Sony gets dethroned….JVC joins the 4K Projection club

If you’ve been tuned into Digital Cinema Projection for the past couple of years, you’d know that when it comes to 4K projection (4Kx2K image), sony’s SXRD series was pretty much the only game in town. DLP is limited to 2K and most of the projectors out there (Christie, Barco, NEC) are all 2K projectors. A downside of Sony’s projector is that although it is as hefty as a small car it only has a 2000:1 contrast ratio (measured less than that calibrated). Its rated aggresively for 40ft screens which is not nearly big enough for true cinema applications.

That was true until JVC announced their 1.27-inch 4Kx2K D-ILA (Direct-drive Image Light Amplifier) chip at InfoComm 2007. The chip can produce a 4096×2400 pixel image with a 20,000:1 contrast ratio. That’s nearly 10x the contrast ratio of the Sony behemoth.

Major Specifications:

Device size

1.27-inch diagonal>

No. of pixels H x V

4096 x 2400 pixels

Pixel pitch

6.8 μm

Gap between pixels

0.25 μm

Aperture ratio


Device contrast ratio


Response time (tr+tf)

4.5 ms

LC mode

Vertical Aligned LC

LC alignment film

Light stabilized inorganic alignment film

The DLA-SH4K, which packs the 4k D-ILA chip, touts a 4,096 x 2,400 resolution, 10,000:1 contrast ratio, 3,500 lumens, a dual-link DVI input, multiscreen mode, an Ethernet port for remote operation and RS-232 / USB connectors. It measures 660 x 827 x 340 mm and is slated for launch in the first half of 2008.

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One response to “Sony gets dethroned….JVC joins the 4K Projection club”

  1. Come see a prototype of this new JVC projector, as well as the older Sony SRX-110 at the CineGrid workshop at UCSD/Calit2 on December 2-5,2007. For more information:

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