The buzzword of the season is 4K — you see it in all the latest large screen TVs and now electronics company JVC has just announced one of the first consumer 4K projectors on the market.
4K refers to a new higher resolution standard for TV and projector display — at 3,840 x 2,160-pixels, this new high definition standard has four times the resolution of current 1080p (1,920 x 1,080-pixels) displays.
The JVC D-ILA Reference Series home theatre projectors are capable of accepting and projecting 4K resolution video as well as upscaling 1080p content to 4K resolution.
Utilising JVC's 4K e-shift3 and sixth-generation D-ILA (Digital Direct Drive Image Light Amplifier) technology, the projector is able to display native 4K content with 10% better brightness than before, thanks to a pixel gap 40% narrower than previous D-ILA models.
The new models also have native contrast ratios of up to 150,000:1, which is one of the highest native contrast ratios of any projector.
When used together with the user selectable Intelligent Lens Aperture feature, the projectors can have a dynamic contrast ratio as high as 1,500,000:1.
There are three models in the series, namely the DLA-RS49 (60,000:1 native contrast ratio), DLA-RS57 (120,000:1 native contrast ratio) and the DLA-RS67 (150,000:1 native contrast ratio).
These models have support for 3D when used together with JVC's optional active shutter glasses that use radio frequency (RF) technology instead of the usual infrared tech used in other displays.
The new JVC projectors now support remote control via a smartphone app (both iOS and Android) and includes the ability to adjust not just the basic settings, but more advanced picture settings. However since the projectors do not come with built-in WiFi, a cabled Ethernet connection from projector to the local network via a router is required.
While not by any means cheap, the JVC models are actually much lower in price than 4K projectors from its competitors — the DLA-RS67 goes for RM38,999 while the DLA-RS57 costs RM29,999 and the DLA-RS49 will go for RM21,999.