Wolf Cinema is a company that's known for modifying projectors made by other manufacturers, in an effort to improve their performance. The company just announced upgrades to its most popular models, which are based on light engines from JVC's line of D-ILA projectors, already considered to be among the best when it comes to color and contrast.
Unsurprisingly, these upgrades essentially mirror the new features found on JVC's own projectors. The four Wolf Cinema models that receive an upgrade are the SDC-8, SDC-10, SDC-12 and SDC-15. The company says that the 2016 editions of his projectors all feature a 30% increase in peak white output, expanded color gamut, compatibility with HDR content, and compatibility with ultra HD resolution content—they can accept 4K60 4:4:4 sources. Importantly, the new projectors have HDMI 2.0 inputs with HDCP 2.2 support.
The Wolf Cinema SDC-15 D-ILA projector.
Jim McGall, Director of Sales for Wolf Cinema, commented on the projectors' 4K content support, saying "4K content can now be fully realized with these Ultra HD-ready home theater projectors. They each come with an all-new, fourth generation V4K temporal mapping technology core, which can display true 4096 x 2160 content on very large home cinema screens."
Wolf Cinema also offers the SDC-12 and SDC-15 as "flagship ensembles" bundled with ProScaler MK IV video processors. Jim stated "The two special editions with our latest external ProScaler MK IV video processor has an expanded CMS calibration suite, advanced noise reduction algorithms, multiple HDMI 2.0 inputs and outputs, plus E-VariScope imaging technology to eliminate top/bottom 'black bars' when firing onto ultra-wide 2.35:1 CinemaScope screens." The company says these systems will be able to project onto screens as large as 14 feet.
The ProScaler MK IV video processor.
The new editions of these projectors are priced between $8,000 and $22,000 in North America. Wolf Cinema will demo the SDC-15 Ultra 4K at CES 2016, I'll be there to check it out.