The company's first DLP 4K projector has been detailed.
Per a report from AVS Forum, JVC has announced its latest projector model. Serving as a more budget friendly alternative to the company's more expensive D-ILA 4K projectors, the upcoming LX-UH1 is a DLP based model.
The LX-UH1 features support for 4K projection via pixel shifting tech dubbed TRP (tilt-and-roll pixels). The process begins with the 4 million pixels achieved by the unit's 0.47" DLP imager and then rapidly shifts each pixel back and forth to double the perceived amount to 8 million pixels. Meanwhile, the projector is rated for a brightness of 2,000 lumens and a dynamic contrast ratio of 100,000:1. In addition, the device uses an RGBRGB color-filter wheel to provide 100% coverage of the standard BT.709 color gamut. Likewise, wide color gamut signals (up to BT.2020) can be accepted as well, but it's not yet clear what amount of coverage the unit actually offers for the P3 color space used for most current 4K HDR content. HDR10 and HLG high dynamic range formats are also supported. Two HDMI inputs are integrated, and one is full 2.0 bandwidth compatible for 4K/60p HDR signals. Manual options for focus, lens shift, and zoom are provided as well. Lens shift range is listed at ±60% vertical and ±23% horizontal. Zoom range is rated for 1.36-2.18:1.
The JVC LX-UH1 DLP 4K HDR projector is set to launch in May for an MSRP of $2,500. For comparisons sake, other budget friendly DLP 4K projectors include competing models like the BenQ HT2550 ($1,499) and the Optoma UHD50 ($1,399). Our reviewer Joshua Zyber recently checked out the UHD50 (full review here), however, and came away very underwhelmed by the unit's black levels and poor contrast. Hopefully, JVC's new 4K DLP effort will be able to succeed where other models have come up short.