There’s a small, growing list of video products that have achieved THX certification. But JVC‘s four new 3D projectors are the first products to gain THX 3D Display Certification.
The THX 3D certified projectors, which will be available later in Nov. 2010, are the Reference Series DLA-RS60 ($11,995) and DLA-RS50 ($7,995) and the Procision Series DLA-X9 ($11,995) and DLA-X7 ($7,995). The certification came after a battery of more than 400 laboratory tests.
All four projectors feature three 0.7-inch, 1920 x 1080 D-ILA devices and are designed around JVC’s third-generation D-ILA High Dynamic Range optical engine that is optimized to provide high native contrast ratios without a dynamic iris to artificially enhance contrast specifications. A directed light integration system and wire grid polarizer ensure optimum light uniformity and minimal crosstalk in the light path. A four-step lamp aperture is combined with a 16-step lens aperture to allow more precise management of lamp output, which further improves black level and native contrast.
The projectors also include new short arc gaps and lamp brightnesses have been increased to 1,300 ANSI Lumens. To reduce motion blur, JVC uses its double-speed 120Hz Clear Motion Drive technology, which includes a newly developed LSI for frame interpolation black frame insertion.
To facilitate the playback of 3D content each projector includes two HDMI 1.4a ports and supports side-by-side (broadcast), frame packing (Blu-ray), and above-below 3D transmissions. External 3D Signal Emitters (PK-EM1) sync projected images with JVC’s Active Shutter 3D Glasses (PK-AG1).
These four models also include seven-axis color management systems (R, G, B, C, M, Y and orange) that allows for fine color tuning and a choice of color profiles, including Adobe RGB, DCI and sRGB/HDTV. JVC has also designed the units for ISF certification and will include an ISF C3 mode for professional calibration. For further fine-tuning capabilities, JVC incorporates the ability to match the projectors to 99 specific screen materials.
Other features bundled into the projectors include: A center-mounted lens and rear power, signal and control connectors for improved cable management and more versatile positioning and mounting options. Rear-to-front airflow also allows more placement flexibility while reducing thermal concerns.
The new flagship DLA-RS60 and DLA-X9 projectors can produce native contrast ratios as high as 100,000:1. Both models come with two pairs of 3D glasses along with a PK-EM1 3D Signal Emitter. Both projectors also have a three-year warranty.
The DLA-RS50 and DLA-X7 produce native contrast ratios up to 70,000:1. JVC covers these projectors with two-year warranties and says they are compatible with its PK-AG1 Active Shutter 3D Glasses and PK-EM1 3D Signal Emitter.
JVC has also launched two lower-cost 3D-enabled projectors: the DLA-RS40 and DLA-X3. The DLA-RS40 and DLA-X3 will be available in Nov. 2010 at a cost of $4,495 each. Both models produce 50,000:1 native contrast ratios, are supported with two-year warranties, and are compatible with JVC’s PK-AG1 Active Shutter 3D Glasses and PK-EM1 3D Signal Emitter.
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