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JVC BlackCrystal JLE47BC3001 Review

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We liked what we saw, but some of the marketing ploys don't match up with our testing.

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Science Introduction

The color quality was a standout feature on the JVC JLE47BC3001, with accurate and consistent performance. Viewing angle was also respectable, which is rare for an LCD television. Unfortunately, we found these positive qualities were dragged down by sub-par motion performance and an image that lacked proper contrast.

Color

This JVC displays a highly accurate range of colors.

The international standard color gamut for HDTVs is called Rec. 709. The BlackCrystal JLE47BC3001 matches up to this standard almost perfectly, meaning that most colors should display as the original content creator intended them. The only issue we could consistently find is in the blue values; they're undersaturated, which can make certain scenes look less vibrant than they should be. It's not noticeable in everyday use, though, and it's the kind of thing that you'd really only pick up on when comparing the television side-by-side with a better model.

Contrast

A subpar black level ruins this contrast.

Contrast ratio is comprised of two parts: a strong peak brightness, and a very deep black level that still retains detail. When you compare the two numbers together, you get the contrast ratio for a television. The BlackCrystal JLE47BC3001 has a very strong peak brightness value, but it doesn't do nearly as well on the opposite end of the spectrum. With a black level of 0.24 cd/m2, this JVC panel is simply too bright in the shadow areas to hang with the competition. Its 1551:1 contrast ratio isn't terrible on paper, but it's only that high thanks to a very high peak brightness. The result is a flat, muddled mess without the rich blacks and smooth gradation that characterize better televisions.

A subpar black level ruins this contrast.

 Contrast ratio is comprised of two parts: a strong peak brightness, and a very deep black level that still retains detail. When you compare the two numbers together, you get the contrast ratio for a television. The BlackCrystal JLE47BC3001 has a very strong peak brightness value, but it doesn't do nearly as well on the opposite end of the spectrum.   With a black level of 0.24 cd/m 2, this JVC panel is simply too bright in the shadow areas to hang with the competition. Its 1551:1 contrast ratio isn't terrible on paper, but it's only that high thanks to a very high peak brightness. The result is a flat, muddled mess without the rich blacks and smooth gradation that characterize better televisions.

Uniformity

Edge-lit displays are great for keeping panels thin and slim, but they hinder image uniformity.

The JVC BlackCrystal JLE47BC3001 offers some strong performances in our tunnel contrast and white falloff tests, but it struggles to uniformly illuminate the display. This is due to the edge-lit construction of the panel. There just doesn't seem to be enough light to go around, resulting in a picture that had some evidence of flashlighting. With most types of content this isn't noticeable, but it can be quite distracting when viewing dark scenes or the credits roll at the end of movies, if you're into that sort of thing.

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