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JVC Procision LT-47X898 LCD HDTV Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
ImageThe Basics:
JVC’s Procision line represents the company’s highest-end offerings in both the TV and projector markets. These products were developed for the custom-installation and high-end consumer channels, and they feature JVC’s most advanced technologies. First and foremost, in the case of this 47-inch 1080p model, is the inclusion of Clear Motion Drive II 120Hz technology, which doubles the TV’s frame rate from 60 to 120Hz to reduce motion blur.

The TV also uses JVC’s 32-bit Genessa processing chip and a 10-bit panel, and features a number of advanced picture controls.  The Theater Pro II menu offers advanced color, detail, noise-reduction and gamma controls. The energy-saver control is actually an adjustable backlight. Smart Picture adjusts the image’s brightness, based on the average picture level of the content, while the Smart Sensor adjusts the image’s brightness based on your room’s lighting conditions.

The LT-47X898 features a healthy connection panel, with three HDMI 1.3 inputs that accept 1080p/60 (but not 1080p/24) and an RS-232 control for integration into an advanced control system. JVC has reduced the amount of frame surrounding the screen and a thin speaker bar runs along the bottom panel. There are a number of desirable aspect ratio options, including a Full Native mode that allows the TV to display 1080i/1080p images with no overscan.

The Upside:
The LT-47X898 offers excellent de-interlacing/scaling functions with HD and SD sources, resulting in a very clean and detailed image. Skin tones look very natural and Clear Motion Drive II effectively reduces motion blur without changing the quality of motion in film sources.

The Downside:
The TV’s colors aren’t very accurate and its black level fluctuates, even when you turn off the Smart Picture and Smart Sensor controls. Blacks aren’t as deep as you’ll find with other high-end flat panels. As such, its contrast ratio isn’t as high, so the image lacks that extra bit of oomph that are seen in the best panels.

The LT-47X898 is a good everyday performer that can accommodate a variety of viewing conditions, but its performance does not quite match its higher-end price tag.

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