Square eyes, couch potatoes and footie fans, lend me your pupils; I come to bury the myth of 1080p-less World Cup. JVC has announced the first 1920 x 1080 native resolution LCD TV with a release date before the holy date of 9 June.
It goes by the name of the LT-46H800 and it’s 46 inches will save you from panic buying an inferior 720p and 1080i model just so you can snuggle down to Germany Vs Costa Rica in moderate HD satisfaction.
Furthermore, the May release date gives users a minimum of nine days to get the thing lugged home, dragged up the stairs, plugged in, re-plugged in correctly and even allows a hasty online purchase of new speakers to arrive in time to do the whole thing justice. Yes, it does have dual HDMI ports and a low response time (8ms). More importantly, I cannot torture you anymore without revealing the RRP. 4,000 euros JVC tells us, which is actually a lot less frightening then could have been expected.
If you just bought a 720p or 1080i set (and most of my friends have, the muppets) list it on eBay immediately or bluff the nearest Currys’ teenage salesman with a sob story involving your chinchilla and cataracts. Trust me, I’ve seen oodles of 1080p screens at CeBIT this year and the two lower standards don’t hold a candle to them.
Hopefully we’ll hear of more manufacturers willing to fulfil our High Definition World Cup dreams in the coming weeks but so far it is JVC that holds our torch aloft.
Please read our piece on 1080p technology posted here.