On the eve of CEDIA Expo 2022, JVC revealed it is commemorating the 25th anniversary of its D-ILA projector micro display technology by introducing a limited edition DLA-25LTD projector model with enhanced performance and special features.

At the same time, the company is pushing out a free firmware upgrade for all current generation D-ILA projectors.

The new JVC DLA-25LTD will be limited to just 25 units in North America. It will feature a silver center plate with a logo commemorating the 25th anniversary of D-ILA.

The projector is said to produce images with up to a 150,000:1 native contrast ratio and will be built with carefully selected D-ILA chips and optical devices.

JVC said all 25 DLA-25LTD projectors to be sold in the U.S. will first ship to Kris Deering, a professional calibrator, for a custom calibration. Furthermore, each DLA-25LTD comes with a five-year warranty on parts and labor.

Meanwhile, JVC said a free firmware upgrade to be released in mid-November will offer improved performance and enhanced ease of operation for all current generation D-ILA projectors including the following models: DLA- NZ9, DLA-NZ8, DLA-NZ7, DLA-NP5, DLA-RS4100, DLA-RS3100, DLA-RS2100 and DLA-RS1100.

The firmware upgrade includes improved Frame Adapt HDR picture performance, additional Frame Adapt picture modes, a new mode for Laser Dynamic Control with the laser light source on laser-equipped models, and the addition of Filmmaker Mode, which faithfully reproduces the filmmaker’s intentions, among other features.

Improvements to Frame Adapt HDR will include a new HDR level mode added to Frame Adapt HDR. In addition to the existing Auto mode, a new Auto (Wide) mode has been added to the HDR Quantizer setting, which places more emphasis on brightness.

JVC said users will be able to enjoy more dynamic HDR images according to their preference.

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Also coming are two additional picture modes that can be adjusted based on Frame Adapt HDR picture mode for HDR10. The three modes enables memory for favorite settings according to various room/ambient light conditions.

Also added in the update is a new Laser Dynamic Control mode for laser models. JVC said control was previously based on the average luminance of the entire scene, but the new mode coming in the update will allow adjustment based on peak luminance, resulting in images with increased dynamic range.

In particular, JVC said, the new mode improves reproduction of content such as stars twinkling in pitch blackness and nightscapes. In addition, even images with low peak luminance can be enjoyed with a greater sense of contrast.

The update will also bring the addition of Filmmaker Mode for projectors. This is the picture quality mode developed by the Ultra HD Alliance to faithfully reproduce images in the way the filmmaker’s intended them to be seen.

The UHD Alliance is an organization of Hollywood movie studios, TV studios, content distributors, consumer electronics manufacturers, and device developers. When using this mode, picture quality adjustment functions such as frame interpolation and noise reduction are turned off, and the color temperature is set to D65 (6500K), allowing users to enjoy movies and documentaries with picture quality that is faithful to the original master.

Other improvements coming through the update include, the use of additional screens for screen adjustment mode, including the latest screens, from top domestic and overseas manufacturers.

JVC the firmware release V.2.XX will be free of charge for the applicable projectors.

To upgrade, users will need to download the file from the support site on the JVC website.

JVC will be celebrating the 25th Anniversary of D-ILA at CEDIA Expo 2022 in Dallas, Texas Sept. 28th-Oct. 1.

JVC’s D-ILA device is defined as an “unique version of Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS), a reflective liquid crystal device for projectors. It is best known for having industry-leading black level and contrast, along with excellent color, high brightness and high resolution.

In 1997 JVC developed the SXGA (1.3 million pixels) type, and in 2000 the company achieved 4K resolution. 0.7-inch full HD devices were developed in 2007.

In 2016, JVC developed the world’s smallest (at the time) 0.69-inch 4K device. The company said its ongoing focus has been to achieve miniaturization and high contrast as a device for high-end projectors.

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By Greg Tarr

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