JVC has announced that the new JVC Procision Series DLA-NX9 and Reference Series DLA-RS3000 are the first and only display devices to date to achieve THX 4K HDR Certification, the most demanding certification that a display product can achieve. Both models feature JVC’s newest native 4K D-ILA device and the company’s 8K e-shift technology to produce an 8K image on the screen.
HDR content offers significant improvement in image quality with its expanded luminance range, wide color gamut, 10-bit gradation, and other enhancements. THX 4K HDR Certification ensures that a display achieves all that HDR can deliver to provide the most true-to-life video images. THX performs hundreds of tests to confirm color accuracy, sharpness and contrast. A larger DCI-P3 color gamut is required for HDR, and THX 4K HDR Certification ensures that a display truly achieves this new color palette, and with the highest accuracy. Furthermore, 4K HDR displays are evaluated for color and moiré artifacts with full HD and 4K content. Images must match the color, luminance, black levels and gamma seen in the filmmaker’s studio.
A key feature of the new JVC projectors is the Auto Tone Mapping function, which automatically adjusts settings for the optimum HDR10 image. The HDR10 mastering information MaxCLL (Maximum Content Light Level) and MaxFALL (Maximum Frame Average Light Level) varies greatly depending on content. Therefore, in order to achieve the best HDR10 experience it is necessary to set the appropriate brightness settings for each piece of programming. The new Auto Tone Mapping function automatically adjusts settings based on the mastering information. Various HDR images with different brightness can be viewed optimally without manual adjustment of the settings. THX tests for tone mapping to ensure that all content is rendered with precise definition in the brightest and darkest areas. In cases where content does not contain mastering information, a fixed value will be set or it can be manually adjusted.
The DLA-NX9 and the DLA-RS3000 are essentially the same projector with the same specs, and are simply sold through different distribution channels. Specs on these models include e-Shift technology to achieve a resolution of 8192×4320, horizontal and vertical lens shift, 2,200 lumens of brightness and a contrast ratio of 100,000:1. Connectivity includes LAN and RS232-C. The JVC DLA-NX9 and DLA-RS3000 projectors are each priced at $17,999.95.
Analyst firm PMA Research follows the Projector market and publishes monthly and quarterly market reports on market size and display industry trends. The latest Quarterly Projector Manufacturer Forecast published by PMA Research expects that shipments of projectors with 8K resolution will begin to grow exponentially beginning in 2019.