October 3, 2006 The first thought that crossed our mind when we saw JVC’s HD HD-ILA Hybrid rear projection television prototype was that if screens get much bigger, we’ll need bigger houses. At 110 inches (2.8 meters diagonally) we’re not surprised that it is the world’s largest design study prototype Full HD 1920x1080 Hybrid TV and wonder if, like the megapixel race with digital cameras passing 5MPX, the 100 inch mark is now big enough and let’s get on with reducing the price. That’s also on the cars, as JVC has been developing D-ILA technology since the 90’s, and now the expertise gained from this efforts is being used to create superb consumer home cinema hybrid rear-projection and front projection systems that are very cost-effective and larger than their LCD and plasma competion.
At the heart of its imaging engine, the prototype uses three 0.7" 1920 x 1080 pixel Full HD D-ILA (LCOS) devices that deliver a native resolution of 2 megapixels for remarkably high image definition. One of the primary advantages of D-ILA devices is that it eliminates grids or the “screen-door effect”; offering a high aperture ratio of more than 90% to ensure smooth, film-like images.
When combined with the consumer component developed JVC optical system, these devices allow the prototype 110” HD-ILA Hybrid TV to provide a native contrast of 10,000:1 and about 15% more brightness than current models for more natural yet vivid colour reproduction and high contrast. Also on display at IFA 2006 were JVC 70” and 56” HD-ILA Hybrid TV models currently in the market. The award winning 70” HD-70ZR7U model is already the largest HD Ready rear projection TV available in Europe.