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JVC LT-42DA8BJ 42in LCD TV

Crossing TrustedReviews' path, after we found ourselves enjoying JVC's super slim LT-42DS9 LCD TV, is the brand's LT-42DA8 which does not, on the surface at least, seem to have very much going for it.

For starters, it's not particularly thin. The rear end sticks out the regulation 100mm-plus, actually making it feel quite stocky by today's LCD standards.

It's not particularly pretty either; the combination of a glossy black screen frame and outer silver edge looks a bit untidy to my eyes, with the plasticky nature of the silver edge not helping.

Things go from bland to worse when you turn your attentions to the TV's connections. Disappointment number one is the fact that there are only two HDMIs when we're increasingly expecting to find three these days. Then there's the fact that these HDMIs are only v1.2 in nature, meaning there's no compatibility with the burgeoning Deep Color format.
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Even more alarming, the HDMIs offer no 1080p support. And we're not just talking about 1080p/24fps Blu-ray support here; there's actually no support for any 1080p formats whatsoever. Try playing 1080p/50 or 60Hz into the 42DA8 from a suitably specified DVD upscaler and all you'll get is a nice blank screen. Yikes.

To be fair, JVC does have an explanation for this, namely that the DynaPix picture processing built into the TV has its own 1080i to 1080p conversion system. But I have a sneaky feeling many people reading this review would prefer it if the JVC merely took in a pure 1080p source rather than ‘creating' one using internal processing - processing which, inevitably, will not be completely perfect.

After that brief digression, I'm afraid we have to return to the subject of connection deficiencies. For almost uniquely in today's flat TV marketplace, the set sports no D-Sub PC input. You should be able to get a PC signal via the HDMIs, with VGA and XVGA supported. But this is still a very limited level of PC support, and hardly makes me feel any better about the shortage of HDMIs.

One more absentee from the usual set of TV connections is a four-pin S-Video port. This is actually not a big deal to most people these days, but there may still be a few people with last-gen games consoles or camcorders who may feel its loss.

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