JVC’s Flagship 4K Laser Projector Gets A Major HDR Firmware Update
Stephan Jukic – June 25, 2019
JVC hasn’t been hammering out 4K UHD projectors at the same pace as rivals such as Epson, Optoma or Sony in recent years but its existing product line of upscaled 4K UHD home theater projectors still had lots of power to offer at a very decent price.
Now, to beef up the brand’s existing offerings still further, the company is releasing a major firmware upgrade. The latest announced release of this is for the flagship DLA-RS4500k model, which was one of Sound & Vision magazine’s best rated projectors of 2017. So yes, it’s a bit old but still a spectacular performer, and with this firmware release, it should kick up the quality and advanced features even further.
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The V2.0 firmware update for the RS4500K will be available for download as of Thursday the 27th of June and adds auto tone mapping for HDR10 high dynamic range content, finally making the JVC flagship projector into an HDR edition. Other features of the firmware update include dedicated color profiles for Panasonic’s own flagship DP-UB9000 4K UHD Blu-ray player and some expanded screen adjustment features for the projector.
The Auto tone mapping feature here is the single biggest benefit that JVC is delivering to its most powerful home theater projection product and it should be particularly exciting for anyone who owns an DLA-RS4500K model of their own. With this feature, the new function automatically adjusts the projector’s existing native brightness for the best possible variable dynamic range brightness, thus allowing, as JVC puts it, “optimum HDR images” without the need for manual projection adjustments by a user. These automated brightness adjustments will apply only to HDR-mastered content. SDR (ordinary) content will still need to have its maximum brightness adjusted manually as needed.
As for the Dedicated color profiles aspect of the firmware update, well it’s a bit oddly limited in how it applies only to Panasonic’s flagship DP-UB9000 4K HDR Blu-ray projectors but since few models and brands of UHD Blu-ray media devices exist on the market, there are plenty of users who own one if they’re fans of the visual spectacle that is 4K HDR Blu-ray discs.
The expanded DCI HDR color profile of the RS4500K with its firmware update
The overall range of new features that these updates offer is useful for those who own one of these projectors and more importantly, a slightly aged 4K UHD home theater projector now gets to deliver HDR highlights, which is always a bonus. The JVC RS4500K also happens to be quite bright, with a peak luminosity of 300 lumens, making it quite a bit brighter than many newer rival HDR models from brands like Optoma and even Sony.