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JVC XiView LT-42WX70: When we pay for a XiView, we expect to be able to see the sea

The JVC XiView LT-42WX70 forms part of a modular TV system, with extra colours for photographers. If that doesn't sound like your cup of tea, never mind -- there's Fawlty Towers gags

More exciting TV news from JVC! The LT-42WX70 forms the centrepiece of a modular home entertainment system with one eye on the photographer, designed to give you the freedom to move all the kit around as you want it. JVC calls it 'layout free', which doesn't quite make sense, but we'll let that go.

JVC reckon the WX70 will be perfect for the dSLR camera user, with a DynaPix HD engine under the bonnet giving accurate colour reproduction, and a wider colour gamut than most. This means it displays more colours -- achieving 100 per cent sRGB and HDTV, and 96 per cent Adobe RGB colour spaces, fact fans -- so should give more accurate representation of your pictures. JVC claims you will get perfect colour consistency between camera and screen, so the image you capture will be what you see on your TV.

The WX70 can be used as a monitor as well as a TV for those with an interest in photography. In fact, it's at the heart of a modular range of equipment. From March you will be able to mix and match telly, speaker bar and tuner. Later in the year there'll be a tuner with a hard-disk drive, and a tuner with a DVD player. Meanwhile freesat, Blu-ray and Internet-enabled tuners are on the roadmap.

The 1080p WX70 is part of the new XiView range. That's pronounced 'sea view'. This is disappointing. When we pay for a sea view we expect to be able to see the sea -- which is generally found, as Basil Fawlty would no doubt point out, between the land and the sky.

When the WX70 arrives in spring what might you expect to see on it? Sydney Opera House, perhaps? The hanging gardens of Babylon? Herds of wildebeest sweeping majestically by? Prices are unavailable as yet, but don't expect a reduction because Krakatoa's not erupting at the moment...