JVC has introduced the DLA-RS3000, and DLA-NX9, the world’s first Professional Series home theatre projectors with 8K e-shift technology. The DLA-RS3000, with its 8K e-shift technology and 100mm diameter high-resolution glass lens can display 8K images, although, in a catch, an actual 8K input is not supported.
So what is 8K e-shift technology?
“e-shift” is JVC’s proprietary high-resolution display technology that doubles the resolution by shifting pixels diagonally by 0.5 pixels. In laymen’s terms, this means that the projector doesn’t output a native resolution, but rather uses a pixel shifting algorithm to upscale images. With this e-shift technology together with the native 4K D-ILA devices, the DLA-RS3000 can produce an 8K image on the screen. JVC claims that the 8K e-shift image produces much higher resolution than 4K. They also say that, by using original high-resolution ‘Multiple Pixel Control’ technology, full HD can also be converted to high-definition 8K images. I’m a little skeptical of how an HD image would look once it has been upconverted to 8K.
The DLA-RS3000 is equipped with a high resolution 18-element, 16-group all-glass lens with full aluminum lens barrel. According to JVC, to ensure high resolution up to every corner of the screen while realizing a wide shift range of +/−100% vertical, +/−43% horizontal, a 100mm diameter lens has been selected. There are also five special low dispersion lenses for the different refractive index of Red, Green, and Blue, adopted to suppress chromatic aberration, bleeding, etc., and faithfully reproduce the 8K resolution.
The HDR10 mastering information MaxCLL (Maximum Content Light Level) / MaxFALL (Maximum Frame Average Light Level) varies greatly depending on each content. Therefore, in order to achieve the best HDR10 experience, it is necessary to set the appropriate brightness settings for each content. The new “Auto Tone Mapping” function equipped in the new projectors automatically adjusts settings based on the mastering information (in case of content that does not contain mastering information, it will be fixed values or manual adjustment). Various HDR images with different brightness can be viewed optimally without manual adjustment of the settings.
HDR content has more information than ever, such as the expansion of the luminance range, wide colour gamut such as BT2020, 10-bit gradation, etc.. A high-performing, high-precision projector is required for accurate image reproduction of such content. The new D-ILA projectors are claimed to faithfully reproduce HDR10 content adopted in UHD Blu-ray, and HLG (hybrid log gamma) adopted in broadcasting.
The combination of 265W ultra-high-pressure mercury lamp and highly efficient optical engine allows the projector to have 2,200 lm of brightness. The new 0.69-inch native 4K D-ILA device and optical engine with wire grid produce a native contrast ratio of 100,000:1. In combination with Intelligent Lens Aperture, which analyses the input image and automatically controls the black level. 8. Colorful image with wide color gamut beyond DCI P3 (DLA-RS3000, DLA-RS2000)
DCI-P3 as well as BT.709
By adopting the new cinema filter, the DLA-RS3000 is able to achieve a wide color gamut beyond DCI-P3 as well as displaying BT.709. HDR content.
Blur reduction technology
The projector uses JVC’s Clear Motion Drive blur reduction technology, which also supports a 4K60P (4:4:4) signal. This feature is claimed to improve moving images. Together with Motion Enhance, which optimizes the driving of D-ILA device according to the motion of the image, motion blur is said to be reduced significantly compared to conventional projectors.
• 8K e-shift yields 8192 x 4320 projected image
• New 0.69 inch Native 4K D-ILA Devices (x3)
• 2,200 Lumens with High Power Lamp (PK-L2618U) • 100,000:1 Native Contrast Ratio
• 100 mm All Glass Lens
• Built with Hand Selected Components
• Two 18Gbps HDMI/HDCP 2.2 Compatible Inputs
• THX® 4K Certified (pending final approval)
• ISF (Imaging Science Foundation) Licensed
• HDR10 Compatibility with Auto Tone Mapping
• Wide Color Gamut (Over 100% DCI P3)
• Improved Clear Motion Drive w/Motion Enhance
• Improved Multiple Pixel Control (MPC) — MPC works with 4K60P (4:4:4) signals
• Low Latency Mode improves picture, speeds operation, and reduces gaming/PC frame delays
• New Installation Mode simplifies setup and memorizes up to 10 customizable picture preferences
• Control: Control4 SDDP / LAN / RS-232C / IR / 12V Screen Trigger Output / 3D Sync Output
• 3 Year Advanced Replacement Warranty
The projector will be released in October. If you want one you will need deep pockets, as the projector is expected to sell for $18,000 USD.