For the second time, I have tested this brand new JVC NZ7 projector. But this time I have a real production copy in the home theater. It has been studied in detail.
There is no doubt that there are some advantages with this new NZ model compared to the old N-series. Both in that it has a long life on the laser up to 20,000 hours, but also that there are a number of updates that are seen to have a positive effect compared to the previous generation.
It's always fun to see technology advance. We are talking about performance and processor power and not least laser vs bulb.
The new NZ models come in three versions NZ7 corresponding to N5, NZ8 corresponding to N7, and NZ9 which is the top model and replaces the NX9.
First and foremost, I would recommend from personal experience, to think carefully about which model one should acquire, then based on your room, size of canvas, preferences, and not least the wallet! Feel free to ask someone who does this, or before you buy the projector from your dealer.
This model that is here in this mini-test is the NZ7 which is the smallest laser version, but still a fantastic projector and a lump of power so it holds.
The differences between the different models are things like extra color filter and four-way e-shift and much better lens on NZ9 versus NZ7 and NZ8. A better lens does a lot for the overall picture. As well as better contrast and ANSI contrast the better model you choose. But that's always the case. Native contrast and ANSI contrast have a lot to do with the dynamics of the image. Simply explained: black becomes blacker with higher contrast and black and white together, black appears more clearly without black being washed out by the white. Even small differences can mean a lot to some.
A good combination of native contrast and ANSI Contrast is the most important and this projector is a good example of that.
Life of the laser light 20000 hours
has clearly higher light pressure than previous models.
For comparison on a 110-inch Elunevission 1.0 gain, N5 measures about 35-38FL but NZ7 measures 55-57Fl, so it is quite a lot more light. The laser can be dimmed in three settings Low, Medium, and High. The figures above refer to the high laser and high lamp on the N5 bulb full open iris. Since 2200 lumens is difficult to understand in practice as well as not always true. Therefore, this comparison is useful.
The projector has also got HDR10 + which I see makes a big improvement on HDR material.
SDR and HDR just look completely raw.
Contrast 40000: 1 native and dynamic contrast with auto2, infinite:1
The projector has good build quality and has a nice and tough design that looks raw. On this new series, JVC has not made an electric lens cover either. The optics have more than enough memory positions (10 pcs) for those with cinemascope screens, or which vary in size and height of the image in different situations.
Also that you can run the image up and down and have your own settings that you can easily change. This can also be stored in the memories individually, including digital masking, pixel adjustment.
A large powerfully built projector that weighs more than previous models. The JVC NZ7 measures 500 x 505 x 23.4mm and weighs 22.5Kg.
It weighs more than my NX9 wow!
There are powerful intake and exhaust valves for cooling air to the lamp in front, but I would recommend that you have some air against the rear wall since there is also an intake for cooling air for electronics on each corner at the back. Connections at the rear edge, so you do not have to squeeze the projector all the way to a rear wall. This is smart and should not be done.
The optics are of very good quality, with the 65mm full glass lens which means that it has a surprisingly even focus over the entire image surface, as well as no chromatic aberration. As well as minimal convergence even right after starting.
All inputs on the projector are located on the back as mentioned.
2 HDMI, 1 USB, 1 mini-USB for service, as well as LAN and an RS232c port. The projector can be controlled with most control systems, such as Control 4 and Crestron via RS232 and LAN
The remote control is similar to the N series and has a modern design. It is good to use and still fits well in the hand. It has backlighting in the buttons and a neat simple layout that is easy to get to know.