Next month, JVC will begin shipping its first of two HD-ILA 1080p wall-mountable rear-projection models boasting dramatically reduced cabinet depth, weight and power consumption, along with a newly designed optical engine that also improves image contrast. The 58-inch HD-58S998 ($3,299.95) will be joined in March by the 1080p 65-inch HD-65S998 ($4,199.95). Both use chassis that are 40 percent shallower than conventional microdisplays, says the company; a traditional 58-inch microdisplay is 18 3/4 inches deep, while JVC’s 58-inch set is 10 3/4 inches deep.
The slim profiles, said JVC, will permit their wall mounting with the use of an optional JVC adapter, or their placement nearly flush against a wall without having to hollow out a space in the wall for a custom-installed look. The sets include a unique cable management system, side-located connections and a heat-dissipation scheme, all of which add to their versatility of placement.
The optical engine on the sets, the first in JVC’s new Ultra Slim HD-ILA line, uses a concave mirror, where the beam is focused or “summarized” before it reaches the screen. It’s then projected onto a small mirror which, in turn, relays the image to the screen. This engine, combined with a refracting lens, creates a projection angle that is 138 degrees wider and 1.5 times greater than previous JVC technology could achieve, according to the company.
JVC said the 58-inch, in early testing against a comparably-sized plasma panel, used 230 watts (with a finalized peak spec of 219 watts), compared with 683 watts for a 58-inch PDP, offering a considerable savings in energy costs.
Both sets use three native 1920x1080p JVC D-ILA devices, and JVC’s Genessa 32-bit CPU video processing combined with the company’s fifth-generation Digital Image Scaling Technology (D.I.S.T.). Also being offered as options are cosmetically matching stands (RK-CSLM8) and a wall-mount adapter (TS-CP01WG).