JVC ANNOUNCES 2007 LINE OF NEW DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT PRODUCTS}
High Definition and Next Generation Technologies Take Center Stage with the
Introduction of JVC’s New 2007 Product Line-Up
LAS VEGAS, January 7, 2007 — JVC today unveiled its 2007 line of digital entertainment products in conjunction with the 2007 International Consumer Electronics Show (CES). For 2007, JVC will field a line that positions the company at the forefront of advanced-technology design and engineering, delivering expanded performance capabilities, operational versatility, and unmatched ease of use to consumers.
JVC’s 2007 display product line-up reflects its 10 years of HD-ILA technology innovation. Among its many product highlights, JVC will introduce two new Slim HD-ILA Rear Projection HDTVs and a full HD D-ILA home theater projector that delivers the industry’s highest native contrast ratio. JVC will also debut its newest innovation in home audio, its networked Sophisti Home Entertainment Systems. JVC will expand its Everio hard drive camcorder lineup with the debut of the HD Everio, a new high definition hard drive camcorder that provides full HD video quality combined with the convenience of hard drive recording. In addition, JVC will also showcase additions to its Made for iPod audio products, as well as new DVD recorders and players.
“For 2007 JVC is out in front with truly one-of-a-kind breakthrough products”, said Craig Geiger, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, JVC Company of America. “These include our Slim HD-ILA sets that bring real innovation to the rear projection TV category, an HD Everio that for the first time brings full HD recording to consumer camcorders, and our new front projector that sets a performance benchmark in that category.”
New HD Everio — World’s First Full HD 1920x 1080i Consumer Camcorder
JVC expands its award-winning Everio hard drive camcorder family with the addition of the HD Everio GZ-HD7, a new high definition camcorder that provides full HD 1920x1080i video quality combined with the convenience of hard drive recording. Designed to enable consumers to conveniently capture and share their memories in high definition without the need for removable tapes or discs, the HD Everio offers consumers the simplicity of a point-and-shoot camcorder combined with the features, technology and manual controls that appeal to the serious videographer.
With a 60GB built-in hard drive the JVC HD Everio provides up to five hours of full HD 1920x1080i recording. To ensure the best possible image quality, it features three CCDs and a Fujinon lens. Other features include optical image stabilization, a full array of manual controls, multiple digital connections, bundled editing and archiving software, and availability of an optional HD Everio SHARE STATION for easily transferring footage to disc.
Slim HD-ILA Rear Projection HDTVs
JVC brings a new profile to the rear projection TV category with a pair of new sets in its HD-ILA line that features dramatically reduced cabinet depth. Two screen sizes will be offered, 58 and 65 inches, with cabinet depths of 10.7 and 11.6 inches, respectively. The new shallow cabinet is made possible by the development of a new optical engine, which will be offered in two new HD-ILA televisions — the 58-inch HD-58S998 and the 65-inch HD-65S998.
Both sets each use three native 1080p JVC D-ILA devices, LCOS (liquid crystal on silicon) technology developed by JVC that is renowned for its close pixel spacing, which delivers a bright, high contrast, smooth image. These devices are used in a new JVC-developed optical engine that combines a new concave mirror with the refracting lens to create a projection angle approximately 138 degrees wider and about 1.5 times greater than previous JVC technology. The wide projection angle reduces the projection distance by about 40 percent, allowing JVC to slim down the set considerably. In addition, compared to other rear projection systems that use a convex mirror, the use of a concave mirror allows the mirror to be positioned lower relative to the optical engine. This results in a shallower cabinet and allows the cabinet area below the screen to be no taller than on other JVC HD-ILA sets.
JVC Full HD D-ILA Home Theater Projector Combines High Performance and Broad Appeal
The new DLA-HD1 is a full HD front projector with a native contrast ratio of 15,000:1 — the industry’s highest native contrast ratio and a level that ensures outstanding black reproduction without sacrificing picture brightness since there is no iris mechanism.
The high native contrast ratio is achieved through the combined use of a new 0.7-inch full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels) D-ILA device and a new optical engine. Like all D-ILA-based JVC front projectors and rear projection televisions, the DLA-HD1 uses three D-ILA devices — one each for red, green and blue color reproduction. To further enhance the projector’s appeal to a wide audience, it offers a 2x zoom lens, a lens shift mechanism, and front fan intake and exhaust for placement flexibility, so its use is not limited to a dedicated home theater room. In addition, the ultra high-pressure mercury lamp is easily accessible from a side panel.
Sophisti Home Theater Systems: Striking Design Meets Outstanding Performance
JVC’s Sophisti line includes two models, the DD-8 and the DD-3. Each are completely new types of living-room entertainment, featuring a Network Media Player that serves as the nerve center of the home entertainment set up, allowing consumers to retrieve music files, movies, digital images and other digital files stored on their computer. In keeping with the systems’ ease-of-use concept, both feature JVC front surround technology, so there’s no need for rear speakers and the placement problems they often create. Both systems are designed to complement the latest generation of flat panel TVs, with a sleek, low profile main unit and slim, elegantly designed speakers, all in black and silver.
Both systems use the same JVC Network Media Player, which, in addition to playback of digital files stored on a computer, offers USB Host, allowing a wide range of digital devices to be connected directly to the system, including flash audio players, USB drives, digital cameras and card readers. The player is also DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance) certified, which means that files can be accessed from other DLNA-compliant devices. The main unit also includes a DVD player, and built-in decoding of Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II soundtracks. An HDMI interface ensures that the best possible signal is sent to the connected display. Operation of all functions is convenient and easy using the Sophisti remote control and user-friendly on-screen interface. Total system power, including the powered subwoofer, is 220 watts.
JVC 2007 Products Set New Standards for Audio and Video Enthusiasts
JVC will also featuring a wide array of audio and video products during CES 2007 including a new line of surround sound home theater systems, additions to the Made for iPod line of audio products, additions to the Everio G series of hard drive camcorders, as well as new DVD recorder and player products that offer consumers enhanced digital media playback and recording features.
About JVC Company of America
JVC Company of America, headquartered in Wayne, New Jersey, is a division of JVC Americas Corp., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Victor Company of Japan Ltd., and a holding company for JVC companies located in North, Central, and South America. JVC distributes a complete line of video and audio equipment, including high definition displays, camcorders, DVD players and recorders, satellite systems, home and portable audio equipment, mobile entertainment products and recording media. For further product information, visit JVC’s Web site at http://www.jvc.com or call 800-526-5308.
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