JVC Readies 2017 e-shift4 Projector Lines
JVC used the recent CES 2017 to present a new line of 2017 custom installation projectors, which are based on the company’s D-ILA e-shift4 microdisplay technology, and will provide a slight boost in image brightness and contrast over earlier e-shift model iterations.
The new models will stand below the JVC flagship RS4500 ($34,999 suggested retail price), which was the company’s first native 4K Ultra HDTV D-ILA front projector, first announced at CEDIA Expo last fall.
The new line offers more affordable alternatives for generating a 4K-like viewing experience, including the support of native 4K content and high dynamic range.
The six new models will boost brightness and color performance, and will also offer: a new low-latency mode to reduce frame delay for better video game play, and an auto-detect HDR picture mode for HDR10 content. All six models offer two full-speed 18Gbps HDMI 2.0a inputs with HDCP2.2 to provide connection to native 4K UHD sources with support for up to 4096×2160 resolution, including HDR and 4:4:4 color sampling.
Read more on JVC’s 2017 projectors after the jump:
The 2017 JVC D-ILA-based models updates of previous models and divided between the Procision Series: DLA-X970R, DLA-X770R, and DLA-X570R (pictured at top) and the Reference Series: DLA-RS620, DLA-RS520, and DLA-RS420.
The projectors will be available this month at the following suggested retail prices: models DLA-X970R/RS620 ($3,999.95); DLA-X770R/RS520 ($6,999.95) and DLA-X570R/RS420 ($9,999.95).
All are billed as “high brightness” models. The new models employ up to a 265-watt high-power lamp combined with improved optics that help each model achieve new levels of brightness. JVC said the D-ILA microdisplay devices in each model have a narrow pixel gap that provides high light efficiency and “pixel-free, film-like images.”
The brightness boost is said to provide clear images on large screens or greater intensity output needed for installations with higher ambient light.
Brightness levels for the new projectors are: DLA-X970R/RS620 – 2,000 lumens; DLA-X770R/RS520 – 1,900 lumens; and DLA-X570R/RS420 – 1,800 lumens.
Each model includes two 18 Gbps full speed HDMI 2.0 inputs with HDCP2.2 to accommodate devices providing 4K streaming content and Ultra HD Blu-ray players. The inputs will support 4K/60p video at 4:4:4 chroma subsampling, 4K/60p 4:2:2 at 36-bit and 4K/24p 4:4:4 at 36 bit.
All models also offer large native contrast ratios of up to 160,000:1 (DLA-X970R/RS620) using a combination of the optical engine optimized for the D-ILA device. JVC includes a user-selectable Intelligent Lens Aperture to further boost dynamic contrast to 1,600,000:1 (DLA-X970R/RS620). Native contrast ratios for the other projectors are: DLA-X770R/RS520 – 130,000:1 and DLA-X570R/RS420 – 40,000:1.
All models are also said to support High Dynamic Range (HDR) content. Once an HDR10 signal is detected, the projectors automatically switch to the HDR picture mode. Models DLA-X970R/RS620 and DLA-X770R/RS520 will also support the Hybrid Log-Gamma (HLG) HDR standard, which was developed by the BBC and NHK and is being considered for use in the new ATSC 3.0 over-the-air broadcast standard and for some streaming services.
Another major improvement over prior models is a low latency mode for gaming. The projectors are said to add a significant improvement in speed that is fast enough for most 4K gaming applications. The new low latency mode in the JVC 2017 projectors produces a significant reduction in frame delay for improved game play speed.
Also included is improved multiple pixel control image processing technology, which is based on the adoption of a new analysis algorithm. This delivers more accurate diagonal detection between frames for both full HD and 4K resolution signals.
The projectors are based on JVC’s e-shift4 technology, which produces 3840×2160 4K images from 1920×1080 DILA microdisplay devices by shifting pixels diagonally 0.5 pixels at a rate of up to 120 Hz to multiply the perceivable resolution on screen. JVC said the 2017 projectors further improve clarity with e-shift4 technology through the new brightness boost.
The new projectors also incorporate Motion Enhance technology that works with Clear Motion Drive circuitry to minimize motion blur. The process optimizes the drive of the D-ILA device. JVC said Motion Enhance is also compatible with 4K and 3D signals to give a smooth and detailed image for a variety of scenes.
The JVC DLA-X9700R/RS620 and DLA-X770R/RS520 are THX 3D Certified for 3D movie performance assuring accurate color reproduction, minimized cross talk, wide viewing angles, clear video processing and other variables. The projector features THX viewing modes to deliver high cinema performance levels.
All 2017 JVC projectors also include an Auto Calibration Function that can, with the use of a widely available third party optical sensors, automatically calibrate the image to optimize the picture for various environments. An optical sensor, approved by JVC, is required.
Other features include Control4 SDDP (Simple Device Discovery Protocol) enabling easy integration into a Control4 home automation system.
By Greg Tarr
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