JVC Projectors Have Long Been Excellent Performers When It Comes to Black Levels
JVC projectors have long been excellent performers when it comes to black levels, besting even the almost-non-beatable Epson Home Cinema 5040UB, but lacking in one area – true 4K. For years JVCs have been able to pixel shift, using their e-Shift technology to create a 4K UHD image Not anymore!
SIX NEW projectors mark the manufacturer’s entrance into true 4K territory.
These new projectors are broken up into two series. The first is the Precision Series, and consists of the DLA-NX5, DLA-NX7, and the DLA-NX9, which were announced at IFA 2018 in Berlin. The second is theReference Series, which are the DLA-RS1000, the DLA-RS2000, and the DLA-RS3000. These projectors start at $5,999.95, and have just now started to ship early November 2018
Taking a more in depth look at JVC’s true 4K projectors line-up;
JVC Projectors DLA-NX5/DLA-RS1000
The DLA-NX5/DLA-RS1000 are JVC’s entry-level true 4K projectors, and are available in black They contain the new 4K D-ILA chips – three of them – and claim 1,800 lumens, with a native contrast ratio of 40,000:1, and a dynamic contrast ratio of 400,000:1. No dynamic iris on these, but JVCs are known for their top-notch black level performance, so I’m not particularly concerned about this revelation.
These three new JVCs use 3 D-ILA DLP chips to produce the full color spectrum. Photo taken from JVC Europe’s video on the DLA-NX9.
One rather interesting feature found on the JVC DLA-NX5/DLA-RS1000 is called Auto Tone Mapping. This feature affects HDR, using metadata from the image’s average and peak brightness to calculate the best way to project the image. HDR, on a lot of projectors, can be dull due to a lack of brightness, and this feature – in theory – eliminates this problem. We shall see!
The next projectors in the new true 4K line-up are the JVC DLA-NX7/DLA-RS2000. These are 1,900 lumen projectors with an 80,000:1 native contrast ratio and an 800,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. These projectors are an extra $2,000 up from the DLA-NX5/DLA-RS1000 – $7,999.95. JVC claims these models reach 100% of P3/BT.2020 color space. If so, I’m truly impressed. Hopefully, we get one of these in for the next Home Theater Projector’s Report!
Auto Tone Mapping is also found on these projectors, for brightening that HDR. Art will be getting video into me tonight from the JVC Booth, and I will update this article with that video when it goes live. I have seen press write about it from IFA 2018, and the consensus seems to be that the colors look richer and more intense without compromising brightness. I do hope that is true.
JVC Projectors DLA-NX9 DLA-RS3000
The DLA-NX9/DLA-RS3000, like the award-winning DLA-RS440U, also have e-Shift, but for an impressive 8K image! I am quite looking forward to hearing about the picture quality from Art, who is gathering footage CEDIA on these new JVCs as I write this.
The price jumps up drastically for this guy, $10K more than the DLA-NX7/DLA-RS2000, and for good reason. That 8K capability alone is rather astounding, as I believe these are the first projectors to have such a feature. That’s rather awesome, as I just saw an 8K RED camera for sale, and I imagine that means that 8K Blu-ray won’t be far behind! We can, at least, hope. Either way, your 4K content should look absolutely breathtaking on the DLA-NX9/DLA-RS3000.
These 2,200 lumen projectors have a native contrast ratio of 100,000:1, a dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, and has HDR, with that Auto Tone Mapping feature. They, too, claim to reach 100% of P3/BT.2020. The DLA-NX9/DLA-RS3000 are also THX certified, making them impressive beasts, and projectors to be reckoned with! We’ll update this article as we have a video to post, so stay tuned!