JVC 25th Anniversary Limited Edition Laser Projector, And Free Firmware Upgrade for Current D-ILA Models by Philip Boyle It’s hard to believe, but it’s been twenty-five years since JVC, a company that always seems to be smack dab in the middle of visual technology advancements, introduced their version of the Liquid Crystal on Silicon (LCoS) chip. This was and continues to be one of the most revolutionary steps forward that the video projection industry has seen in decades. The D-ILA device, developed by JVC, is the company’s unique version of LCOS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon), a reflective liquid crystal device for projectors. It is best known for its industry-leading black level and contrast, excellent color, high brightness, and high resolution. In 1997 JVC succeeded in developing the SXGA (1.3 million pixels) type imager, and in 2000 the company achieved 4K resolution. Full HD (.7-inch) devices were created in 2007. Furthermore, in 2016, JVC developed the world’s smallest (at the time) 0.69-inch 4K device. The company’s ongoing focus has been to achieve miniaturization and high-contrast imagers for high-end projectors. JVC DLA-25LTD Limited Edition 25th Anniversary Edition JVC has decided to commemorate the 25th anniversary of its renowned D-ILA imaging device by announcing its plans to ship a limited edition D-ILA projector with enhanced performance and special features. As if that’s not enough, JVC also announced that they would be distributing a free firmware upgrade for all current generation D-ILA projector owners to upgrade the performance of their existing projectors. Let’s start by looking at the new limited edition D-ILA projector, the JVC DLA-25LTD. The DLA-25LTD features a silver center plate with a logo commemorating the 25th anniversary of D-ILA. This projector, built to celebrate the best of D-ILA technology, can display a native contrast of 150,000:1. JVC has accomplished this by using carefully selected D-ILA chips and optical devices to find the components with the best overall performance and tolerances. You better hurry and put your order in because JVC has announced that only twenty-five (25) of these particular models will be offered in North America. Only 25 projectors will be available for sale in North America PROJECTOR HIGHLIGHTS Only 25 models will be available for mid-December sale in North America$29,999 MSRPNative contrast of 150,000:125th Anniversary Exclusive Exterior25th Anniversary Special Opening Logo25th Anniversary Commemorative Plaque25th Anniversary Commemorative JacketExclusive for JVC USA Customers: Professional Calibration Services by Kris Deering of Deep Dive AV5-year warranty FREE FIRMWARE UPDATE If you cannot get your hands on one of these limited edition JVC projectors, don’t worry because JVC is supplying a free firmware upgrade to owners of the current generation Di-ILA projectors. The firmware upgrade for all current generation D-ILA projectors includes improved Frame Adapt HDR picture performance. Additional Frame Adapt picture modes will also be available. These consist of a new mode for Laser Dynamic Control with the laser light source on laser-equipped models and a “FILMMAKER MODE™,” which faithfully reproduces the filmmaker’s intentions, among other features, to enhance the user’s video experience and ease of use. The firmware update will give these projectors new features, improved performance, and enhanced ease of operation capabilities. The list of current projectors supporting this firmware update is as follows: DLA- NZ9, DLA-NZ8, DLA-NZ7, DLA-NP5, DLA-RS4100, DLA-RS3100, DLA-RS2100, and DLA-RS1100. JVC says that the firmware update will be demonstrated at CEDIA Expo 2022 and will be available mid-November. FIRMWARE HIGHLIGHTS New HDR level mode added to Frame Adapt HDRTwo additional picture modes that can be adjusted based on Frame Adapt HDRNew LASER DYNAMIC CONTROL mode for laser modelsNew FILMMAKER MODE faithfully reproduces the filmmaker’s intentionsAdditional screens for Screen Adjustment mode Current generation D-ILA projectors, released last year, have been highly acclaimed by enthusiasts seeking a high-quality home theater experience. All laser models benefit from a high-definition 8K resolution display option via 8K e-shift, a high-brightness laser light source, the latest 48Gbps HDMI connectivity supporting 8K/60 and 4K/120, and JVC’s exclusive Frame Adapt HDR, the only Dynamic Tone Mapping solution in the premium projector category. It provides state-of-the-art picture quality and straightforward operation for the end user. For more information on JVC products, visit www.jvc.com. For the latest projector news and reviews, be sure to check out our website at www.projectorreviews.com.