UPDATE! In honor of the 20th Anniversary of the first Direct-Drive Image Light Amplification (D-ILA) projector, JVC introduced at IFA and later at CEDIA 2017 in San Diego a 20th Anniversary edition 4K /HDR compatible version — the DLA-20LTD – to highlight a 2017 projector line.

Heading into the CEDIA 2017 custom electronics show in San Diego Sept. 7-9th, JVC pre-announced the special edition 4K UHD-compatible projector along with three others. The other three were said to be based on the company’s latest “4K e-shift5” technology, which simulates a native 4K resolution. All models are compatible with 4K UHD content sources (3840×2160 pixels) and HDR10 high dynamic range (HDR).

Read more on JVC’s new 2017 D-ILA 4K compatible projectors after the jump:

The new JVC D-ILA models: U.S. versions DLA-X990RBK/RS640K, $7,999.95 suggested retail (DLA-X9900 in Europe); DLA-X790RBK/RS540K, $5,999.95 (DLA-X7900 in Europe) and DLA-X590RBK/RS440K $3,999.95 (DLA-X5900 in Europe) feature JVC’s e-shift5, which uses a new algorithm that analyzes every pixel in the original 4K signal to determine the optimal data to create the e-shift frames. This plays 4K content while shifting the projectors’ Full HD (D-ILA aka LCoS) chips by half a pixel diagonally at 120Hz to multiply the resolution the eye perceives to a simulated 3820 x 2160 equivalent. Like earlier e-shift variants, the resolution produced by the technology isn’t technically native 4K Ultra HD.

The new D-ILA projector models, DLA-X990, DLA-X790, and DLA-X590 make images that more closely resemble native 4K by enhancing color performance and providing wide contrast ratios.

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The DLA-X990 and X790 are THX 3D certified models. The X990 lists 2,100 lumens of brightness and a 160,000:1 contrast ratio. The DLA-X790 outputs 1,900 lumens of peak brightness and produces a 120,000:1 native contrast ratio. The DLA-X590 has 1,800 lumens of peak brightness and a 40,000:1 contrast ratio.

The projectors also include an Auto Switching HDR Picture mode and a gamma adjustment to set the picture luminance to the viewing environment. JVC said a  new Active Intelligent Lens Aperture is now available for HDR to let viewers enjoy the most dynamic projected HDR images ever seen.

The DLA-X990 (2,000 lumens,  160,000:1 contrast ratio) and X790 ($1,900 lumens, 130,000:1), have two color profiles, one prioritizing brightness, and the other prioritizing color that can be optimized to the content and room viewing conditions.

The projectors all also include an improved version of JVC’s “Multiple Pixel Control” video processing technology to deliver fine grain 4K images.

Other features include: two motion blur-reduction technologies called “Clear Motion Drive”, which is compatible up to 4K/60p 4:4:4 video signals, and “Motion Enhance,” which is said to sharpen detail and smooth the look of moving subjects.

All three projectors come with two HDMI 2.0a inputs with HDCP2.2 certification support 4K/60fps and 4:4:4 chroma subsampling.

Meanwhile, JVC was frugal on details concerning the special 20th anniversary edition DLA-20LTD projector other than to mention it has a whopping 200,000:1 native contrast ratio, and a bright “JVC Red” Special Luxury” color finish, top-mounted “20th Anniversary” lettering and 20th Anniversary splash screen. Pricing and availability on the special edition model will be announced later.

JVC said the three other D-ILA projectors will hit dealers in October.


By Greg Tarr


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