Just a few months after releasing the NZ lineup of projectors, JVC has announced the release of their new LCoS chipset, bulb powered D-ILA projector, the JVC DLA-NP5 that rounds out their new products with a more affordable home theater projector.

The JVC NP5 will replace the previous bulb based projector, the JVC NX5. JVC’s NP5 will now take its place as the only lamp based consumer projector offered by JVC.

How Much Will The JVC NP5 Cost?

With a price tag of $6,999 the JVC NP5 will give home theater projector enthusiasts a more financially accessible high end projector especially when compared to the NZ laser series which starts at $9,999 for the JVC NZ7.

What Are The Differences Between The JVC DLA-NP5 and the JVC DLA-NX5?

  • $1000 more than the NX5
  • +100 lumen light output (1900 now)
  • 2x 48Gbps HDMI 2.1 vs 18Gbps on the NX5
  • Low latency mode
  • HDR10+
  • "Faster processing for superior high-resolution image display."

JVC NP5 Features And Specs

  • 4K60p input
  • 0.69-in 4K D-ILA
  • 65mm High Resolution All Glass Lens
  • 1,900 lumen Light Output
  • 40,000:1 Native Contrast / 400,000:1 Dynamic Contrast
  • HDR(Frame Adapt HDR/HLG)
  • ISF ccc certification
  • Available 2 colors

Similarly to the JVC laser projectors, the JVC NP5 features a three-chip LCoS chipset which provides a native 4K resolution display. The new JVC projector has an outstanding 400,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.

JVC’s High-speed LSI includes improved processing of a variety of video and still image codecs, including Full HD 2D/3D, 4K2K, and high-speed photographs. In addition, this JVC technology offers faster processing than the previous CPUs for superior high-resolution image display. This input and signal processing is faster than JVC’s previous technology, enabling H.264 video processing at double JVC’s previous technology.

In addition to its image-signal processor, advanced image codecs, and other image-processing technologies assembled into one chip, the LSI incorporates leading-edge 40nm process technology for high functionality, 40% reduction of power consumption, and reduced system costs compared to previous LSIs. All hardware and software are integrated into one platform.

High-Speed LSI for 4K 120p input and video processing is becoming more valuable every day and is effective in displaying high frame rate gaming content. Along with low latency mode, this opens up new possibilities for projectors to provide high-quality gaming on larger screens. This makes the NP5 a great choice for a video gaming projector.

With a highly efficient optical engine the 265W bulb offers the NP5 a 1900 ANSI lumen output. This is 100 lumens brighter than the NX5. The lamp life isn’t listed but we expect it to at least match the 3,500 hours of the NX5 bulbs. Replacement bulbs are available for $600.

This new JVC projector uses the same fantastic lens you’ll find in the JVC NZ8 and NZ7. The NP5 features a motorized focus with 2x optical zoom. It also has motorized lens shift capabilities of 80% vertical lens shift and 34% horizontal. It is capable of projecting an image size between 60 to 200 inches making it a fantastic option for home theaters.

Another improvement of the JVC NP5 over the NX5 is that the NP5 has two HDMI 2.1 inputs. The HDMI 2.1 inputs have HDCP 2.3 (although no CEC support) and 48Gbps bandwidth that is capable of 4K/120Hz signals, which gamers will be happy to see. There is a low latency mode, but input lag is as yet unlisted.

The NP5 also has connections for Ethernet (RJ45), USB (for firmware updates), RS-232C, a 12V trigger, and 3D Synchro. Yes, this is a 3D projector! An optional 3D RF emitter is available for $99 and RF glasses are $179.

The JVC NP5 is also HDR10+ compliant delivering metadata on a scene-by-scene basis with compatible content to more faithfully reproduce HDR images per the creator's intent.

Another feature of the DLA-NP5 is that it includes JVC’s Frame Adapt HDR. This adds algorithm-based dynamic tone mapping on a scene-by-scene or frame-by-frame basis to static HDR10 signals, along with a Theater Optimizer, which automatically adjusts tone mapping based upon the installation environment.