JVC has revealed three new complete DVD home cinema systems offering an easy setup 5.1 surround sound package. Each, like previous models, is compatible with DVD-Audio, DVD-RAM, WMA, and DivX, but new to this year is added support for MPEG4 (for the TH-S66 and 55), DVD+R and +RW. A selection of optionally wall-mounted and/or free standing speakers provide the sound, which varies from 140W in the TH-S66 and TH-S55 to a smaller 33W in the TH-S11.
As home cinema owners will know, setting up surround sound properly is time consuming and you will always be left thinking that just a little more tweaking could radically affect the quality. Fortunately, for the less obsessive home cinema user, JVC has introduced a new “Hand Clap Setup” which will automatically set speaker levels and delays for you without need for mîcrophones, stopwatches and tape measures. The TH-S55 now comes with the Omni-Directional Surround Speaker, which has an interesting upwards facing design for wide sound dispersion.
The two larger models also benefit from 810W RMS and PAL progressive scan to generate clear pictures and reduce noise. An Ultra-High-Performance 1-Chip AV Decoder, which integrates a 12-bit/108kHz video D/A converter and other devices on a single chip further improves the image. More exciting is the Express Play Start that eliminates the long arduous wait that many DVD players suffer from when loading up a DVD.
Sadly there is no hint of prices or availability just yet.