DreamVision Starlight 3 LCoS Projector

Video projectors are always front and center at the CEDIA Expo, and this year is certainly no exception. Among the many introductions in this regard will be the Starlight 3 from French maker DreamVision.

Based on the JVC DLA-RS35, the 1080p Starlight 3 is at the top of DreamVision's LCoS lineup. Foremost among its features is a claimed peak contrast ratio of 70,000:1—and that's without a dynamic iris. Also included are nine picture-profile memories and a 6-color calibration system. Like the other Starlight models, this one provides processing to allow the use of an optional fixed or motorized anamorphic lens.

The Starlight 3 carries a price tag of $13,600, which is $3600 more than the JVC DLA-RS35. What do you get for the extra dough? According to DreamVision, a designer housing that's available in several colors and reduces audible noise even more than the JVC, which is hard to believe since the RS35 is already one of the quietest projectors available. You also get the ability to engage 2.35:1 mode with a single button push on the remote.

Are these items worth an extra $3600? I'd love to know what you think about that, so I look forward to reading your comments below. If you're not already registered on the site, I encourage you to create an account—which is free and easy—so you can post comments on any of our stories.

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Seth G.'s picture

Fancy casework is nice but its just window dressing
For the extra cash I would hope to see some sort of real improvements in performance
I would have rather seen that money spent on upgrading the optics
Though buying optics can get very expensive in a hurry
Maybe the difference in price between the standard lenses and better optics of an easily distinguishable level just weren't possible for the given price point...
Though I would love to see a Meridian tweeked RS35

Jarod's picture

Thank you Scott!!

Jarod's picture

Most agreed.

Jarod's picture

That sure is an impressive claimed contrast ratio without a dynamic iris. Being able to engage 2.35:1 mode with a touch of a button is a great feature, but I don't know if its worth the extra $3,600. And I don't want to pay extra just for the casing and quieter operations because it may be quiet enough already. If I were using an anamorphic lens it sure would be handy. If it were my money though, I think I would stick with the JVC-DLA-RS35. It would probably come down to seeing demos of both projectors before I could make a decision.

salesman's picture

What's better than a HUGE SCREEN shown on a perfect screen with an ultra-sharp,ultra-bright picture with at least 5.1 surround !

Scott Wilkinson's picture
I can think of very little that is better than that! Except I prefer a moderately bright picture, not ultra-bright, at least in a dark room, which is the best place to view projected images.
Scott Wilkinson's picture
Jarod, thanks for posting your comment; you have become our most prolific commenter, which I really appreciate!

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