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I have had a 21? Toshiba television in my lounge for the last four years and while it has been very reliable and trouble free, I decided that it was time for me to move into the widescreen television age. It also meant that I could put the old 21? television in my bedroom for late night TV watching! So after doing some considerable research on the internet and trawling round a number of my local electrical retailers, I came across this JVC television in Comet. The selling price was £349 as it was a discontinued model. Although this wasn?t exactly a bargain basement price, I thought presented good value for money considering the smart look and wide range of features that the television possessed. Features These feature include, a 28? flat screen with a 56cm visible screen size, Nicam stereo with 20watt RMS output, 2 Scart sockets, AV inputs, S-Video input, Fastext with 720 text memory pages, on screen menus, 100 channels, NTSC playback , Digital video noise reduction, child lock and sleep timer. A good specification for the price I thought! In Use This television like so many others these days is presented in bright silver. It looks very smart and certainly has a more eye catching appearance in my lounge than my old black Toshiba! Widescreen TVs are physically larger units than standard televisions so it?s always worth making sure you have checked that you have enough room before you buy one. Luckily I had done my measurements and made sure it would fit! After some considerable struggling with the box and realising the thing was rather heavier than I had been expecting, the TV was finally set up? The television is supplied with quite a hefty stand which has two shelves in it. These are obviously designed for storing all your TV accessories. I appreciated the amount of space in this stand as it meant I was able to put my video, DVD and digital TV receiver in here and still have a bit of space fo
r any future additions! As with all modern televisions, once you plug in and turn on it will prompt you to start its auto setup procedure. I am a big fan of this feature as I am old enough to remember the days when you had your TV with the big dial on the front, and had to do a sort of ?safecracker? impersonation with this to get a half decent picture on the screen!! The picture on this television is very good, and it compared very favourably with the other televisions I saw in that price range on demo at Comet. Of course some images on widescreen TVs can appear to look a little bit stretched, especially if they are meant for a standard viewing screen. You do however have a number of zooming and scaling options on this television, allowing you to alter the frame size and so reduce this stretched appearance. The downside of course is that you end up with black borders around the screen so sometimes it?s just worth living with the stretched look, you get used to it pretty quickly anyway! Of course where widescreen televisions come into their own is when watching those big budget films. The widescreen effect makes so much difference to the viewing experience and it feels just that bit more like being at the cinema. Watching films with this TV and my JVC TH-A35 DVD home cinema system (perhaps you might like to take a look at my Ciao review on that system too?) really does make those watching those films much more enjoyable. At the moment I?m finding myself making excuses not to go out at the weekend, so I can stay in and watch films on this television! I don?t think that will last though as I?m not a recluse by nature!! The TV comes supplied with the standard twin speakers for running stereo broadcasts. I must admit that I am running the sound through my home cinema system, so I?ve not used the TV speakers much. I did have a quick listen to them out of interest and they seem pretty capable by themselves, so would probably be more than
adequate for anybody who is not bothered with the whole Dolby surround sound experience. The remote control is comprehensive, with inclusive DVD and video functions. Yes it?s another of those ones where you would be lost if you misplaced the thing! It is laid out in a fairly logical manner so doesn?t take too long to get used to. Conclusion I think that this is a good value television. I have been very pleased with the screen size, picture quality and features of this product. The viewing experience is certainly superior to that of my old 21? TV! As far as reliability goes, I already own a JVC video and DVD home cinema system which have been very reliable so I can?t foresee any problems with this TV. I would recommend this model to others, but as it is discontinued, you may not be able to find it now in the shops, unless you come across one like I did! It could be worth looking out for as a second hand model on places like Ebay. Thanks for reading!