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Considering how little time I actually spend watching T.V. I suppose the purchase of a JVC AV-24WT2EK was an extravagance. ( Even though I wangled a hefty discount, due to spotting some minor damage to the outer casing). Nor am I entirely sure, I will ever get used, to having something that would be right at home on the bridge of Captain Kirk’s Enterprise, standing in the corner of my living room. However that said. I must admit to being very pleased with the AV-24WT2EK. Which is currently hooked up to a Sharp PC651 Mini Component System (another op in the making) and a Sharp 4 head/Nicam/Stereo VCR. Which in turn means if I chose I am able to watch TV, or a video, being blasted out of my chair by Dolby Pro-logic sound surround, at one touch of the remote. The JVC itself provides a choice of SOUND. Mute and Normal. Speaks for itself. Hyper Sound. Allowing you to enjoy sounds with a wider ambience. Multi-Sound. Enables you to select stereo broadcast programmes, and bilingual programmes. ( Neat eh!) Frankly the choices, and the quality of sound, is outstanding. COLOUR. Adjust the colour to suit your mood. Cool. A cool white colour base with a boost in the colour and contrast. Creates a really vivid picture. Warm. Best for viewing films on TV. Normal. Just fiddle about with the brightness, contrast and colour levels if you are bored. OTHER FEATURES provided. A Sleep Timer. Which allows you to set the TV to turn off automatically, after a specified period of time. A Child Lock. So you can lockout some PR channels to prevent your children watching ‘THOSE’ programmes you don’t like them knowing you watch. Zoom. Allows you to change the picture format at will. So you can enlarge the picture to fill the wide TV screen (16:9 aspect ratio) Or you can stretch a normal picture (4:3 aspect ratio) to fill the wide TV screen. (Nice to see skinny Ally McBeal, become quite fat Ally McBeal.) Teletext. With all the usual features. The AV-24WT2EK has the capacity to allocate 99 PR channels. Though why anyone would want 99 channels I cannot imagine. There are enough arguments in this house over the 5 terrestrial, and umpteen satellite channels we already have to chose from. Downside. This TV set is LARGE. And it does tend to ‘stand out’ in my medium sized living room. In a smallish room it would ‘dominate’. The silver/grey outer cabinet is a bit ‘Dalek’ey’ and limits ones choice of décor. The remote control looks cheap and nasty, and the panel one needs to slide open to use the Teletext control features, is extremely flimsy. So keep out of the reach of children, or ham-fisted adults. Watching Alan Titchmarsh in widescreen with shoulders looking as broad as Arnold Schwarzenegger’s tend to detract attention from the plants. And widescreen does absolutely nothing for Carole Vordemann’s hips, Ruby Wax’s backside(Talk about in your face!), or replays of Shane Warne taking yet another English wicket. But I am getting used to it. All those strong legs, broad chests and firm buns belonging to the British Lions Rugby Union team, certainly look VERY attractive in Widescreen. Must be my age!.
The AV-24WT2EK is JVC’s cheapest widescreen TV, a 24inch model that sports a stylish slate grey finish. Its headline facility is Spatial Sound, one of JVC’s versions of pseudo surround. It works better at filling the room with sound using just the speakers built into the set than some of its more sophisticated rival systems. Picture quality is good and the set boasts a strong selection of image tweaks. The set also features a solid line-up of convenience facilities including auto set, child lock, eco mode and two Scart sockets.