JVC and Panasonic are touting the synergistic performance aspects when JVC’s native 4K D-ILA projectors and Panasonic’s recently announced DP-UB9000 flagship Ultra HD Blu-ray player are used together to take advantage of the UB9000’s HDR Optimizer technology. The HDR Optimizer tone maps HDR10 content based on metadata to match the capabilities of a display. To take advantage of this feature, JVC has devised two dedicated color profiles developed especially for the 9000, which work in conjunction with the HDR Optimizer to deliver the best possible HDR images. For software titles that do not include HDR10 metadata, the projectors’ dedicated color profile works with the Panasonic HDR Optimizer to deliver optimum HDR image quality.
Specialty A/V retailer Value Electronics on Saturday, March 23 from 11 am to 5 pm is showcasing both the JVC and Panasonic products' synergistic performance characteristics at its Scarsdale, N.Y. showroom, during a world’s-first premier Cinema demo of JVC’s NX9 projector with the Panasonic UB9000.
"By including custom color profiles specifically designed for the Panasonic player, performance is further improved by optimizing HDR content for the player/projector pairing, and the result is truly cinema-quality images,” Fred Zecha, GM, Custom Installation Sales, JVCKENWOOD USA Corp., said in the announcement.
“The JVC native 4K D-ILA projector and the UB9000 with its unique features are a great fit. We are very excited about this collaborative effort to bring consumers the best in home entertainment,” said Bill Voss, Business Development Manager, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Co.
The Panasonic DP-UB9000 uses the company’s second-generation Hollywood Cinema Experience (HCX) video processor, which includes the HDR Optimizer. Users select their display type from a player menu of options (OLED, High Brightness Projector, Basic Brightness Projector, LCD, etc.) and the player tone maps the content for that display.
Pairing the player with a 2019 JVC native 4K D-ILA projector provides optimum HDR image quality by using one of the projector’s two DP-UB9000 color profiles. Using the JVC projectors’ Color Profile Settings, the user chooses either the “Pana_PQ_HL” (High Luminance Projector) or “Pana_PQ_BL” (Basic Luminance Projector) setting based on the corresponding HDR Display Type setting in the DP-UB9000. The High Luminance Projector setting prioritizes image brightness; the Basic Luminance Projector setting prioritizes widest color gamut reproduction.
Opting to use both the JVC projectors’ dedicated Panasonic player color profiles and the 4K Ultra HD BD player’s HDR Optimizer results in a more realistic HDR image with more accurate gradation compared to when Auto Tone Mapping or the HDR Optimizer alone are used.
For 2019 JVC D-ILA 4K projectors currently in use, the dedicated Panasonic DP-UB9000 color profiles will be available this month via a firmware upgrade, while projectors in production will be shipped with new version firmware.
JVC’s 2019 projector line is comprised of six models in the Procision and Reference Series, and includes the DLA-NX9 and DLA-RS3000 with 8K e-shift technology. Model numbers and retail prices are: DLA-NX9/DLA-RS3000 ($17,999.95); DLA-NX7/DLA-RS2000 ($7,999.95); and DLA-NX5/DLA-RS1000 ($5,999.95). The Panasonic DP-UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray player will carry a suggested retail price of $999 and is due out this spring.