“I’d expect both those models (my colleague Steve Withers auditioned the N7) to also suffer less with one of the N5’s niggles: a reduction in black level depth during very high-contrast images. There’s a slight greying effect sometimes apparent here with dark areas of HDR movies, although it really is small by the standards of other 4K HDR capable projectors. And while a little of D-ILA technology’s legendary black level prowess has been sacrificed on the altar of 4K Blu-ray, the N5 delivers the most beautiful, nuanced and contrast-rich SDR pictures in its class.
If you’re watching SDR on the N5, you’re probably also watching 1080p hi-def, raising questions over the quality of JVC’s upscaling. The answer is that it seems fair to middling; upscaled pictures look reasonably crisp, but there was a little more source noise than if I used the upscalers in my Oppo UDP-203 and Panasonic DP-UB820 4K Blu-ray players. So it’s worth experimenting.”