JVC debuts 4K native DLA-Z1 projector at IFA 2016 and CEDIA Expo – and it’s a THX beast

posted on Tuesday, 6th September 2016 by Steve May

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JVC has released more information about its first native 4K projector, the DLA-Z1, as it previews it at IFA Berlin and CEDIA Expo 2016. The 4K D-ILA device, which will be available in Europe from late November, uses a laser light source, dubbed Blu-Escent, capable of 3,000lm with a dynamic light source control. Operational life is quoted at 20,000 hours. It’s the first projector to receive THX 4K Display certification.

For the DLA-Z1, JVC has narrowed the pixel gap in the D-ILA device by 31 per cent, allowing it to cram 4096x2160 pixels into a 0.69-inch space. JVC has also developed a new lens for 4K along with a Cinema Filter with wide colour gamut.

JVC claims 100 per cent of DCI P3 and over 80 per cent of BT.2020. Dynamic Light Source control allows the DLA-Z1 to adjust the laser output accordingly to the scene’s brightness, for improved contrast. The projector is HDR10 compatible, and supports 4K60P(4:4:4).

The diameter of the lens has been increased to 100mm, compared to conventional 65mm, to maintain 4K resolution to the edge of the screen.

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The projector can be used with screens over 200-inches. Setup includes a wide shift range of 100 per cent vertical and 43per cent horizontal. There’s also an Auto Calibration Function. Ten adjustable Installation modes are created for collective management of the settings like Lens Memory, Pixel Adjust, Screen Mask.

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You’ll need a large theatre to accommodate it though. The projector has a long symmetrical chassis with a hairline finished aluminum center. Matt black paint is applied to reduce reflections in pitch black theatre rooms. The rear intake/front exhaust can flexibly adapt to the various environments of installations. Connectivity includes two HDMIs with HDCP2.2 compatibility. 

The DLA-Z1 is expected to retail for just under £30,000.

Steve May

Steve is a veteran of the UK consumer electronics industry, having covered it for
various media outlets for more than 20 years.

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