Excerpt: Until the DLA-HD250 and it’s identical sibling projector, the JVC DLA-HD250Pro, JVC hasn’t offered a modern home theater projector under $4495. Bingo, these two JVC’s – the one we received to review was the DLA-HD250, from their consumer division. The DLA-HD250Pro is actually an identical projector from their Pro division. The biggest difference, is really the $4 difference in MSRP. This JVC DLA-HD250 is $2995, and the HD250Pro, four dollars more.
Pros: Excellent black level performance for a projector in its price range, Very nicely above average best mode brightness measured 758 lumens, Really very good color, Remote has good layout, Very good shadow detail, A quiet projector, even at full lamp power, Has the brightness in best mode to handle screens up to 130″ diagonal in a theater room, Great value proposition
Cons: Minor oversaturation of reds (slight “sunburned look”), No color management system, Lamp life could be longer, and lamps could cost less (higher than typical), Lacks CFI, Lacks Computer input (can use HDMI, or work around the component input, I miss the shiny piano finish of the old RS15, replaced by flat gray/black, Remote could use more range
Conclusion: JVC’s DLA-HD250 has no weaknesses. It’s a projector that’s taken JVC years to deliver. Their engineers have had to overcome significant technical hurdles to deliver a D-ILA projector at a reasonable price. The time taken has not been wasted. The DLA-HD250 is a tour de force, a major player in the projector market demonstrating the commitment to engineering and artistry that made their reputation in the first place.