bright whites and highlights while simultaneously offering quite respectable blacks (that are every bit comparable to the Epson 5040UB for example, yet with visibly brighter whites and highlights), show the true ability of the LX-UH1 when it comes to blacks. And though not as deep as the D-ILA models obviously, the brightness is likely higher than at least some of those models? (That is what I have heard. Though I cannot confirm it).
    Since “HDR” is by definition the contrast between highest brightness and deepest blacks, then for a DLP Projector, I think the JVC, especially at this price point ($3K here in Canada), is truly unbeatable :)

    Updated Photos: Jan 04/19 - “Black Panther” 4K ...and of course, it goes without saying that whenever an image is paused on a Blu Ray, the pause affects resolution. The image is sharper in person.
    The last 3 are CGI Animation, SDR 1080p Blu Ray. “Ice Age: Dawn Of The Dinosaurs”.
    “Cinema” mode with brightness set to 47.

    Cheers!
    John
     
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    Thanks.
     
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    I just put a JVC X790R in my room right before the holidays, and I'm about to reach 100ish hours, so I'll soon calibrate. The JVCs look beautiful.

    Enjoy!
     
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    I’m sure the X790 looks amazing!
     
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    The color accuracy out of the box is surely impressive. I was able to zoom, focus, adjust brightness and contrast, and I was watching movies. I've made little minor adjustments here and there, but it has a very good looking image without going to in-depth.
     
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    I would say the same of my LX-UH1. It has not been calibrated, yet rather impressive indeed.
    Would love to see some screen shots of your X790!
     
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    I need to get around to starting an owner's thread for it. I haven't even taken any screen shots yet, I don't think.
     
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    Share the love :)
     
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    I finally remembered to take a few shots from my x790r while we were watching Infinity Wars last weekend...
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    Great lookin' image, @thrillcat. Is that 4K or standard BD?
     
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    That's the 4K. I started buying UHD versions when Deadpool came out, even though I didn't have a player or projector. Finally the system is complete (famous last words).
     
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    LOL.

    It's never complete!! :spend:

    Are you having good luck with HDR across the board, or are you experiencing hick-ups?
     
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    I am now. I took some bad advice from another forum regarding my sources (Oppo 203 and AppleTV 4K) and how it should be set up, and I was struggling trying to get a good image. I finally reconfigured everything the way my own common sense would suggest, and what do you know - great image!

    Chris Seymour is bringing his meters and software over on Saturday to do a more in-depth calibration. Once I've got that locked in, I'll start an official thread for it and go into more depth.
     
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    Very cool. Chris is a good guy!
     
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    Yep. It's handy that, even in January in Iowa, he's close enough to walk to my house. ;)
     
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    I hope you have one of his screens!
     
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    I do. :) Meeting him and realizing how inexpensively I could put one of his screens into my room (with a DIY frame) made my lifelong dream of a dedicated front projection room a reality.

    Now that everything else is upgraded and up to speed, my next purchase might be one of his Proscenium masking frames. I currently have my DIY frame built at a 2:1 aspect ratio, kind of the "best of both worlds" size. I actually really enjoy it. I don't miss the 60 rows of pixels it crops from 16:9, and it minimizes the letterboxing on scope content. Plus, the majority of Netflix original content is being produced at 2:1, so it's perfect for that. But a motorized masking screen would be the final item on my wish list (besides a bigger room).
     
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    Wow, looks awesome! The blacks are noticeably deeper on the X790 for sure. I think most noticeable on the black bars above and below the image. By adjusting brightness and contrast, I can get closer but obviously not the same depth.
    Ahhh...one day, perhaps I’ll own a higher end model. But here in Canada at least, it’s about $4000 more.

    Here are screen shots from the exact same images 4K UHD on the LX-UH1.
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    That still looks REALLY good, and my photos are a little deceptive. You can actually make out the letterboxing when you're in the room, but it just disappeared in my photos. It's also evident in my photos that I didn't bother pausing the movie, I just snapped a whole bunch and chose some of the better ones. :)
     
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    Oh I never thought to just take a shot without pausing.
    Like you, the black bars are prob more noticeable in my room as well, than on the pics.
    I think one of my problems is I have a white drop-ceiling. And there is noticeable light reflecting off of it. I’m considering painting my ceiling black to absorb that reflection.
     
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    Ah, yes, the ol' white ceiling.

    My ceiling (and walls) are painted espresso brown, which essentially turns to black with the lights out, but is nice and warm with the lights up. Best of both worlds.
     
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    Hey John, where in Canada are you located?
     
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    Hi Tony,

    I’m 30 miles east of Toronto, Ontario.
     

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