JVC LT-42WX70EU review

JVC has come up with a challenger for the best top-end TVs – if only it was a little more affordable Tested at £2000.00

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Our Verdict

This JVC monitor is a fantastic product, but loses a star due to its lofty price-tag

For

  • Superb mix of deep blacks and punchy whites
  • loads of detail
  • great looks and build

Against

  • The Philips 42PFL9664, which is £500 cheaper

Loads of people never use their TV tuner, such is the proliferation of Sky, Virgin, et al. That makes a screen without one appealing. Say hello to the JVC LT-42WX70EU.

This is a premium product with a stylish chassis and fine build quality. It's slim without the stand, just over 4cm deep. A speaker is included, but you can leave it off for an extra-slinky proposition.

Technical set-up is worth it
JVC says this Full HD monitor is largely aimed at custom installers and 'home cinema experts', so calibration is a rather technical affair. Take some time with the myriad options, though, and the results are hugely impressive.

Play the Dead Snow Blu-ray and the JVC produces a picture with brilliant contrast, combining supremely punchy whites against inky black backgrounds. Detail levels are excellent, revealing all the detail in the faces of the soon-to-be-zombie-food characters.

Where the JVC can't quite match the very best in class is in motion and colour-reproduction. There's just a touch of judder to fast motion and slow pans, despite 100Hz motion processing, and skin tones are a little rosier than those from the ultra-neutral Philips 42PFL9664.

Far from a one-trick pony
Switching to DVD proves the set is far from a one-trick pony, reproducing the challenging Fast & Furious with great detail, punch and black depth. And if you don't have a speaker system, the one with the JVC is excellent by flatscreen standards.

Essentially, this is the closest rival to the Philips 42PFL9664 we've seen – and if they were the same price it would be a tough call between the two. As it is, the JVC's extra £500 makes the decision much easier.

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Specifications

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General Information

Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.jvc.co.uk
Brand NameJVC
Product TypeLCD TV
ManufacturerVictor Company of Japan, Limited
Manufacturer Part NumberLT-42WX70EU
Product NameJVC LT-42WX70EU
Product ModelLT-42WX70EU

Physical Characteristics

Height with Stand71.7 cm
Depth with Stand17 cm
Width99 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate19 kg
Depth4.3 cm
Weight Approximate13.30 kg
Width with Stand99 cm
Height60 cm
Dimensions60 cm (H): 99 cm (W): 4.3 cm (D)

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
USBNo
Total Number of HDMI Ports3

Energy and Performance

Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W

Technical Information

Aspect Ratio16:9
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Screen Size107 cm (42.1")

Video

Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Scan Format1080p