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JVC Adds New 4K D-ILA Projectors with 48Gbps HDMI at Breakthrough Price!

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by Philip Boyle

Today, JVC, the company that brought D-ILA technology to the projector industry, announced two new native 4K additions to their 2022 D-ILA projector lineup. The latest additions to the JVC Procision Series of projectors are the DLA-NP5 and a new Reference Series projector called the DLA-RS1100. Both of these new projectors feature a wide range of world-class technologies, with the JVC’s acclaimed D-ILA technology at their hearts. The DLA-NP5/DLA-RS1100 will replace the DLA-NX5/DLA-RS1000,

Like previous Procision and reference series projectors, these two models feature the same design, feature set, and price point.  Both of these projectors are lamp-based units. This helps keep the cost down compared to its laser-equipped big brothers.

Before I get into the details about these new projectors, I want to talk about their lower, relatively speaking, price point. While JVC’s new lineup of 8K/e-shift Laser D-ILA projectors is incredibly impressive, those models might be out of the price range of many customers. JVC is offering each of these projectors for $6,999 MSRP, which means a much broader range of buyers will soon be able to purchase a JVC 4K D-ILA projector at a more approachable price.

Powered by a D-ILA processor, these two projectors use JVC’s three 0.69-inch native 4K (4096×2160) D-ILA devices which should deliver outstanding good black level performance and truly impressive contrast. The projectors have a rated native contrast of 40,000:1 and 400,000:1 dynamic contrast.

The DLA-NP5/ DLA-RS1100 can deliver 1,900 ANSI lumens of brightness using a 265W ultra-high pressure mercury lamp and a highly efficient optical engine.

4K D-ILA devices and an optical engine with a wire grid achieve a native contrast of 40,000:1. The intelligent lens aperture analyzes the input image and automatically controls the black level, resulting in a dynamic contrast of 400,000:1. The synergy of high dynamic range and high brightness delivers the exceptional images JVC is known for.

The DLA-NP5 and the DLA-RS1100 complete the JVC projector lineup for 2022, which includes several recently introduced BLU-Escent laser-equipped 8K/e-shift projectors which include 8K60p and 4K120p inputs. These are the Procision Series DLA-NZ9, DLA-NZ8, and DLA-NZ7, and the Reference Series DLA-RS4100, DLA-RS3100, and DLA-RS2100. 

HDR10+

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Along with the HDR10 commonly used in UHD Blu-ray and streaming, the DLA-NP5/DLA-RS1100 also supports the HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) format which was designed for live HDR broadcasting. Both methods support a wider color gamut such as BT2020 and 10-bit color gradation.

New for this year is HDR10+ support. In 2022, HDR10+ content will be available from select streaming services like Disney+ and on select 4K UHD Discs.

With HDR10+ the luminance information for each scene is embedded in the content as metadata so tone mapping can be performed according to the scene. This makes it possible to faithfully reproduce the HDR images as intended by the creators. By comparison, HDR10, the basic standard for HDR playback, has only two pieces of information: MaxCLL (Maximum Content Light Level), which represents the maximum brightness of the content, and MaxFALL (Maximum Frame Average Light Level), which represents the brightest average frame.

Since most HDR content is produced in HDR10, a key feature found on both the DLA-NP5 and the DLA-RS1100 is JVC’s unique Frame Adapt HDR which performs dynamic tone mapping — either frame by frame, or scene by scene — based on analysis of HDR10 content. To further maximize HDR picture quality, the Theater Optimizer feature helps further finetune HDR tone mapping according to the projector’s current status as well as screen size and material.

Together, these unique features deliver the best possible HDR image automatically. HDR is particularly hard to do well on typical projectors but 2022 JVC D-ILA projectors should offer outstanding HDR picture quality.

48GBPS HDMI INPUTS WITH HDCP 2.3

Dual HDMI 2.1 inputs w HDCP 2.3

Last year, JVC introduced multiple 8K e-shift equipped models like the DLA-NZ9/DLA-RS4100 with 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 inputs designed to accept 8K/60fps and 4K/120fps signals. Now JVC has added those inputs into its new entry-level line of 4K D-ILA projectors. These dual 48Gbps HDMI inputs with HDCP 2.3 can accept a 4K/120P signal making the DLA-NP5/DLA-RS1100 a great match with the latest gaming consoles.

HIGH-SPEED LSI

JVC LSI

JVC’s High-speed LSI includes improved processing of a variety of video and still image codecs, including Full HD 2D/3D, 4K, 2K, and high-speed photographs. In addition, this JVC technology offers faster processing than the previous CPUs for superior high-resolution image display. This input and signal processing is faster than JVC’s previous technology, enabling H.264 video processing at double JVC’s previous technology.

In addition to its image-signal processor, advanced image codecs, and other image-processing technologies assembled into one chip, the LSI incorporates leading-edge 40nm process technology for high functionality, 40% reduction of power consumption, and reduced system costs compared to previous LSIs. All hardware and software are integrated into one platform.

High-Speed LSI for 4K 120p input and video processing is becoming more valuable every day and is effective in displaying high frame rate gaming content. Along with low latency mode, this opens up new possibilities for projectors to provide high-quality gaming on larger screens. The 0.69” native 4K D-ILA device complements this with improved drive performance.

0.69 INCH D-ILA

JVC continues to innovate on their latest generation of D-ILA projectors offering high resolution and high contrast all being done with a 0.69 inch native 4K D-ILA device – The DLA-NP5 and DLA-RS1100 are equipped with the same 0.69” native 4K D-ILA device as used on premium JVC models. D-ILA’s unique narrow-pitch pixel process makes it nearly impossible to see the grid even on the largest screens, enabling smooth and high-definition video expression unique to native 4K.

ALL GLASS LENS

The all-glass lens is capable of resolving 4K information – The DLA-NP5/RS1100 is equipped with a 65mm diameter all-glass lens with 17 elements in 15 groups to deliver high-resolution images with motorized focus and zoom ensuring that all your content is in focus all the way to the edges of the projection screen.

CLEAR MOTION DRIVE

Improved accuracy of proprietary Clear Motion Drive image blur reduction technology –
Clear Motion Drive is JVC’s original image blur reduction technology. It now offers smoother motion and greater accuracy by analyzing more frames of video than before. In combination with Motion Enhance, which optimizes the drive of the D-ILA device according to the movement of the image, this technology improves 4K motion reproduction.

ISF CERTIFIED

Both the DLA-NP5 and the DLA-RS1100 are ISF-certified. ISF stands for the Imaging Science Foundation. ISF is a leader in the display standard industry and they are dedicated to improving the picture quality of video displays like flat panels and projectors.

ISF calibrators are trained to calibrate projectors so that they deliver the best picture quality possible. ISF calibration takes into account the layout of your room and environmental conditions like lighting into account to create a precise configuration profile of your own, providing you an optimized projection experience far beyond the factory-calibrated picture presets.

ISF Certification logo

The DLA-NP5 and the DLA-RS1100 provide the ISF-certified technician with a wide range of adjustments like gamma, color management, and white balance to name a few.

For those not choosing to go the professional configuration route, JVC also provides a robust Auto-calibration toolset designed to optimize color and gamma performance. This requires an optional sensor and JVC calibration software, which is available as a free download.

JVC provides the ability to save up to 10 types of installation adjustments to be easily recalled. These include lens memory, pixel adjustment, and screen masking. Screen size and gain, and aspect ratios can also be set.

Labeling the JVC DLA-NP5 and the DLA-RS1100 entry-level projectors would be a disservice. Based on the features and performance listed above these projectors will probably outperform many manufacturers’ flagship models.

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