JVC announced Thursday that its top-of-the-line 4K D-ILA (LCoS) home theater projector, model DLA-RS4500K, will be able to receive a new firmware update bringing auto tone mapping, dedicated color profiles, and expanded screen adjustment modes among other features.

The V2.0 firmware update bringing a package of significant new performances upgrades, will be available beginning June 27, 2019, the company said.

The JVC DLA-RS4500K ($34,800 street retail) is the company’s top-of-the line 4K home theater model that combines a JVC-developed native 4K D-ILA device with the company’s proprietary BLU-Escent laser phosphor light source. It is rated at 3,000 lumens brightness, which is optimal for large screen 4K HDR applications.

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New enhancements to be added to the projector include the following:

Auto Tone Mapping – The Auto Tone Mapping function automatically adjusts settings for optimum HDR10 images. JVC said the HDR10 mastering information MaxCLL (Maximum Content Light Level) / MaxFALL (Maximum Frame Average Light Level) varies greatly depending on content. To achieve the best HDR10 experience it is necessary to set the appropriate brightness settings for each piece of programming. The Auto Tone Mapping function automatically adjusts settings based on the mastering information. Various HDR images with different brightness can be viewed optimally without manual adjustment of the settings. In cases where content does not contain mastering information, a fixed value will be set or it can be manually adjusted.

Dedicated Color Profiles for the Panasonic DP-UB9000 UHD Blu-ray Player – Users can select one of two dedicated color profiles developed specifically for the Panasonic 4K UHD player. The projector’s profiles work in conjunction with the player’s HDR Optimizer, which tone maps HDR content based on the metadata to match the capabilities of the projector. The result is the best possible HDR images.

Expanded Screen Adjustment Modes – The projector offers settings that correct the color balance for a wide range of screen characteristics and materials. The firmware upgrade expands the number of screens settings from 135 to 165, JVC said.

Beginning June 27th, the V.2 firmware for the DLA-RS4500K from through this link.

By Greg Tarr

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