There is one rather surprising and potentially demoralising weakness of the 47DV8’s image processing, however: its lack of support for the 1080p/24 signal format now output as the preferred option from the vast majority of Blu-ray players. Your only option if you want to play Blu-ray discs is to set your player to output 720p, 1080i, or 1080p/50/60Hz – none of which are ideal, for they all entail the player using its onboard processing to adjust the image from the 24fps setting the film was (most likely) encoded in.
Still, I have to say that this proved surprisingly little of a problem with both my relatively low-spec PS3 Blu-ray player and my relatively high-end – if aging – Sony BDP-S1E deck. With both units – but the latter, in particular, with its superior processing engine – the JVC presented unexpectedly clean and judder-free images from a 1080/60i output of ”Batman Begins” on Blu-ray.
This helps the set capitalise on another of its strengths, namely the ability to reproduce with good – if not quite startling – accuracy the minutiae of fine detail that makes HD pretty much the only thing we can bring ourselves to watch these days outside the confines of our test rooms. It’s worth adding, too, that the DynaPix engine is one of the better processors we’ve seen when it comes to upscaling standard definition to the screen’s Full HD pixel count, retaining more colour accuracy and introducing less video noise than many rivals.
Another strength of the 47DV8 is its brightness and colour saturation. We’re accustomed, of course, to finding LCD TVs pumping out some pretty potent brightness levels – an ability which explains why LCD TVs often have an unfair advantage over plasma ones when compared head-to-head in a retail store environment. But even by LCD’s heady standards the 47DV8BJ’s pictures can look exceptionally intense and aggressive.
This is manna from heaven if you happen to be watching an animated film or TV show, or something gaudy like ”Sky News”. But since the aggression is achieved without seriously compromising the naturalism of subtler colours such as skin tones, it also helps normal films and TV shows look pleasingly dynamic.
Or that’s the case, at least, as long as the scenes you’re watching within those films and TV shows are predominantly bright. For unfortunately the 47DV8BJ exhibits an all-too-familiar failing during dark scenes (or even dark parts of predominantly bright shots): washed out black levels.
And so as Bruce Wayne’s family is killed in the alley outside the opera house, the black colours of their suits and the night sky behind them both look slightly grey and, as a result, lacking in texture detail. To some extent the greyness also reduces the image’s sense of depth, denying Christopher Nolan’s outstanding recreation of Gotham some of its ‘wow’ factor.