As well as being HD Ready, the 26DX7BJ scores ‘future-proofing’ points by including a built-in digital tuner, complete with support for the 7-day Freeview electronic programme guide system and a CAM slot so that you can add subscription TV services to your Freeview channel selection.
Most TVs worth their salt these days carry some sort of fancily named picture processing system, and the 26DX7BJ is no different. The fancy name, in this case, is DynaPix, and as usual this is a coverall name for a bunch of different picture-boosting tweaks.
Of these ‘sub-systems’, by far the most significant is JVC’s Digital Image Scaling Technology – or DIST. DIST’s main purpose is two-fold: to better map incoming pictures onto the 26DX7BJ’s native 1,366 x 768 resolution, and to add loads of lovely jubbly extra fine detail into the picture.
It also does some fancy progressive frame rate adjustments to improve motion; applies a veritable feast of noise reduction techniques to clean things up; can automatically optimise contrast levels based on the incoming picture content; and can automatically optimise colours to make them appear both more natural and more vibrant.
There’s actually stacks more we could go through with you, including a neat picture in picture system. But as your brain is probably already fried with what you’ve read so far, let’s just move swiftly on to the fun bit: how the 26DX7BJ performs.
In many of the ways that matter it performs extremely nicely, thank you very much. Particularly striking – to the point of being occasionally awe-inspiring – is the picture’s sharpness. JVC has done quite numerous generations of its DIST processing now, and the lessons learned along the way mean this latest version can throw in exceptional amounts of fine detail information without the nasty side effects (soft edges and dot crawl in particular) that blemished earlier incarnations.
Good quality standard definition pictures can thus, at their best, almost look like high definition in their sharpness. And high-definition pictures can be so textured and detailed they almost look like, well, real life!