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JVC LT-32J300 LCD HDTV Review

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The JVC LT-32J300 is a pretty vanilla set. Other than the USB port, there isn't a lot to draw users in.

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Motion

Motion Summary
{{article.attachments['jvc-lt-32j300-vanity.jpg']}}• Moving images suffer from heavy blurring. • Minor artifacting present, mainly shuddering. • Enable Natural Cinema mode if you plan on watching 24fps or 3:2 pulldown. • Testing done with DisplayMate.
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Motion Smoothness*(6.0)*


The LT-32J300 is not the best at handling moving objects. For this score, we display a static picture that moves around the screen, similar to a DVD player's default screen saver. In the LT-32J300's case, the picture showed significant blurring. We also try this test with a grid of color swatches, which left off-color trails behind them as they moved. Finally we display a series of gradients and thin lines. While we definitely saw more blurring, we didn't see anything else too wildly our of order.

Motion Artifacting*(6.63)*


Artifacting is a term that refers to anything that shows up on the screen that shouldn't be there. The main cause of artifacting is the TV's processor. The main issue we saw with the LT-32J3000 was shuddering. If an item has an area of high contrast, that area will appear to shudder. The shuddering effect was mainly present on 1080i playback, but, oddly enough, none of the smaller formats.

3:2 Pulldown & 24fps*(7.5)*


The terms '3:2 pulldow' and '24fps' refer two different ways of emulating film quality. Broadcast HD signals will always be 60fps, so if you want a classic film feel instead of modern-day smoothness, you should choose to display your media in 24fps.

A few words of wisdom: enable Natural Cinema mode. It's in the menu. If this feature isn't enabled, the TV will do scary things when trying to play back 1080i content, especially if there are small patterns with alternating black and white lines. While we definitely appreciate the 24fps mode, we would've appreciated it slighly better had the functionality been automatic. When you turn on a movie that's supposed to be in 24fps, Natural Cinema mode won't automatically engage. This is our main gripe with the way the LT-32J300 manages 24fps.

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Sections

  1. Tour & Design
  2. Calibration
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Remote Control
  8. Audio
  9. Connectivity
  10. Menus & Interface
  11. Formats & Media
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Conclusion & Comparisons
  14. Series Comparison
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