Everything You Need to Know about JVC's New DLA-NZ800/RS3200 and DLA-NZ900/RS4200 4K Projectors

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(May 1, 2024) It's been a minute since JVC reloaded its line of high-performance projectors. Two years ago, things were freshened up with the launch of its 'crown jewel to date' 25th Anniversary limited edition DLA-25LTD (watch an unboxing video here), and last year, NZ laser owners were gifted a notable free update to the company's Frame Adapt and laser adjustment software. But despite those nuggets, projector fans have patiently waited for JVC's next model drops. Today, that wait is over.

JVC kicked off the day by revealing its new high-end D-ILA home projectors, the DLA-NZ900/DLA-RS4200 (buy on projectorscreen.com) and DLA-NZ800/DLA-RS3200 (by on projector screen.com), which are projected to begin shipping in June. Once again, we have four models based on two designs, with NZ-designated models intended for consumers and RS models meant for the Custom Integration and Installer crowd. Pricing is the same across NZ and RS products, with the NZ900/RS4200 costing $25,999 and the NZ800/RS3200 priced at $15,999.

New to this model series are JVC’s latest 4K D-ILA devices, which have been further refined to achieve a 1.5 times higher native contrast ratio than a conventional device. Brightness and luminosity also see a bump with JVC's new proprietary BLU-Escent Laser light engine. They also include HDMI 2.1 inputs for 8K content, a new Vivid mode for reproducing SDR content rich in color, and 3D compatibility.


Here are a few breakdowns of specific technologies and performance parameters as detailed by JVC:

Sharper images and ultra-high contrast ratio is achieved with the third generation 0.69-inch native 4K D-ILA device

JVC’s proprietary 0.69-inch native 4K D-ILA device has been refined to its third generation to offer 1.5 times the native contrast ratio compared to the previous model*. The new device, featuring innovative technology, boasts improved alignment control of liquid crystals and enhanced flatness of image pixels. Additionally, the device manufacturing process has been advanced to improve screen uniformity. As a result, DLA-NZ900/DLA-RS4200 is capable of achieving a native contrast ratio of 150,000:1 (100,000:1 for the DLA-NZ800/DLA-RS3200).


BLU-Escent Laser engine for higher peak brightness
JVC’s original BLU-Escent Laser, which uses a blue laser diode as a light source, has been optimized to achieve exceptional brightness of 3,300 lumens on the DLA-NZ900/DLA-RS4200 and 2,700 lumens on the DLA-NZ800/DLA-RS3200, both with the longevity of 20,000 hours.

When compared to our first-generation laser projector (DLA-Z1), the projector’s brightness per effective wattage has improved 1.9 times, which saves power.


Dynamic light source control and ultra-high native contrast provide images that are closer to human perception
Unlike conventional aperture control, the laser diode contributes to the instantaneous control of light output to enable dynamic brightness control with little or no latency. It achieves a dynamic contrast level of ∞:1 (infinity to 1) in scenes with pitch blackness by completely shutting off the light source. Also, by controlling the laser output according to the brightness of the video scene, images are closer to human perception. The latest laser diode features a new control algorithm that enables greater precision to meet customer's needs. The number of light source control steps has increased from three to 101 steps, which helps make fine adjustments to meet or exceed critical SDR and HDR environments


Improved 8K Projection with 8K60p and 4K120p input capabilities
The new models are capable of inputting full 48Gbps 8K60p signals. This is made possible by the adoption of advanced LSIs that enable information four times larger than a 4K input to be instantly processed from input to the D-ILA device. As a result, 8K signals can be correctly displayed.

Also, 4K120p input and low-latency mode make these projectors effective when displaying high frame-rate gaming and similar content.


Second-generation 8K/e-shiftX technology improves the ability to reproduce 8K (8192 x 4320 pixels) display resolution
JVC's proprietary 8K/e-shift technology – which combines “e-shift” high-resolution display technology that doubles the resolution by shifting a pixel by 0.5 pixels in four directions up, down, left, and right, and 0.69-inch native 4K D-ILA device – has evolved to the second generation. With JVC’s original ultra-resolution processing applied to the 8K/e-shiftX technology, the projector's reproducibility across a wide range of content, including 8K (8192 x 4320 pixels) sources, has improved dramatically.


All-glass lens for all models; DLA-NZ900/DLA-RS4200 uses a large 100 mm lens
The DLA-NZ900/DLA-RS4200 has an 18-element, 16-group 100-mm all-glass lens featuring a full aluminum lens barrel. To project high-resolution 8K images to every corner of the screen while securing wide shift ranges of 100% vertically and 43% horizontally. The projector also incorporates five extra-low dispersion lenses calibrated for differences in the R/G/B refractive index to reduce chromatic aberration and color fringing when lens shift kicks in to deliver precise reproduction of 4K or 8K resolution.

The DLA-NZ800/DLA-RS3200 is equipped with a 17-element, 15-group 65-mm all-glass lens to achieve high-resolution images in focus throughout the screen's periphery.


Supports a variety of HDR (High Dynamic Range) content
JVC can reproduce the rich video information of HDR content with extended brightness range, BT.2020 wide color gamut, and 10-bit gradation. In addition to a wide range of HDR formats, including HDR10 for UHD Blu-ray and streaming, HLG (hybrid log gamma) for broadcasting, and HDR10+ signal format with dynamic metadata compatibility, the projectors’ improvements for higher brightness and contrast have helped to achieve a wider dynamic range, allowing users to enjoy HDR images full of reality and a sense of immersion.


JVC’s proprietary Frame Adapt HDR Generation 2 technology
The Frame Adapt HDR 2nd Generation technology uses a proprietary algorithm to instantaneously analyze the maximum brightness of HDR10 content per frame and adjusts the dynamic range in real-time to the optimum range for video projection. The tone mapping algorithm has been completely reexamined for the scene and frame to achieve HDR images with higher definition. In addition, the proprietary algorithm for tone curve selection has been improved to reproduce HDR images that are brighter, more colorful, and have a wider dynamic range.

Each projector is now equipped with a Deep Black function as a part of the Frame Adapt HDR, using an algorithm that extends dark tones to deliver a more realistic expression of darkness.


FILMMAKER MODE for faithfully recreating the creator’s original intentions
The new projectors feature FILMMAKER MODE, which was developed by the UHD Alliance, an organization of professionals and industry members, to accurately reproduce the filmmakers’ intentions in the home. Using this mode turns off picture quality adjustment functions such as frame interpolation and noise reduction and sets the color temperature to D65 (6500K), so users can enjoy movies and documentaries with picture quality that is authentic to the filmmaker’s vision.


Cinema filters richly reproduce colorful images with a wide color gamut equivalent of DCI-P3
The use of cinema filters enables a wide color gamut equivalent to DCI-P3, as well as BT.709. HDR content, as typified by UHD Blu-ray, uses a much wider color gamut than before. When such content is projected on wide color gamut projectors like the DLA-NZ900/DLA-RS4200 and DLA-NZ800/DLA-RS3200, it’s possible to richly reproduce colors such as the gradations of the sky and ocean, the contrast of red roses, or a row of fresh green trees.


JVC’s original Clear Motion Drive helps to reproduce smoother moving images
Clear Motion Drive*, a JVC original technology that reduces afterimages, has improved its algorithm for compensation accuracy in the periphery of intersecting objects. Together with Motion Enhance technology that optimizes the drive of the D-ILA device in response to video motion, the new projectors offer much smoother reproduction of 4K and 8K images.

Note: Clear Motion Drive is disabled when inputting 4K120p signals.


The DLA-NZ900/DLA-RS4200 and DLA-NZ800/DLA-RS3200 are both available for preorder through our affiliate partner projectorscreen.com right now.


DLA-NZ800/RS3200 Images:
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DLA-NZ900/RS4200 Images:
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