CES 2009: JVC's new HTiB with HDMI repeating
JVC is making it easy to build a complete home theater with an iPod dock, upscaling DVD player, and even wireless surround speakers.
The included dock will charge new 6th generation iPods, in addition to playing video from your iPod.
The three new HTiBs feature 1,000-watt amplifiers. Of the three new systems shown at the show, the TH-G41 and G51 include an HDMI input with repeater.
Keep reading for the complete release on these new systems.
New JVC home theater systems unveiled today are designed to complement
today's high definition displays and handle the various range of
digital sources now available, while providing enhanced ease-of-use.
The three systems in the new JVC line, the TH-G31, TH-G41 and TH-G51, are 1000-watt, 5.1-channel systems comprised of a progressive scan DVD receiver, five speakers and a subwoofer. Each system includes an HDMI output with 1080p up-conversion and the TH-G41 and G51 include an HDMI input with repeater. A front auxiliary input on each system makes connecting additional sources quick and simple. All three systems offer Dolby Digital and DTS decoding.
To those features, the TH-G41 adds iPod/iPhone music and video playback through a connected dock, with control play, pause and skip functions controlled through the home theater system's remote. To make control even easier, there's an on-screen display that shows the iPod or /iPhone menu on the connected TV.
At the top of the line is the TH-G51, which adds wireless rear speakers to the feature set offered by the TH-G41. Providing wireless technology for the rear surround speakers eliminates what for many consumers is a serious challenge when setting up a multi-channel home theater system – how to unobtrusively run wires from the main unit to the rear speakers.
All three systems are designed to complement the latest generation of sleekly styled flat panel TVs, with a glossy black low-profile receiver that features illuminated function keys. The center channel speaker is a crisply-styled horizontal unit that will look smart either above or below the TV. As for playback options, JVC's home entertainment systems easily accommodate both the old and the new, combining DVD/CD and FM playback with the ability to handle digital audio and video files from a wide variety of sources.
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So, what do you think -- should anyone bother with a DVD system, or just save your pennies for Blu-ray? --Leslie Shapiro