The more observant of you might have clocked from our pictures that the 32WX50 doesn’t quite retain a sub-7mm profile for its entire rear end. A section at the bottom sticks out a bit further, to around 25mm. But this is still a remarkably slim ‘maximum’ thickness, and somehow it’s the slimmer section that gives the screen its aesthetic signature.
You might expect that the slightly thicker section would play host to a tuner in the 32WX50. But actually, it doesn’t. It’s a monitor only, not a fully fledged TV – hence me (hopefully!) only calling it a screen thus far. This is actually typical of a custom installation product, where the 32WX50 will likely just be a single element within a wider home entertainment system complete with various external video sources.
What the thicker part of the TV ”does” carry, though, is a passable selection of connections, including two HDMIs, a PC RGB input, a custom install-friendly RS-232 control port, and both USB and SD card slots for playback of JPEGs. It’s a pity, I have to say, that these latter two slots can’t also handle video files, but there you go.
You might be thinking here that a screen as expensive as the 32WX50 should have more HDMIs and an Ethernet port for, say, DLNA features, or access to online content. Built-in Wi-Fi would have raised its tech credentials and boosted its wall-hanging potential too.
But while I wouldn’t entirely disagree with you about any of these omissions, JVC can probably just about take refuge in the argument that the 32WX50’s likely status as part of a wider system relieves it of some of its multimedia burdens. Still, the screen clearly needs to have something about it to justify its cost other than its installation-friendly slimness. So it’s a relief to find it sporting JVC’s latest, updated DynaPix HD video processing system.
Particularly interesting to me in this system is a new Chromaticity Point Conversion Circuit – a rather complicated sounding system for tackling the drifting and bleeding when it comes to colours that inevitably arises from the differences that exist between the colour spaces of video sources and LCD screens.
Also of interest is a new Intelligent Clear Noise Reduction engine, which takes the fairly basic idea of video noise reduction and ‘turns it up to 11’ by breaking the picture down into 16 different frequency areas, before continually applying noise reduction individually to those frequencies. If this isn’t enough processing for you, then the 32WX50 also boasts a 12-bit driver that turns 8-bit HD and DVD fodder into 12-bit Deep Colour signals.
And we’re not nearly done with the set’s colour talents yet, either. For the screen also supports wide colour gamuts, including the entire sRGB colourscape, and an impressive 90 per cent of the Adobe RGB gamut. This will have serious digital photographers drooling, since it should make the 32WX50 uniquely accomplished at portraying D-SLR photography.