JVC Xiview LT-42WX70 review: JVC Xiview LT-42WX70

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The Good Slim design; unusual and attractive finish; awesome colour reproduction; excellent contrast; pictures look exceptionally sharp on occasions.

The Bad Too expensive; JVC still hasn't made good on some of the TV's more extravagant promises; no built-in tuner or speakers as standard.

The Bottom Line JVC's LT-42WX70 is a brave attempt to bring something new to the TV table. The screen looks the part, and it offers plenty of innovative features. But it also suffers from a fairly serious picture flaw, and we're not convinced JVC will deliver on all of the screen's promised features

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With 42-inch TVs available for under £600 these days, it's fair to say that the JVC LT-42WX70's most outstanding feature is its eye-watering £2,000 price tag. It's just as well that the aspects you notice next about this extremely unusual 1080p LCD screen go at least some way towards explaining why JVC believes it can get away with charging so much for it.

Stylish and upgradeable
The LT-42WX70 is really quite stunning to look at. For starters, it's unusually thin, sticking out a mere 43mm around the back, and sporting a bezel that extends less than 25mm from the screen's edges. It also benefits from an attractive vinyl-like finish, and an unusual stand, with the TV attached to a tall, chunky pole.

The LT-42WX70 is designed to be, to some extent, upgradeable. For instance, you can buy it with or without its optional speaker bar, depending on whether you have an alternative audio solution or not. More intriguingly, you should also be able to decide whether you want your LT-42WX70 to come with a Freeview tuner, freesat tuner, DVD player, Blu-ray player, hard disk recorder, and so on.

This is possible because, instead of shipping the LT-42WX70 with any tuners or other functions built in, JVC has announced that it intends to offer a series of slinky external media-box options, offering a wide variety of different feature combinations.

Colour king
The LT-42WX70's other supposed killer app is its unusually comprehensive colour-handling capability. Among other talents, it's able to produce 96 per cent of the Adobe RGB colour space. That's enough, in other words, to make the screen the most accurate reproducer of digital SLR photographs yet seen in the TV world.

While this feature is interesting, we're not sure how many people will really get the most from it, given the relative expense of dSLRs. But, since each and every LT-42WX70 has its colour settings checked and tweaked by hand before it leaves JVC's factories, its video pictures also benefit from the screen's unusually expansive inherent colour range, especially as the screen goes so far as to apply 12-bit processing to the picture's red, green and blue components.

JVC has taken care to make the LT-42WX70 unusually flexible in terms of set-up. Among the most notable of its fine-tuning features are a full-on colour-management tool, extensive gamma shifting, various noise-reduction elements, and even a system for adjusting the balance of the set's white reproduction. In other words, you should be able to optimise the LT-42WX70's pictures for almost any environment.

The LT-42WX70 also employs JVC's DynaPix HD processing system, which is particularly notable for the way it sharpens up standard-definition pictures. Plus, there's apparently 100Hz processing for making motion crisper.

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