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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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Viewing Effects

Viewing Effects Summary
{{article.attachments['jvc-lt-32j300-vanity.jpg']}}• Viewing angle is average for an LCD, but bad compared to all HDTVs. • Screen diffuses light well, but doesn't stop screen obfuscation. • As always, we've done our testing with DisplayMate.
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Viewing Angle*(6.33)*


For this test we rotate a fancy camera around a TV and find the point at which contrast reaches 50%. Beyond that point, picture quality will be pretty bad.

The JVC LT-32J300 reached the 50% contrast point about 32º from dead center, for a total viewing angle of 64º. This was a below average result, but compared to other LCDs, it wasn't that bad. Typically LCDs have a significantly worse viewing angle than plasma TVs, and the LT-32J300 sticks to the status quo.

Colors held up pretty well under various viewing angles. They didn't get washed out or succumb to solarization (when the colors invert), which puts it ahead of the game compared to other LCDs.

Overall, the LT-32J300 wasn't bad for an LCD, but be sure to sit your couch far enough away from the TV so people on the edges are stuck with bad picture quality.

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Reflectance*(6.0)*


The JVC LT-32J300's screen diffuses light well. This is better than the alternative, a reflective screen, which would keep the details of the light and make it appear more prominent. This being said, the diffused light takes up a good portion of the screen and can still be fairly distracting. The same goes for pretty much all TVs, the LT-32J300 included: don't put this in an area that catches a lot of direct sunlight. While the reflection won't be terrible, it will still be distracting.

Video Processing*(1.25)*


HDTVs love adding in video processing features, because they look great in advertisements. Unfortunately, most of them really don't do much. In this section we examine such features and try to determine if they have any actual effect on picture quality. 

Setting Claimed Function Our Impression
Color Management 'Compensate for dull colors so they are reproduced with natural hues.' We didn't notice a difference.
Dynamic Gamma 'Prevents 'muddiness' and preserves detail in very dark and/or very bright  areas. Normally, this feature should be left On for optimum picture quality.' There was some brightening on dark areas; doesn't do much.
Smart Picture 'Automatically adjusts the brightness level, suitable for what you are watching.' We didn't notice a difference.
Digital VNR 'Change the effect of the Digital VNR (Video Noise Reduction).' This feature slightly reduces noise.
MPEG NR_ 'This function effects the block noise removal and mosquito NR (Noise Reduction) simultaneously.' We didn't notice a difference.

 

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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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