JVC Goes 4K to 2K to 4K
The new Procision lineup consists of three new models: the DLA-X900R at $12,000, the DLA-X700R at $8000, and the DLA-X500R at $5000. The DLA-X35 from last year remains in the line unchanged at $3500.
The signature feature of the new models is eShift 3. The new projectors will accept a true 4K input, but the imaging chips remain 2K. A 4K input is first converted into two 2K images, with each such image then output in a rapid, sequential, shifted fashion using an enhanced version of the eShift technology employed in JVC’s projectors over the past two years (see our recent JVC reviews for more in-depth detail on eShift).
One could easily argue that this is a kludge, and in no way true 4K. On the latter point you'd have a good case. But the images shown in JVC’s demos, many of them from 4K sources on a Red Ray server, were consistently stunning, and it might take a direct comparison with a true 4K projector to revel the visible differences, if any.
Less headline-grabbing but still worthy details on the new projectors include 6th generation imaging LCOS imaging chips, a selectable dynamic iris to further enhance the striking contrast that JVC projectors have traditionally offered (JVC call this iris, a first for them, the Intelligent Lens Aperture), a 40% reduction in the gap between the pixels, a Clear Black feature designed to limit bleed-over from a bright pixel to a darker one, a Smartphone App for control of the projector, and an Adobe RGB color space (on the top five models) for displaying photos. All three top models also include a full color management system.