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Thursday, 01 September 2005 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
JVC DLA-HX2U D-ILA Video Projector
History Since the first days of commercially available digital projectors, I have been a convert. A mere four years ago, I owned an older Sony seven-inch CRT video projector paired with the all-time classic video processor, the Faroudja LD100. The picture looked smooth and film-like. It also had no brightness, barely being able to light up a 100-inch 4:3 Stewart Filmscreen StudioTek 130 screen, and switching inputs was a nightmare. Working on the projector required a professional technician, which means that in order to keep the sucker converged, I needed a trip from Dr. Feelgood every three to four months. While having a big screen to watch hockey games was cool, the work needed to get such a video picture was trying, to say the least. All of this changed in 2002, when I invested in a Madrigal Imaging MPD-1 video processor from Madrigal (parent company of Mark Levinson, Lexicon and Proceed). The projector ...
Tuesday, 01 March 2005 ,  Written by Bryan Dailey
JVC HD-61Z575 HD-ILA HDTV
Introduction When looking for a large TV, the usual suspects that are on the top of most people’s wish lists are plasmas, rear-projection DLPs, rear-projection LCDs and the ever-growing but still very expensive large direct view LCD displays. One technology that is sometimes overlooked is LCOS, which stands for Liquid Crystal On Silicon. Essentially a hybrid of LCD and DLP, LCOS uses liquid crystals that are applied to a reflective mirror; the light is modulated by the liquid crystals as it passes through them. DLP, on the other hand, uses a reflective technology that bounces the light either towards or away from the light by tilting the mirrors. JVC uses a type of LCOS called D-ILA, which stands for Direct-Drive Image Light Amplifier, in their rear projection TVs and stand-alone projectors. D-ILA uses three chips, one for red, one for green and one for blue, unlike DLP’s spinning color wheel. The HD61Z575 is the largest ...
Tuesday, 01 March 2005 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
JVC HM-DH40000U D-VHS Player
Introduction I remember one glorious day in the early 1980s when my dad and I traveled to the local shopping mall in Echelon, New Jersey in search of some new electronic gadgets. The store in the mall was called Video Concepts and it was like a surreal playground for a nine-year-old. My dad, in his mid-30s, seemed to be having some fun, too. He turned the event into a shopping spree of epic proportions. We bought a fold-down big-screen TV, an Intellivision game station, a good dozen games and a VHS videotape recorder that resembled something the military would use to record Soviet spy activity. With movies costing a mere $100 per, we picked out some classics but rented even more. I can remember the salesman suggesting that this VCR was built to last a lifetime – even at nine, that seemed like a long time. 21 years later, VCRs have finally given ...
Saturday, 01 May 2004 ,  Written by Brian Kahn
Jean Marie Reynaud Evolution 3 Loudspeakers
Introduction Recently, while perusing new and different speaker products, our editor at Audiorevolution came across a French speaker brand called Jean Marie Reynaud that piqued my interest. Due to logistics, our best opportunity to review this product was at a local audio/video retailer, Evolution Audio in Agoura Hills, California. Jean Marie Reynaud had been around since 1967 and is one of France’s most respected specialty audio manufactures. The $3,890 Evolution 3 speakers from Jean Marie Reynaud immediately caught my attention when I walked into the room at Evolution where they were on display. The speakers filled the room with a solid, soulful soundstage. The speakers themselves are somewhat diminutive floor-standing speakers, with beech-veneered cabinets that stand 42 inches high, eight inches wide and 12 inches deep. One of the first things I noticed visually was that the tweeters were situated in their own bullet-shaped enclosures on top of the rectangular cabinet box, reminiscent of the B&W ...
Sunday, 01 June 2003 ,  Written by Brian Kahn
Jolida JD-202A Integrated Amplifier
Introduction The Jolida JD-202A Level 1 Modification amplifier will most certainly capture the attention of those enthusiasts looking for performance tube gear that doesn’t require a armored truck delivery of funds to make it affordable. The modified JD-202A integrated amplifier is the latest product incarnation from high-end audio veteran Walter Liederman (co-founder of Hi-Fi Buys). Under his new company moniker “Underwood HiFi,” (formerly the Grahm Company) Liederman buys the stock JD-202A and has it modified at the Parts Connexion. This product takes its place beside other Liederman modified gems from Jolida and Shanling in the Underwood HiFi line. The amplifier in question starts life as a standard $750 Jolida JD-202A, then is shipped to The Parts Connexion, where it is extensively modified with tubes and components designed to substantially increase the performance of the product, all without dramatically increasing the price. The Jolida JD-202A with Level 1 mods is a 40-watt-per-channel stereo integrated amplifier that measures 12.5 inches ...
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