Conclusion: Verdict: DEFINITE BUY!!! JVC has nailed it. This is a perfectly executed home theater projector from a company who does it better than almost any other manufacturer. From any other company this would be the cornerstone projector. JVC considers the DLA-HD250 their entry level unit. Colors are exceptionally well rendered. Black levels are jaw dropping. Skin tones are incredibly realistic. There is nothing this projector doesn’t do well.
Pros: Silky flat black non-reflective finish, Phenomenal color quality, Inky dark blacks, Exceptional shadow detail, Skin tones are natural and lifelike, Attractive, easy to navigate menu system, Packed with useful features, Well laid out backlit remote, Dirt cheap for this kind of image quality, Power zoom, focus and lens shift, Easy to install and set up, Incredible true contrast ratio, Looks bright for 1000 ANSI, Exceptional out of box performance, Incredibly accurate le...
Cons: Noisy shutter door during power on and power down, Large chassis, like comparable Panasonic or Epson projectors
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