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JVC Shows Slim-Cabinet D-ILA TVs

12/14/2006 12:12:00 PM Eastern

New York – JVC unveiled here a pair of 1080p HD-ILA rear projection televisions, employing a new light-engine design that enables super slim cabinets suitable for wall mounting.

The Slim HD-ILA series will include the 58W-inch HD-58S998 ($3,299.95 estimated selling price) and 65W-inch HD-65S998 ($4,199.95), with cabinet depths of 10.7 and 11.6 inches, respectively.

JVC said the new light-engine design will allow side heat dissipation and side-mounted inputs/outputs to accommodate wall mounting, in a fashion similar to flat-panel TVs, but at reduced cost for big-screen applications.

The sets are also suitable for placement on stands designed for flat panel TVs.

The new optical engine design uses a concave mirror that allows a wider projection angle, JVC said. This reduces the projection distance by about 40 percent.

 
JVC’s Fumi Usuki, production planning manger, Michael Holmes, consumer display VP, and Dan McCarron, national product manager unveil the JVC HD-58S998.

As with previous 1080p D-ILA models, the full 1920-by-1080p images will be delivered, using three JVC D-ILA micro devices.

The HD-58S998 is slated to ship to dealers in January, and the HD-65S998 will be available in March.

Meanwhile, JVC unveiled a 1080p D-ILA front projector for home theater applications.

The DLA-HD1 (shipping in February at $6,299.95) produces a 15,000:1 native contrast ratio through a new .7-inch D-ILA panel and light engine design that does not require an iris.

The company claims this will yield strong black levels, and the “the industry’s highest” contrast performance, without sacrificing brightness performance.

The projector will use a 2x Fujinon zoom lens, and can be easily mounted on a ceiling or tabletop. Lens shift is said to be 80 percent vertical and 34 percent horizontal.

Michael Holmes, JVC consumer display VP, said the projector will be the first for the company’s consumer electronics division. Previously, projectors using JVC’s D-ILA technology had been marketed exclusively through the professional products group, which continues to serve commercial, industrial and custom installation accounts.

Holmes said the DLA-HD1 will be directed at consumer electronics retailers including specialty A/V dealers and regional and national chains that have added custom-installation services.

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