IFA 2017: New JVC e-Shift 5 Projectors announced
HDR performance also enhanced
JVC first developed its original D-ILA (Direct-Drive Image Light Amplifier) for projectors in 1997 so this is the twentieth anniversary of the technology.
To celebrate – or just to sell new product, if you’re being cynical – JVC are to release three new projectors in October 2017 – the DLA-X9900BE, DLA-X7900B/WE and DLA-X5900B/WE, so it’s the familiar 5, 7 and 9 Series. In addition, a special model, the DLA-20LTD is also being planned.
This series, while making full use of the high resolution and high contrast of D-ILA, incorporates a new "4K e-shift5” technology which has a new algorithm optimal for 4K content, producing JVC’s most precise 4K picture quality ever. Although the panels aren’t native 4K, of course. In addition, JVC has been busy improving the HDR performance.
Unlike direct view type displays (i.e. TVs) whose screen size and brightness are specified, when trying to reproduce the PQ curve adopted by HDR10 on a projector, adjustments on the projector are less defined. As well as the Auto Switching HDR Picture mode and the gamma adjustment function that can flexibly adjust the image according to the viewing environment, for "DLA-X9900BE" and "DLA-X7900B/WE", two colour profiles, one prioritising Brightness, and the other prioritizing Colour, can be selected depending on your requirement.
Not only that, there’s a maximum brightness of 2,000 lumens (DLA-X9900BE), and the industry’s leading native contrast ratio of 160,000:1 achievable with the use of the intelligent lens aperture which can now be active for HDR content
JVC’s original image processing technology "Multiple Pixel Control" has also been improved together with the enhancement of the e-shift technology. The new process can deliver fine grain 4K images more than ever, says JVC.
The new projectors are compatible with the ‘full spec’ of 4K video on the 18Gbps transmission band, including 4K/60p 4:4:4, 4K/60p 4:2:2/36bit, 4K/24p 4:4:4/36bit. They also fully support HDCP 2.2, which enables playback of copyright-protected content.
The DLA-X9900BE and DLA-X7900B/WE are both certified with THX 3D display standard and there's a six axis colour management system on-board. There’s also an Auto Calibration Function that optimises image quality under various installation conditions and also adjusts for the changing colour balance in long-term projector usage
We’ll update when we have any idea of UK pricing.
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