JVC DLA-NX7 D-ILA 4K home theater projector with HDR
JVC DLA-NX7 D-ILA 4K home theater projector with HDR
Bring the theater experience home
Projectors use three major digital display technologies: LCD, LCoS, and DLP. But for my money, LCoS-based projectors like JVC's D-ILA models consistently produce the most filmlike picture.
The DLA-NX7 falls in the middle of JVC's NX series of true 4K projectors. True 4K puts millions more pixels on the screen than lower-priced "4K-compatible" projectors. The DLA-NX7's picture has 8.8 million pixels, while pixel-shifting 4K-compatible models typically have around 4 million. Full 4K resolution delivers striking clarity and detail, while also creating an immersive sense of depth.
- three 0.69" D-ILA panels with Full Digital Cinema 4K resolution (4096 x 2160 pixels each)
- High Dynamic Range (HDR10, HLG) for extended picture contrast and brightness with HDR sources
- Auto Tone Mapping and Frame Adapt automatically optimize HDR image quality
- widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio (can also display 4:3 material)
- recommended image size: 60" to 200"
- light output: 1900 lumens
- native contrast: 80,000:1; dynamic contrast: 800,000:1
- adjustable dynamic iris can improve picture contrast and black levels
- 17-element, 15-group all-glass 65mm lens provides excellent sharpness and edge-to-edge focus
- Multiple Pixel Control image processor analyzes and optimizes images pixel by pixel
- Clear Motion Drive frame interpolation with Motion Enhance reduces blur and judder and makes motion look smoother
- wide color gamut — covers 100% of DCI P3 standard
- 10-bit processing enables over one billion colors
- color management system with 6-axis matrix
- 3D-capable (requires JVC's PK-EM2 3D Synchro Emitter and PK-AG3 active RF 3D glasses, both sold separately)
- Low Latency Mode suppresses display delay for faster response with signals from PCs and game consoles
JVC is the king of contrast and black level
Among serious home theater enthusiasts, JVC's D-ILA-based projectors have a reputation for producing the deepest blacks and best contrast in the industry. D-ILA stands for Digital Direct Drive Image Light Amplifier. There are three D-ILA chips — one each for the red, green, and blue primary colors — and each has an LCD imaging layer placed on top of a reflective layer. It's this reflective layer that allows JVC's projectors to produce their exceptional "native" contrast, which is the contrast created by the imaging devices alone.
The DLA-NX7 also has an adjustable dynamic iris, which further improves contrast and black level by controlling the amount of light on a scene-by-scene basis. While JVC's advanced dynamic iris will definitely boost contrast, some video experts feel that leaving the iris off actually produces the most natural looking picture. Rich, solid blacks not only enhance dark scenes and shadows, but also add dimensionality, and make colors look more saturated.
Customized HDR settings for each title — automatically
Compared to HD, 4K not only offers much higher resolution, it also adds HDR, which expands overall picture contrast range with deeper blacks and brighter highlights. The DLA-NX7 supports the HDR10 and HLG formats, and automatically switches to HDR mode when it detects an HDR signal. It also includes special tone-mapping capabilities that ensure superior results with HDR-enhanced content.
No current consumer projector (or TV, for that matter) can reproduce the entire contrast range of HDR formats. So every display must apply a "tone map" to adapt the HDR content to match its capabilities. The DLA-NX7's Auto Tone Mapping feature looks at the maximum and average light level information provided on many HDR10-encoded UHD Blu-ray discs, and adjusts the projector's HDR settings for the most accurate picture.
For streamed and other 4K content that doesn't provide light level info, the DLA-NX7's Frame Adapt feature makes an educated guess about the best HDR settings based on scene-by-scene analysis. So you can always count on seeing a balanced, natural looking picture without having to fiddle with HDR settings each time.
There are lots of of HDR-encoded 4K movies and shows available from streaming services like Netflix® and Amazon Instant Video. Since the DLA-NX7 has no built-in web apps, you'll need to connect a 4K media streamer to explore this great-looking content. Of course, for the large images of projector systems, the ultimate high-resolution source is an Ultra HD Blu-ray player.
You're in control
Another feature that helps the DLA-NX7 stand out from other projectors is its lens. JVC developed a 65mm 17-element all-glass lens that provides exceptional sharpness and edge-to-edge focus. The motorized lens offers powered zoom, focus, and lens shift, ensuring pinpoint sizing and control of the image from the comfort of your viewing spot. The generous zoom and shift capabilities can easily accommodate most rooms.
An array of built-in controls let you fine-tune every aspect of picture quality. There are five preset picture modes — Natural, Cinema, HDR10, HLG, and Film — plus six customizable user modes to create and store your own. For experienced projector owners (or installers or calibrators) there's a full color management system for tweaking grayscale accuracy, provided you have the necessary measuring tools and test signals.
What's in the box:
- Remote control
- 2 "AA" batteries
- 6.5' AC power cord
- Lens cover
- User Manual on CD-ROM
- Quick Start Guide