JVC and Panasonic Team Up to Optimize Projection System Performance

JVC and Panasonic have collaborated to produce high-quality HDR images through the use of JVC native 4K projectors and Panasonic’s DP-UB9000 Ultra Blu-ray Disc player.

JVC and Panasonic Team Up to Optimize Projection System Performance

The $8,000 JVC DLA-NX7 projector is one of several new JVC native 4K products that integrators can pair with Panasonic's DP-UB9000 Ultra Blu-ray Disc player that includes an HDR Optimizer option to match content to a display.

Helping integrators to optimize their projection system installations, JVC and Panasonic have teamed up to offer dealers increased picture quality when JVC native 4K projectors are used with Panasonic's DP-UB9000 UltraHD Blu-ray disc player. 

JVC says its partnership with Panasonic takes advantage of the HDR Optimizer feature, which tone maps HDR10 content based on the metadata to match the capabilities of a connected display device. 

“The Panasonic DP-UB9000 has been widely praised as the gold standard among UltraHD Blu-ray players and its HDR Optimizer works beautifully with our projectors to deliver stunning HDR images,” says Fred Zecha, general manager, custom installation sales, JVCKENWOOD USA Corporation. 

“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.”

JVC and Panasonic Alliance Prioritizes HDR Image Accuracy

The two manufacturers state that in order to optimize HDR image quality when the UltraHD disc player is connected to JVC's projectors, integrators will need to select one of two dedicated color profiles. The profiles work in conjunction with the DP-UB9000's HDR Optimizer option to produce the best possible image. 

“The JVC native 4K D-ILA projector and the UB9000 with its unique features are a great fit,” notes Bill Voss, business development manager, Panasonic Consumer Electronics Company.

“We are very excited about this collaborative effort to bring consumers the best in home entertainment.”

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The DP-UB9000 employs its second-generation Hollywood Cinema Experience (HCX) video processor that includes the company's HDR Optimizer option. Through this option, dealers or end users can select their display type from a menu, and once the display type is selected, the Optimizer will tone map the HDR content based on the display technology. 

When used with the JVC projectors, integrators can select a profile engineered specifically for the JVC products: Pana_PQ_HL for a High Luminance Projector or Pana_PQ_BL for Basic Luminance Projector.

The choice of HDR profiles comes down to dealer or homeowner preference for image quality. The high luminance option prioritizes image brightness and the basic setting prioritizes wide color gamut reproduction.

Panasonic will issue a firmware update for the UltraHD Blu-ray disc player for the new HDR profiles, and it says that later updated disc players with the new firmware will ship from its factory.

JVC offers a choice fo six native 4K projector products from a choice of its Procision and Reference Series of products. These products range in cost from $6,000 to $18,000.

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Bob is an audio enthusiast who has written about consumer electronics for various publications within Massachusetts before joining the staff of CE Pro in 2000. Bob is THX Level I certified, and he's also taken classes from the Imaging Science Foundation (ISF) and Home Acoustics Alliance (HAA). Bob has also served as the technology editor for CE Pro's sister publication Commercial Integrator. In his personal time beyond his family, he's studied guitar and music theory at Sarrin Music Studios in Wakefield, Mass., and he also studies Kyokushin karate at 5 Dragons and Brazilian jiu-jitsu at Binda Brazilian Jiu Jitsu.