updated 04:30 pm EDT, Thu September 10, 2009
JVC intros reference-grade 4K projector
At the currently ongoing CEDIA home theater show in Atlanta, JVC has introduced its DLA-RS4000 Reference Series 4K home cinema projector along with a pair of 4.1-channel sound bar home theater systems. The projector can reproduce a 10-megapixel image and offers 4K resolution, or 4,096x2,400 pixels, which is more than four times that of 1080p. The projector is both ISF and THX certified, and can produce 3,500 lumens of brightness from its Xenon lamp, with 8 settings for lamp power.
Wire Grid polarizers along with LCD advancements combine to deliver a 10,000:1 native contrast ratio. An integrated RSVP4 custom digital video processing unit will switch the signals, scale and process source feeds from Blu-ray and gaming systems, cable and satellite receivers, and DVD players. Professional installers can calibrate one of two custom gamut memories in the RSVP4 for a particular installation environment, along with audio delay compensation and three separate gamma tables. JVC ships the DLA-RS4000 with a high quality projection zoom lens. The 110lb projector has Ethernet and network ports for remote control from a connected PC or network.
At the same time, JVC showed off the TH-BA1 and TH-SB100 4.1-channel sound bar systems with a 2.4GHz wireless subwoofer. Either can be wall mounted or sit below and in front of a TV set, and the TH-SB100 system has a Blu-ray player integrated into it. Either system gets two optical inputs and one analog input.
Four separate speakers are integrated into each sound bar, with the two outermost speakers delivering the right and left channel information. The two center speakers reproduce center channel and rear surround channel information. Total power is rated at 220W, with the subwoofer getting its own 100W digital amp. Both systems can decode Dolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II and DTS formats.
The Blu-ray player in the TH-SB100 system can support the AVCHD camcorder format and can connect to BD Live when an external USB memory stick is connected. There is an HMDI 1.3 port, an Ethernet port and the USB host, along with component and composite video outputs and analog, optical and coaxial audio outputs.
The DLA-RS-4000 projector lists for $175,000, with shipments starting in October. The TH-BA1 and TH-SB100 will be available in September for $400 and $700, respectively.