Considering that JVC launched the first super slim LCD TV into the UK, the still-available 42DS9, I have to say that the brand's new 32in LT-32DR1BJ is a bit disappointing aesthetically.
For a start, at 104mm deep without the stand attached, it's certainly not superslim. This won't trouble anyone wanting to shove their TV into a corner, I guess, where a few extra inches on a set's bottom won't make much odds. But it could definitely be a turn off for wall-hangers, or tech fashionistas keen on a TV with full 180-degree appeal.
The fascia tries hard, meanwhile, thanks to the really extreme level of gloss delivered by the black bezel. But it's still ultimately just another fairly straightforward black rectangle when all's said and done.
Things become a little more intriguing with the 32DR1BJ's connections. Three v1.3 HDMIs get the ball rolling, with able support from an optical digital audio output, a USB 2.0 input (capable of playing MP3 and JPEG files), and a D-SUB PC port. This latter socket is particularly welcome, since JVC has had a naughty tendency to miss such computer connectors off its previous TVs.
The screen's key specifications are more than respectable too, as a promising 40,000:1 claimed contrast ratio joins up with a Full HD resolution that I really hadn't expected to get for the 32DR1BJ's money.
Also boding well is the presence on the 32DR1BJ of JVC's always respectable DynaPix HD video processor, with its focus on boosting detail in standard definition sources, cleaner scaling of sources to the set's full HD pixel count, and motion-adaptive interlaced-to-progressive conversion.
Then there's a 12-bit signal generator dubbed the Real Bit Driver, there to help the set deliver colour blends with more finesse than the 10-bit systems commonly found on relatively inexpensive TVs.
The set's excruciatingly bland and also bizarrely sluggish onscreen menus contain a few more items of interest. There's the option, for instance, to turn off the Dynamic Backlight system - though personally I didn't feel that dark scenes looked unstable enough with the feature active to warrant deactivating it.