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JVC DLA-NZ7 4K DILA Laser Projector Review

Posted on June 1, 2023 by Phil Jones
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The DLA-NZ7 is the least expensive JVC 4K DILA laser projector but it delivers exceptional picture quality

The JVC DLA-NZ7 is an HDR home theater projector that delivers true 4K resolution (4096 x 2160). With a retail price of $10,999, the DLA-NZ7 is the least expensive JVC's 4K DILA equipped with a BLU-Escent laser diode light source. It replaces the award-winning DLA-NX7/RS2000 we reviewed in 2019.

Last year, JVC announced three new 8K D-ILA home theater projector models. These models all utilize their BLU-Escent laser light source, include 8K e-shift, and they were the world's first projectors to offer 48Gbps 8K/60p inputs.

The DLA-NZ7's ability to deliver high native contrast, combined with 4K resolution, results in exceptional performance. Since this is a native 4K unit (unlike a 2K pixel shifting projector), it can natively reproduce all 8.8 million pixels found in 4K content.

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In the past, JVC's proprietary 8K e-shift feature, which shifts each pixel diagonally 0.5 pixels to increase projected resolution, was only available on the DLA-RS3000/NX9, which retailed for $18,000. The feature is now available on the NZ7, retailing for several thousand dollars less. 

The unit's BLU-Escent laser light source technology can produce up to 2200 lumens of brightness for 20,000 hours of nearly maintenance-free operation. The DLA-NZ7's high native contrast ratio of 40,000:1 (400,000:1 Dynamic) combined with 4K resolution and JVC's industry-leading black levels result in exceptional picture quality.

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Price $10,999.99
Technology 4K DILA x 3
Displayed Resolution 3840 x 2160 (8K Pixel Shifting)
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 2200 ANSI Lumens
Light Source BLU-Escent Laser Diode
Contrast 40,000:1 (∞:1 Dynamic)
Zoom Lens Ratio 2.0:1
Lens Shift Vertical +/-80% / Horizontal +/- 34%
Lamp Life 20,000 Hrs
Sound System None
Weight 49.6 lb
Warranty Three (3) Years


JVC is one of the premium manufacturers of Home Theater projectors due to their high contrast, great black level, and native 4K resolution. The DLA-NZ7, like all JVC DILA Home Theater projectors, utilizes three JVC's 0.69-inch native 4K D-ILA (4096 x 2160) devices. While there are a few other manufacturers like Sony who also make their own LCoS panels, JVC D-ILA panels historically have delivered higher native contrast, which translates into superior black levels.

To further improve image clarity, a few years ago, JVC introduced 8K e-shift in the NX9, using their proprietary technology that shifts pixels diagonally 0.5 pixels to increase the unit's projected resolution beyond 4K. While watching 4K content, I switched the e-shift feature, and the difference was subtle but noticeable from my sitting position.

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The JVC DLA-NZ7 features 8K-eshift to deliver displayed resolution beyond 4K 

The additional displayed resolution provided by 8K e-shift could make a big difference in a projection system, particularly if you want to sit as close as possible to a massive screen. The NZ7 is equipped with a very good all-glass lens assembly which includes 17 elements in 15 groups designed to maximize the amount of resolution delivered on-screen.

To improve the NZ7's HDR performance, it includes a couple of JVC proprietary technologies. Frame Adapt HDR, which dynamically tone maps HDR10 content either scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame. This technology does an excellent job of balancing average screen brightness with the need to maintain highlight detail.

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Frame Adapt HDR combined with Theater Optimizer results in class leading HDR reproduction

While a flat panel TV's brightness is consistent regardless of the room environment, the brightness of a projected image changes depending on things like the size of the screen, screen gain, throw distance, and lamp life. To precisely tone map HDR content, the projector's processor needs to account for its exact brightness capability in your specific system.

Last year JVC added a new Theater Optimizer feature which combines information provided by the user with the projector's current status information to provide a more accurate baseline on which to apply dynamic Tone Mapping.

For example, the user can input information like screen size and gain while the projector takes care of settings like lens zoom position, lamp condition, and other relevant details. By utilizing that user-inputted information and default projector information, the DLA-NZ7 can automatically and precisely adjust itself for optimum HDR tone mapping.

Theater Optimizer and Frame Adapt HDR result in class-leading HDR10 picture quality while eliminating the hassle of having to constantly make manual Brightness and Contrast adjustments from bright to dark scenes or from movie to movie.

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In addition to the HDR10 format used in UHD Blu-ray and streaming, along with HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) format used in broadcasting, the NZ7 also supports HDR10+. The HDR10+ format is based on HDR10 but luminance information for each scene is embedded into the content as dynamic metadata, so tone mapping can be performed according to the specific scene. This helps the projector faithfully reproduce the HDR images as intended by the creators.

While HDR10 and Dolby Vision is the main way HDR content is distributed, Amazon Prime Video has announced support for HDR10+. There is also a limited number of 4K UHD Blu-ray discs available, and a select number of UHD Blu-ray players from companies like Panasonic support it

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Except for cosmetics, the DLA-NZ7 and DLA-RS2100 are identical but sold in different retail channels.

JVC offers two different series of D-ILA Home Theater Projectors which differ mainly in their cosmetic appearance. Both series are designed for use in home theaters and production facilities but sell through different sales channels. For example, NZ (Procision) Series projectors are sold through retailers like BestBuy and Crutchfield, while the RS (Reference) Series models are available through the custom installation dealer network.

Four new JVC laser projectors exist in both the Procision Series and Reference Series lines. The new Procision Series includes the DLA-NZ9, DLA-NZ8, DLA-NZ7, and DLA-NP5, while the Reference Series equivalents are the DLA-RS4100, DLA-RS3100, and the DLA-RS2100 and RS1100.

The DLA-NP5/RS1100 ($6999.95 SRP) is the only lamp-based projector in JVC’s 2023 product lineup. We had the opportunity to review the DLA-RS1100 last year, and we were incredibly impressed with its performance.

However, there are several reasons to spend $4,000 more to step up from the DLA-RS1100 to the DLA-NZ7/RS2100 ($10,999 SRP), including an 8K/eshift and its BLU-Escent laser light source which is 300 lumens brighter.

JVC 4K DILA Model Comparison
Model NP5 /RS1100 NZ7 / RS2100 NZ8 / RS3100 NZ9 / RS4100
Price $6999.95 $10,999.95 $15,999.95 $25,999.95
Resolution Native 4K 8K e-shift 8K e-shiftX 8K e-shiftX
Light Source Lamp BLU-Escent Laser BLU-Escent Laser BLU Escent Laser
Brightness 1900 ANSI lumens 2200 ANSI lumens 2500 ANSI lumens 3000 ANSI lumens
Native Contrast 40,000:1 40,000:1 80,000:1 100,000:1
Len Assembly 65mm (17-element, 15-group) 65mm (17-element, 15-group) 65mm (17 element, 15-group) 100mm (18 element, 16-group)
Cinema Filter No Yes Yes Yes

The more expensive DLA-NZ8/RS3100 ($15,999.95 SRP) and DLA-NZ9/RS4100 ($25,999.95 SRP) are not only brighter and offer higher native contrast, but they include new and improved 8K pixel-shifting technology called 8K/e-shiftX. The older 8K/e-shift version in the NZ7 can shift each pixel diagonally 0.5 pixels to increase projected resolution beyond 4K.

The new 8K/e-shiftX can shift the image in four directions (up, down, left, and right) to produce over 35.3 million addressable pixels, which is enough to faithfully display 8K resolution. The D-ILA drive device used NZ9/RS4100 and DLA-NZ8/RS3100 was improved as well, and it is now possible for them to display images at a speed equivalent to 240Hz.

Good optics have a major impact on picture quality. Most JVC 4K DILA projectors, including the NZ7, utilize a 17-element, 15-group all-glass 65mm lens assembly which is optically superior to most lenses found on competitive home theater projectors. The flagship DLA-NZ9 / DLA-RS3100 has an ultra-premium all-glass 18-element, 16-group 100mm lens assembly, which ensures all the brightness and all the resolution provided by its 8K/e-shiftX capabilities reach the screen.

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JVC 4K DILA projector won all three price categories at the 2022 Front Projector Shoot Out

Based on our review of the DLA-NZ9 and our experience at the 2022 Value Electronics Projector Shoot Out , the DLA-NZ9 is the best-looking 4K HDR projector on the market below $40,000. The JVC projectors won all three categories at the 2022 FPJ Shoot Out due to their class-leading native contrast, black level, and outstanding detail/sharpness. In addition, due to their Dynamic HDR tone mapping capabilities, the JVC models also delivered the best HDR picture reproduction.

Projector Reviews had already reviewed the JVC DLA-NZ9 (RS4100) and the JVC DLA-RS1100 (DLA-NP5), before the Shoot Out and we were impressed with their performance. However, the latest firmware appeared to made a noticeable improvement to the picture quality of those units and the DLA-NZ7. 

The DLA-NZ7 offers many NZ9 picture quality traits for $15,000 less. Combining 8K e-shift X, the laser light source’s accurate colors, and custom install features with JVC D-ILA's industry-leading contrast and black level put the DLA-NZ7 at the top of its class.


  • $10,999 list price
  • Three Chip native 4K D-ILA (4,096 x 2,160) imagers
  • New 8K e-shift increase projected resolution beyond 4K
  • High quality 17 element, 15 group all-glass 65mm lens assembly
  • BLU-Escent laser light source technology
  • 2200 ANSI lumens
  • 40,000:1 Native Contrast Ratio (400,000:1 Dynamic)
  • Two 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 (HDCP 2.3) inputs support 8K/60P & 4K/120P
  • Laser light source rated for 20,000 hours (Low Mode)
  • Precise Dynamic HDR Tone Mapping
  • HDR10+ and HLG Support
  • Anamorphic ready
  • Motorized lens with Lens Memory
    • Motorized zoom, focus, and lens shift
  • Full HD 3D
  • Low Latency Mode reduces game lag
  • Up to 10 customizable picture preferences
  • 3-year advanced replacement warranty



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The JVC DLA-NZ7 measures 19 3/4” by 9 1/4” by 20” deep and weighs nearly 50 pounds so it is larger and heavier than most Home Theater projectors. While the DLA-NZ7 dimensions are similar to the DLA-NX7 it replaces, it is about 6 pounds heavier. The DLA-NZ7 has a black chassis with black/silver trim and its twin model the RS2100 has gold trim around the lens assembly.

Front and center is the recessed, and motorized, 2.00:1 zoom. Since the lens is motorized, there are no manual controls/knobs for zoom, focus or shift.

Other than the exhaust vents on either side of the lens, the only other thing on the front of the projector is the IR sensor and three LED indicator lights (Warning, Light, Standby). In addition to providing Power status, if there should be a problem, there's a list of warning codes in the manual.

The DLA-NZ7 uses the same remote control that JVC included with the previous 4K DILA projectors. It is backlit, and the buttons are well-spaced and easy to find. I like that there is a PICTURE MODE button accompanied by additional buttons to directly access the projector's Color Profiles and the Gamma settings menus.

On the back side of the projector is the Control Panel, as well as the inputs and connectors. The DLA-NZ7 control panel is very simple but most people will only use the control panel for initial setup, then rely on the remote control or a home automation system for those types of functions.

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On either side on the lower portion of the back side are air inlets which are covered by replaceable/cleanable filters. In between the two inlets is the power terminal. There is also a 3D SYNCHRO terminal to connect the optional 3D Synchro Emitter.

For "old school" command and control, there is also a traditional serial RS-232C port (DB9 connector) along with a USB terminal used for service and firmware updates. Lastly, there is the RJ-45 jack for standard Ethernet networking and a single 12volt trigger output which can be used to control a screen, the sled of an anamorphic lens, or motorized shades.

The NZ7 includes a pair of 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 (HDCP 2.3) inputs which support 8K@60fps as well as 4K@120fps.  While the inputs can support up to 48Gbps, we should note that HDMI inputs/outputs found on most A/V Receivers, video switchers, and gaming consoles are limited to 40Gbps.

Currently, there isn't a lot of 8K or high frame rate video content available, but 4K@120fps can help deliver a smooth, high-quality gaming experience from a high-end gaming PC as well as the latest PlayStation and XBOX gaming consoles.


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Good optics have a major impact on picture quality. The better lens assembly is one of the major reasons why the DLA-NZ7 cost more than other home theater projectors. The 65mm lens utilizes 17 all-glass elements divided into 15 groups to reduce chromatic aberration and maximize edge-to-edge image sharpness.

The Lens offers a zoom range of 2.0:1 along with a good amount of vertical and horizontal lens shift for more installation flexibility when ceiling, rear shelf mounting, or tabletop mounting the projector.

Throw Distance for a 16:9 Screen
100 inches 124.4" (3160 mm) 253.9" (6450 mm)
110 inches 137.4" (3490 mm) 279.5" (7100 mm)
120 inches 150" (3810 mm) 305.1" (7750 mm)
130 inches 162.6" (4130 mm) 305.7" (8400 mm)
140 inches 175.2" (4450 mm) 356.3" (9050 mm)
150 inches 187.8" (4770 mm) 381.9" (9700 mm)
180 inches 225.6" (5730 mm) 458.7" (11650 mm)
Throw Distance for a 2.35:1 Screen
100 inches 131.5" (3340 mm) 268.1" (6810 mm)
110 inches 144.9" (3680 mm) 295.3" (7500 mm)
120 inches 158.3" (4020 mm) 322" (8180 mm)
130 inches 171.7" (4360 mm) 349.2" (8870 mm)
140 inches 185" (4700 mm) 376.4" (9560 mm)
150 inches 198.4" (5040 mm) 403.1" (10240 mm)
180 inches 238.2" (6050 mm) 484.3" (12300 mm)

The JVC has lots of horizontal/vertical lens shift which is great if you can’t line up the projector lens with the center of the screen (left to right).

Lens Shift: 80% Vertical and 34% Horizontal

A large amount of vertical and horizontal shift along with 2.0:1 zoom provides tons of installation flexibility whether you are ceiling, shelf, or tabletop. Just remember, like most projectors, the more horizontal shift you use, the less vertical adjustment you will have available.

Lastly, for even more flexibility, you can save multiple configurations thanks to the Lens Memory function (accessible from the menus or the Position button on the remote control). While other brands like Sony and Epson offer this feature, I have found that the JVC projectors tend to be more precise.

A motorized lens system with lens memory is a useful feature if you have a self-masking projection screen. You can also use the Lens Memory to zoom and reposition video projected in different aspect ratios (2.35:1 and 16.9) to best fit a fixed aspect ratio screen.

For example, when viewing 16:9 material on a 2.35:1 aspect screen, the image can be zoomed to fit the top and bottom of the screen, but you will see "black bars" on the left and right sides. The DLA-NZ7 is also compatible with commercially available anamorphic lenses and ultra-wide format screens for an immersive movie theater experience.

The DLA-NZ7 is also equipped with a new "Installation Mode" that saves and recalls up to 10 different combinations of settings, including Lens Control, Pixel Adjustment, Mask, Anamorphic on or off, Screen Adjust, Installation Style, Keystone, Pincushion of lens settings, different aspect ratios, lens presets, convergence, and screen masking positions.


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The menu system is similar to what JVC has utilized on its projectors for several years. There are some new setting adjustments to support newly introduced features. For example, a firmware upgrade last year added a new FILMMAKER MODE picture mode, two additional Frame Adapt picture modes, and a new Laser Dynamic Control mode for laser-equipped models.

The menus on higher-end models also have picture presets, adjustments, and settings that are not available on lower models. For example, the menus of the NZ8 and NZ9 include an adjustment for a Cinema Filter that is not found on the NZ7.

Overall, the menu is well-organized and easy to navigate, which is probably due to several years of finetuning. While the type size on the menu is a little small, it is still readable at a "normal" distance. The position of the menu can also be moved.



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When viewing SDR content, there are four different preset SDR picture modes available, which all deliver good color reproduction. When measured, the color temperature of all the modes was within a couple of hundred degrees of each other. The main difference was primarily their default Gamma settings which picture quality adjustments are engaged. For example, the CINEMA mode has a default Gamma setting of 2.4 to deliver deeper blacks in a dark space.

In FILMMAKER mode, settings like Color Profile and Gamma are locked, and features like frame interpolation and noise reduction are also turned off. FILMMAKER mode aims to reproduce movies and documentaries as faithfully as possible to the original master.

This mode can be manually selected or automatically triggered by a flag in the content. Before calibration, I used FILMMAKER mode when viewing most movie content in the evening.

The NATURAL and USER modes look identical to each, and their high Gamma of 2.2 made them appear slightly brighter, which is helpful when viewing the content in a room with ambient light.

The multiple USER modes are helpful for videophiles who want to store different picture settings after calibration, such as “SDR Night” or “SDR Day” modes.

In addition to the Picture Modes, the NZ7 has over dozen built-in color profiles to help fine-tune the look of HDR and SDR material.

While the DLA-NZ7 does not include the Cinema Filter found in higher-end JVC models, it can still reproduce approximately 88% of the DCI-P3 color space. When a Color Filter is utilized, there is a noticeable drop in brightness, so I usually don’t engage it anyway.

When viewing HDR on a projector, maximizing brightness is more beneficial than maximizing color gamut coverage. When viewing HDR on the NZ7, I did not miss the additional color range that the Cinema Filter would have provided.

Like all Home Theater projectors, I took the time to calibrate the unit. Since your room and screen material significantly impact the overall picture, I don't recommend using someone else's calibration adjustments. If your room is brighter/darker or your walls are a different color, your settings would probably be different. Also, the color characteristics of different individual projectors can vary. Therefore copying someone else's results can actually be detrimental to the picture quality rather than improving it. However, I am including my specific room's before and after calibration results.

If you want to make BRIGHTNESS, CONTRAST, and SHARPNESS adjustments to optimize your projector for your room, several free test patterns are available on Murideo’s website and YouTube channel. Check out our YouTube video on utilizing several of these test patterns called Optimize The Image of a Projector or TV Using Free Murideo Test Patterns. Murideo also has written instructions located under the resource section of its website.

To test the projector's color accuracy, we use Portrait Displays Calman color calibration software.

Pre-Calibration Color Tracking and Grayscale

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Most owners would be satisfied with the picture quality of the DLA-NZ7 right out of the box. I choose to calibrate the USER2 mode for SDR viewing in a room with low ambient light. Since there are multiple USER picture preset modes, I could easily compare the pre and post-calibration results.

The measured color temperature of all the preset picture modes was only a few hundred degrees above my D65 (6500K) target. The projector's black level and shadow detail were better than most home theater projectors. The pre-cal Gamma measured around 2, which is higher than my target of 2.2.

The NZ7 color tracking out of the box was outstanding, with an average deltaE under 2. However, like many blue laser phosphor-equipped projectors, I noticed a slightly cool greenish hue on my sample unit when viewing a multi-step grayscale test pattern or watching brighter content.

My measurements also confirmed the overemphasis on the green/blue and a deficiency in red. 

  • Picture Mode: User 2
  • Color Temperature: 6887K
  • Gamma: 1.9
  • Average Grayscale dE: 8.2
  • Average Color Tracking dE: 1.38

Post-Calibration Color Tracking and Grayscale

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I set the COLOR TEMP to Custom with a Correction Value of 6500K. To produce better grayscale (RGB Balance), I reduced the GREEN GAIN and the GREEN OFFSET while boosting the RED OFFSET and BLUE OFFSET. It would have been beneficial if the NZ7 had 10pt white balance adjustments, but they are unavailable. While the RGB Average deltaE was still a little high, there was a noticeable improvement in grayscale, and the color temperature was very close to D65 (6500k).

To achieve my Gamma target of 2.2, I reduced the BRIGHTNESS slightly and switched GAMMA SETTiNG to Custom 2 with a CORRECTION VALUE of 2.4 and a PICTURE TONE of -7

While the NZ7 offers CMS adjustments and pre-calibration, the average color tracking dE was just 1.38, so there really isn’t a need to make any adjustments. However, I did use the adjustments to finetune the color tracking further. 

  • Picture Mode: User 1
  • Color Temperature: 6495K
  • Gamma: 2.19
  • Average Grayscale dE: 2.5
  • Average Color Tracking dE: 1.01

Delta E, as a measure of grayscale/color accuracy of 3 and under, is considered 'Excellent' and imperceptible by the human eye. The color tracking out of the box was just 1.38, which is better than many calibrated projectors.  While the pre-calibration white balance deltaE was high after adjustment, was 2.5 which is respectable.  

Like SDR, viewing HDR content, there was a little too much emphasis on green, making the image appear too cool. However, adjusting the 2Pt grayscale settings produced a good RGB balance (Grayscale).

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While there was a noticeable improvement to the picture after HDR and SDR calibration, colors, and skin tones looked good the instant I turned the unit on. I will note that the NZ7’s cooler greenish pre-cal RGB balance was noticeably different from the warmer reddish DLA-NZ9 we reviewed several months ago.

The RGB balance of the projector light source can vary from unit to unit, even if it is the same model. This is another reason you shouldn’t use someone else’s calibration settings.  Anyone spending over $10,000 on a projector should definitely spend the money to get the unit professionally calibrated.

For those who would like to calibrate the NZ7 themselves, JVC offers free Projector Calibration Software. Utilizing the software and a Datacolor SpyderX Elite/ Pro or x-Rite i1 Pro2 color sensor, when retail for about $200, you can automatically fine-tune the image for your environment. I have utilized the JVC auto-cal feature in the past, and while the process is complex, I was impressed with the results.


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Premium projector manufacturers like JVC tend to be more conservative when rating brightness. JVC owners are more interested in great black level and accurate color reproduction than absolute brightness. 

The DLA-NZ7 has a rated brightness of 2200 ANSI lumens. The measure the projector's maximum brightness selected the USER -1 picture mode, switched the unit's COLOR PROFILE to High Bright, and set the LD POWER laser output to High.  The JVC DLA-NZ7 produced 2173 lumens at wide zoom. This is very close to the projector’s rated brightness lumens.

JVC DLA-NZ7 (USER mode, Lamp Control High): 2173 Lumens

The default LD POWER setting for most of the projector's picture modes is Mid, so I increased the setting to High and took measurements of each picture mode. 

JVC DLA-NZ7 SDR Picture Modes

Picture Mode Brightness Measured (ANSI Lumens) Color Temperature
Natural 1826 6901K
Cinema 1605 6894K
Filmmaker Mode 1747 6884K
USER 1-3 1605 6867K

JVC DLA-NZ7 HDR Picture Modes

Picture Mode Brightness Measured (ANSI Lumens) Color Temperature
Frame Adapt HDR 1-3 1854 6651K
HDR10 1890 6866K
Pana_PQ 1847 6888K
Filmmaker Mode 1833 6553K
USER 4-6 1747 6978K

While many 4K UHD DLP projectors can produce higher max brightness, it is usually at the expense of accurate colors. Once these projectors are calibrated, their brightness advantage quickly disappears. Those projectors often lose nearly half their brightness when they are adjusted to reproduce accurate colors.

The DLA-NZ7 can still deliver most of its rated brightness even after calibration. For example, the NZ7 retained About 85% of its pre-calibrated brightness after calibration. The NZ7’s great black levels and 2200 ANSI of brightness delivered excellent SDR and HDR picture quality that few home theater projectors can match.


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The JVC 4K D-ILA devices used in the DLA-NZ7 deliver high native contrast and deep black levels. JVC claims the NX7 native contrast is 40,000:1. While higher-end JVC 4K DILA can deliver even higher native contrast, no competitive home theater projector can match the NZ7. While great black levels are important, so is shadow detail. Not only did the DLA-NZ7 handle the darkest scenes, but it also did a great job reproducing the darkest details.

To maximize dynamic contrast, the NZ7 offers dynamic laser dimming. While adjusting the laser light output can be used to increase the perceived contrast, it is not 100% transparent. Therefore, dynamic light modulation can sometimes be noticeable as the projector adjusts from scene to scene. Under the Dynamic Control setting, we chose Mode 1 because it was less aggressive, so the changes in brightness were less noticeable.

Since JVC 4K D-ILA devices used in the DLA-NZ7 deliver higher native contrast, less aggressive dynamic light modulation is needed to reproduce great blacks and shadow detail. Even without the DLA-NZ7's Dynamic Control engaged, few projectors can come close to this JVC's performance on dark scenes.


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Due to native 4K D-ILA imagers and high-quality optics, the DLA-NZ7 had no problems delivering sharp, detailed 4K imagery. Good 4K upscaling continues to be critically important because most TV shows and live broadcasts will continue to be produced in HD for at least several more years. The projector's 4K upscaling was excellent. Whether I was watching sports in 720P or 1080p Blu-ray Disc content, it looked excellent. Most movies and TV shows do not have enough fine detail for you to see a noticeable difference between native 4K and upscaled HD content.

While 3D was removed from most flat panel TV several years ago, projector manufacturers like JVC still offer projectors that are 3D-ready. The NZ9 supports 3D, so you can continue to take advantage of your 3D content library. The projector supports several 3D formats, including frame packing, side-by-side, and top-and-bottom.

You must purchase the optional JVC 3D Synchro Emitter (PK-EM2) or a pair of PK-AG3 3D glasses. Also, playback of 3D requires more brightness than 2D material, but the NZ9 is rated at 3000 ANSI, so 3D performance should be good.


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The DLA-NZ7 delivered best-in-class HDR picture quality

While many Home Theater projector still struggle to reproduce HDR, the JVC DLA-NZ7 delivered one of the best-looking HDR images I have seen from a projector. There are nine present picture modes dedicated to HDR, including three FRAME ADAPT HDR modes, three USER modes, and FILMMAKER MODE.

The JVC 4K DILA projectors like the NZ7 offer an extensive selection of HDR adjustments. The Frame Adapt HDR setting does an excellent job of tone mapping HDR content but there are several adjustments available if you want to adjust the image.

For example, you can use the HDR Quantizer to manually adjust the overall image brightness during tone mapping. This setting includes two Auto modes. The AUTO (NORMAL) option produce a slightly darker overall image with more defined highlight detail. While the AUTO (WIDE) delivered a brighter picture but less highlight detail. When viewing HDR material I preferred the AUTO (WIDE).

The Theater Optimizer feature combines information provided by the user with the projector’s current status information to provide a more accurate baseline on which to apply its dynamic Tone Mapping. In most situations, the Adaptive HDR tone mapping feature combined with the Theater Optimizer did a great job balancing the need to deliver good full-screen brightness while still producing bright highlight detail.

When I was looking at dark HDR content like Blade Runner or bright material like the MEG, the Projector's HDR tone mapping worked well so there was no need to constantly fiddle with the projector's HDR adjustment. Due to high-quality components, and exceptional video processing, JVC projectors like the DLA- NZ7 deliver class-leading HDR performance. 


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The DLA-NZ7 included two 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 inputs so it can accept and playback 8K as well as 4K SDR or HDR content at 120 frames per second. While there isn’t much video content available at such a high frame, the latest gaming consoles and graphic cards can output 120fps.

When connected to my Xbox Series X and my Razer gaming PC, there was no issue displaying videos or games rendered at 120 frames per second. When the LOW LATENCY setting is engaged under the MOTION CONTROL sub-menu, using my Muriedo SEVEN G, test pattern generated, we measured the DLA-NZ7's input lag at 37ms when displaying 4K@120fps. While I would not classify this response time as ultra-low lag, it is fast enough for most casual gamers.


Most Home Theater enthusiasts are as concerned with sound quality as picture quality. A noisy projector can negatively impact the audio experience. We do not measure audible noise, but JVC says the NZ7 produces just 24dB in Low Mode.

 While there is a noticeable increase in fan noise when the Laser Power is switched from Low Mode to High Mode, even at full power, it is significantly quieter than most home theater projectors we have reviewed. The only direct competitor as quiet is the Sony XW6000ES.


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The DLA-NZ7 retails for $10,999 and delivers 2200 Lumens with a high native contrast ratio of 40,000:1. The NZ7 utilizes JVC's 0.69-inch 4K D-ILA devices to offer not only native 4K resolution but higher native contrast than any projector in its price range.

By combining native 4K D-ILA devices with JVC's proprietary 8K e-shift technology, the NZ7 can display beyond 4K resolution. The NZ7 does an excellent job upscaling HD and 4K content, and due to its 48Gbps HDMI input, it can also accept 8K@60fps and 4K@120fps signals.

The DLA-NZ7 is equipped with a 65 mm diameter lens which adopts an all-glass design with 17 elements in 15 groups to deliver a high-resolution image with sharp focus across the entire screen.

The Adaptive HDR tone mapping combined with Theater Optimizer dynamically increases the brightness of HDR10 content and automatically adjusts the DLA-NZ7's settings to maximize onscreen brightness while maintaining hightlight detail.  JVC’s proven dynamic tone mapping technology delivers class-leading HDR picture quality. The NZ7 also supports HLG and HDR10+.

The JVC D-ILA projectors' true competition is Sony 4K SXRD projectors. Looking at the Sony FPJ lineup, the XW6000ES ($11,999 SRP) is comparable to the DLA-NZ7 ($10,999). The XW6000ES is 300 ANSI lumens brighter and offered better out-of-the-box color reproduction. However, the JVC’s overall HDR performance is better, and it can deliver higher native contrast for $1,000 less.

The projector's out-of-the-box color reproduction could have been better, but it can be quickly corrected during calibration. Due to its fantastic black levels, and bright, vibrant HDR image, I would have been happy to have the projector as a permanent part of my reference system. Overall, I was highly impressed with the performance of the DLA-NZ7,  so we believe it is the best home theater projector under $15,000.


  • 8K e-shift
  • Ultra High-Quality optics
  • 2200 lumens (color and white)
  • Native 4K (4,096 x 2,160) D-ILA devices x 3
  • Excellent native contrast
  • Precise Dynamic HDR Tone Mapping optimizes HDR10 viewing
  • Support for HDR10+ and HLG
  • Very good color out of the box (full calibration controls available)
  • Excellent black levels and dark shadow detail
  • Dual HDMI 2.1 (48Gbps) inputs support 4K@120p and 8K@60p
  • Good motion performance and 4K upscaling
  • 3D Ready
    • Optional wireless emitter (PK-EM2) and glasses (PK-AG3)
  • Installation Mode (9 memories) for non-image settings like digital masking, lens memories, anamorphic stretch modes
  • 3-year parts/labor warranty ( 1 year advanced replacement )


  • Premium Price may be out of the reach of many customers
  • High Laser Power mode could be quieter
  • Large and heavy chassis


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Full Specifications
Projector Model JVC DLA-NZ7
Price $10,999.00
Imager Type 3 Chip D-ILA
Displayed Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels (8K e-shift)
Native Resolution 3840 x 2160 pixels
Brightness (Manufacturer Claim) 2200 ANSI lumens
Light Source Type BL)-Escent Laser
Light Source Life 20,000 hours (ECO)
Contrast Ratio 40,000.1 (∞:1 Dynamic)
Zoom Lens Ratio 2.0:1
Power Zoom/Focus Yes
Lens Shift Vertical +/- 80 %, Horizontal +/- 34 %
Interchangeable Lens No
Ultra-Short Throw No
Native Aspect Ratio 1.90:1
HDTV/4K  Yes
3D Yes
Blu-Ray 3D Yes
Speakers None
Noise Level (-db) 24 dB (Low Mode)
Low Lag Gaming Yes
Smart Functionality No
Business No
Classroom No
Portable No
Special Features 8K e-shift, Dynamic Tone Mapping, HDR10+, JVC AutoCal software
Networking LAN
Dimensions (HxWxD) 19 3 /4 inches x 9 3 /16 inches x 19 15/16 inches
Weight 49.6 lbs.
Warranty 3 Years

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