Contrasting Statement

    Although home-theater enthusiasts have always loved video projectors for the generously large images they create, many of today’s compact projectors produce insufficient contrast to deliver realistic, film-quality images. Parts of a picture that are intended to be black instead look gray, which takes the scare out of Hostel and wrecks the special effects in sci-fi movies. This problem should not trouble owners of JVC’s DLA-RS1X projector, which boasts a contrast ratio of 15,000 to 1—or twice the range typical projectors deliver—without resorting to optical or electronic trickery that can degrade images. The $5,995 DLA-RS1X features a lens that can be shifted to compensate for off-center mounting and zoomed to accommodate screens as large as 16 feet across. Resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels assures you see every detail of high-resolution TV broadcasts and Blu-ray discs. (973.317.5000, www.pro.jvc.com)

    —Brent Butterworth

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