If the only experience you have with projectors comes from high school where you sat in a dark room staring at grainy, washed out images, you need to know that things have changed. Projectors are now made for home theatre situations, and they’re bright, and with stunning high quality resolution. In fact, they’re good enough to rival even the finest flat screen TVs, and of course, it’s the technology movie theatres rely on.

I had a chance to test out one of JVC’s newest projectors, the LX-UH1 4K HDR DLP in my home for a few weeks.

Checking out JVC LX-UH1 4K HDR DLP

The new JVC LX-UH1 is a 4K Ultra High Definition (UHD) projector that’s ready to deliver 4K images, and offers HDR support too.

This projector is more compact than the last JVC projector I looked at, the JVC X590R.
It’s definitely made for smaller home spaces.

Key features: JVC LX-UH1 4K HDR DLP

The key features of this device are that it’s 4K and HDR ready. 4K video is of course four times the resolution of 1080p HD video. HDR meanwhile is all about light and colour; more intensity and gradation plus brighter brights without glare and more depth in dark scenes. If you want to dive deeper, read more about HDR and 4K here on the blog.

This projector can put out 2000 lumens (lumens is a measure of light output), so you can expect bright, high-contrast images. That many lumens means this projector can more than easily handle being in a room with a good amount of ambient light.

The LX-UH1 projector has two HDMI inputs, including one that features the full speed/full spec HDMI/HDCP2.2 standard which is capable of handling data transfer rates up to 18Gbps.

There’s also a remote control for the projector in the box.

JVC LX-UH1: What you need

To use the LX-UH1 4K HDR DLP, you’ll need to connect an external content device of some type; a Blu-ray player, streaming device or similar. And naturally, you need a proper screen. I’ve got the EluneVision Elara Nano Edge installed at my house so that I can enjoy those beautiful 4K images wrinkle-free and without any distractions.

Setting up JVC LX-UH1 4K HDR DLP

Getting things set up and ready to watch is easy; you’ll hook up your chosen peripheral, in my case I used the 4K Roku Premiere +. Then power things on, and then you can make any adjustments to the image that you need. You can adjust the video placement, since the LX-UH1 has a ±60% vertical lens shift and ±23% horizontal lens shift. This is handy because it means you can perfect the image location without always needing to move the machine.

In combination with the projector’s manual 1.6x wide zoom lens, this versatility means it’s made for almost any home environment. It’s also got manual focus controls so you can get things perfect. Yes, some projectors have these controls motorized, but in my experience, once you get your projector set in its place, you’re rarely moving it around enough to need remote motorized control.

The included remote control is big and boxy. It has controls for instant adjustments to Brightness and Contrast, it’s also got a handful of different video presets (more on that in a second). There’s also cursor controls for navigating the menu and adjusting the picture left and righ or up and down. A button labelled Hide temporarily blacks out the picture from the screen while keeping the power on (saving time in powering up/down) while Test displays a lined grid box so you can perfectly frame to the screen.

Menu options: JVC LX-UH1 4K HDR DLP

With this projector, perhaps not surprisingly, there are several pages of menu settings. You can adjust everything you might expect from brightness, colour, contrast, and more, to language, lamp usage, screen saver and aspect ratio. Bottom line; you can customize most of the features on this projector to be perfect for you, your content, and your particular room.

JVC LX-UH1 Video Settings

There are three video settings on the remote; they’re called Natural, Cinema, and Dynamic. Each of them makes slight, preset adjustments to your video. You can use them to adjust colour or contrast depending on the type of content you’re watching. Natural for example works great for general TV viewing and watching nature shows in 4K, while Cinema is ideal for movie viewing.

JVC LX-UH1 4K HDR DLP Video Quality

The overall video quality of this projector is really strong. The projector is bright, the images detailed, the colours are clear, saturated and vibrant, and it definitely brings a movie theatre-type experience to your home. Check out the video to see this projector in action and view the video quality for yourself.

Overall thoughts on JVC LX-UH1 4K HDR DLP

There’s lots to like about this projector; its compact size, bright lamp, and 4K HDR capabilities stand out. It’s also easy to set up and use, and will give you everything you’re looking for in a projector. If anything is missing, it’s some of those motorized controls, perhaps.

But overall, if you’re looking for a 4K HDR video projector to erase those high school memories, the JVC LX-UH1 4K HDR DLP is a good choice.

Editor TV and Home Theatre
Erin is a journalist, writer, and TV producer with a fascination for technology and a love of gadgets. Check out her blog TechGadgetsCanada.com