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We've recently checked out - and been moderately pleased with - sets from relatively low down JVC's current LCD TV range. But today we're pleased to say we've got our hands on something higher up the brand's pecking order in the shape of the LT-42DV8: the first JVC TV to carry that feature du jour, 100Hz processing.
For those of you who've not come across 100Hz before in any of our previous LCD TV reviews, it's actually a revival of a system originally developed to counteract the old flickering effect of CRT TVs, and it involves doubling the usual refresh rate of PAL TV signals from 50Hz to 100Hz.
With LCD the purpose of 100Hz is not to counter flicker, however. Normally LCD response times mean that moving objects lose resolution as they pass across the screen, but by doubling the amount of images shown per second via 100Hz, the hope is that the usual detail loss will be avoided.
We've certainly seen this work with previous 100Hz TVs from the likes of Panasonic, Toshiba and Sharp. But it also has to be said that the price paid for the cleaner motion benefit in terms of unwanted processing side effects has varied greatly, with the Sharp system in particular throwing up all kinds of secondary problems that frankly more than nullify the 100Hz benefits. So let's hope this JVC 100Hz debutante delivers all the benefits of the system without too many of the potential downsides.
How attractive you find the 42DV8 depends on how retro your tastes are. For as well as preferring a matt black finish over the trendier gloss or silver approach, it also carries a little blue neon strip light under the JVC logo that lends the TV a distinctly 1980s air. Personally we like the look, but we're just warning you that it may not suit everyone.
The 42DV8 marks a clear step forward for JVC in connection terms, too, as we find not only three HDMI inputs, but three HDMI inputs with a v1.3 flavour rather than the more common 1.2. This makes them compatible with such features as Deep Colour (from future HD discs that may support this picture-boosting trick), automatic lip-synch correction, and carriage of HD audio formats.
That's not the only distinguishing thing about the JVC's HDMIs either, as it turns out that they're also compatible with the industry's CEC standard, allowing the TV's remote to operate any connected, CEC-compatible source device.