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CEDIA Expo 2011: JVC Announces Family of 3D-Enabled Projectors


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Posted September 08 2011 - 01:41 AM

Today JVC announced their new line of projectors for 2012.  This new line-up includes 8 new projectors.  Four of the new models feature JVC’s new e-Shift technology that allows the new projectors to display 2D high definition content with full 4K precision.  Note that there is the "professional" line (i.e. RS series) and the consumer line (i.e. X series).  Previously, there used to be a warranty difference between the two lines, but this year the warranties appear to be the same.


This "big" feature with the top two tiers in each model line up this year is 4K resolution via e-Shift technology, capable of projecting images with 3840 x 2160 pixel resolution, four times that of full HD.


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"e-Shift technology" is bascially taking two 1920X1080p images and generating subpixels and shiffting them back and forth to create the 4K image.


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Rob Budde of JVC gave me a quick demo of the JVC-RS63 showing the e-Shift technology.  With e-Shift enabled the loss of pixed structure was immediate.  What appeared was an almost matte finish to the image.  Below are some images that JVC showed at the press event regarding images with and without e-Shift technology.


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Personally, for me, I will need to see some reference material and test images to really know important this feature is. 


What was probably the most exciting announcemet for the top two tiers of the JVC line was significantly finer control over convergence.  I have always been a JVC PJ fan for their contrast ratio and obtaining that without using a dynamic iris.  Not having a dynanic iris eliminates gamma errors, artifacts that are perceivable in certain material and most importantly does not destroy dark scenes that have fine points of illumination (i.e. star field scenes).  However, the reason I have continued to use the Samsung 900 as my primary reference projector is because of it's single chip design, which has zero convergence errors.  I have had many JVC's and it was always a crap shoot on if I would get one off the line that had great convergence of it's three D-ILA panels.  This is the reason I that I will anxiously look to review the JVC RS-65 (this is also in the RS-55 and the two sister models in the conusmer line (X90 & X70) because it offers 1/16 pixel convergence, which should allow for spot on convergence adjustments!!!!  Woot!   Woot!!!


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Of course there are aother goodies associated with the new line of JVC's across the board.  Improved contrast ratio.  JVC has been for the last 5 years, hands down, the on/off contrast leader in PJ's.  Experiencing the blacks on a JVC PJ is just an experience that is rarely seen any place else, particularly in a movie theater for a theatrical release!


The RS-65 breaks new ground with an on/off contrast ratio of 120,000:1!!!! 


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The other news is that all the the JVC's now have 3D enabled!  In addition to this JVC, has modified the light path to increase over all light output (they haven't provided a new ANSI lumens number for the models yet) and has increased 3D light output by being able via refinment in cross talk to increase the amount of time the shutter is open on the active lense 3D glasses to allow more light in, thus a brighter overall image to the eye. 


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Another feature, for hard core 3D'ers is built in 2D to 3D conversion.  This comes from JVC's commercial line of off board processors that was a $30K part.  I will be anxious to see what it really does for 2D content.


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The other thing to note is that all the new features for the top two tiers have come with no price increase!  Now $12K for the RS-65 might be on the expensive side, JVC has provided some extremely competitive options on the lower end of the cost spectrum.  One step down is the RS-55, which has the same 4K output with e-Shift and the 1/16th pixel adjustments but with a lower on/off contrast ratio.  Is $4K worth 33% more contrast ratio and one more year warranty?


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For those that are happy without the e-Shift technology and the regular 1/8th pixel convergence adjustments, JVC has an incredible valued PJ for you.  The RS-45 comes in at a door busting $3495!!!  That's a real value!! 


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Talking with Rob from JVC, I doubt we will get any review models before Christmas, but we will be trying hard to at least get the RS65 and RS45.  Right now, dreams of a very happy Christmas are dancing in my head waiting to get these JVC's in my home theater for review!!! 



Below are images of some of the above mentioned projectors:


JVC RS-65


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JVC RS-45


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Watch our interview with JVC Professional's Rod Sterling, Chief Engineer, Technology Center.














#2 of 10 OFFLINE   Adam Gregorich

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Posted September 08 2011 - 01:42 AM
















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Posted September 08 2011 - 01:44 AM

Here is a grid comparing the new models.  The F110 is coming in September the others are due in November.


Model

Price

Sold By

THX

ISF

4K e-shift

Contrast

3D

Glasses & emitter

Warranty

Color

Notes

DLA-X90R

$11,999

JVC Consumer

Pending

Yes

Yes

120,000:1

Yes

Yes

3 year

Black

1/16th Pixel shift, 7 axis CMS

DLA-RS65

$11,999

JVC Professional

Pending

Yes

Yes

120,000:1

Yes

Yes

3 year

Black

1/16th Pixel shift, 7 axis CMS

DLA-X70R

$7,999

JVC Consumer

Pending

Yes

Yes

80,000:1

Yes

No

2 year

Black


DLA-RS55

$7,999

JVC Professional

Pending

Yes

Yes

80,000:1

Yes

No

2 year

Black


DLA-RS4800

$4,995

JVC Professional

No

No

No

55:000:1

Yes

No

3 year

Black

Comes with spare bulb

DLA-X30

$3,499

JVC Consumer

No

No

No

50,000:1

Yes

No

2 year

Black


DLA-RS45

$3,499

JVC Professional

No

No

No

50,000:1

Yes

No

2 year

Black


DLA-F110E

$7,495

JVC Professional

No

No

No

30,000:1

Yes

No


White

Brighter 1,700 Lumen output

                       



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Posted September 09 2011 - 01:16 AM

Great Post Kevin! Been sitting on my RS35 waiting for some big improvements in the JVC line. Looks like I may be facing another upgrade round. :) What's really got my attention is the 1/16 convergence. Gone through 4 JVCs, starting with the RS1, and this has been the common weak point. Hope you've been well. Cheers, Dennis

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Posted September 09 2011 - 01:21 AM



Originally Posted by Dennis Maricic 


Great Post Kevin!

Been sitting on my RS35 waiting for some big improvements in the JVC line.
Looks like I may be facing another upgrade round. Posted Image

What's really got my attention is the 1/16 convergence. Gone through 4 JVCs, starting with the RS1, and this has been the common weak point.

Hope you've been well.

Cheers,

Dennis


Agreed about the weak point, so its great to see this.  It is an "electronic shift" done through video processing, not a manual adjustment.




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Posted September 09 2011 - 06:08 AM



Agreed about the weak point, so its great to see this.  It is an "electronic shift" done through video processing, not a manual adjustment.

 

Sounds logical, think it would be far to difficult to design a mechanism to physically realign the panels. This takes me back to my Nec XG135LC days and having to tweak convergence electronically. Which makes me wonder if we'll have some of the issues from the old days. Like stress on the circuits that manage the convergence. If your mechanical setup was not done well you'd get in a scenario of over volting the convergence board, leading to a premature failure.

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Posted September 09 2011 - 02:47 PM

The RS45 has my attention!

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Posted September 10 2011 - 07:13 PM




Originally Posted by Dennis Maricic 


Great Post Kevin!

Been sitting on my RS35 waiting for some big improvements in the JVC line.
Looks like I may be facing another upgrade round. Posted Image

What's really got my attention is the 1/16 convergence. Gone through 4 JVCs, starting with the RS1, and this has been the common weak point.

Hope you've been well.

Cheers,

Dennis



Hi Dennis,


We are on the list to get a review unit.  Seeing is believing, so stay tuned here for an official review.

We also did an interview with Rod Sterling at JVC, the Chief Engineer at JVC for the PJ..  Internet connectivity is terrible here, so it is taking forever to upload all the videos that we did today...





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Posted September 11 2011 - 09:51 AM

We went back to the JVC Pro booth at CEDIA and spoke with Rod Sterling, Chief Engineer, to get more technical details on the JVC RS-65.






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Posted September 13 2011 - 12:19 AM

Look forward to the review. I know you'll put it through its paces on the convergence front. Maybe this will finally get you to move from a single chip dlp platform. :)