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JVC announces a pair of slim rear-projection HDTVs designed to hang on the wall.


JVC, purveyor of LCoS-based rear-projection HDTVs such as the well-performing HD-56FN97 , today announced a pair of superslim models designed to "easily fit on most stands and furniture designed for flat-panel TVs" according to the press release. The 58-inch HD-58S998 (January, $3,300 selling price) and the 65-inch HD-65S998 (March, $4,200) occupy a mere 10.7 inches and 11.6 inches of depth respectively. The company is marketing a stand (pictured, right) and a wall-mount bracket that allows these TVs to hang over the fireplace, plasma-style.

Given the fact that a comparably sized plasma, such as Panasonic's 58-inch TH-58PX60U, currently goes for about $3,300 itself, we expect JVC's "selling price" for the 58-inch model to erode pretty quickly. The price gap between 65-inch HDTVs is quite a bit wider however--Panasonic's 65-inch TH-65PX600U costs about $8,000--so the 65-inch slim JVC should be a more popular alternative in the rarified "hangable big-screen" product category. It's also worth noting that some previous attempts at superslim, wall-mountable, rear-projection HDTVs, such as RCA's HD61THW263 , compromised picture quality to a certain extent. If JVC's sets do not, and their prices fall enough to remain competitive with plasmas, they may help stave off the inevitable death of rear-projection HDTVs.

JVC also announced an "affordable" 1080p LCoS projector, the DLA-HD1 (February, $6,300), which joins the ranks of other somewhat less-expensive-than-before 1080p projectors like Sony's Pearl , Mitsubishi's HC5000BL, and Panasonic's PT-AE1000U. JVC's spec sheet trumps all of those models with a 15,000:1 contrast ratio, which the company claims is the "industry's highest without the use of an iris." We haven't tested any of JVC's LCoS front-projectors yet, since they typically have even higher price tags, but this one definitely looks interesting. There should be at least a few more 1080p projector announcements at CES in January.

About the author

Section Editor David Katzmaier has reviewed TVs at CNET since 2002. He is an ISF certified, NIST trained calibrator and developed CNET's TV test procedure himself. Previously David wrote reviews and features for Sound & Vision magazine and eTown.com. He is known to two people on Twitter as "The Cormac McCarthy of consumer electronics."


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