2016 has become the year of 4K for Malaysia. In general, we are late in embracing the 4K (and HDR) technology compared to other parts of the world. However, in this last quarter of 2016, I have seen that this technology has really flourished albeit the lack of locally available 4K software. The latest offering of 4K delicacy was launched on 29th December 2016 by JVC in a form of DLA-Z1 Native 4K HDR laser projector.
The event was held in AV Designs, hosted by Tony Low and James Tan. This long waited projector model was fitted firmly in the premier home theater demo room, coupled with the latest Oppo UDP-203 4K UHD BD player.
This is the world FIRST projector to be certified with THX 4K display.
Two full speed full spec 18GBPS HDMI inputs with HDR and HDCP 2.2 compliant
Prior to this launch event, there was already a buzz in the local HT affair about the technical specs of this JVC flagship projector. With only the internet as the source of information, HT enthusiasts were eager to experience the true magic of this projector in real life. The event was attended by the usual press members and friends such as Dick Tan, Willy, Vinod, Jo Ki and many more. With the following specs and features, the expectation of its performance was very high:
- Equipped with 3 newest and smallest 4K D-ILA (Direct Drive Image Light Amplifier) device to create a smoother and more detailed image with no visible pixelation
- BLU-EscentTM provides brightness up to 3000 lumens and 20,000 hours operational life.
- Dynamically control the laser output to provide bright whites, deep darks and brilliant colours
- Combination of of laser light and new Cinema Filter allow the projector to achieve wide colour gamut of 100% DCI P3 and over 80% coverage of BT.2020
- New high res lens promises an expanded shift range of 100 percent vertical and 43 percent horizontal to deliver precise 4K resolution
- HDR compatibility will offer an extended brightness range
- 3D compatible
So What..... You Ask?
Most people will not really understand the specifications given unless you meddle with display technology everyday. What matter most for consumer is how will it fair? First of all, I must say that 4K and HDR are not a plug and play technology. It requires quite the attention in calibration to ensure what you are looking at is in fact 4K and with or without HDR.
James Tan of AV Designs have spent numerous hours to calibrate the projector to give out the best of this projector. Running 4K UHD clips from The Revenant, Batman vs Superman and The Shallows, I managed to experience a more natural and lifelike images, refined colour tones, better colour shades even in a difficult 'unicolour' scene like the forest scenes below. The HDR also provides a well balanced brightness even if you have some of your room lights on.
The pictures below do not really do justice to what this projector can really do to deliver 4K HDR images. If you have the opportunity to demo a 4K HDR image, do ensure that the display have been properly calibrated. Specific to this JVC projector, it is true that there is no visible pixels on the screen when I went for a close up look.
This projector is not just another display option but a true masterpiece. Yes, it is not for the commoners as it cost RM129,990, but it is good to know that there are options out there to experience a good 4K display.
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