JVC releases new THX-Certified flagship 4K HDR projector, the DLA-RS4500

by on September 16, 2016

Stephan Jukic – September 16, 2016

At the 2016 CEDIA event in Dallas, Texas, the home theater projector war is playing out with the latest devices in the major brand’s arsenals and at the same time that Sony announced the upcoming release of its new VPL-VW675ES native 4K consumer projector with HDR, JVC has also put up its own cool new offering, which is sure to give the Sony model a serious run for its money.

The latest and now flagship device in JVC’s range of home theater projectors is the new DLA-RS4500 model, and it’s aimed squarely at consumers who want one very serious movie theater experience home without much consideration for budgeting.

The RS4500 offers several technologies for superior picture quality, high levels of brightness and other features. For starters, it comes with a new 4K D-ILA sensor technology for native cinematic 4K resolution and includes a laser-light source which combines with the projector’s dynamic light control for higher levels of brightness and contrast.

Furthermore, while far from JVC’s first ever 4K home theater projector, the RS4500 will be the first model with THX certification. This means that its display performance is supposedly good enough to deliver the full quality of THX-mastered movies as the directors intended them to be presented on a TV or other display device.

In terms of its basic specs, the DLA-RS4500 sounds quite impressive with what JVC is promising. It offers a brightness level of a hefty 3000 lumens and promises 20,000 hours of operation with its Blu-Escent laser phosphor light source before replacement. The RS4500 can also be used to create effective projection screen sizes of up to 200 inches (measured diagonally) and offers both HDR10 high dynamic range and Wide Color Gamut, for richer colors and deeper black levels.

The RS4500 also offers a new high-resolution 100m lens, which is 35mm larger than the 65mm lenses of previous JVC projectors. According to the company, this expansion in lens size means a better shift range and greater light efficiency. Furthermore, to give users an easier experience with the new projector, JVC has included two preset installation modes have been baked into the RS4500 with adjustments for lens memory, pixel adjust and other settings also being present.

Just like Sony's flagship VW675ES, the

Just like Sony’s flagship VW675ES, the RS4500 also supports the new HLG broadcast HDR standard

We should also note here that the DLA-RS4500 is JVC’s first genuinely native 4K projector according to the manufacturer. Its three (one for red, one for blue and one for green) D-ILA devices deliver a cinematic 4,096 x 2160 pixel resolution which does not rely on the e-shift 4K simulation technology of previous JVC projectors. Instead its sensor actually delivers just under 9 million pixels to the same degree as Sony’s renowned SXRD native 4K sensors always have. This is a major jump forward for JVC’s standing and the quality of their 4K projector technology.

Going back to its HDR capabilities, when the DLA-RS4500 detects an HDR signal, it automatically calibrates for the proper picture mode preset for HDR10.

What’s more, just like Sony’s new flagship VPL-VW675ES native 4K projector, the DLA-RS4500 also supports the new Hybrid Log-Gamma HDR standard for broadcasted and streamed 4K content, especially of the live sort.

Other powerful and key display chops in the RS4500 include blur reduction technology called Clear Motion Drive, which has compatibility with 4K at 60p with 4:4:4 Chroma and Motion Enhance technology for heavy reduction of motion blur in upscaled and native 4K content.


Finally, in terms of connectivity, JVC has given the RS4500 some very robust specs with dual 18Gbps HDMI 2.0a inputs, which both obviously support HDR and HDCP 2.2 4K content copy protection. This means support for 10-bit color and BT.2020 color gamut coverage at up to 80%.

In basic terms, the new JVC DLA-RS4500 is a truly stunning monster of a premium home theater projector that has been designed to give Sony’s ES native 4K projectors with HDR a serious run for their competitive edge to-date.

Of course, with all these superb specs that it sports, the RS4500 isn’t cheap by any means. It will be retailing for just under $35,000, making it full twice as expensive as even Sony’s new flagship model the VW675ES.

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