While setting the X30 up, though, aside perhaps from the PC port, we didn’t in truth feel as if we were short of anything earth-shatteringly important given the X30’s entry-level status. In fact, the large x2 optical zoom and the precision and effectiveness of the motorised zoom/focus/image shift systems made basic set up an absolute breeze. Plus there’s enough flexibility in provided tools like a series of gamma presets (including separate ones for 3D and 2D), separate detail enhance and sharpness settings, and a pixel-adjust system to get pictures more or less as you like them.
There are also various colour presets and a trio of different noise reduction systems – though we wouldn’t advise that you use any of these NR systems while watching HD.
The only problems we encountered during setup were that the onscreen menus are a bit drab, and contain some rather technical terms that are barely explained at all in the instructions manual. With JVC’s claims to have improved its 3D performance for the X30 ringing in our ears, we dutifully fed the projector a trio of 3D movies (Thor, Tangled and, of course, Avatar). And it was quickly clear that JVC has been as good as its word.
For where last year’s X series projectors suffered a little with crosstalk, so long as you make sure the projector is set to its 3D picture mode, there’s hardly any crosstalk at all to be seen on the X30. Even during the most crosstalk-inducing sequences there’s only the absolute tiniest amount of ghosting – a fact which lets you really appreciate the exceptional clarity and detail of the full HD 3D images available from our 3D Blu-ray movies.
The X30’s 3D images are reasonably bright for active technology too, ensuring that colours look punchy and realistic, and that dark areas have a healthy amount of the sort of shadow detailing that’s so important to retaining a sense of 3D depth during dark scenes. There’s always room for a bit more brightness in future D-ILA iterations, but the X30’s 3D images certainly look dynamic enough to be watchable without any fatigue setting in.
With motion also looking clean and credible without using the motion processing system (it doesn’t actually work in 3D mode), the only negative things we can say about the X30B’s 3D pictures given the projector’s price are that a) the projector doesn’t automatically shift its picture settings into 3D mode when a 3D signal is detected and b) JVC’s new 3D glasses are pretty uninspiring.
The glasses are lighter than last year’s models, but they feel a little tight on the nose, and the lens section seems narrower, so they don’t take over your entire field of vision as much as we’d like.