However, while there are certainly many plasma and even quite a number of LCD TVs now outgunning the 47DV8BJ on black level, I’m tempted to argue that the JVC’s deficiencies in this department aren’t actually bad enough to stop its pictures rating as very presentable indeed for its money.
Or rather, I would be tempted to make that argument in the 47DV8BJ’s defence were it not for the fact that the set also suffers with two other key black level weaknesses: a very limited viewing angle that sees dark areas greying over quite dramatically, and light leakage.
This latter phenomenon finds dark scenes afflicted by pools of yellowy light seeping across the outer edges of the picture, especially in the top right and bottom left corners. These pools aren’t as far-reaching or aggressive as with the recently reviewed Sony KDL-46W4500, but they’re still impossible to ignore – and therefore distracting – during any really dark scenes, such as the one in the prison cell near the start of ”Batman Begins” where Wayne is first approached by Henri Ducard.
I guess the extreme vibrancy of the 47DV8’s pictures counters the light seepage problem to some extent, especially if you’re likely to predominantly use the set for watching the usually bright material of daytime TV, or playing console games. But it’s hard to imagine that anyone bagging a 47in TV wouldn’t have at least some film-viewing ambitions, and for these sort of viewers the light pooling issues could become infuriating.
Making this flaw all the more frustrating is the 47DV8’s really excellent audio. The speakers protruding from the TV’s bottom edge are unfeasibly powerful considering how unassuming they look, pumping out a soundstage of exceptional size packed with detail, clarity, clear and believable voices, and even that rarest of flat TV commodities, bass.
In some ways the 47DV8 is a terrific LCD bargain, serving up a truly huge and at times spectacularly good image alongside some of the best sound we’ve heard at any price. But its lack of 1080p/24 support is bound to count against it among the AV cognoscenti, and the set’s light-pooling problems will likely at least occasionally trouble anyone, cognoscenti or otherwise.