New AV Products Debuted at the International Sound & Sight Exhibition 2012


Home Theater Projectors - JVC and Sony

JVC's Booth

At the event, JVC gave consumers a taste of their upcoming, unreleased range of 4K e-shift 2 projectors. The updated e-shift 2 upscaling technology basically shifts each pixel of a 2D 1080p footage diagonally by 0.5 pixel to quadruple the resolution and achieve a 4K image. Four new products, namely the DLA-RS66, DLA-RS56, DLA-RS48 and the DLA-RS46 were unveiled, and we had the opportunity to view both the regular video and 3D capabilities of the DSA-RS66 first hand.

The near S$15,000 DSA-RS66 boasts a relatively high contrast ratio of 130000:1 along with a brightness of 1300 lumens. Both attributes were evident in the picture quality for 4K content which was sharp, vibrant and dynamic. Overall the display had a warm tone, with the reds being emphasized. Additionally, the projector was also able to handle 3D content. The 3D effects had an extremely impressive depth of field which made sequences deliver great impact. Unfortunately we also witnessed a significant amount of crosstalk during high motion sequences. We're not sure if this is due to calibration issues and this is something we'll have to try for ourselves in our own lab in a more controlled environment.

JVC 4K e-shift 2 Projectors - Specifications
  DLA-RS66 DLA-RS56 DLA-RS48 DLA-RS46
Dimensions 455mm x 179mm x 472mm 455mm x 179mm x 472mm 455mm x 179mm x 472mm 455mm x 179mm x 472mm
Weight  15.4kg  15.4kg  15.1kg  14.8kg
4K e-shift 2 Technology  Yes Yes  Yes  No 
Resolution 3840 x 2160  3840 x 2160   3840 x 2160  1920 x 1080
Lens  x2 Zoom & Focus Motorized
F3.2 - 4 / 21.4mm - 42.8mm
  x2 Zoom & Focus Motorized
F3.2 - 4 / 21.4mm - 42.8mm
  x2 Zoom & Focus Motorized
F3.2 - 4 / 21.4mm - 42.8mm
  x2 Zoom & Focus Motorized
F3.2 - 4 / 21.4mm - 42.8mm
Light Source Lamp  NSH 230W  NSH 230W  NSH 230W  NSH 230W
Brightness  1200 lumens  1200 lumens 1200 lumens 1300 lumens
Contrast Ratio  130000:1  90000:1   50000:1   50000:1
Power Consumption  360W 360W  360W  330W 
Connectors  1 x Component, 2 x HDMI, 2 x D-Sub, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x Mini Jack   1 x Component, 2 x HDMI, 2 x D-Sub, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x Mini Jack   1 x Component, 2 x HDMI, 2 x D-Sub, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x Mini Jack   1 x Component, 2 x HDMI, 1 x D-Sub, 1 x Ethernet, 1 x Mini Jack
 Fan Noise 23dB   23dB  23dB  23dB

 

Sony's Booth

The VPL-HW50ES projector was the new product showcased by Sony. Improving on the older VPL-HW30ES, the new device comes with a higher brightness of 1700 lumens and provides a contrast ratio of 100000:1. The projector can handle all 2K content and can also up-convert lower quality video to the higher standard if so preferred.

Viewing the display qualities of the projector, we were pleasantly surprised by the natural picture quality. With the content available, the projector seemed to project a nice, balanced image which attempted to achieve a life-like quality to display. Similarly, the 3D effect placed an emphasis on realism. While the depth of field for the 3D was not as impressive as the JVC DLA-RS66, it did have more 'roundness' or balance, which made the 3D effect look more like real-life vision.