Your first memory of JVC might be a VHS player, or perhaps a chunky ‘portable’ camcorder. But that was then. Nowadays everything’s all small and sleek, including the company’s projectors – there isn’t a single massive silver knob to be found on the HD950.

JVC might not concern itself with the budget end of the market, but for midrange and high-end big-screen entertainment, it’s on top of its game. Set to run alongside the brilliant HD750 for now, this new model hopes to up its game still further.

Smoother than smooth

The DLA-HD950 is a Full HD, D-ILA projector claiming an impressive 50,000:1 native contrast ratio and packing THX and ISF calibration. There’s a 120Hz clear-motion driver on board too, promising smoother-than-smooth motion.

It’s all delivered in a sleek, relatively slim, gloss-black machine, complete with side-mounted connections.

You’ll find two HDMI inputs, plus component, S-Video and composite inputs, and it’s a doddle to centre, focus and set-up your picture – there’s even a THX mode should you want to trust the experts with your picture’s settings – and it runs at a deathly silent 19dB once you do.

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Bags of detail

And the picture? There’s incredible insight, a steady hand when it comes to speedy action and an exhaustive range of subtle colour shades. The JVC’s ability with gloomy scenes left us gobsmacked – it digs up untold amounts of detail from deep, solid blacks – while still rendering bright whites faithfully. The picture’s sharp yet smooth, giving it a real sense of involvement.

We didn’t want to take the DLA-HD950 out of our testing room. It’s one of the best projectors we’ve seen in a long time. And now it’s gone, we’re sad.


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JVC DLA-HD950 review

If you’ve got the money, this is one of the best ways to bring the cinema experience to your living room