The projector many AV enthusiasts have been waiting for has been fully unveiled at IFA 2016 in Berlin, Germany. JVC's DLA-Z1 (25,000 euros) fulfils the wish-list of videophiles craving the high contrast offered by JVC's D-ILA technology in a true 4K projector. Past JVC projectors have used a technique the company calls e-shift to achieve pseudo-4K, whereas this new model brings true 4K D-ILA to the table, and pairs it with a 20,000-hour, 3000-lumen laser-phosphor light source.
JVC's native 4K laser-phosphor D-ILA projector, the DLA-Z1.
JVC says the DLA-Z1 can cover 100% of the DCI/P3 color space that's used in commercial cinemas, as well as Ultra HD Blu-ray titles, and other 4K HDR content. Furthermore, the projector covers 80% of the ultra-wide rec.2020 color space, which is also supported by HDR content.
The laser-phosphor light source allows the DLA-Z1 to achieve 120,000:1 native contrast—hope your theater is truly all-black! JVC then goes further by claiming infinite contrast when the light source is modulated on a scene-by-scene basis. That's quite a bold claim since there's nowhere to go from infinity, but it really just means the projector can shut off the light when a scene fades to black. Anyhow, that scene-by-scene dynamic light output adjustment is something the ultra-fast response of the laser-phosphor light source is said to help with; how the projector handles an ANSI contrast pattern remains to be seen.
According to an article in CE Pro Europe
, the three D-ILA devices used in the DLA-Z1 (one per primary color) are the smallest-ever, in addition to offering native 4K. The pixel gap has also been reduced by 31% versus earlier D-ILA designs.
This new model comes with a 100mm zoom lens that offers 100% vertical lens shift and 43% horizontal lens shift. JVC says the lens is designed to minimize diffraction and chromatic aberration, even when the lens is significantly shifted. Some other notable features include auto-calibration, support for 3D, a low-latency mode for gamers, an RS-232 port for home automation, and a heavy-duty air filter.
I wonder if I'll get to see the projector—JVC's new flagship—at CEDIA 2016. I hope so because bright, native 4K, laser-phosphor-lit projection featuring JVC's famously high-contrast D-ILA tech will surely be something to behold.
Interested in taking a deep-dive into the ongoing AVS Forum discussion of the DLA-Z1? Follow this link: https://www.avsforum.com/forum/24-dig...l#post46474665