JVC has long been a major player in the under $15,000 home theater projector space primarily because of their panels. By comparison, Canon, Sony, and a couple of other manufacturers also make their own LCoS panels. The key difference – JVC’s have significantly higher native contrast and that translates into superior black levels.
While the native contrast of the DLA-NX7 is not as high, some of JVC’s older e-shift models like the DLA-X790R or DLA-X970R are still great. Still this JVC produces excellent black levels, better than any 3LCD or DLP projector I can think of (only Epson’s more expensive LS10500 which is a laser projector, comes close).
Last year JVC introduced a native 4K Projector, the DLA-RS4500K. While this projector utilized a new set of D-ILA LCOS devices which provided more resolution, there was a reduction in native contrast. Since DLA-RS4500K is a laser projector, its light output can be controlled instantly to still produce amazing dynamic contrast and black level.
To improve the native contrast on their new lamp based 4K projectors, all JVC NX series projectors utilize JVC’s new 3rd generation 0.69-inch native 4K D-ILA devices. These new panels offer a noticeable native contrast improvement over previous generation 4K panels found in their flagship RS4500 laser projector.
JVC further enhances the DLA-NX7 black level performance by employing a good dynamic iris. It’s very smooth but can be caught pumping on certain mid dark scenes, but even then, it was never jarring. Still some improvement could be made in the iris action.
The DLA-NX7 black level performance is the best I have personally experienced from a native 4K projector. Short of spending more for JVC’s next step up DLA-NX9 ($17,999) which is probably noticeably better, it is the best I’ve seen under $50K.
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