JVC is widely recognized as one of the top manufacturers in the home theater projector segment. Despite not releasing a true 4K projector during 2015, the company and its projectors managed to stay relevant by introducing bulb-based HDR performance and another iteration of its proprietary pseudo-4K up-conversion technology called e-shift. Several days ago, JVC used the grand stage of IFA 2016 (Berlin, Germany) to reveal its latest creation to the world: the DLA-Z1 laser projector. In doing so, JVC has officially introduced its first full 4K projector to market, and has signaled the dawn of a new generation of high performance projectors that are sure to set the enthusiast world ablaze with intrigue and delight.
As detailed by CEPro (EU), the DLA-Z1 uses a laser light source called “Blu-Escent.” It’s capable of delivering 3,000lm over an estimate 20,000 hours of operation time. This means the DLA-Z1 carries quite a punch in the brightness department, easily handling large screen applications in addition to delivering quality High Dynamic Range performance and faster reaction times (in terms of brightness).
Anchoring the DLA-Z1 is yet another iteration of JVC’s D-ILA device (JVC’s proprietary version of LCOS) that is smaller than ever before. Historically, D-ILA has delivered industry leading black levels and the company is claiming its new design is the “world’s smallest” D-ILA 4K device. The DLA-Z1 houses three of the new D-ILA devices, each dedicated to producing red, green, or blue. The projector can reproduce 100% of the DCI/P3 color space and 80% of the much larger BT. 2020 color space. In addition, the pixel gap has been shrunken by 31-percent to 3.8㎛. E-shift is completely removed from the picture, as the DLZ-Z1 maintains the ability to upscale all SD and HD pictures to full 4K (4096 x 2160 pixels).
JVC is outfitting the DLA-Z1 with a new 16 group 18 sheets glass lens with a full aluminum lens barrel. This lens carries a larger diameter (100mm versus standard 65mm) for 4K uniformity across a screen. It offers 100-percent vertical lens shift and 43% horizontal shift, with minimal diffraction and chromatic aberration when the lens is shifted to its outer limits.
Other notable features include Auto Calibration compatibility, a new Screen Adjust mode to optimize performance with different screen materials, and ten installation modes that manage application specific settings such as Lens Memory and Pixel Adjust.
JVC is scheduled to be present at CEDIA 2016 (which launches next week). They’ve hinted at unveiling something new, but haven’t officially announced the presence of a DLA-Z1 for demo purposes.
The DLA-Z1 will launch in Europe during November 2016 for the stiff price of 25,000 Euros (approximately $27,750 US). We'll revisit the the DLA-Z1 as more information become available.
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