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Jvc dla-hd350 vs optoma hd33

Discussion in 'Projectors' started by goku1209, Dec 8, 2012.

  1. goku1209

    goku1209 New Member

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    i know JVC DLA-HD350 was about 3500 pounds when new but that was like 4 years ago and that optoma hd33 is a current projector and retails for about 1000 pounds.

    thing is i can get a JVC DLA-HD350 for about 1000 pounds now but i want to know if it is worth is. is it outdated or is the picture still better then the current 1000 projectors like the hd33

    thx
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    The JVC will blow the Optoma out of the water, no contest (epecially if you have a treated room). I've had a couple of Optoma projectors (last being the HD20) and the HD350 is just in another league entirely. The only reason you should even consider the HD33 is if you're after 3D capability.
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    hasn't time played a part I know the hd33 is only 1000 pounds but it's new the hd350 is very old can the black levels compete
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    Time has nothing to do with it, the Optoma is a budget machine, it's all about the engineering, components and build quality, which the JVC excels at. I doubt the HD33 even has glass lenses, let alone motorised lens shift and focus.

    As for black levels this is what JVC are renowned for, a budget DLP machine cannot hope to come anywhere close. Even if you were deciding between the more expensive Optoma HD83 and the HD350, I'd still say go with the JVC.
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    Thx mate that makes it easy so used jvc 350 for 1100 or new hd33 for 1000
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    Can the black levels on the 350 compete agenst plasma tv's and vt30
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    I haven't seen a plasma in years and am not familiar with that model so can't really say. I seem to remember people comparing them favourably with Pioneer Kuros though, which I understand to be highly though of.
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    Wow I had a kuro amazing picture are u telling me the hd350 is as good
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    Like I say I have no first hand experience, I just seem to recall that being mentioned. However you should note that absolute blacks are simply not possible via projection due to the nature of the technology. That said I've never heard anyone say they're disappointed with JVC's black levels.
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    mate what about the Sony VPL-VW60 can that compete with hd33 or hd350
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    Remember too that you need to have black walls, floor and ceiling to really get the most out of a projector. However, I don't and yet still enjoy the result (and did with my old HD350), but I'm planing some room improvements myself. The darker the decor then the better the projected image will look, but it depends on your expectations and whether it's a dedicated or living room installation as to how much compromise you can make.

    [See also the increasing contrast thread for more information].
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    also i it still possble to get the lamps for hd350 as its old
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    Lamps are still available for the HD350 as they used the same lamp in the later HD550/950 as well. The older JVC HD1 is still supported for lamps, so I don't think this is an issue to be concerned about.
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    Is the hd1 as good as hd350
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    No... the HD350 is the replacement for the HD1, so they improved a few things such as better contrast (15,000:1 HD1 verses 30,000:1 HD350) and a little brighter. I can't remember if the HD1 has a remote controlled zoom, shift and focus but the HD350 does have. However, if you find a used HD1 for a good price, then it's still worth considering as they probably won't drop much more in price so you could sell it later on and upgrade as funds allow.
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    Btw is the picture it self in 1080p on hd350 as good Or better then current 1000 pound projectors like hd33. Also is sony vw60 as good as hd350
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    Sorry for so many questions lol
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    I cant help you, but am interested in your results! I am trying to get an idea on a upgrade for me...ax100 to???

    I have seen hd82's hd86 at about 1k ish even a 350 but thats over 1k on bay!
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    Sony vw60 is about 600 pounds
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    The HD350 is well overpriced (unless it's brand new perhaps) as I wouldn't expect more than about £650 for my old HD350 now.
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    Well if you want to sell let me know!
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    Mate Sony vpl-vw60 for 700 pounds , optoma hd33 for grand or hd350 for grand. Which one???
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    At the moment I'm thinking that I'll just keep it as a backup, but I'll keep my eye on the wanted adverts incase I change my mind. ;)

    Not sure that the VW60 is as good as the HD350, so IMVHO it's a little dear still, but maybe someone else can comment.
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    Thanks mate.

    Any views on a hc5000?
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    I upgraded from a vw60 to the hd350 and the jvc is much better than the Sony, specially with black level
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    Thx for that
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    i had an hc5000 as my first projector, nice sharp picture but not very good black level. next i got a sharp xzv21000 which is very similar to the hd1 and it was considerably better on the black level front. now have an x30 which is better still.
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    are JVC DLA-RS40 and JVC DLA-X3 the same mashine?
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    So......epson 6000 vs 350? Hd86 vs 350!


    Loads of options here!
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    As you are not interested in 3D, I would eliminate the TW6000 from the equation. Regarding the Optoma and JVC, there are many pros and cons of both, and it depends where your priorities are.
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