New JVC 3D projectors bring big-screen size, price tags

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Looking for a 3D experience a little bigger than the 60 inches you can get from an LCD set like Sharp’s new LE 925 series? Ask, put down a credit card, and ye shall receive. JVC indulged 3D enthusiasts on Thursday with a line of three new 3D projectors for home theaters with native contrast ratios up to 100,000:1.

The Procision Series DLA-X9, DLA-X7 and DLA-X3 projectors all support full-frame 1080p 3D, while also carrying some serious projection credibility courtesy of JVC’s third-generation D-ILA engine. The top-of-the-line DLA-X9 offers an incredible 100,000:1 native contrast ratio – meaning without the use of a dynamic iris. From there, the models descend in contrast from 70,000:1 to 50,000:1.

All three offer the same 1,300 ANSI lumens of light output courtesy of a new lamp system, which JVC claims was necessary for the swap to 3D since the necessary glasses can reduce brightness significantly. Besides boosting the brightness up to 50 percent from outgoing models, JVC claims the UHP lamps it uses are more affordable to replace than traditional Xenon lamps, too.

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Also new for this year, the X7 and X9 have a seven-axis color calibration system, which adds orange to the usual red, green, blue, cyan, magenta and yellow. Theoretically, the added focus on that part of the spectrum should make it easier to adjust for more natural skintones.

The X9 will come packaged with two pairs of 3D glasses and the IR emitter needed to sync them with the projector, and sell for $11,995. Neither the X7 or X3, which will retail for $7,995 and $4,449 respectively, will come packaged with the 3D gear. JVC’s PK-AG1 3D glasses will sell for $179, and the PK-EM1 3D Signal Emitter for $79. The entire line should arrive in late November.

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