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The DynaPix system we mentioned back there comprises a series of different image processing tools, the single most important of which is another acronym: DIST. Standing for Digital Image Scaling Technology, DIST’s main role is to digitally scale incoming sources to the screen’s resolution, adding fine detail as it does so. This is, of course, particularly handy with standard definition sources, but we’ve noted that DIST also sometimes gives a small boost to HD fodder.
Another element in the screen’s processing is Super Digipure, a proprietary JVC system for optimising contrast that automatically compensates for images detected to have either too much or too little contrast of their own.
Other, smaller components of DynaPix are aimed at boosting colours, contrast, and noise reduction in much the same way most rival picture processing engines do.
We’re actually rather surprised – and chuffed – to find DynaPix residing inside a TV as affordable as the 26DA8BJ. So it’s hardly surprising to find rather a dearth of other features worth talking about.
In fact, the only thing really worth a mention is a manual backlight adjustment. This is no replacement for an automatic system, obviously, unless you feel like pausing what you’re watching every frame or two and adjusting the backlight to suit the image content at each moment! But it should still prove helpful in producing a generally better black level situation when going from something bright and vivid like Viva Pinata on the Xbox 360 to something dark and moody like Superman Returns.
The sad truth is, though, that no amount of fiddling about with the manual backlight adjustment ever helped us get a truly enjoyable black level response from the 26DA8BJ. Take, for example, the bit in Superman Returns where Supes takes Lois on a night-time flight around Metropolis. No matter what setting we used for the backlight – or the contrast and brightness controls – we never managed to create blacks that weren’t lost beneath a distracting pall of greyness.