JVC’s new 4K projectors
All of JVC’s new projectors feature 4K resolution in the guise of the latest version of their “eShift” technology. They’ve all got boosts to contrast ratio and brightness too.
All the info and an eyes-on, after the jump.
The biggest differences between the different models (other than price, of course), is different contrast ratio claims. To simplify reading, here are the basics, with native contrast listed. The different model numbers resent different distribution channels, but the projectors are largely the same (and identical in performance):
RS6710 ($12,499, spare lamp, 5yr Warranty): 150,000:1
DLA-X900R/RS67 ($11,999, 3yr Warranty): 150,000:1
DLA-X700R/RS57 ($7,999, 2yr Warranty): 120,000:1
RS4910 ($5,199, 3yr Warranty): 60,000:1
DLA-X500R/RS49 ($4,999, 2yr Warranty): 60,000:1
The DLA-RS6710, DLA-X900R, DLA-RS67, DLA-X700R, and DLA-RS57 have pending THX Certification.
eShift3 is the latest version of JVC’s method of using native (and this year, new) 1080p LCOS panels to create 3,840×2,160p on screen. Each pixel is shifted up and over multiple time a second to show all the pixels in an Ultra HD image (so JVC says). Previous versions definitely increased the pixel density, but without 4K inputs, it was hard to say if was really useful. This year, all the models can accept 2160p/60. They didn’t specifically say HDMI 2.0, however.
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Another piece of big news is that the new JVC models now have an auto iris, which tracks the incoming video signal, and darkens dark scenes for a better black level, and remains open so bright scenes are bright. JVC had long resisted these dynamic contrast ratio-boosting tricks, relying instead on their best-of-any-technology native contrast ratio. My assumption is this was a line item their dealers (or marketing execs) felt they needed to stay competitive. My expectation is the auto-iris will be defeatable (and largely unnecessary).
In one room they had a 700R projecting 4K on an 85-inch screen. Prevented from moving close due to a shelf/table thing, the image looked good but was too hard to discern any real detail. The screen also sparkled a bit.
In the main room, a 900R projected on a 150-inch screen (that also had a bit of sparkle). Using a montage of actual video and time-lapsed images, the 900R looked fantastically detailed. I was sitting about 7-8 feet away. Close-ups of faces in particular were excellent. I didn’t know the content, so I can’t make any more serious judgments than that. I can’t wait to check one of these out. Last year’s X35 was awesome, and it was “only” 1080p.
Speaking of the X35, it (and its counterpart, the RS46), stays in the line unchanged.
All the new models will be out in November.
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