If you do feed the X95 a 3D source, though (assuming you’ve got the projector’s 3D kit, comprising a dongle that attaches to the projector’s rear and two pairs of glasses), it continues to be brilliant. JVC has hugely reduced the crosstalk ghosting problems witnessed on its 2012 3D projectors, leaving you much freer to enjoy the gorgeous sense of space and massive amounts of detail in the X95’s active 3D images. The extra contrast of the X95 helps it delineate an even more convincing sense of depth, in fact, than you got with the X75.
The only issues with the 3D performance, really, are that you have to manually select the helpful 3D picture preset (the projector oddly doesn’t choose it automatically for you); that the projector runs quite a bit more noisily in 3D mode than it does in 2D mode; and that 3D images aren’t quite as bright as we’ve seen them on one or two rival projectors.
Actually, the X95’s pictures generally aren’t the brightest around, with their relatively low 1200 Lumens maximum output. It’s in this respect that more expensive projectors – most notably those from Sim2 – come into their own. But so long as you can use the X95 in a blacked out room – something that will likely be possible for anyone able to spend 10 grand on a projector – the slight lack of brightness really won’t be an issue at all. Especially as the huge contrast ratio means pictures still look extremely punchy.
One last point to add given that we mentioned that fan noise increases considerably with 3D viewing is that in 2D mode, with the lamp set to its Low output mode, the X95 actually runs impressively quietly for such a powerful machine.
If you’re lucky enough to have a £10k budget and want the best projector such a sum can buy, then the X95 is unquestionably the projector for you. It delivers a palpable improvement over any previous JVC projector around, with a contrast performance in particular that’s streets ahead of anything else – even the awesome JVC X75.
That said, the X75 is a cool £3,000 cheaper than the X95, while still delivering a truly magnificent level of performance. We can imagine many potential buyers perhaps thinking that the £3,000 saving you could make if you went for the X75 instead could buy a heck of a lot of Blu-rays. For that reason, while we still recommend the JVC DLA-X95, we recommend taking a look at the X75 before you buy.
The X95 is hands down the best sub-£10k projector we’ve tested, so if you’ve got the cash and want the best, your bucks stop here. Just take a look the cheaper X75 before you do.