JVC and Panasonic have joined forces to offer optimized performance when pairing a top-end Panasonic Ultra HD Blu-ray player with a 2019 model native 4K D-ILA projector from JVC. The partnership was demo'd at the Montreal Audio Fest that took place last week in the Quebec city.
A key feature in Panasonic's DP-UB9000 Ultra HD Blu-ray player is the HDR Optimizer, which tone maps HDR10 content based on the metadata to match the capabilities of a display. To achieve optimum HDR image quality when the player is connected to a compatible JVC projector, select one of two dedicated colour profiles developed specifically for the Panasonic 4K Ultra HD player. The profiles work in conjunction with the player's HDR Optimizer to deliver the best possible HDR images, say the firms.
Several titles do not include MaxCLL and MaxFALL (HDR10 metadata). In those cases, the projectors' dedicated colour profile works with the Panasonic HDR Optimizer to deliver optimum HDR image quality.
"The Panasonic DP-UB9000 has been widely praised as the gold standard among UHD Blu-ray players, and we are thrilled that it is now able to exclusively collaborate with what has been acclaimed as the gold standard in home theatre projection with the JVC native 4K D-ILA projector," says Greg Cameron, Vice President of the Media Services Division at JVCKENWOOD Canada. "This collaboration will result in a truly cinema-quality experience for consumers in the comforts of their homes."
"Our goal is to recreate the filmmaker's vision with absolute authenticity," adds Rob Sangermano, Product Manager at Panasonic Canada. "Pairing the JVC 4K D-ILA projector with the Panasonic DP-UB9000 will deliver a truly incredible visual experience."
The Panasonic DP-UB9000 uses the company's second-generation Hollywood Cinema Experience (HCX) video processor, which includes the HDR Optimizer. Users select their display type from a player menu of options (OLED, High Brightness Projector, Basic Brightness Projector, LCD, etc.) and the player tone maps the content for that display.
Pairing the player with a 2019 JVC native 4K D-ILA projector provides optimum HDR image quality by using one of the projector's two DP-UB9000 colour profiles. Using the JVC projectors' Colour Profile Settings, choose either the "Pana_PQ_HL" (High Luminance Projector) or "Pana_PQ_BL" (Basic Luminance Projector) setting based on the corresponding HDR Display Type setting in the DP-UB9000. Which setting to choose depends on your preference - the High Luminance Projector setting prioritizes image brightness, while the Basic Luminance Projector setting prioritizes widest colour gamut reproduction.
Opting to use both the JVC projectors' dedicated Panasonic player colour profiles and the 4K Ultra HD BD player's HDR Optimizer results in a more realistic HDR image with more accurate gradation compared to what's achieved using Auto Tone Mapping or HDR Optimizer alone, the firms note.
For 2019 JVC D-ILA 4K projectors currently in use, the dedicated Panasonic DP-UB9000 colour profiles will be available this month via a firmware upgrade, while projectors in production will be shipped with new version firmware.
The 2019 JVC projector line is comprised of six models in the Procision and Reference Series and includes the DLA-NX9B and DLA-RS3000 with 8K e-shift technology. Pricing ranges from $7,499 up to $23,499.