JVC X55 Three-Chip D-ILA Projector


Design and Setup of the JVC X55 Projector

The JVC X55 is a large beast, shipping to me in a box that checked in at almost 50 lbs. The large lens sits dead in the center, with a pair of air exhausts on the sides of the projector. All the controls and inputs are placed on the rear of the projector. This and the air intakes on the rear mean you can't place it right up next to a wall, but that shouldn't often cause an issue. The 3D has been updated from an IR emitter to an RF emitter, which mounts on the back of the X55 and sticks out a couple of inches as well. Both glasses and the emitter are optional accessories.

Setting up the X55 to align with your screen is made very easy by JVC. The leveling feet are large and easier to adjust than on any other projector I've used, making it very simple to get it level. As the X55 features lens memory, lens zoom, focus and shift are all controlled by the remote, so you can do them from your seat and then fine-tune focus at the screen to get them ideal. You can save up to five different positions, making it easy to work in a constant image height setup like I have. Aligning the projector and dialing in a few memory positions took me no longer than a half hour to do.

The X55 is the least expensive JVC that features their full CMS system. You can configure a two-point white balance, choose from 14 different gamma selections, and adjust seven different colors, the primary and secondary colors along with orange, along a 3-axis CMS system. JVC now allows you to control their projectors with an iOS application, which can perform almost all the menu options except for adjusting the custom white balance. It isn't incredibly responsive, but it allows you to configure all the settings without any menus on screen that can cause test patterns to display incorrectly. JVC also has one of the best remotes, with fast access to everything and it is well backlit.

Prior to calibration, I used the JVC X55 in the cinema mode to break it in, with a white balance set at 6500K. As I found later, this measured incredibly well and is where I'd recommend for people to start. I used the JVC X55 with a 122", 2.40 Screen Innovations Solar 4K 1.3 gain screen. With a 1.78 ratio image this gives me a 96" diagonal image for a size comparison.