JVC’S fully darkened Venetian hotel suite served as an 8K theater, with a 124-inch Stewart StudioTek 130 G4 screen—the largest size they could fit without drawing the attention of the fire marshall—at one end of the room, and a DLA-NZ9 at the other end. A 7th Sense video server served as an 8K source, supplemented by a Kaleidescape server for 4K movie content. Not visible in the blacked-out environment was JVC’s 48Gbps Active HDMI cable, a new product that will be widely available come March, that connected the 7th Sense server to an 8K/60-capable Denon AVR.
The 8K content running on the server was supplied by Mysery Box, a U.S.-based production company that specializes in creating documentaries and stock footage shot with RED 8K cameras. The 8K/60 HDR images displayed on JVC’s projector looked incredibly detailed, but with no visible pixel structure even when I put my nose up to the screen. Shadow detail was also stunningly good, with dark interior shots showing subtle gradations of black that I’ve never previously seen with a projector-based setup. Color rendition was also off the charts, with thefine gradations of red and green coming through clearly and with zero video noise—a far cry from the overdriven, attention-grabbing 8K TVs on display at the Las Vegas Convention Center.