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We thought it only appropriate to conclude our epic pre-World Cup round up with a TV we feel represents the way the mainstream TV market is headed: a 40in LCD.
We’ve already seen 32in LCDs supercede 26in as the public’s main TV size of choice, and everything we’re hearing in terms of buying trends and price structures suggests that mass migration to 40in is only a (relatively short) matter of time. Especially as people seem to be catching on fast to the fact that the bigger you see high definition, the more amazing it is.
Anyway, we digress. Getting back to the matter at hand, our final TV before England thrashes the arse off Paraguay is JVC’s LT-40DS7BJ. And a very fine looking TV it is too.
It’s another in a growing number of LCD sets to shun gloss in favour of a matt black finish. And as with most of the other matt boys, the ostensibly less glamorous finish actually works very well - especially as the black is offset by a trendy blue neon strip along the bottom. The only concern we have with the design is whether the rather skinny looking speakers running along the TV’s underside will deliver the sort of audio thrills we ideally like to hear.
It’s thumbs up all round with the 40DS7BJ’s connections, as we find two HDMI sockets. This equals twice as many HDMI options as most TVs give you – just the job considering how many HDMI-carrying sources are likely to be coming our way in the next year or so.
There’s also a set of component video jacks, a PC input so you can double the TV up as a computer monitor, and the usual ‘standard TV’ collection of SCARTs, S-Video input and so on. We should also add that many of this JVC’s connections are ranged down the TV’s side, making them much easier to access than they normally are with flat TVs.