Most have HDR capabilities and wide color gamuts, but details are pretty sparse. We will probably see the US versions at CEDIA next month.
At IFA (Internationale Funkausstellung, or International Radio Exhibition) in Berlin last week, Sony and JVC announced new home-theater projectors for the European market. Many industry watchers believe this foreshadows similar announcements at the CEDIA (Custom Electronics Design and Installation Association) Expo next month in Dallas, TX, though the model numbers will probably be slightly different than those introduced in Germany.
Like their immediate predecessors, the new VPL-VW520ES (pictured above) and VW320ES from Sony provide true 4K resolution (4096x2160) using SXRD (Silicon X-tal Reflective Display) technology, which is Sony's version of LCoS (liquid crystal on silicon). But what's really exciting is that the VPL-VW520ES is compatible with HDR (high dynamic range) content via its HDMI 2.0a input that implements HDCP 2.2. The press release specifies that the projector can accommodate signals up to 4K at 60p with 4:2:0 color subsampling and 8-bit resolution, which cannot be considered HDR-capable. But according to ProjectorReviews.com
, a Sony rep said that was a misprint, and the projector can support up to 2160p/60 at 10-bit resolution, which means the HDMI port is operating at 18 Gbps and can support HDR signals.
Sony claims the new models can display a wider color gamut than BT.709, but that gamut was not specified—hopefully, it's close to P3, which is the gamut that will likely be used on many if not most Ultra HD Blu-ray releases. They also have slightly increased light output from much more powerful lamps.
JVC announced three new European models, the DLA-X5000, X7000, and X9000, which will sell for 4500, 6500, and 10,000 Euros, respectively. All three still use 1080p LCoS panels and JVC's eShift technology, which quickly shifts the pixels back and forth between two positions to simulate 2160p resolution. On the plus side, they all have HDMI 2.0a inputs with HDCP 2.2 that operate at 18 Gbps and will be able to accept HDR signals and display a wide color gamut, though I could find no details about these features. And their rated light output has been increased from 1300 lumens to 1700, 1800, and 1900 lumens, respectively.
The JVC DLA-X5000 is one of three new models announced at IFA last week.
We will undoubtedly see the US counterparts of these projectors at CEDIA, and I will be seeking out as much specific information as I can about their HDR and WCG capabilities. And perhaps other companies will introduce new projectors with true UHD resolution as well as HDR and WCG. I think CEDIA is going to be very interesting this year!
BTW, there's a long, lively AVS thread on the new projectors here
, including some hands-on experience; check it out!
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