The first TV we looked at from JVC's new LCD range, the 26DA8BJ, didn't exactly set the world on fire. It wasn't truly bad; just arguably average. Though come to think of it, given how competitive the LCD market has become over the last six months, arguably average might as well be ‘bad'…
At any rate, the only real encouragement we could gain from the 26DA8BJ was the fact that its ‘DA8' designation marked it out as belonging to the bottom of JVC's new LCD tree, leaving room for improvements in models higher up the scale. Models like the LT-37DG8 we're looking at today.
The 37DG8 sits one rung higher up the ladder than the DA8s, with two key extra performance-enhancing strings to its bow. First and potentially most important is its use of DynaPix Plus image processing rather than the ‘mere' DynaPix found on the DA8. And second, audio should benefit from the introduction of a MaxxBass system which, as its name suggests, boosts the handling of bass in the sound mix.
The 37DG8 also looks nicer than the DA8s, dismissing the cheaper model's slightly plasticky silvery strip along the bottom in favour of a tastier black ‘wedge' that juts down to hold the speakers. This is one budget-priced TV with a far from budget build quality.
Connections don't mark as much of a ‘step up' as we'd have ideally liked, though. There are twin HDMIs, which is fair enough, but neither of these can take 1080p inputs, regardless of whether you introduce them in their 50/60Hz or 24fps incarnations. However, the most glaring omission is a D-Sub PC port - a rare shortcoming in this day and age that takes on particular significance when you learn that the HDMIs aren't designed for PC use either. So if you're looking for a screen to do double duties as a TV and computer monitor, this is not the one for you.