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With everyone's attentions turning inexorably towards exceptional slimness in the TV world right now, JVC's HD-65DS8DDJ is about as untrendy as it's possible to get. For not only is this 65in monster not one of JVC's new ‘Super Slim' flat TVs, it's not even a flat TV! Rather, it belongs to that nearly extinct breed of TV known as ‘the rear projector'…
While this fact inevitably makes the 65DS8DDJ fatter than any slim TV around, you might be surprised to find how little fatter it is, if you see what I mean. For in fact its butt-end only sticks out 29.5cm - a measurement that's really not as far as you'd expect from the 10-14cm depths most ‘normal' flat TVs still employ. To reinforce this point, JVC actually does a wall mount kit for the 65DS8DDJ! All you need is a bunch of very willing mates to help, and the small matter of a wall able to handle the TV's substantial 66kg weight. Easy.
If when you think of rear projection TVs you conjure up images of those dismal black plastic hulks at your local pub in the late 1980s, with their murky picture quality, you'll be pleased to know that things have moved on apace in the rear pro world. For as well as being much slimmer than old rear projection TVs, the 65DS8DDJ is also much more glamorous, featuring an incredibly small (barely 1cm) bezel around the entire screen acreage, and wearing a nice modern-looking silver and black finish along the bottom.
What's more, you can even get a very tasteful floorstand for the set that gives the impression that it's hanging in mid air - an effect that actually fools your eyes into thinking you're looking at a flat TV, not a rear pro model.
Another big improvement for today's rear projection models is that they no longer use the old CRT technology, which tended to have real problems when it came to correctly converging the separate red, green and blue elements of the image. Now everything is digital, with no ‘convergence' issues to worry about. And the particular digital technology inside the 65DS8DDJ is JVC's own ‘D-ILA' system.
Essentially a high-resolution refinement of Liquid Crystal on Silicon technology, D-ILA has delivered some sensational results in recent JVC front projectors (the DLA-HD1 and DLA-HD100), so we have very high hopes for what it might accomplish in this rear pro incarnation - especially since we gather the projector inside is essentially a tweaked HD1.