The best 8K projectors boast a large resolution that lets you broadcast images and videos on large screens from 150 inches and above. They are very capable and feature incredible brightness, stunning image quality and elegant design.
8K projectors are equipped with a high contrast ratio and have the best detail and motion transmission among all video devices. They are designed and calibrated to provide you with superior viewing of 2D and 3D content. Moreover, movies in SD and HD quality get a new life when viewed through 8K projectors.
Should you buy an 8K TV or save up for an 8K projector?
While 4K is only now beginning to take its place as the de facto resolution for streaming video and slowly rolling out to broadcasters, any talk around buying an 8K system can feel a bit… well, preemptive.
However, recently there have been some changes to the TV landscape that are starting to make 8K TV sets not only more appealing, but certainly more practical, too. Those changes include the advancement of 8K upscaling techniques by companies like Sony, Samsung and LG, and the release of cheaper 8K TVs like the new Roku 6-Series R648 8K TV that doesn’t cost much more than a standard 65-inch flagship 4K TV set.
An 8K projector, mind you, would see even more of a benefit from an 8K resolution than a TV would, considering how much larger the screens are for projectors. Having four times the amount of pixels in, say, a 100-inch projector screen would offer a greater return on investment than cramming that many pixels into something like a 55-inch TV.
The only bad news? Usually cutting-edge picture technology is prohibitively expensive and never as future proof as we’d like. Take, for example, the first OLED screens that didn’t offer technologies like HDR that came about just a few years after their release – or 120Hz 4K TVs that came just before the advent of HDMI 2.1 that allows game consoles like the Xbox Series X and PS5 to play games at their fastest frame rates.
Hold onto your high-res hats. JVC has pulled the curtain on its hotly-anticipated series of new 8K laser projectors to make up its top-end D-ILA range. The JVC DLA-NZ7, NZ8 and NZ9 boast all-new laser light source tech, dynamic HDR standards and next-gen gaming support. Woof.
The company claims that these are the world’s first projectors with 48Gbps-rated 8K HDMI 2.1 ports. They can handle up to 60fps gaming at 8K resolution or 120fps at 4K. There’s also something new for movie watching purists too with HDR10+ support for the first time, meaning industry standard dynamic HDR to ensure the best possible picture on a frame-by-frame basis. JVC’s Frame Adapt HDR system will still offer similar solution for other HDR material.
For picture quality, it’s JVC’s ‘BLU-Escent’ laser light source where we should be looking. It’s capable of up to 3000 lumens with a life span that should take users beyond the 20,000 hours mark. The laser diode promises greater precision and dynamic range by allowing control of the output at source rather than using a mechanical iris at the other end. Combined with all-glass Ultra-High Contrast Optics, JVC promises high contrast and better brightness than ever before.
The projector panels at the core of these home cinema devices are 0.69in and 4K native but JVC has added its 8K e-shiftX pixel-shifting technology to increase the on-screen pixel density four-fold and create an 8K resolution picture. This is down to the 4-way, 240Hz driver which moves the panel diagonally and the new chips which can processors the pictures at high speeds.
The DLA-NX9 is the world’s first 8K/e-shift home theater projector featuring new 0.69-inch native 4K D-ILA device with a whole new external design. 8K/e-shift technology together with its 100mm diameter all-glass lens achieves 8K-equivalent resolution (8192 x 4230) that rivals reality even on large screens. Unique Multiple Pixel Control technology converts FHD and 4K images to high-definition 8K images. Auto Tone Mapping function which automatically adjust settings based on the mastering information projects HDR10 content at optimum quality.
Combining brightness of 2,200 lm, dynamic contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1, and wide color gamut covering beyond the DCI-P3 range, the projector faithfully reproduces latest content including HDR10 and HLG. Renewed Clear Motion Drive together with Motion Enhance significantly reduces motion blur. Go further, and be the first to experience the high-definition, high-quality images exceeding 4K.
The JVC DLA-RS3000 is a $1,7999 home theater projector with true 4K resolution (4096 x 2160). Wait, what about 8K? Though this JVC is not native 8K, it is 8K in the same sense that those lower-cost 4K UHD projectors are 4K. That is, it’s a pixel shifter that takes a true 4K image and shifts the pixels, overlapping them, to reach the new “standard” for 8K resolution (8192 x 4320). Guys, 8K is so new that there’s barely even a standard for it yet. JVC is calling their new pixel shifting technology “8K eShift.” This builds off the brand’s 4K eShift, which has been around for a while.
This new JVC claims 2,200 lumens, which is quite respectable. Lamp life is 4,500 hours in Low Mode, which will reduce lumen output, but in a dedicated home theater, this projector will be nicely bright. That’ll give you a couple years of heavy use, watching for several hours a night, every day of the year. It has a high contrast ratio of 1,000,000:1 – add to that JVC’s reputation of having the best black levels around, and you’ve got one heck of a home theater projector.
The DLA-RS3000 is a hefty projector, with the usual long, rectangular shape. It’s 19.6” wide, 20.4” long, and 9.3” high. In addition to its 8K capabilities, this JVC has a few other special features which make it even more useful in a home theater environment. We’ll get into that in the Special Features section on this page, after we talk about the Highlights of the JVC DLA-RS3000 projector.
What to look for in JVC 8k Projector
Pixel perfect 8K display utilizes JVC’s newest form of pixel shifting technology, 8K eshiftX. This technology is the upgrade to their already revolutionary 8K e-shift.
JVC has long been known for high contrast optics, the NZ9 and RS 4,100 are no exception. These home theater laser projectors provide an over 100,000:1 native contrast ratio thanks to an upgraded high contrast optical block to ensure you get the very best picture quality, even on the largest home theater screens. While being a laser projector, the DLA NZ9 offers infinite dynamic contrast.
Inputs and Connectivity
The NZ9 is the world’s first home theater model to feature 8K/60p/4K120p inputs. It will feature 2 new 48 gigabit per second HDMI inputs to support today’s high resolution and high frame rate gaming systems.
It also features a Low Latency Mode to suppress display delay for faster response when receiving signals from PC and game consoles like the PlayStation 5 and Xbox Series X.
This laser projector boasts industry leading HDR performance. Frame Adapt HDR with Theater Optimizer ensures that dynamic tone mapping is done automatically each and every time you play HDR content, thus ensuring bright scenes aren’t clipped and dark scenes aren’t crushed. HDR10+ builds on that dynamic tone mapping to ensure the HDR10+ content is played back the way the director intended.