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D-ILA TVs Return As JVC Bows 2004 Lineup

1/23/2004 12:43:00 PM Eastern

Las Vegas - JVC formally announced here this month its plan to re-introduce consumer rear projection HDTV displays based on its Digital Light Amplication (D-ILA) micro-display technology.

The company also said it would carry expanded lines of high-definition plasma TVs, LCD TVs and an assortment of DVD recorders, including a standalone deck, a combination DVD recorder/digital video recorder (DVR) and a combination DVD recorder/VCR. All decks will be based on the DVD-RAM recordable disc format backed by Matsushita.

JVC, which showed prototype D-ILA projection displays at CEDIA last September, said it would offer two D-ILA HDTV rear-projection monitors and two D-ILA models with built-in ATSC tuners and unidirectional CableCARD systems for digital-cable-ready capability.

Monitors will ship in July and include the 52W-inch HD-52Z575, which will carry a $4,499.99 suggested retail price and the 61W-inch HD-61Z575, which will carry a $5,499.95 suggested retail.

Fully integrated/CableCARD versions will ship in the third quarter and include the 52W-inch HD-52Z795, which will carry a $4,999.95 suggested retail, and the 61W-inch HD-61Z795, which will carry a $5,999.95 suggested retail. Both feature IEEE-1394 digital interfaces for connection to D-VHS recorders and home networking systems.

All models feature a three-chip design based on JVC’s new 0.7-inch D-ILA chips with 1,280-by-720 resolution. The D-ILA models will incorporate JVC’s Digital Image Scaling Technology (DIST) and Four-Point Color Management technology, which separately adjusts colors from four areas of the color spectrum.

JVC said its three-chip models would be value-priced relative to competing products based on one-chip micro-display systems that can’t match the color performance and/or reduced pixelization of the new D-ILA design.

Meanwhile, the company said it would offer four high-definition plasma-display models this year with HDMI/HDCP inputs. Two will feature the company’s optical wireless high-definition video transmission system and two will feature an integrated ATSC tuner with CableCARD capability.

Screen sizes include the 42W and 50W inches.

All of JVC’s HD plasma displays offer XGA resolution (1,024 by 768), D.I.S.T. upconversion and the Four-Point Color Management system.

JVC’s optical wireless HD video transmission models allow a wireless connection between sources and the display. The system includes a small transmitter and receiver to send uncompressed high-definition images with no quality loss at 1.5Gbps.

Fully integrated models will ship in July and include the PD-42X795 ($5,999.95) and the PD-50X795 ($8,999.95). Optical HD Transmission models ship in September and include the PD-42X995 ($5,999.95) and the PD-50X995 ($8,999.95).

The company will also offer a four-model LCD television line in 2004, in the 17W-, 23W-, 26W- and 32W-inch screen sizes. All have 16:9 aspect ratios and HDTV resolution.

JVC’s 26- and 32-inch LCD displays, models LT-26X575 ($2,999.95, August) and LT-32X575 ($3,999.95, July) include HDMI/HDCP inputs, D.I.S.T. and Four-Point Color Management.

The LT-17X475 ($1,099.95) and LT-23X475 ($1,999.95) will be available in February, and will feature 1,280 by 768 resolution with component video and 15-pin D-sub inputs.

JVC also announced the addition of a 30W-inch high-definition direct view monitor to its I’Art Pro line. The AV-30W575 ($1,599.95, August) features native 1,080i resolution and incorporates D.I.S.T. up-conversion technology and HDMI/HDCP input.

JVC’s DVD recorders will record on either DVD-RAM rewriteable or DVD-R write-once media. The DR-M10SL single-disc recorder will carry a $699 suggested retail, the DR-MH30S combination DVD recorder/DVR will ship in June at a $999 suggested retail and the DR-MV1S DVD recorder/VCR will ship in April at a $799 suggested retail. Both combo decks will offer bi-directional dubbing.

All models will output progressive-scan 480p signals through component video terminals, including the DVD recorder/VHS deck, which will employ a new system that up-converts VHS material to 480p resolution.