JVC’s New Projectors At CEDIA 2015 – JVC Ups its 4K Game – Update

This is a rewrite of yesterday’s article. I’ve been to JVC’s VIP “suite” and got a good look at all the new JVC projectors.

Last year JVC had no new entries. Their projectors first announced in 2013 supported limited 4K, but lacked the necessary HDMI 2.0 and HDCP (copy protection) 2.2 needed to support the new 4K Blu-ray UHD format. In other words, until these new models, you could view your own photos in 4K, but you couldn’t download a movie in 4K (from one of the video services and view it.

For the moment, the images above are from last year’s flagship X900R, aka, RS6710, now improved into the new DLA-X9000… The last four images show it handling true 4K content.  These will be replaced in the future with images from the new JVCs.

JVC announced these projectors this fall:

DLA-X5000, DLA-X7000 and DLA-X9000. These were first shown at IFA in Germany. I won’t see the US versions until later today at CEDIA. I can talk here, about some of the improvements over the last series, but so far, I only have EU pricing, and it’s impossible to accurately translate that. I will update this article from the show, after Ron and I have our “VIP” tour at their suite.

Note that these new projectors claim to be a few hundred lumens brighter than the 2013 entries, so perhaps they have detuned the contrast in part to gain more brightness. There is a direct correlation between those specs, but nothing we can get into here.

The DLA-X5000, and the likely two other versions – JVC has three distribution channels and provides essentially the same projector to each – with the differences consisting only of some projector trim, and the warranty length — now claims 1700 lumens. This is the lowest end projector of the three new models. Like its more expensive brethren, it has a dynamic iris to enhance the already great black level performance, although the X5000 isn’t a match for the two more expensive ones when it comes to blacks. The DLA-X5000 interestingly claims lower native contrast than the previous version. But let’s not lose any sleep over that, since JVC does offer the best native contrast around.

If JVC is fairly consistent with pricing, the X5000 and its twins should be priced right around $5000 to $5500. We shall see, soon enough.

Next comes the DLA-X7000. This is one of the two near identical twins. The primary differences between the DLA-X7000 and X9000 are a huge difference in price, and higher quality control and therefore components, in the DLA-X9000 version. We reviewed its predecessor, the DLA-RS6710 / RS67 / DLA-X900R, early in 2015.

The JVC DLA-X7000 claims 1800 lumens, it’s panels deliver higher native contrast (120,000:1), and again, a dynamic iris to further enhance blacks. If prices hold, look for the three variations of the X7000 to be priced between $7999 and $8499. Again, I will update this.

The JVC DLA-X9000 is the “super” X7000. It has the best lenses, power supplies, etc. Otherwise they are the same projector. It just goes to show you that using the best components can make a difference – a visible one. Whether that’s worth the extra $4000 over the X7000 will have to be your decision. JVC’s been doing this “hand picked” components thing for the last 4 or 5 generations. We did, at one point, get to review one of each, so we could “see” whether the hand selected” components version was superior.

Curious? OK! Yes, there was a visible difference. I attributed almost all of the difference to the optics – the better lens. There was simply greater clarity. If you are a photographer and have experienced the difference between good lenses – good “glass” and great ones, you know what I’m talking about. It’s like the better one is exactly the same, but as if a thin film has been removed, allowing that clarity.

These new JVCs support more of the announced set of Blu-ray UHD supported standards than the older Sonys (Sony has new models too), and the Epson LS10000. Included with the JVCs is support for HDR and DCI.   If you have, btw, an Epson LS10000 or the older Sonys, I expect that you will see some firmware upgrades becoming available.

I’m figuring that from a supporting 4K standpoint, all should be fairly equal, but we shall see.

The big question I can’t answer for you just yet about the new JVCs is when they will ship. Normally I expect “early next year”, but since JVC took a year off from releasing new projectors, perhaps it will be sooner. I should know the answer tomorrow.

4K is going to be exciting. I’ve had enough chance to work with 4K to know, to shout – “this is what we’ve been waiting for.” Sorry 1080p, your resolution just doesn’t cut it – you just can’t deliver a really sharp image on a 110” diagonal screen, from 10 or 12 feet away. In other words, about the best 1080p could do, is provide about what you see in a movie theater in the last row.

Now we get to sit a lot closer, and enjoy razor sharp performance. I can’t wait. When I have 4K running in my theater, I typically sit about 8-9 feet back from a 124” 2.35:1 screen for my wide screen moves.   What a difference 4K makes!

News and Comments

  • Nick Woolley

    Cannot wait to see more of the 7000. This looks like my upgrade from my Sony 65″ 930C that will be thrown into the family room with this taking up the mantel in the media room.

    • ProjectorReviews.com

      I’m with you. I can’t wait to get one in to review, (and hopefully hang on to for some time). -art

      • Nick Woolley

        I need to get myself into a situation of reviewing one and having it sent to me 🙂

        How do you think they’d react if I asked for an NZ model to review? haha

        • ProjectorReviews.com

          Good luck with that, but then you can’t do worse than me. It’s been 4 years since I’ve managed to get a JVC from JVC. I’ve been borrowing from dealers. -art

          • Anthony Cler

            That’s too bad. JVC has probably sold a lot of X500’s and I’d bet many were based heavily on your reviews. I’m looking forward to reading your reviews of the new models!

  • Harry Manak

    The UHD HDR UHDTVs with professional Hollywoods professional standards, and certifications are coming sometime between April and Dec of 2016. If you can wait a bit longer, we may see some price drops but with very high end video(picture) extreme high end parameters, so stunning, it will be beyond amazing, all within 20months or sooner. If you buy soon or have bought already, your model may have soon be outdated maybe already. The transition is occurring slowly as we speak, so my advice is to wait if you want extremely stunning UHDTVs with the latest newest top notch standards as tech is being built in them. Im going to wait it out a bit more longer so I can have the best in stunning awesome pictures, video etc) Not all UHDTVs have the top best features in them yet. OLEDS UHHDTVs are coming too. Visio companies a couple of UHDTVs do come with the hi tech features such as wide color gamut color space, very high contrast, deeper blacks, and just amazing picture on it. Most sister stations on earth will be broadcasting their Video feeds out in 1080i- 1080P which is THD True High Definition) and this will be amazing in native form already coming in to you. The new UHDTVs will upscale the incoming signal feed of 1080P to 4K or near 4K which again is 3.6 to 3.8X more sharper, and the picture dynamically gets brighter, way more color saturation, color depth, color satisfaction, contrast gets bumped automatically to elite professional levels, simply amazing. The best is once youre at 65 inch UHDTV or larger the 4K picture becomes simply amazingly nice, vivid, sharp, and so very pleasing. its an experience that you will love. its coming guys, but wait it if you can to get the right products, UHDTVs and gear. For me it has to be the best in not only picture but in sound, should be magical too. Ive projected professional films ranging from 16mm to 35mm to 65mm, 70mm, with stunning pictures on the silver screen. about 50% of projectors in commercial theatres, cinemas, are going the new digital route. Hi Nick Woolley, there is an upgrade to the Sony 930C already, it is the Sony 940C, it has a elite professional engine so to speak, eg, a new advanced chipset, over your 930C, so in future, if you have any feed material, etc, the 940C will display even better colors, wider color gamut display, even better contrast etc, it sucks I know but buy into the future now, don’t get a marked down model it probably doesn’t have maybe what you are looking for. The picture will actually be better than cinemas or theatres as there are too many physics involved in projecting a large image onto the big screen eg 18ft tall X 44 ft wide is a large picture area. So soon in your place you will be getting a lot for your money, for picture and sound.

    • Ron

      Perhaps the new UHD flat panel TVs for 2016 you are referring to are those that will carry the “UHD Premium” label. These must support not only the 4K resolution but also High Dynamic Range and Wide Color Gamut capabilities and these also require a full bandwidth implementation of the HDMI 2.0a signal inputs with HDCP 2.2 copy protection. Most UHDTVs sold in the past only supported the increase to 4K resolution but not the other UHD related improvements. As for upscaling 1080p to 4K, all 4K/UHDTVs are already doing that with some doing a better job than others. On a large screen, and that’s what we deal with here at Projector Review (instead of those small 50″, 60″ 70″ and 80″ flat panel UHD TVs) the difference in upscaled 1080p vs. high quality native 4K/UHD can be very obvious.. However, resolution is just one aspect of 4K/UHD and other factors such as increased bit depth and wider color gamut also represent significant improvements over conventional HD video quality. The full featured UHD TVs or projectors will carry premium prices for 2016 while the advanced technologies and features will gradually work their way down to moderate priced models. In any case as far as creating a quality dedicated home theater (i.e., fully light controlled, with black/near black walls, ceiling, carpet) that is using a quality home theater projector that can accept 4K/UHD inputs, there are now options for the projector in the $4K and up price range that create an image quality that simply exceeds the picture quality you will see in virtually any commercial movie theaters.

    • Harry Manak

      Hi Ron, I didn’t have the time nor space to get into specsuchas yoiuve stated here on that day. anytime a post gets too large, people tend to skip, or just read parts of it. everyone does not understand all these specs either. Yes you are correct in the paragraphs, I fully agree. They price points are such that its reality, if you want a good lower price then you also get not a fully featureful product either, understood. Technology is racing forward. Japan is experimenting with 6K and with 8K already. However we the consumers will never require anything over 4K, even 4K is very high end pure professional. The heavy big streams of data eg 4K to 6K and 8K will have their match, so the companies must be able to stream extremely big terabyte files with new technological advances soon or some big numbers so far may seem somewhat meaningless so to speak. The screen size certainly can become a 10X fold bigger in size up to 500X larger, os there will be challenges to the large screens indeed. a little 1700 Lumens output projection light source will do nothing for a very large screen, as an example. Ive been there and done this Ron. im a a certified first class world class projectionist Ron. Secretly as we speak there is 16K products in our world already, but we will never see this for a very long time. In any case and matter it will be reserved for only the largest of screens worldwide. eg an outdoor theatre screen that is 60ft tall X 165ft wide application as an example. Just by going 4K it will be extremely awesome UHDTVs for home usage or even up to screens up to 17ft tall X 48ft wide 4K will be ample. Only some of the worlds hi class cinemas and theatres, will go 8K, and 16K will be quite rare only a few or handful of theatres whom may go 16K with extreme large screens in the order of over 18ft tall X 48ft wide to 56ft tall X 172ft wide etc) for 8K or 16 K) I knew about the 4k upscaling, but didn’t want to elaborate it it would have made the post larger than I wanted here. Ther e are upscaling converters that are better than the UHDTVs from the Audio Video gear too, and vice versa. Some are better at various aspects of them. I think that consumers should get what theyre needs are and not get cought up in a want versus a need situation. getting carried away can be tempting and sometimes easy, but paying your bills is a bit nasty and hard. Cheers

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