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JVC's New HD 61Z786

n7tb
05-16-2005, 12:20 AM
I had been following the review of the previous model, the HD 61Z585 on a different board. (http://forum.ecoustics.com/bbs/messages/2/69211.html) for about 6 months. Those models had some problems early on but more recent ones seemed to be good HDTV's. I decided to wait for the second generation of the rear projection TV's (JVC has been using LCOS/DILA in front projectors for several years). I purchased the HD 61Z786, the all black model, at Video Only in Salem, OR a week ago. I could not be happier.

The color is smooth and dazzling. I did not want to touch a DLP TV because I did not want to take a chance that someone else in my family might see the rainbows. I found out yesterday that my daughter sees them, so it was a good choice to go with the three chip DILA TV. It is bright and has many inputs. The manager at Video Only told me that folks come in to buy a DLP or LCD tv, but when they take a look at the JVC, they switch. He told me that they sell JVC 5 to 1 over all other brands. I spent 6 months looking at all the top HDTV's and reviews before the purchase. It looks like JVC has a real winner in this second generation HDTV.

For those of you still on the fence, you may want to look at this model of JVC. It looks like JVC learned a bunch between this model and the previous one.

Rogerman
05-16-2005, 07:33 PM
I purchased the HD 61Z786, the all black model, at Video Only in Salem, OR a week ago. I could not be happier.

The color is smooth and dazzling. ......It looks like JVC has a real winner in this second generation HDTV.

For those of you still on the fence, you may want to look at this model of JVC. It looks like JVC learned a bunch between this model and the previous one.

Congratulations!! Did they have a matching stand made by JVC or did you just improvise?
Roger

n7tb
05-17-2005, 07:17 PM
Hi Roger,

I actually built my stand. It is made from 3/4 hardwood plywood painted black and made the full width of the TV. it has six compartments, the top ones 4 inches high and bottom 7 inches high. There are sliding plexiglas doors in front of the compartments. The stand has 8 rollers on it so I can turn it to change the angle when more folks are watching. I also want to be able to get behind the stand from time to time. It is 16 in high which places the TV at about eye level center of screen sitting on a couch.

I am still amazed at the quality of the image. SD is really quite acceptable when viewing analog driectly from cable and not through STB.

petej
05-17-2005, 08:38 PM
Excellent news. I'm waiting for the slightly smaller 52G786. Hopefully it will be out within a few weeks. Maybe I'll see if I can special order it. Besides the picture quality, I really like the inputs/outputs -- very versatile.

Tecumseh
05-17-2005, 09:19 PM
I wish you well with the new model but I jumped on the bandwagon with JVC after never hearing about D-ILA and then I proceeded to do my lengthy research on it
and the 1st generation had many many problems. As a result, I have turned away from JVC. Did they improve anything or change anything since the first models?
Again,
I hope it is a fabulous tv for you and your family.
Tec

Rogerman
05-18-2005, 04:44 PM
Excellent news. I'm waiting for the slightly smaller 52G786. Hopefully it will be out within a few weeks. Maybe I'll see if I can special order it. Besides the picture quality, I really like the inputs/outputs -- very versatile.

Yes, the second generation sounds promising. I was at a specialty video store today and the guy said: You looking for LCOS?? Wait till you see the upcoming Hitachi LCOS...you'll be wowed!!! All the better. I wonder if JVC's lamp will last longer than a DLP one. Anyone know? Apparently the Hitachi was shown at a CES and the guys there had seen it and were raving about it; to be marketed in the fall of this year apparently.
Roger

Rogerman
05-18-2005, 05:03 PM
I purchased the HD 61Z786, the all black model, at Video Only in Salem, OR a week ago. I could not be happier. The color is smooth and dazzling.

I have a couple of questions, please:
Is there any fan noise? The Mitsi DLPs have been known to have quite some fan noise.
What did the salesman say is the expected lamp life?
Is the sound good, and if so is it 30 watts a channel, more, or less? I know there is a subwoofer out, I'm sure it will require a powered subwoofer, right? (my old Sony XBR 32" TV has a variable audio out to which I hooked up a subwoofer and my goodness I don't at all miss having a home stereo hooked up to that TV the sound is so good....
Thanks
Roger

n7tb
05-18-2005, 06:47 PM
I believe that the audio output is 10 watts per channel. I have my cable box optical output going directly into my receiver so I run a home theater. My powered subwoofer is attached to my receiver. I cannot comment about how the overall audio of the TV is working as a home theater itself.

In reference to Techumeh, yes indeed there was some problems with the first generation JVC, especially any builds before August and then some recall for a wire from November builds back. That is why I waited for the second generation to come out. As far as the Hitachi LCOS, sounds like someone else has seen the value of the LCOS technology. At some point a person needs to make a decision. I had been looking since September 2004 and decided to not wait any longer.

Regarding bulb life, time will tell. I have a 5 year warranty on the bulb, so that is not a big issue for me. 5 years from now, the technology may be such that it would be time to make a change anyway.

So far so good.

deanbrew
05-20-2005, 02:27 PM
I am still amazed at the quality of the image. SD is really quite acceptable when viewing analog driectly from cable and not through STB.

What is your viewing distance? I have pretty much decided on the JVC D-ILA, either the 52" or the 61" or the upcoming 56", but I'm a little concerned about watching fuzzy SD programs if I go too big with the screen. I'm still debating screen size.

Also, Regarding bulb life, time will tell. I have a 5 year warranty on the bulb, so that is not a big issue for me.

What warranty did you get that covers bulb life? Does it cover everything else, too? How much did it cost?

Thank you for your first post - making me feel more comfortable about buying the new JVC.

RSawdey
05-20-2005, 03:37 PM
To a certain extent, buying an HDTV means your SDTV is going to look fuzzy... just because of the comparison. When you switch from viewing HD to SD on the same screen & it's suddenly got only 1/5 the pixels it's GOING to look fuzzy... because it IS fuzzy, in comparison.

Optimum viewing distance is about 1.5 times the diagonal with HDTV, 2.5 times the diagonal with SDTV.