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JVC Projectors Lighten Up, Add HDMI 2.0a

New 4K projectors introduced by JVC offer brighter output than their predecessors to project bigger pictures without sacrificing native contrast ratios.

The products, on display at the CEDIA Expo, also add HDMI 2.0a connections, HDCP 2.2 copy protection, and wide DCI-P3 color gamut. Their predecessors came with HDMI 1.4 inputs.

Because of their brightness and contrast ratios, some of the models can project content with high dynamic range (HDR).

All of the new models are also the company’s first projectors with Control4 integration, joining integration capabilities with Creston and AMX control systems.

The new D-ILA projectors are the $9,999-suggested RS600, $6,999 RS500, and $3,999 RS 400 in the Reference series and their Procision-series counterparts — the DLA-X950R, DLA-X750R, and DLA-X550R – at the same respective prices. They ship at the end of November.

New 265-watt lamps combined with a new light engine on the top two models in each series preserve the higher contrast ratios of their predecessors despite the higher lumen outputs, said John Havens, marketing manager of the visual systems division. The third model lacks the new light engine, but its native contrast ratio remains almost the same at 40,000:1.

The $9,999 model delivers 1,900 lumens, up 46 percent from its $11,195 predecessor while maintaining a 150,000:1 native contrast ratio. The $6,999 model boosts brightness by 38 percent to 1,800 lumens compared to its same-price predecessor while preserving a 120,000:1 native contrast ratio.  The $3,999 model delivers 1,700 lumens, up 30 percent from its same-price predecessor, and its contrast ratio is almost the same as before at 40,000:1.

With their higher brightness, installers can expand the maximum width of their projected images to 18 to 20 feet from 10 to 12 feet, or use the projectors in rooms with higher ambient light levels.

The top two models display content with high dynamic and come with THX 3D certification.

New e-shift4 technology delivers 4K 60fps output with 4:4:4 color subsampling, up from 4:2:0 and 4:2:2.

E-shift technology delivers near-4K resolution (3840 by 2160 compared to 4096 by 2160) by combining three 1080p-native panels with pixel-shifting technology, which shifts pixels diagonally by 0.5 pixels at a rate up to 120Hz to multiply resolution.