More 1080p: JVC announces new LCoS HDTVs



JVC HD-61FH97

CES 2006: JVC pioneered LCoS projection display technology, which it calls HD-ILA in rear-projection form, and its 2006 lineup includes three each of 1080p-native-resolution and 720p-resolution HDTVs.

The company redesigned the optical engine in the 1080p sets to include a new dynamic auto iris that's said to dynamically respond to what's onscreen, thus improving reproduction of dark scenes -- typically the most challenging for any display. The auto-iris feature worked well in the company's 2005 models, so we're anxious to see how it has improved this version. One thing that remains the same, however, is that none of the new JVC LCoS sets can accept 1080p sources via HDMI.

The 1080p lineup includes the 56-inch HD-56FN97 (US$3,499), the 61-inch HD-61FN97 (US$3,799), and the 70-inch HD-70FN97 (US$5,499). These prices are a few hundred dollars less than those of the 2005 models, and all three sets will hit stores in the US in July. The new 720p sets will be available as early as March and include the 52-inch HD-52G787 (US$2,799), the 56-inch HD-56G787 (US$3,199), and the HD-61G787 (US$3,499).

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hgkg posted a comment   
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There is little doubt in my mind that JVC's HD-ila is a huge success. I purchased the 56 inch model from BB after being blown away by its HD imaging! It really is wonderful. HOWEVER...AND THIS IS IMPORTANT...if you do not like seeing a very distinct barrel effect (some call it the bow tie effect where the upper and lower corners of the image bow outward), then you may want to pass this televsion up and go with a plasma.

I was sick when I noticed this only after I got the set in my livingroom. The effect was very noticeable in the 4/3 mode, but was always there, no matter the aspect used. What a crying shame! To have built a televsion this good, and to have an artifact like that present itself.

I called JVC to see if some kind of adjustment might be made internally, but (as I figured) there is none, and they openly admited that it was a flaw that all tv's have, unless you go plasma that offers a more "stout" screen. The JVC rep told me that if you push on the screen in the upper center area, the barrel effect goes away significantly...great. I need to hire someone to stand there a push in on my screen while I watch it....just kidding!

Well, I opted to go with the 50 inch Panasonic Plasma, and I am not saddened that I had to do this...but I will be back to the LCos/HD-ila when JVC gets it right...somehow.

Socman




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