updated 12:45 pm EST, Thu December 14, 2006
JVC Low-Profile HDTVs
Electronics giant JVC on Thursday revealed two new HDTVs that it claims are some of the thinnest rear-projection LCD sets in the world. Both the 58-inch HD-58S998 and the 65-inch HD-65S998 have a newly-revised concave mirror and optical engine that dramatically widens the projecting angle, allowing JVC to reduce the depth of the cabinet on a similarly massive scale. The largest of the two sets is 11.6 inches thick, making both screens thin and light enough to safely rest on stands designed for direct-view LCD and plasma displays, according to the company. Their heat management also vents hot air to the sides rather than the back and opens the possibility of wall-mounting the cabinet.
Read through for more details and a profile photo illustrating the thinness of the S998 line.
The TV maker also stresses image quality as crucial to the new sets, as both use the company's liquid crystal on silicon (LCoS) technology in tandem with the most recent Genessa processor and a smart iris system to generate a 10,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio. The use of Genessa also scales every image properly to the sets' native 1080p resolution and is useful for adapting ATSC (HD) and NTSC broadcasts received by the built-in tuner. JVC promises the 58-inch variant will be ready in January for $3,300, while the 65-inch set should ship in March for $4,200.