Home Theater Rear-Projection HDTVs HD-ILA Rear-Projection HDTVs
Written by AVRev.com   
Wednesday, 19 March 2008

The Basics:
We’re not sure if JVC plans to add any new models to their line of HD-ILA rear-projection televisions, which are based on LCOS technology, so the HD-65S998 and its little brother, the 58-inch HD-58S998, could represent your last chance to get a big-screen JVC RPTV. This 65-inch, 1080p model includes a number of advanced features and technologies, including JVC’s 32-bit Genessa processing chip with Digital Image Scaling Technology and a five-point color management system.

The TV uses three native 1080p D-ILA devices and a new optical engine designed to reduce cabinet depth and improve image contrast. The company’s “HD Range 150 MHz Digital Super Detail” is a focusing technology designed minimized motion blur and thus improve detail in faster-moving scenes. This rear-pro has an adjustable iris to lower the light output, and Smart Picture adjusts the image’s brightness based on the content’s average picture level.

The HD-65S988’s connection panel isn’t as well-endowed as those on the new crop of flat panels; it includes two HDMI 1.3 inputs that accept 1080p/60 (but not 1080p/24), two component video inputs, and a PC input located on the front. JVC has reduced the profile of this RPTV to a depth of about 11.5 inches and minimized the amount of visible frame surrounding the screen. The audio system offers two speakers and a built-in subwoofer. There is no native aspect ratio mode that allows the TV to display 1080i/1080p images without overscan.

The Upside:
The HD-65S998 offers pleasing color, excellent detail, and a ton of light output for a bright viewing environment. The ability to reduce the TV’s light output helps it produce solid black levels for an RPTV, so image quality holds up in a dark room.

The Downside:
This TV exhibits some geometry issues and, like many RPTVS, the outer edges of the picture are not as bright as its center, although viewing angle holds up fairly well.

RPTVs still represent the best value in big-screen HDTV, and you can probably find this TV for much less than its MSRP. If your room can’t accommodate a front projector and your wallet can’t accommodate a 65-inch flat panel, the JVC HD-65S998 is a good performer and a good buy. But act now: supplies are limited!

Manufacturer JVC
Model HD-65S998 HD-ILA HDTV
Reviewer AVRev.com
Diagonal Screen Size More than 56-inches
# of HDMI Inputs 2
# of Component Video Inputs 2
HDMI Version 1.3
Native Resolution 1080p
Refresh Rate 60Hz

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