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      09.07.2001 23:40
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      When my husband announced that he wanted a widescreen TV, my inital reaction was "Oh no...what do we want one of those for? Cant we just keep our normal TV?" These days I am glad that he stuck to his guns and even I can see how much better this Tv is. The TV has a flat screen which I had always thought was just to make the set look nicer. What is actually does is somehow reflect the light of the actual screen. When the sun is coming through the window, I can still see a brilliant pciture which is great news if your room is south facing! With a normal screen the best way to look at the picture is to sit right in front of it. The more off to the side you sit, the less of the screen you can see. This isnt so with a flat screen so this means that you can sit virtually anywhere in the room and still be able to see all the picture. The size of the screen itself is 28 inches and I find this just right for a normal size room. I think that if you go much bigger, you will be sitting too close to it and so not get the full benefit. The television itself is very easy to set up as you just follow very simple instructions and it is all done in a matter of minutes. The instructions are all on screen and its just a matter of pressing a few buttons on the remote control to confirm that everything is ok. There are six different size settings for the picture and these are: Normal - a standard size picture with a border at both edges. Panoramic - the picture is streched on both the left and right hand sides to fill the screen and it doesnt make things change shape! The only problem with this setting is that if you are watching something with writing at the top of the screen (like football with the scores) or something where there are sub titles then you do lose the writing as it cuts of the top and bottom of the picture. 14:9 Zoom - the wide picture is zoomed up to the upper and lower limits. We never use
      this mode as it does seem pretty pointless. 16:9 Zoom - the wide picture is zoomed up so it covers athe whole screen. We really dont like this mode as it seems to distort certain things. 16:9 Zoom subtitle - the wide picture is zoomed up so you can see any subtitles that appear but it does cut of the top of the screen. Full - a normal sized picture is stretched to fill the whole screen. This mode does sound the best but it does take some getting used to as it makes people look like they have doubled in size!! I was quite suprised at the effect that the different screen modes have on the picture and it does take a while to get used to what type of programme to watch on what mode. The setting are very easy to change so it doesnt cause much of a problem but it is frustrating to have a husband that keeps flicking the screen from one mode to another just to get it perfect! The actual picture quality itself though is crystal clear and it makes me wonder how we used to suffer watching the old TV. The TV has nicam sound which means that the speakers are built into the set. If you wish, you can link them up with your stereo but the sound is lovely on its own so we have never bothered. The sound is very clear and like the picture, has several different settings. You can alter the bass and the treble on it and it does make alot of difference. If you are listening to a music programme or a good film, then it has something called Hyper Sound. This is to give sound a wider ambience and it does work. It makes it sound like its coming from a good quality stereo rather from the TV. You do need to bear your neighbours in mind when using this mode though as the sounds really do travel!! The Tv comes with fast text, a child lock, and a sleep timer. You can set this for a maximum of two hours to go off in ten minutes increments. The TV itself is silver and although we thought it looks really lovely, my mother thought it l
      ooked old fashioned so I guess thats just a matter of taste. It comes with its own stand that sits flush with the television and has two glass shelves. I really love our new television. It has a crystal clear picture and the sound is near perfect. Although the picture settings can be annoying, you do find the right one in the end. We paid £500 for our one (I think the RRP is £650) to be quite honest, Im not sure what you are paying for when you go upto the £1000 mark. JVC has a good reputation for being reliable so hopefully we shall enjoying near perfect viewing for many years to come!

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        10.05.2001 18:20
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        First of all let me state the model of the TV I have is the AV-28WFR1EKS. The extra S on my model, compared to the model without, I think means 3d-prologic-stereo, but apart from that the models are the same. My old T.V. blew up. "Aghhhhhhhhhhhhhh," I went. I needed to buy a new one before Buffy the Vampire on Friday, and today was Sunday. My first point of call was my local newsagent where I purchased the local What Video and TV mag. It drove me mad, crazy, so many T.V.'s all reviewed great, wonderful, the only help it gave me was what T.V's not to go for(that removed about one T.V.) But then it dawned on me, I needed to get rid of the old T.V. and even though T.V's were very cheap on empiredirect, I wanted it now, and I needed the old 28inch T.V. removed with none of the hassle. Then a friend told me what I have to do, ignore the hype, the biased views and whatever I do, go down to the shops and look at them So I visited a Curry's, Comet and Tempo megastore(all in the same parade thankgod) with T.V. video mag in-hand(its amazing how the sales people leave you in peace with a mag) It just went from bad to worst I wanted to spend around £500, you could tell some looked better than others, but sometimes it was because they weren't tuned in, or the brightness not correctly set. Then I saw this T.V., 28inch JVC flat screen, dolby pro logic emulater. This emulator meant if you didn't what to buy two more speakers and trail wires around the back of your settee. It would try to emulate those two speakers by some clever sound mixing of the 3 speakers on the T.V., and yes it works quite well can't say sounds project from behind me, but it is awesome never the less. Put it this way I used to put the T.V through my Denon, now I don't. It even allows you to select the type of sound you want, music, cinema, stadium, you get the picture just like some stere
        os do. So thats the sound done. Now the picture, sharp, crisp, clear marvelous. Definition through video, T.V. and through my on-digital box wonderful. This T.V is a widescreen with an extra 112 lines put in for good measure. If you have never had a widescreen, it may take time to get used to, you have all the options to stretch the picture, or make it square from the remote, with no harsh lines when it chops. The remote control is the simplest I have ever used one menu button and an OK button, nice and simple. I mean you have channel numbers and extra controls like teletext which stores pages so they are accessed quickly, and other hidden options but there not really needed. So it sounds very good, it looks very good, remote is good. How much did I get it for £620 + 11 quid delivery bit more than my budget but worth it and if you want it for £550 than try out www.empiredirect.co.uk but read reviews about that site first on dooyoo. So any problems? Well setup of the T.V. was simple auto tuned but yet there was one problem. The T.V shelf. Instructions were good, but I knew I was in trouble when there were 3 packets of screws, twisty things and doobreys. It took 3 hours to assemble, 3 blooming hours (yes you do need a philips screwdriver) but the stand does look pretty ace. Then I had to lift the T.V. out of the box, it was 40kilos I'm a weed I couldn't do it, I needed my brother to help me but once on stand, hey it looked groovy. Techy date: The T.V. has 3 scarts one rgb, output for surround speakers, S-VHS connection and all the other standard things. Sound volumes goes to very high(I think 10 watts per speaker) and it has enviromentally friendly standby mode. There are lot of good T.V's and this one did get good reviews, but at the end of the day, have a look before you buy. I recommend this T.V. if you can't be bothered to look first(which I do suggest)
        B TW Curry's took 2 days to deliver it, not bad. Now its your turn to be driven mad trying to find a T.V. set HA HA HA HA HA (p.s. If you are rich go for the 32inch version not that you will notice after a while whatever T.V. you get) Update 5th Oct 2002 T.V. still going strong. I purchased two surround speakers for about 30 pounds yet thats all at Richer Sounds and it's really cool. Still very happy

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          22.03.2001 22:19
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          After two months of searching my family and I finally found a new TV to replace our trusted and loyal 19yr old GEC TV. After weighing all the pros and cons this TV is definitely the best if you want to spend under £700 (from John Lewis and it come with a free 5yr insurance)for a splendid Widescreen and Flatscreen TV. As you can see from the product title it is a 28inch screen which is perfect for small(ish) rooms. You can get it in sleek black or silver. It comes with its own cabinet included in the price. If you are looking for a new TV this is one to go for especially if you have recently gone digital you will be able to see widescreen TV programmes the way God (or whoever you may think) intended them to be shown. Reasons for buying: 1: 28inch flatscreen £700 with a 5yr insurance 2:T-V Link Faction (read exp after this) 3:Digital surround sound which can also generate surround sound without having the additional speakers you would put a the back(again ideal for the smallish rooms but great for biguns (yet you would have the tendency to go for the JVC AV-32WFR1EK same model just bigger screen)Easy to connect an amp for full surround sound. 4:Even headphone surround sound, which I didn't actually believe but it does work as well as deafens you so watch that you don't have the volume too loud. 5:Fastext with 8 page store,meaning that you can have 8 pages stored at one time so it is easy for you to flick to your fav pages as they are already loaded. 6: 3scart sockets and a front av panel with S-video, composite and audio 7: Picture settings and features. You can zoom the picture and there are many setting you can mess around with to obtain your perfect viewing pleasure. 8:Really EASY to use and it has auto set-up everything is a doodle. 9:Sleep Timer 10:Child Lock (only if you have children) T-V link will only work if you have a T-V link compatible VCR. It basically communicates with your
          TV and makes sure that all you programmes you want to tape are taped at exactly at the right time even if they are delayed. It's a great feature The sound on this TV is incredible and I don't even have surround sound speakers at the back (which you can add). The list of sound options are Pro Logic 3D-Phonic (surround sound without any additional speakers, Dolby Pro Logic (with Additional speakers and it really blows your mind especially when watching a DVD), Dance Club (creates a dance club atmosphere good to use on music channels), Concert Hall (take a wild guess), Stadium (excellent for watching the footy and Hyper Sound which enhances a mono sound signal and changes it to create a stereo sound feel. Your also have power bass which you should use just to annoy any neighbours that have been a bit annoying. BTW I consider that sound level 16-20 as being really high but the TV can go all the way to level50 which really does kill your brain. You also have BBE which I am not actually sure what it does so someone please tell me but its a feature so bonus. There is also an eco mode which saves power but it make the picture slightly less bright, however this is great at night to use when you have the TV on a sleep timer and you know you will probably fall asleep so when you do and the TV is still on it will not be bright and it will conserve electricity. This is the best TV in this price range and if you are going to buy it I recommend without any doubt John Lewis as they are the cheapest and you get the 5yr insurance. Another reason for getting a widescreen is that now nearly all broadcasts are in WS I think that the BBCs have WS most of the time and when you watch for example neighbours in WS you will wonder why you didn't you get this TV earlier just to see that little bit extra, but it is more important for sports fanatics as you can see that bit extra of what is going on, on the pitch. There is eve a d
          emo mode which will go through all your option showing you how easy it is to use and change settings. The only problem I have with this TV is the remote control. To access additional Teletext functions you need to slide the panel at the bottom of the remote to find the button which makes it awkward to hold the remote and use the buttons. And another thing the picture is great but it is only 50hz I think the 32inch model is 100hz but most people say there is not much of a difference, I wouldn't know as I have not seen a 100hz TV in action. Must buy TV and a bargain at £700 or less great features easy to use easy to install great sound what more could you want?

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