Pros Wide viewing angle, no screen door, brightness, very close viewing distance possible, colors, standard definition cable images, quick source selection on remote, narrow horizontal width to screen size
Cons Some pincushion, needs another component input and another HDMI input
Summary After owning this set for three months, I LOVE this TV. I don't think CNET's editors rating methods are weighted correctly. Short story - buy this TV without reservation, it's awesome.
Four months ago, I knew absolutely zero about HDTV. All I knew was that I wanted to watch my wide screen DVDs on a widescreen TV. So I started shopping. I spent a minimum of 30 hours (probably closer to 50) looking at ALL the technologies at seven different stores, talking to everyone I could, friends, acquaintances, HDTV websites and salesmen and then diving back into looking at the TVs again and again. First thing you need to know - trying to make a decision based on what a TV looks like in the store is very risky. In many places, great TVs may only look good, even awful and poor TVs can look OK. Watch yourself.
OK - after all my work I had boiled it all down to one of three sets: the JVC LCOS, the Sony KDF55WF655 LCD and the Toshiba 52HM94 DLP and started watching them exclusively.
I axed the Toshiba for two reasons. I have a lot of ambient light and I watch football. The DLP did not cut it for watching on Saturday afternoon. It just could NOT get bright enough.
I loved the Sony. This is an excellent set, great picture, beautiful even when off but... the Sony's quality depended on two things - that you sat in it's sweet spot and not too close. After hours of looking at this set (literally) the screen door effect just finally got to me. If you never plan to sit anyone closer than 7 feet to an LCD or more than 30 degrees off center - the Sony may be the TV for you. It wasn't for me.
When I got the JVC home, all my work came to fruition. With the TV in the corner at a 45, anyone in the room can see the same quality image. The viewing angle is that good. You can sit from as close to 4 feet with an HDTV source and 6 feet with a quality DVD player ( I own a Pioneer Elite DV-59AVi hooked to the TV via component). With no Screen door effect to worry about and the awesome colors of this set, the image seems to have weight, substance. Every person coming to my house to see this set uses the word beautiful at least once. With a test pattern - I can definitely see the pincushion effect but even knowing where I need to look, it just isn't a big deal while watching anything else other than test patterns. Nature, moving images, camera lenses and angles do more to straight lines that than any pincushion effect present. I usually watch with friends about 10 feet away, but with a true HDTV signal, I can sit just 4 feet from the screen, dead center and get a good as theater viewing.
Try that with any other TV product out there. Nothing else is like this set in this price range. That's probably why SONY's $13,000 flagship qualia uses the LCOS technology instead of the LCD in their consumer sets.
Finally, after owning this set for months, I went back to the best stores to view the Sony and the Toshiba. After just a few minutes I went back home on a cloud, knowing I had made the best decision for my needs.Updated
don't listen to the naysayers that contend this set has a poor picture with a standard analog cable signal. It has excellent performance on an anolog cable even if you use a splitter.
Pros Size relative to price, brightness, color, design athetics, speaker quality, connectivity options
Cons I keep waiting for something to go wrong based on the relatively low rating and some user comments
Summary Well, I did it. I must tell you, writing this review is kind of like a rite of passage. I finally pulled the trigger on a new TV, and couldn’t be happier.
I am your basic guy... picked up a Sharp 32" TV I bought from a flea market (refurbished) for $200 back in 1995, never had any problem with it, actually thought it was a decent set. Ah, simpler times...
But when I actually decided to buy something real several months ago, I realized my knowledge of TV's was obsolete. I am fairly technical, but I wasn't prepared for all of this. Give me a break! I thought it would be basically deciding which picture I liked best at my local retail outlet, but then I realized I didn't have all of my options in front of me, and more importantly didn’t speak the language: HDTV, resolution, black levels, red push, pincushions, geometry errors, DVI, HDMI, connectivity?? What?? Don’t you just plug it in and hook up the coaxial?
The reviews on CNet were ultimately not helpful, not because they weren't insightful, but because I had no frame of reference... who are you people? Can I even trust your opinion? Are you normal like me? haha Well, there in lies the problem... as you're reading this, you have no idea who I am so I'd imagine my review is not that helpful either.
On that premise, I tried to boil this down to what is objectively true.
1. This TV has had no issues since I purchased it 3 weeks ago.
2. The picture is bright, even from 30 ft away.
3. The colors are accurate (oops, subjective)
4. No reflective protective screen shield; ambient light and daytime watching less subject to reflections
Go find this TV at a local retail shop and compare it with other DLP and LCD projection sets nearby. You need to see the picture. It is amazingly clear (as are the others) but what will sell you is the brightness. It feels like the other sets are just downright dull.
I don't know what else to say. Like you I read all the review, looked through the entire site, compared, contrasted, contemplated, worried, hesitated, asked retail sales people at dozens of places...
At the end of the day I am happy with my decision. My first HDTV was a success.
Bottom line, you can spend twice as much for a comparable size in DLP, LCD, and 5x as much for a plasma, but take my advice and save some cash with this great and underrated TV, and spend your savings on a better surround sound system.
Or for god sake man, buy your wife something – where are your priorities any way?
Pros BRIGHTNESS AND COLOR. People who come by to watch HD events are amazed by the color and brightness of this tv.
Cons Terrible standard cable 480i picture. Image looks pixelated and grainy when regular cable channels are on.
Summary First of all, I have been shopping for a HDTV for 6 mos. I have weighed the benefits from each manufacturer and based my buying decision more on what I've read rather than actual comparison of images. I went to Best Buy to compare micro-display tv's and was very disappointed to see the JVC's picture. I asked the 16yr old salesboy about the inputs that the store uses and he told me that they are unreliable and my picture will be considerably better when hooked up to quality cables at home. I was very pleased to see the quality of HD programming via monster component cables when connected to my HD cable box, however, when switching to standard 480i resolution, i am extremely disappointed. I chalked it up to being so used to HD clarity, that the "normal" 480i signal looks that much worse. The picture just looks "digital" and grainy. So now I only watch the 13 channels of HD that my cable company offers. BUT THE 16 CHANNELS ARE AMAZING.
Pros TIE WITH DLP. Reasonable price, vivid colors, bright picture(better blacks than LCD), best greys ive seen tightly packed pixels(no screendoor effect), best HDTV picture available, and smooth filmlike picture when compared to DLP's harsh jaggy edges and bl
Cons Bright Picture(lowering contrast reduces contrast ratio showing more grey instead of black, DLP has better blacks, noisy fan, examining from 3" away convergence is off a little(not noticible), have to pay $500 more for HDTV tuner and no DVI input only HDM
Pros 52 inches, no glare, crystall clear images
Cons Deep blacks are a bit muddy. THATS IT!!
Summary First I want to start off by saying I have spent ALOT of time contimplating which TV I should buy. There were even nights when I couldn't go to bed because I was still debating on which set to finally buy!
With that said, you can really trust me with my observations I have made on my 52" JVC D-ILA TV. At first I was all about the DLP. Thats all I knew. Then as I researched, I found that it wasnt all that it has been hyped up to be. I did go to Best Buy and compare the two sets and the thing that stood out most was the BRIGHTNESS of the JVC. It made the DLP sets look dull. Then I saw the Panasonic EDTV, which is a MARVELOUS plasma for the price, but I wanted something Bigger for the football games. The JVC was perfect. The only problem I've had on my TV is that the blacks on HD signals are really muddy. I was watching a space movie and I could really see the problem. Thats it though. Fan isnt that loud as people say.