You can at least connect an Xbox 360 in HD at the same time as, say, a Sky HD box, thanks to the screen’s inclusion of a set of component video jacks. But this still amounts to no more than bog-standard HD video provision when all’s said and done.
It’s not all bad news on the connectivity front, as the screen does at least provide a D-Sub PC interface and, slightly bizarrely given the lack of a tuner, two RGB Scarts. But even so, it would be nice if the P63XHA51ES could now try and improve our mood with a few fancy features!
Sadly, it doesn’t. At first glance things look promising, as the screen’s menus look long and busy. But many of the menu options are largely irrelevant to most home cinema users. In fact, the only bits and bobs worth running by you are separate Drive and Signal contrast adjustments, and a decent set of video presets of which Fine is probably your best bet for movie/TV viewing.
Just as well, then, that there is one last home cinema-friendly trick going on behind the P63XHA51ES’s scenes: AVM II processing.
This is the very latest version of Fujitsu’s proprietary Advanced Video Movement processor, and its key achievements are to reduce MPEG decoding and mosquito noise; make edges look crisper; stop edges from ghosting; and make contours less jagged. AVM II has been specially reworked from the previous version, too, so that it can better handle the heavy-duty demands of high definition video. What’s more, it’s ‘motion adaptive’, meaning it can adapt the level of its processing where it detects motion in a picture so as not to put its systems under so much stress that the picture quality breaks down.
With precious little so far to persuade us that the P63XHA51ES takes home cinema especially seriously beyond simply having a big screen, its picture quality comes as something of a revelation.
Unlike other sites, we thoroughly test every product we review. We use industry standard tests in order to compare features properly. We’ll always tell you what we find. We never, ever accept money to review a product. Tell us what you think - send your emails to the Editor.