Before we start to get into the real nitty gritty of what makes the 65DS8DDJ ‘tick’, it’s worth pausing here for a moment to reflect on a couple more rather key up-front points: the TV’s 65in screen size, and its £2000 price. For it’s in the combination of a vast screen size and low price (relative to what you’d pay for a similarly large flat TV) that the greatest continuing appeal of rear projection lies.
In other words, unless you go the fiddly, hard to accommodate route of a front projector system, there’s simply no other way to get 65 inches of pictures into your living room without spending vast amounts of cash. And in the ‘size matters’ world of home cinema, that argument surely still carries plenty of weight.
Having built the 65DS8DDJ up so nicely, though, I have to now immediately report a disappointment with the set’s connectivity: the presence of just two HDMIs. What’s more, these HDMIs are built to the v1.2 spec rather than the more recent v1.3, and so can’t handle the Deep Color enhanced picture format now output by a handful of devices – including, ironically, two of JVC’s own camcorders, the Everio HD5 and HD6.
Even more upsetting, the TV can’t read 1080p/24 feeds via its HDMIs, meaning the TV can’t accept the purest form of video output possible from the majority of today’s Blu-ray players. Instead you have to set your Blu-ray player to convert its images to 1080p/60/50 for output. Boo.
However, things perk up considerably with the discovery that the TV’s native resolution is a full HD 1,920 x 1,080, while its claimed contrast ratio is a more than respectable 10,000:1.
There is a slight catch with this contrast ratio, though, in that it’s only derived with the assistance of a manual iris adjustment, so that you can dim the picture to obtain a better black level. Given the superb native contrast performance of JVC’s HD1 front projector, it seems strange to me that you should have to mess about with dimming the screen’s brightness in this rear pro incarnation. But there you go.
Another significant feature of the 65DS8DDJ is its DynaPix HD processing. DynaPix HD is a proprietary JVC system that incorporates Digital Image Scaling Technology (DIST) for enhanced resolution and clarity, as well as elements focussed on improving colours and reducing noise.
Also there to help with reducing noise is an optional MPEG noise reduction system for reducing the blocking and shimmering that can afflict low-quality digital broadcasts.
Actually, the fact that the 65DS8DJJ receives digital broadcasts at all is itself a boon, for a digital tuner was conspicuously absent from JVC’s previous D-ILA rear projection range.
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