One final strength of the 65DS8DDJ’s picture is the fact that it’s free of the sort of side effects seen with other rear projection technologies, such as ‘the rainbow effect’ with DLP and the ‘chicken wire/screen door’ effect with LCD.
For all its good work, though, we can’t quite give the 65DS8DDJ’s images a complete rave review. For starters, its images can look a bit gritty when you’re watching HD and a bit ‘alive’ when you’re watching standard definition. Applying the TV’s various noise reduction elements can reduce the impact of these problems, but only at the expense of rather more sharpness than I’m comfortable with.
The image also flickers a little in a way I don’t think I’ve seen since the days of CRT technology, and can occasionally also look a touch duller in the corners than it does in the centre. Finally the screen can have the impact of its contrast reduced quite considerably by the amount of ambient light the screen reflects. In other words, you’ll need to use this TV in as dark a room as possible to get the best from it.
Turning to the 65DS8DDJ’s sound, I’m pleased to say it makes full use of the extra bulk at its disposal to produce a truly gargantuan soundstage that actually manages to match the 65in pictures for scale. And you can’t really ask for more than that!
Although its pictures aren’t quite as perfect as we’d hoped, they’re still good. And more to the point, they’re also absolutely massive – far bigger than you probably ever thought you’d be able to get for two grand. So while the 65DS8DDJ might not be one of your size zero supermodels, if you’re more interested in the sheer scale of image necessary to do home cinema properly than you are in merely saving living room space, then JVC’s HD-65DS8DDJ simply demands an audition.
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