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JVC DLA-HD2K

JVC teams up with imaging processing specialists Faroudja to produce the high-end DLA-HD2K -- a home theatre projection system utilises LCOS (Liquid Crystal On Silicon) technology.

Upside
Offering a native resolution of 1920 x 1080, the DLA-HD2K home theater projection system promises to deliver stunning images for cutting-edge homes, screening rooms and corporate venues.

JVC's DLA-HD2K utilises LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon) technology, which has been described as a superior hybrid of LCD and DL P projection. LCOS uses three separate imaging panels that simultaneously deliver red, green and blue to the screen which eliminates the "rainbow effect" produced by colour wheels found in single-chip DLP projectors. Other advantages of LCOS include smoother pixel edges and a fundamentally higher picture resolution.

To keep size down and reduce cable clutter, JVC has designed the DLA-HD2K as a two-piece unit: the projector head and the digital video processor. Not a projector to compromise on substandard connections, the digital video processor has a DVI input and output to pump high quality streams directly to the DVI input on the projector head.

The video processor can accept a range of video inputs including 480i/480p/720p/1080i via analog or digital inputs - making it HD compliant. According to JVC, the projector unit and the video processor can be separated up to 45m without loss of quality.

Downside
The DLA-HD2K will set you back about $40,000 - twenty times the price of an entry-level projector such as Epson's Dreamio EMP-TW10H.

Outlook
Without a doubt, this is a high-end projector not for the faint hearted. Also featuring a contrast ratio of 2000:1, the DLA-HD2K shows all the signs of a state-of-the-art home projection system. The figure price tag is nothing to be sneezed at but if you're after the best in home theatre projection, we suspect you've found it with this beast.

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