JVC said Friday that two recently introduced 4K D-ILA projectors recently became the first two video projectors in the world to achieve THX 4K HDR Certification.

The new JVC Procision Series DLA-NX9 and Reference Series DLA-RS3000 projectors received the designation, which JVC called “the most demanding specification that a display product can achieve.”

Both models are powered by JVC’s new native 4K D-ILA microdisplay device and the company’s 8K e-shift technology that rapidly shifts pixels back and forth to produce what appears to the eye to be an 8K image on the screen.

The projectors both support HDR content, offering “a substantial improvement in image quality with its expanded luminance range, wide color gamut, 10-bit gradation, and other enhancements.”

“HDR is a significant advancement in picture technology that delivers tangible improvements in image quality,” stated Fred Zecha, General Manager, Custom Installation Sales, JVCKenwood USA. “With HDR available in a wide range of products today, THX 4K HDR Certification indicates a product that stands apart from the others and provides consumers with the assurance that their JVC projector will deliver the best possible HDR performance for a truly extraordinary viewing experience.”

According to JVC, THX 4K HDR parameters require DCI-P3 color gamut coverage “with the highest accuracy.” 4K HDR displays are also evaluated for color and moiré artifacts with full HD and 4K content. Images must match the color, luminance, black levels and gamma seen in the filmmaker’s studio, according to the statement.

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The THX HDR test suite also ensures that even in scenes with multiple sized objects, white levels are produced that meet those expected by editors and colorists in production suites.

JVC projectors perform Auto Tone Mapping, which automatically adjusts settings for the optimum HDR10 image, the company said. The HDR10 mastering information MaxCLL (Maximum Content Light Level) / MaxFALL (Maximum Frame Average Light Level) varies greatly depending on content.

“Therefore, in order to achieve the best HDR10 experience it is necessary to set the appropriate brightness settings for each piece of programming. The new Auto Tone Mapping function automatically adjusts settings based on the mastering information,” JVC’s statement said.

JVC said various HDR images with different brightness can be viewed optimally without manual adjustment of the settings. THX tests for tone mapping to ensure that all content is rendered with precise definition in the brightest and darkest areas. In cases where content does not contain mastering information, a fixed value will be set or it can be manually adjusted, JVC said.

The JVC models DLA-NX9 and DLA-RS3000 are available now each carrying a $17,999.95 suggested retail price.


By Greg Tarr


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