JVC has announced a major revamp of its home theater projector line, including three new laser models and the first home theater projectors to support pixel-for-pixel display of 8K video.

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JVC Procision DLA-NZ9 Laser D-ILA Projector
The new Procision Series DLA-NZ9, DLA-NZ8, and DLA-NZ7 (also known as Reference Series DLA-RS4100, DLA-RS3100, and DLA-RS2100 in the custom install market) are the first projectors with full 48Gbps HDMI 2.1/HDCP 2.3 inputs. All three projectors will be able to accept up to 8K/60 Hz signals and will support 4K/120 Hz signals from the latest gaming consoles. All feature a three-chip design with 0.69-inch native 4K (4096x2160) D-ILA LCoS imaging devices and offer JVC's e-shift pixel-shifting technology. The new flagship DLA-NZ9 and middle tier DLA-NZ8 will have a newly improved e-shift drive that runs at a speed equivalent to 240Hz to accomplish a four-phase pixel shift in four diagonal directions (up, down, left, and right). The result is that all 33 million-plus pixels in a frame of 8K video appear on screen in the appropriate time frame without the need to discard information. The step-down DLA-NZ7 will use JVC's preexisting 2-way e-shift tech to enhance content.

JVC NZ8 NPA
JVC Procision DLA-NZ8 Laser D-ILA Projector

The projectors all use the new third generation of JVC's BLU-Escent laser phosphor light engine technology, with a light source life of up to 20,000 hours. Previously the tech was only available on the flagship model DLA-RS4500. The light engine uses blue laser diodes with a yellow phosphor to provide a brightness of up to 3,000 lumens from the DLA-NZ9, 2,500 lumens for the DLA-NZ8, and 2,200 lumens for the DLA-NZ7. Rated native contrast is 100,000:1 for the DLA-NZ9, 80,000:1 for the DLA-NZ8, and 40,000:1 for the DLA-NZ7.

JVC BLU Escent
JVC's BLU-Escent Light Engine Technology

Ultra-high contrast optics in the DLA-NZ9 and DLA-NZ8 help improve brightness thanks to an efficient green component polarization method and a new optical device that keeps unwanted light scatter from reaching the projection screen. A cinema filter gives the two projectors a 100% coverage of the DCI-P3 color space.

The flagship DLA-NZ9 has a 100 mm, 18 element, 16 group all-glass lens with an aluminum barrel. It has a wide shift range of ±100 degrees vertical and ±43 degrees horizontal. The DLA-NZ8 and DLA-NZ7 lens is also all glass, but 65 mm with a vertical shift of ±80 degrees and ±34 degrees horizontal. The lenses on all have motorized focus and 2x optical zoom.

The new JVC laser D-ILA models are also among the first home theater projectors to comply with the HDR10+ specifications. So they will be capable of using dynamic metadata in compatible HDR content. They also carry over JVC's well-regarded Frame Adapt HDR that adds dynamic scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame tone mapping to HDR10 content, and the Theater Optimizer tech introduced last year that fine tunes the projector's HDR performance by taking into account installation characteristics, projector settings and light source life. 3D is supported on all projectors.

Connections on the new Procision/Reference Series projectors include two HDMI 2.1 with a throughput of 48Gbps and HDCP 2.3 (although no CEC support), trigger out, 3D synchro out, RS-232C, Ethernet, and a USB for service.

JVC NZ7 NPA
JVC Procision DLA-NZ7 Laser D-ILA Projector

Among laser home theater projectors, the new models are all very competitively priced with the DLA-NZ9/DLA-RS4100 MSRP set at $24,999, the DLA-NZ8/DLA-RS3100 at $14,999, and the DLA-NZ7/DLA-RS2100 at $9,999. They will be available for purchase in October. The lamp-based DLA-NX5, a ProjectorCentral Editor's Choice, is still available to fill the $5,999 price point.

 
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Cory Posted Sep 1, 2021 10:17 AM PST
Not a single mention of contrast ratio…the missing item is usually the biggest drawback.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 1, 2021 10:24 AM PST
Good point, Cory. We've dropped the rated native contrast ratio specs into the article now. Incidentally, JVC also sites "Infinite" dynamic contrast, but that's usually associated with a full shut-down of the laser when the projector sees a 100% black signal and doesn't reflect whatever idle brightness might be encountered with a live pixel on the screen.
McCarty Robert Posted Sep 1, 2021 11:25 AM PST
I was hoping the low end projector would be in the $6k range. $10k is out of my comfort range. Maybe next year or a used one.
Clara Posted Sep 1, 2021 1:01 PM PST
Are the throw ratios between the NX7 and NZ7 the same? Like can I use the NX7 calculator to calculate the throw distance needed for a NZ7?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 1, 2021 1:05 PM PST
I don't know that offhand, Clara. But we should have our calculator updated shortly, and in the meantime, JVC has its page for these projectors active on its own site and may have a calculator you can use.
Robert Posted Sep 1, 2021 1:29 PM PST
Given JVC's track record, the very best news here is FINALLY the first really new front projector lineup in years. That should get the industry moving, and draw in fence-sitters like myself. In my opinion, Sony's newest lineup (revisions and pricing) were an insult to this industry. I would expect an Epson 70xx sooner than later. What's a lamp; I forget....
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 1, 2021 1:31 PM PST
Yes, good to see some new and innovative projectors out of JVC. Re: Sony, I was actually very impressed with the VW325ES. Noticeably better image quality than I remember for the VW295ES; they've done a good job with the new processing.
scott morrison Posted Sep 1, 2021 1:52 PM PST
Any info on the input lag on these? If it is low enough to compete with Sony I am 100% in to pick one up in October!
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 1, 2021 1:55 PM PST
Scott, we have a sample of the NZ7 so if you wait a few days we'll have information on that. We measured around 40 ms with the earlier NX7 and NX5, which is more than the 32 ms or so JVC claimed we should have gotten. We measured 36.2 ms with the Sony VPL-VW325ES, so if the NZ models come in around where the NX models did they won't be far off.
Andy Posted Sep 1, 2021 2:08 PM PST
I'm curious as to the noise level and how annoying the potential buzz of the e-shift might be.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 1, 2021 3:13 PM PST
Andy, our review sample of the NZ7 is surprisingly quiet from the standpoint of fan noise in its mid and low laser settings, and not terrible in high. And I hear nothing detectable when switching the two-phase 8K eshift on and off. I can't say whether the 4-phase shift used in the NZ8 or NZ9 might be any different. Also nice is that I hear none of the high pitched electronic whine that has accompanied some laser projectors we've tested, such as the LG HU810; this noise is usually separate from the fan noise.
Mike Posted Sep 2, 2021 3:34 AM PST
Is there any mention about the rest of the HDMI 2.1 spec compliance? Specifically, does it have eARC in each HDMI port?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 2, 2021 3:40 AM PST
Mike, there's no internal streaming platform or other source on these projectors, so there would be no need for ARC or eARC to send audio back to a sound system.
Antony J Newman Posted Sep 2, 2021 4:25 AM PST
Does JVC have the ability to replace the Laser Diode after they die at the 20,000 hour mark - to does the whole projector have to be thrown away?

I would be far more willing to spend $20-$30k on a projector - and allow it to be used for 8-10 hours a day by everyone in the household if I didn't haven't to throw the projector away after 5 years.

Even if the new laser diode cost $1k - it would be a much more reasonable value proposition than throwing away the whole thing.

I don't see myself ever needing a more capable projector than a 3000 lumen : 4K native : 100,000 to 1 projector.

AJ
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 2, 2021 4:28 AM PST
That's a good question I can inquire about, and in the case of a high end home theater projector it would make sense to be able to extend the life for even a couple of grand if that's what it came to. But I've yet to hear of any laser projector for home theater or commercial applications that wasn't designed to be thrown out when it's life ends. The first manufacturer who designs one with a modular engine that can be swapped out by the user the way a lamp can be replaced will find buyers beating a path to their door.
Tom Posted Sep 2, 2021 6:43 AM PST
I am regretting my decision to buy an NX7. Mine was delivered last Monday. With regard to picture quality alone, is the NZ7 appreciably better than the NX7?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 2, 2021 6:45 AM PST
Don't regret that decision for even a second, Tom. The NX7 is less bright than the NZ7 but has a notably higher contrast rating, which is what it's all about with these JVCs. You would have to step up to the NZ8 at $15K to gain comparable performance. You're sacrificing some future proofing by not having the most up to date HDMI port and 8k signal compliance, and you'll have to replace lamps over time, but as was pointed out above by AJ, you can keep that NX7 going over a much longer period of time if you choose to with new lamps vs eventually running into product failure after 20,000 hours with the NZ7. So for $1,000 less in up front cost you got twice the contrast of the NZ7 plus the potential for greater longevity so long as you're willing to swap in new lamps. Different way to look at it, eh?
Chris Rock Posted Sep 2, 2021 6:45 AM PST
How confident does JVC seem that they can release these on time? I'm having a theater built and just sent back the NX7 I ordered after the announcement. I want to know how long I'll be waiting...
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 2, 2021 6:48 AM PST
They say end of October, but that's what it is right now. The last line update when they introduced the NX family was delayed by some months however, and I can't say JVC's track record has been impeccable in this regard. Better they should get it right by whatever it takes. Hopefully you won't wait long. But also, see my note to Tom above regarding the NX7 vs NZ7. These are not comparable products with just a laser to replace the lamp. The NX7 is the mid-tier product in the NX line, one step down from the top of the line. The NZ7 is the entry-level laser model with comparable contrast specs to the NX5 lamp model. You have to step up to the NZ8 for the same contrast performance.
Drew Wilson Posted Sep 2, 2021 8:07 AM PST
The system has a 8k60/4k120 input which is wonderful, and is capable of refreshing up to 240hz, but there is no mention of gsync/freesync style variable frame rate for gaming. I wonder if it supports that feature? Seems like a big thing to forget if it does ,and a surprising omission if it does not.

But native 4k, laser, pretty much the holy grail in projector technology.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 2, 2021 8:10 AM PST
Drew, although the full bandwidth HDMI 2.1 ports are a welcome add for any projector these days, this one is just not intended to be a gaming projector. I doubt we'll find the input lag on these is below 30 ms.
Chris Rock Posted Sep 2, 2021 9:51 AM PST
Rob, your comment is noted. In my theater, I'm looking for brightness, and I understand the sacrifice I'll be making with contrast. My previous theater used a RS540, and it had VERY good black levels - better than the NX7, I believe - but it never got bright enough for HDR.

The upsides are too much for me to ignore at present. No lamp to replace, no picture to slowly degrade and need recalibrated over time, full bandwidth HDMI ports (though not licensed to call themselves "HDMI 2.1"), and notably higher light output are all reasons why I'd choose to wait for the NZ7. That's not to mention the 8K upscaling which I've seen on the NX9 - this just sounds like a winner.

Plus, I've not read any reviews that gave the NX-5 bad marks for its contrast - including from this website. I'm totally willing to make these trade-offs.
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 2, 2021 9:55 AM PST
Excellent reasoning, Chris -- it's a good eyes-wide-open decision. I'm working on a review of the NZ7 now that'll be out shortly and it's looking very good with both SDR and HDR.
Mike Posted Sep 2, 2021 2:23 PM PST
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 2, 2021 3:40 AM PST Mike, there's no internal streaming platform or other source on these projectors, so there would be no need for ARC or eARC to send audio back to a sound system.

Robin, What if I don’t have a preamp that can handle 8k? I would route from the source directly to the projector then use eARC to send the sound back to the pre-amp using something like the SHARC eARC audio adapter to strip off the audio and send it in a format my preamp can use.
Michael Yee Posted Sep 2, 2021 5:36 PM PST
I run my nx7 on low lamp with 120” 1.4 gain Screen manual iris openwide. Noise is low. Is nz7 on low or middle similar noise?
Rob Sabin, Editor Posted Sep 2, 2021 5:38 PM PST
Michael, the NZ7 at least is an extremely quiet projector. Very low noise in low and mid laser modes, gets louder in high mode (used for HDR) but still very quiet and easily masked by soundtracks.
Peter Posted Sep 3, 2021 9:14 AM PST
Hi Rob

When will you be posting your impressions on your NZ7 review sample? More specifically how it compares from an image perspective to the NX7? Also any figures you have so far measured?
DoctorFine Posted Sep 9, 2021 9:04 AM PST
So JVC is holding the old models at super high price (five grand and not budging)? And then adding the next generations at double THOSE prices? $15,000 for a projector that does what a current 60 inch TV can do for three grand? Ridiculous!

It seems projectors no longer compete with regular TVs. They have become rare birds like the Do-Do bird or possibly they have become a rare unicorn. Too rare (and too high priced) for me.

I'll stick with my just fine 1080P lens memory Epson I paid $3k for 10 years ago. The new models look better but I still have a great picture with lens memory and it handles most of what is available and makes it look great.

Screw this industry. The prices have gone mad.

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