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Amazing Home Theater: The JVC DLA-G11U

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JVC DLA-G11U Projector JVC DLA-G11U
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350:1 Contrast Ratio
1000 Lumens
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If you've followed the rapid developments in digital technology for home theater projectors, you are already familiar with the LCD vs. DLP debate. Some of the most popular home theater machines such as the Sony VPL-VW10HT and the Sharp XV-DW100U use LCD technology. Others, notably the Davis/DreamVision machines, use Texas Instruments' DLP chips. Both technologies have unique advantages and both are very good. But neither technology at its current state of the art is truly ideal for top quality video projection-at least as packaged in systems within the price reach of most consumers.

However, there is a third digital technology developed by JVC that offers significant advantages over both LCD and DLP. JVC's D-ILA (Direct-Drive Image Light Amplifier) technology uses LCD material, but the device is reflective rather than transmissive. In an odd way it's kind of a hybrid using concepts found in both transmissive LCD and reflective DLP light engines. In terms of picture quality, it ends up delivering the best of both...the excellent color control of the LCD and the superior contrast and minimal pixel structure of the DLP.

The D-ILA technology is not as well known for several reasons. First, D-ILA projectors have until recently cost $10,000, $15,000, and up-off the radar screen for most home theater enthusiasts. Furthermore, once consumers are into that budget range, they are often persuaded by home theater specialty dealers to go the CRT route. Finally, JVC as a research and development company has traditionally been rather weak at marketing. The big marketing guns at Sony, Sharp, and Texas Instrument ensure that LCD and DLP get all the press. Comparatively, JVC's marketing efforts have been down in the noise level.

One thing was needed to change all that. What JVC needed was a D-ILA based projector that could be bought on the street for at an affordable price--a projector that could go head-to-head with something like Sony's hot VPL-VW10HT in the same price range and win. And JVC's DLA-G11 is just that projector. It is the first D-ILA based projection system that is street-priced within the reach of many home theater buyers. Suddenly, Sony and Sharp have some very serious competition in this product category.

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