By Will Sullivan
Contributing Writer, [GAS]
JVC has kept a relatively low consumer electronics profile in recent years—especially compared to its glory days—e.g. basically taking a “wait-and-see” attitude during the recent Blu-ray vs. HD-DVD format war, certainly failing to keep up with its competitors on most audio/video technologies. Their HDTV offerings have been less restrained (their current L-CoS front projectors still remain the PJs to beat in terms of actual, observable contrast/shadow detail, for example). However, JVC apparently is out to give its competitors battle on multiple fronts, if their flurry of product rollouts is any indication.
Four new LCD-TVs offering Full HD (1080p) resolution, with dynamic backlight regulation for higher contrast. No word on some specifics (e.g. 120Hz capability, claimed contrast specs, prices, etc.), but availability was given: LT-32J300 (32″ class): March; LT-42J300 (42″ class): March; LT-46J300 (46″ class): March; LT-52J300 (52″ class): August. Additionally, the new LT-42B300 (42″ class) will include a built-in Blu-ray player. Availability: June.
Count ’em: 8! Eight new “Everio”-branded camcorders! Ranging in price from $799 down to $299 MSRP, they also range in function and functionality, with three new Everio HD-series units capable of recording at full HD (1920 X 1080p) in the expanded x.v. Color-space and with newly-designed Konica-Minolta lenses, and with storage ranging from flash memory (SDHC cards) or—uniquely, I believe, a combo of SDHC and hard drives (120GB or 60GB); three new Everio G-series units that are standard-def, and all of which offer the combo SDHC/hard-drive combo storage capability, in sizes of 60GB, 80GB and 120GB, with the top two models offering upconversion to 1920 x 1080p and output to HDTVs (no substitute for actual HD-recording, btw); the Everio S-series, with two standard-def models, and storage of the top unit being two SDHC card slots (the lower-end unit offers an SDHC slot and 16GB of internal memory).
[Read: JVC Press Release]
Finally, a JVC Blu-ray player in the U.S. The XV-PB1 standalone player will offer BD- Live interactivity and Net options, retail at an MSRP of $299, be available in March, and offer AVCHD playback—perhaps from vids you’ve created on your new Everio camcorder; the HTIB (Home Theater in a Box) Blu-ray offering is named the TH-SB100, and offers BD-Live, and a 3.1 “soundbar”-style speaker system up front, with a wireless subwoofer (but do remember the power cord, natch), for an MSRP of $699. No word on whether either Blu-ray system offers onboard support for DTS-HD or Dolby Tru-HD, as Engadget notes.
More HTIB (Home Theatre in a Box) Offerings
With a total of four more HTIB on offer, other than the blu-ray-equipped TH-SB100, there’s something for anyone searching at the low end of the home-theater spectrum—three 5.1 channel systems and one 2.1 channel system: As engadget.com relates, “the TH-G31, TH-G41 and TH-G51 are all based around upconverting DVD decks. The TH-G41 and TH-G51 models add a repeating HDMI input and iPod/iPhone connectivity — complete with a display of the iPod/iPhone UI — into the mix. Capping off the tippy-top of the line, the TH-G51 also sports wireless surround speakers. If your fashion sensibilities are even more stringent than wireless surrounds, you might be able to accept the move to the 2.1-channel, so slim it’s wall-mountable NX-T10. Don’t run away from the 2.1-channel spec just yet — the speakers are omnidirectional, so you’ll still get some sense of envelopment.”
Car Audio: In-dash Receivers
Get out your calculators, again, or just remember the number of Everio camcorders we tallied a while back subtract one, and you’ll get: seven: 7 new JVC in-dash units. The flagship is probably of the most interest, as it’s fully-featured (in terms of audio only), and MSRPs at only $269—it’ll street for a lot less, believe it. On offer are 4 X 50 Watt (@ 4 ohm impedance) MOSFET amp channels in the KDR-900, along with CD playback, of course, two USB 2.0 ports, parametric EQ, Bluetooth, and a nice touch-functional-looking remote. For full deets on this and the other six, hit the read link!
[Read: JVC Mobile Press Release]
The end of the JVC buffet—for now!