Preparing yourself for the imminent high definition revolution? Well, we have a couple of extra analogue TVs to add to your Watch List - the JVC LT-32A61 and the LT-26A61, a 32in and 26in pair of HD-ready LCDs.
Top of their brag list are tip-top W-XGA (366 x 768 pixel) panels which should get the most out of the Beeb and Sky’s ultra detailed channels when they finally launch services later this year.
The pair come equipped with component and DVI inputs, which are compatible with virtually every flavour of hi-def under the gogglebox sun – provided you use a DVI-to-HDMI cable to plug in gear such as the Sky HD box or the Telewest TVDrive. The only thing the JVC duo won’t do is 1080p, the highest of the hi-def formats, but that’s no great shakes. So far, Sony’s Playstation 3 is the only UK gadget we know that’ll use 1080p.
Naturally, picture processing is also part of the bargain, so – if JVC’s boffins have got it right – you should enjoy mighty fine picture quality, free of noise and nasty image artefacts.
Whether these newcomers have what it takes to beat Sony’s all-conquering Bravias and Panny’s pedigree-packing Vieras remains to be seen. Trust us, you’ll be the first to know once we’ve had a play.
The LT-32A61 will set you back £1100 and the LT-26A61 will be a slightly more modest £800. Both models are available now. For more details click here.