Sony and JVC today introduced their first 4K home theatre projectors capable of displaying 4K images - over four times the resolution of HDTV.
Sony VPL-VW1000ES 4K home theatre projector
Sony's VPL-VW1000ES 4K home theatre projector features a 2,000 ANSI-lumens of brightness, it employs an entirely new SXRD 4K panel and combined with Sony's Iris technology, the projector can achieve a 1,000,000:1 dynamic contrast.
The 0,74" 4K SXRD panel has been optimised for minimum light reflection to fit the 4K resolution. The size of each pixel has been reduced from 7µm to 4µm and the space between each pixel is also reduced, resulting to an even distribution and accurate light reflection.
The VW1000ES projector also features an exclusive Super Resolution 4K upscaler "Reality Creation" that enhances 1080P content, allowing the viewers to get the most from their existing Blu-ray Disc libraries at home. It can also display Full HD 3D and 4K upscaling 3D movies, as well as 2D and 3D anamorphic film, plus it has built-in transmitter. And it has picture position memory which memorizes the position of the zoom lens.
The performance and function of this 4K upscaler "Reality Creation" can be improved by evolving the pattern classification, based on the statistical learning, using a wide variety of images in the Sony original super resolution algorithm, which has been developed and evolved over the decades. Furthermore, the super resolution 4K upscaler can deliver high definition, smooth 4K pictures by the dynamic control, based on the measurement and analysis of the input picture quality (noise, spectrum) and the processing of the super resolution, including the characteristics of the display device (4K projector).
The VW1000ES offers a variety of installation options, including dual triggers, a 2.1 motorized zoom, expanded throw distances, an RS232 interface, control over IP, and compatibility with virtually every home automation integrator.
Sony's new VPL-VW1000ES 4K home theatre front projector will begin shipping this winter through Sony's home cinema dealers. The company did not provide pricing details.
JVC home theater projectors
JVC also today introduced new home theater projectors that display 2D HD content with full 4K precision. They feature JVC's new e-Shift technology capable of projecting images with 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution.
The upconverting technology is available in four of seven new 3D-enabled projectors that boast a range of advancements, including higher native contrast than JVC's previous models.
The new projectors are the Procision Series DLA-X90R, DLA-X70R and DLA-X30, marketed by JVC's Consumer Electronics Group, and the Reference Series DLA-RS65, DLA-RS55, DLA-RS4800 and DLA-RS45, available through JVC Professional Products Company. JVC's 4K e-Shift technology is featured in the top four models, while all seven new projectors offer other advancements that boost picture quality and improve 3D performance.
Earlier this year NHK Science & Technology Research Laboratories, NHK Engineering Service Inc. and JVC Kenwood Corporation collaborated in the development of a Super High Vision projection system that utilizes e-Shift technology. Now, that technology is available in the DLA-X90R, DLA-X70R, DLA-RS65 and DLA-RS55. Using e-Shift, 2D HD content is upconverted and scaled to a 4K signal (3840 x 2160) and the e-Shift technology displays it at full 4K precision.
All seven projectors are 3D-enabled and offer several 3D performance and feature enhancements:
- 2D-to-3D Converter - Converts 2D program material to 3D using technology derived from JVC's professional 2D-to-3D converter. Included are user adjustments for 3D depth and subtitle geometry correction;
- JVC's 3D anamorphic feature combined with an optional anamorphic lens make it possible to enjoy 3D movies in the 2:35 scope format;
- Compatibility with a wider range of 3D broadcasts, including 1080p/24 and 720p side-by-side formats;
- Brighter 3D images than previous models are possible through the use of an improved driver that keeps the shutter on the active shutter 3D glasses open longer, thus allowing more light to enter, while at the same time minimizing cross talk;
- A Cross Talk Canceller further reduces cross talk through analysis of the left eye and right eye signals and applying appropriate correction;
- A parallax adjustment allows the user to tailor the 3D image effect;
- Direct access to 3D formats and settings on the remote control.
In addition, the top four models -- DLA-X90R, DLA-X70R, DLA-RS65 and DLA-RS55 - have been designed to achieve THX 3D certification and are scheduled for testing by THX.
Other features shared by these four models include:
- ISF certification;
- Enhanced installation adjustment, including a new 1/16th pixel shift function to precisely tune convergence via 121 adjustment points (11 vertical x 11 horizontal) and an increased number of screen mode preset positions, up to a maximum of 255;
- An upgraded optical engine that further improves black level and native contrast;
- 7-Axis Color Management System;
- ISF and THX Calibration via corresponding software to allow advanced adjustment by certified ISF calibrators;
- Three Xenon lamp color modes that emulate the characteristics of high-end movie projectors.
Other enhancements new for all seven 2012 projectors are:
- Lens memory function - Three memory settings store custom focus, zoom and horizontal/vertical lens shift position. This allows a constant height display of 4:3, 16:9 and 2:35 scope content without an additional anamorphic lens;
- A LAN connection that provides enhanced system control and easy firmware or screen mode updates.
The new flagship projectors, the DLA-X90R and DLA-RS65, are built using hand-tested components and provide a 120,000:1 native contrast ratio. For 3D viewing, both models come with two pairs of 3D glasses and a PK-EM1 3D Signal Emitter. Both projectors also have a three-year warranty.
The DLA-X70R and DLA-RS55 offer 80,000:1 native contrast ratio, while the DLA-X30 and DLA-RS45 offer 50,000:1 native contrast ratio. All four projectors come with a two-year warranty. The DLA-RS4800 is ISF certified, offers a 55,000:1 native contrast ratio, comes with a three-year warranty, and includes a spare lamp. JVC Active Shutter 3D Glasses and the PK-EM1 3D Signal Emitter are sold separately.
All seven new projectors feature three 0.7" 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 ensures optimum light uniformity and minimal crosstalk in the light path. In the top four models (DLA-X90R, DLA-X70R, DLA-RS65 and DLA-RS55) a combined 16-step lens and lamp aperture adjustment allow the user to optimize the f-number (relative aperture) of the optics system in all steps. The DLA-X30, DLA-RS45 and DLA-RS4800 feature a 16-step lens aperture.
The new JVC D-ILA home theater projectors will be available in November at the following prices: