With JVC’s legacy of producing high-quality home theater projectors with extraordinary black levels and contrast at compelling price points, the company has announced a new 4K HDR DLP projector, the LX-UH1 for $2,499 becoming available in May. Like several of its competitors in this under-$3k UHD price bracket, the unit will be using the recently developed 0.47-inch TRP DMD (digital micromirror device), an RGBRGB color wheel, and will offer HDR10 and HLG playback.
As well as horizontal and vertical lens shift, the projector will deliver a claimed 2,000 lumens of brightness and a dynamic contrast ratio of 100,000:1. Furthermore, according to JVC, the LX-UH1 supports 100% of Rec. 709 color space (BT.2020 compatible), and will display HDR content ‘with astounding brightness, contrast and color.’ As well as HDR10 high dynamic range support, the projector will include HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) for broadcasts and streaming services. While viewing HDR content, users will have an option to engage a two-position automatic aperture to get the best possible image quality.
With two HDMI inputs, one of which features HDMI/HDCP2.2 spec and handling data transfer rates up to 18Gbps, there is also an RS-232C interface and 12-volt screen trigger output. Lens shift with +/- 60% vertical and +/- 23% ranges, combined with a 1.6x wide zoom lens, mean that projector placement choices can be maximized.
JVC has historically adopted its now famous D-ILA (Direct Drive Image Light Amplifier) tech derived from the company’s home-grown version of LCoS (Liquid Crystal on Silicon) imaging to achieve its pretty remarkable price/performance black levels. 4K resolution on previous models has also been possible through the use of its proprietary e-Shift pixel-shifting solution. But with several manufacturers now using the 0.47-inch DMD chip on entry-level 4K projectors – in some cases, for as little as $1,500 – and with sometimes mixed critical response, it remains to be seen if JVC can retain its market-leading performance charge with this compact new beamer.
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