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4K laser home theater projector with HDR (Black)

Item # 257LXNZ3B

The LX-NZ3 combines DLP display technology and a laser light source to bring vivid 4K/HDR images to home theaters.

The LX-NZ3 combines DLP display technology and a laser light source to bring vivid 4K/HDR images to home theaters.

Item # 257LXNZ3B

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About the JVC LX-NZ3B

JVC's projector expertise now fits more budgets

In the world of home theater projectors, JVC is mainly known for high-end models based on D-ILA display technology. But those projectors are relatively big, heavy, and expensive, and not practical for every room and budget. The LX-NZ3 is a more compact, affordable design that uses Texas Instruments' DLP® technology and a laser light source to deliver crisp 4K/HDR images.

JVC's projector expertise now fits more budgets

In the world of home theater projectors, JVC is mainly known for high-end models based on D-ILA display technology. But those projectors are relatively big, heavy, and expensive, and not practical for every room and budget. The LX-NZ3 is a more compact, affordable design that uses Texas Instruments' DLP® technology and a laser light source to deliver crisp 4K/HDR images.

JVC's BLU-Escent laser light engine produces 3,000 lumens of brightness, so you can enjoy a vivid picture even with some lights on. Plus, that laser offers 20,000 hours of maintenance-free life.

You've seen DLP before — on the big screens in movie theaters

DLP (Digital Light Processing) projectors have been used in commercial movie theaters for 20 years, and DLP is still the most popular digital cinema technology. Those projectors typically cost $40,000 or more, and feature three DLP imaging chips — one each for the red, green, and blue color primaries.

By comparison, most home DLP projectors, including the LX-NZ3, use a single DLP chip and a fast-spinning color wheel to reproduce the full color spectrum.

The LX-NZ3's DLP chip has 1920 x 1080-pixel native resolution, which, when combined with an optical actuator that shifts every pixel diagonally, increases the number of pixels perceived by the eye to 4K Ultra HD resolution. The LX-NZ3 has two HDMI inputs, but only one of them will accept full 4K/60Hz signals.

Customized HDR settings for a more accurate picture

Compared to HD, 4K not only offers much higher resolution, it also adds HDR, which expands overall picture contrast range with deeper blacks and brighter highlights. The LX-NZ3 supports the HDR10 and HLG formats, and automatically switches to HDR mode when it detects an HDR signal. It also includes special tone-mapping capabilities that ensure superior results with HDR-enhanced content.

No current projector (or TV, for that matter) can reproduce the entire contrast range of HDR formats. So every display must apply a "tone map" to adapt the HDR content to match its capabilities. The LX-NZ3's Auto Tone Mapping feature looks at the maximum and average light level information provided on many HDR10-encoded UHD Blu-ray discs, and adjusts the projector's HDR settings for the most accurate picture.

There are lots of of HDR-encoded 4K movies and shows available from streaming services like Netflix® and Amazon Instant Video. Since the LX-NZ3 has no built-in web apps, you'll need to connect a 4K media streamer to explore this great-looking content. Of course, for the large images of projector systems, the ultimate high-resolution source is an Ultra HD Blu-ray player.

For the best picture quality from this 4K projector, we recommend using a 4K-rated projector screen.


Product highlights:

    • BLU-Escent™ laser diode/phosphor light engine delivers ultra-pure light with zero maintenance
    • single-chip DLP system has one 0.47" DMD imager with 1920 x 1080-pixel native resolution
      • 4K e-shift yields 3840 x 2160 Ultra HD projected image
    • High Dynamic Range (HDR10, HLG) for extended picture contrast and brightness with HDR sources
      • Auto Tone Mapping automatically optimizes HDR10 image quality for compatible content
    • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio (can also display 4:3 material)
    • recommended image size: 60" to 200"
    • light output: 3000 lumens
    • Dynamic Laser Dimming boosts picture contrast
    • infinite dynamic contrast ratio
    • covers 100% of Rec. 709 color standard (BT2020 compatible)
    • 10-bit processing enables over one billion colors
    • color management system with 6-axis matrix
    • Super Resolution lets you fine-tune the upscaling of HD content
    Image Adjustments:
    • 1.6X manual zoom/focus lens (standard-throw)
    • lens shift image adjustment (manual, horizontal and vertical)
    • vertical keystone correction
    • 2 HDMI 2.0 inputs
    • PC input
    • USB Type-A port for charging external devices
    • mini USB port for service only
    • 9-pin RS-232C port for external control of the projector via compatible computer or third-party control device
    • 3.5mm 12V trigger output for controlling a motorized screen
    • detachable power cord
    General Features:
    • laser diode light source lasts up to 20,000 hours
    • quiet cooling fan (29 dB Eco)
    • illuminated remote control
    • can be placed on a tabletop or ceiling-mounted (mounting bracket sold separately)
    • 15-7/8"W x 5-3/4"H x 13-1/2"D
    • weight: 13.9 lbs.
    • warranty: 1 years parts & labor — carry-in service
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • this projector does not include any type of built-in TV tuner
    • MFR # LX-NZ3B

    What's in the box:

    • Projector
    • Remote control
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • AC power cord
    • User Manual on CD-ROM
    • Quick Start Guide

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    Features & specs

    Native Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
    Resolution with Pixel Shift 4K UHD (8.3 million pixels)
    Picture Size Range 50 to 200 inches
    Display Technology DLP
    3D-Capable No
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Contrast Ratio Infinite
    Dynamic Iris Dynamic Laser Dimming
    Brightness (in ANSI Lumens) 3000
    Mounting Options and Design
    Ceiling Yes
    Tabletop Yes
    Ultra Short Throw No
    Portable Design No
    HDR (High Dynamic Range)
    HDR10 Yes
    HDR10+ No
    HLG Yes
    Dolby Vision No
    Next-gen Gaming Features
    VRR (Variable Refresh Rate) No
    ALLM (Auto Low Latency Mode) No
    4K/120Hz HDMI Inputs None
    eARC No
    Smart TV Features
    Apple TV App No
    Apple AirPlay 2 No
    Android TV No
    Chromecast Built-in No
    HDMI Inputs 2
    HDMI Version 2.0
    Audio Return Channel No
    Wireless HDMI Input No
    Audio Output No
    USB Media Port Charging only
    RS-232 Port 1
    Built-in Speakers No
    Wireless Features
    Bluetooth ---
    Wi-Fi No
    Other Info
    Light Source Laser
    Approximate Lamp Life 20,000 hrs.
    Bulb Wattage 95 watts
    Vertical Lens Shift Yes
    Horizontal Lens Shift Yes
    Vertical Keystone Correction Yes
    Horizontal Keystone Correction No
    Fan Noise 34dB(Norm),29dB(Eco)
    Width (inches) 15-7/8
    Height (inches) 5-3/4
    Depth (inches) 13-1/2
    Weight 13.9 lbs
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Type of Warranty Service Carry-in

    Product Research


    DLP Projector: The JVC LX-NZ3 is high-peformance, home theater DLP projector that utilizes laser light source technology.

    • BLU-Escent Laser Light Source: The JVC LX-NZ3 utilizes a BLU-Escent laser light source that achieves 3000 lumens brightness and 20,000 hour long life illumination. Thanks to the high brightness, a fully darkened room is not required to achieve excellent image quality, allowing the projector to be used in typical living and family room settings with high ambient light. Regardless of the room design, the projector delivers high quality HDR images with wide dynamic range.
    • High Dynamic Contrast: With mechanical apertures on other projectors, there is some delay when adjusting light output, but JVC's laser light source can control light output instantaneously, so dynamic brightness adjustment is possible with little or no delay. By controlling the output of the laser according to the brightness of the scene, the LX-NZ3 can reproduce images closer to reality. Moreover, when a complete black signal is input, contrast of infinity:1 can be achieved by controlling the laser output.

    Native 1080p Resolution with 4K E-Shift: In addition to a 1920x1080 single-chip DLP system, the LX-NZ3 features a 0.47" Digital Micromirror Device incorporating 4K E-shift technology to produce super high-definition projection of 4K-resolution (3840x2160 pixels). Resolution in the vertical and horizontal directions is virtually doubled thanks to E-shift technology, which shifts one pixel for every 0.5 pixels to produce a 4K image. JVC's E-shift technology is able to reproduce the fine nuances and unique tone of a video image, enabling you to enjoy a 4K-resolution image with extreme realism and presence in your home theater environment.

    Note: The JVC LX-NZ3 is not a native 4K projector. It has a native resolution of 1920x1080 and uses E-shift technology to create a 4K image.

    HDR With Auto Tone Mapping: The JVC LX-NZ3 projector supports HDR content, both HDR10 adopted for UHD Blu-ray and HLG (Hybrid Log Gamma) adopted for broadcast cable, satellite and live TV. Furthermore, the LX-NZ3 automatically switches to the optimal picture mode based on the signal detected so users can enjoy HDR content without the need for manual adjustments.HDR content brightness varies greatly from one release to another. To optimize performance based on content, the LX-NZ3 is equipped with JVC's Auto Tone Mapping that reads content brightness metadata (Max CLL / FALL) and automatically adjusts brightness settings based on that information - MaxCLL (Maximum Content Light Level), MaxFALL (Maximum Frame Average Light Level). In the case of content that does not contain mastering information, it will refer to a fixed value or need manual adjustment.

    1.6X Zoom Lens: The LX-NZ3 is equipped with a 1.6X zoom lens that supports a projection distance of 7.8' to 22' for up to a 200" screen. You can adjust the projected picture size by turn the zoom ring on the projector. You can also sharpen the picture by rotating the focus ring on the projector. The distance from the projector lens to your projection screen, the zoom setting, and the video format each factors in the projected image size.

    Aspect Ratio Screen Or Image Size Projection Distance (wide to tele)
    16:9 80" 94" to 151"
    90" 106" to 170"
    100" 118" to 189"
    110" 130" to 208"
    120" 142" to 227"
    130" 154" to 246"
    140" 165" to 265"
    150" 177" to 283"
    160" 189" to 302"
    170" 201" to 321"
    180" 213" to 340"
    200" 236" to 378"

    Lens Shift & Keystone Correction: The JVC LX-NZ3 projector features Lens Shift with a wide +/- 60% vertical and +/- 23% horizontal range. This flexibility allows placement in a wide range of environments without the need for keystone correction, which can degrade image quality. The projector does offer vertical keystone correction (+/-30 degrees), but this process will degrade the image. Keystone correction can correct the shape of the image, if it is not rectangular.

    Video Inputs: The JVC LX-NZ3 projector offers HDMI and PC connectivity.

    • HDMI: The JVC LX-NZ3 is outfitted with two HDMI Inputs. The HDMI-1 input is 2.0 certified and HDCP 2.2 compliant with support for 4K/60Hz and HDR sources; such as Blu-ray, Gaming, and Online content. The HDMI-2 input is 1.4 certified and HDCP 1.4 compliant with support for up to 4K/30Hz, but does not support 4K/60Hz or HDR sources. The HDMI-2 input can be used to play copy written 1080p content or personal 4K videos. Use a certified Premium High Speed HDMI Cable (18Gbps compatible) when inputting 4K video signals from an external UHD device.
    • PC Input: You can also connect your Windows PC or Mac computer to the projector via the projectors RGB input (D-Sub, 15-pin). The PC input will support video up to 1920 x 1200 @ 60Hz.

    Picture Modes: You can select a preset picture mode to suit your operating environment and input signal picture type.

    • Natural: The Natural mode provides well-balanced color saturation and contrast with a low brightness level, this is most suitable for video images.
    • Cinema: The Cinema mode delivers a well-balanced color saturation and contrast with a low brightness level, this is most suitable for enjoying movies in a totally dark environment (as you would find in a commercial cinema).
    • Dynamic: Dynamic mode maximizes the brightness of the projected image. This mode is suitable for environments where extra-high brightness is required, such as using the projector in well lit rooms.
    • User (1/2): The User mode allows you to customize picture adjustments with two custom preset User modes. Manual picture adjustments include Brightness, Contrast, Color, Tint, and Sharpness.

    Note: When HDR10 or HLG (Hybrid Log-Gamma) content is inputted to the projector, it automatically switches to the appropriate picture mode.

    Advanced Picture Settings: The JVC LX-NZ3 also offers more advanced picture adjustments to fine-tune the projector's image.

    • Gamma: Gamma refers to the relationship between input source and picture brightness.
    • Color Temperature: You can set a preferred color temperature by selecting Hight, Normal, or Low.
    • 3D Color Management: 3D Color Management provides six sets (RGBCMY) of colors to be adjusted. You can select any of them to adjust its color range and saturation.
    • Color Enhancement: Color Enhancement: allows you to fine-tune the saturation of colors with larger flexibility. It modulates complex color algorithms to flawlessly render saturated colors, fine gradients, intermediate hues and subtle pigments
    • Skin Tone: Skin Tone provides a smart adjustment of hue only for calibrating people's skin color, not other colors in the image. It prevents discoloration of skin tones from the light of the projection beam, portraying every skin tone in its most beautiful shade.
    • Super Resolution: Super Resolution technology radically enhances Full HD content in terms of colors, contrast, and textures. It's also a detail enhancement technology refines surface details for true-to-life images that pop off the scree. You can also adjust levels of sharpness and detail enhancement for optimal viewing.

    Aspect Ratio: You can manually select the aspect ratio or have the projector automatically set the aspect ratio to match your content image and screen. The Auto setting scales the picture proportionally to fit the projector's native resolution in its horizontal or vertical width; this makes the most use of the screen and maintains the aspect ratio of a picture. Manual settings include 4:3, 16:9, and 16:10. :

    Remote Control: The JVC LX-NZ3 comes with an IR remote control, plus features a RS232 port and 12V trigger output.

    • IR Remote: In addition to controls on the projector, the LX-NZ3 comes with an IR remote for wireless operation of the projector. The remote control must be held at an angle within 30 degrees perpendicular to the projector's IR remote control sensors to function correctly. The distance between the remote control and the sensors should not exceed 26'. Make sure that there are no obstacles between the remote control and the IR sensors on the projector.
    • RS-232C Port: There is a RS-232C port for connecting the projector to a 3rd party A/V controller or automation system (sold separately).
    • 12V Trigger Out: The 12V trigger output (3.5mm) can be used to trigger and power on/off external devices such as an electronic screen or light control.

    USB Ports: There is a USB (type-A) port that can be used for charging electronic devices (rated at 5V/1A), plus a mini-USB port that is used for service purposes only.

    Note: The USB ports do not support audio, video, or photo playback.

    Mounting Options: The JVC LX-NX3 can be installed in front of your projection screen or behind your projector screen. It can be tabletop mounted or ceiling mounted (ceiling mount bracket sold separately - see Accessories Tab). If you are tabletop mounting the projector, you can use its two adjustable feet to change the image height and projection angle. Before choosing an installation location for your projector, take the following factors into consideration -

    • Size and position of your projection screen
    • Electrical outlet location
    • Location and distance between the projector and the rest of your equipment

    Note: See User Manual for more information regarding mounting options and installation requirements.

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    Does the NZ3 have lens memory presets for anamorphic and 1.78?
    [ Daniel  Oct 05, 2020 ]
    1 answer
    We still have preliminary information on this projector and this is subject to change. I found a copy of the owner's manual on JVC's site and it does not appear to have save aspect ratio settings in the User 1 and user 2 presets. We will know better once we've gotten one in and completed our research. I recommend checking back once that has been done and we have short paragraphs on the details tab.
    [ Paul  Oct 24, 2020 ]  Staff

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