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EXCLUSIVE:Sony To Take Advange Of ‘Catastrophic’ Failure Of JVC Kenwood 4K Projector Range

JVCKenwood have had to stop a major launch of their 4K D-ILA projectors leaving their Australian dealers “high and dry” after what has been described as an “unwelcome phenomenon” that has impacted their 2018/2019 product range.

The projectors which the Company showed off at IFA in Berlin and later at CEDIA have been discovered to have a major defect which has been traced to a third-party component, the failure is so bad that the Company has had to stop the launch of the new range.

In a leaked memo seen by ChannelNews the Company who showed prototypes at both CEDIA and IFA said that “Upon commencing mass-production of the projectors we discovered some unwelcome phenomenon that would have led to a less than perfect user experience with the projector. After intensive study this phenomenon was traced to a component sourced from a third party…We have thus decided to postpone the release of our 2018 product line”.

The memo was signed by Kazuyoshi Hayashi, Executive Officer, Media Service Sector General Executive of Media Business Division

At CEDIA executives from the Japanese Company were telling customers that the new range were “the world’s first home theater projectors that achieve 8K display.”

The line up included six projectors: including the DLA-NX9, DLA-NX7 and DLA-NX5, and Reference Series DLA-RS3000, DLA-RS2000 and DLA-RS1000.

The DLA-NX9 and DLA-RS3000 incorporate e-shift technology and 100mm diameter high-resolution glass lenses.

The failure of the JVCKenwood projector opens the door up for Sony with dealers moving to the Audio Active distributed Sony products to fulfil orders.

Among the new range released by Audio Active is the $35K Sony VPL-VW870ES which is a compact Laser 4K SXRD Home Cinema Projector featuring 2,200 lumens brightness. This projector also delivers Crisp Focus due to its (ARC-F) lens, and Digital Focus Optimiser.

This is the same technology found in Sony’s professional cinema projectors and unlike several other projectors that deliver emulated 4K the Sony projector range delivers native 4K (4096 x 2160) images, four times the resolution of Full HD.

Dealers installing premium home theatres and professional commercial installs are moving to the Sony offering claim installers because the Z-Phosphor laser light developed by Sony is said to offer bright images for up to 20,000 viewing hours with no lamp replacement and virtually no maintenance required.

The VW-870ES is also one of the first projectors on the market to be certified as IMAX Enhanced, an emerging new standard in projection and audio-video.

JVCKenwood Australia has not commented on the withdrawal of their product from the market.

Hayashi said, “We have been working around the clock since this discovery to find a solution however it has become clear that there is no rapid solution to this issue that will enable us to commence delivery of these projectors in the immediate future”.