JVC launches new range of 8K e-shift laser projectors with HDMI 2.1 tricks

JVC has given its premium home cinema projector lineup a refresh. Newly announced is a trio of models that claim to be the world's first to feature 48Gbps-capable HDMI connectivity – allowing for 4K/120 and 8K/60 video passthrough. All three also use a laser light source and add 8K 'e-shiftX' to their native 4K resolution.

Top of the pile is the DLA-NZ9, which packs a 3,000 Lumens-rated output from its Blu-Escent laser. The projector uses a trio of JVC's 0.69in 4K D-ILA devices, but projected images are scaled to 8K resolution via proprietary pixel-shifting technology.

The PJ's twin HDMI inputs can both handle 48Gbps feeds, allowing it to take an 8K signal. JVC says the DLA-NZ9's 4K120p input 'also makes the projector ideal for gaming when combined with Low Latency mode'.

Other connections are Ethernet, RS-232C, trigger and USB for service/integration, plus hookup for JVC's 3D Synchro Emitter, should owners want to don spex for stereoscopic playback.

The NZ9 features a high-end 18-element, 16-group 100mm glass lens, wrapped in an aluminium barrel. Motorized optical zoom is 2x, while lens shift is 100 per cent vertical and 43 per cent horizontal.

This new flagship is priced $25,000 (with a UK ticket still to be announced), making it a rival for the likes of Sony's VPL-VW890ES.

The good news for home cinephiles is that JVC's new DLA-NZ8 and DLA-NZ7 models are more affordable ($15,000 and $10,000 respectively) but share much of the same specification, including the Blu-Escent laser, 8K e-shiftX technology, 48Gbps HDMI connections and HDR10+ compatibility. These models feature a less advanced 65mm, 17-element lens, reduced lens shift flexibility, and lower brightness claims – 2,500 Lumens for the NZ8 and 2,000 Lumens for the NZ7.

Head to JVC's website for more info.