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The DLA-NX9 is designed to be used in a pitch-black Batcave cinema room, like our testing room and this is where you will get the absolute best from its performance. It doesn’t have the same incredibly deep blacks of the X-series models, the black floor is slightly raised with the new native 4K chips, but only slightly. While I didn’t have them side-by-side I would say the black floor is about the same as the native 4K Sony models (without the dynamic iris shutting down). If you use the two DI modes then the projector will, on encountering a full fade to black, dim the light output, but the black floor within the image is slightly lighter than the 1080p e-shift 4K models. This is not a deal-breaker or, in my opinion, an issue for end-users and enthusiasts. It, however, needs to be mentioned and explained within a review, as it is obvious on first viewing of the NX9 if you are coming from a previous e-shift 4K JVC.
I also need to mention that if you are using a 2.39:1 scope screen without masking, there is an issue with black level banding and light spillage beyond the 16:9 image raster. This will not be seen using a 16:9 screen or a scope screen with a masking system and is only seen on our screen, which is unmasked, within very dark scenes in 16:9 ratio content at the very far sides of the image, and again I only mention it to be complete in our assessment.”
“Shadow details don’t seem great in a dark room, but with some ambient light around I was struck by how much subtle dark picture information the TH535’s brightness allows it to retain versus typical projectors, while bright scenes showcase impressive vibrancy and clarity.
With this decent light management, it becomes easier to enjoy other smaller but still rewarding things you wouldn’t expect to see on a £500 DLP model – such as no dithering noise on skin tones during camera pans; no fizzing noise in dark areas; natural motion; bags of sharpness and detail everywhere bar the corners; and no bleaching or ‘glowing’ over even the brightest of Hustlers’ club spotlights.”