JVC 55" LED 4000 BlackSapphire Preview
- Product Name: JLE55SP4000
- Manufacturer: JVC
- Review Date: October 25, 2012 09:00
- MSRP: $1299
- First Impression: Mildly Interesting
55" Class BlackSapphire™ 1080p, 120Hz, Smart, 3D, E-LED HDTV
Size Class (Diagonal)
55" (54.6 diagonal)
1920 x 1080 / 16:9
Panel Response Time
Built-in, XinemaView 3D™
4 pairs of battery free 3D glasses
Yes, I.C.E.™ platform
Ethernet 10/100t; Built-in, Wi-Fi 802.11n
Preloaded Internet Apps
I.C.E. Apps™: SlingPlayer, Netflix, Vudu, YouTube, Pandora
Remote with QWERTY keypad
Built-in NTSC/ATSC/Clear QAM tuner
Yes, V-Chip 2.0
Yes, Preset and Customizable
Speaker Output Power
45W (15Wx2 + 15W woofer)
Audio Only Mode
Picture, Music, Video
IR, with QWERTY keypad
Gamma, Gamma Correction
3D Comb Filter
Independent Gain & Offset, Color Temperature Adjustment
Energy Saving Features
Auto Power Off (DPMS)
4 HDMI ; 1 Antenna/cable ; 1 Component ; 1 Composite (shared with component) ; 1 VGA/RGB ; 1 USB ; 1 Music Port (shared with PC audio)
Optical Digital Audio Out
Stereo Audio Out
Wall Mount Pattern
Without Stand (approx.)
48.9" x 28.9" x 2.2"
With Stand (approx.)
48.9" x 30.9" x 10.6"
Max Power Consumption
Standby: < 1W
There seems to be no shortage of large flat-panel TVs on the market, but JVC is hoping to shake things up with the release of the new JLE55SP4000 55" BlackSapphire 3D LED TV. Other than an absurd model number, the new TV has a host of features that are commonly found on the competition but also adds a few features to help set it apart.
The JLE55SP4000 is the first model in JVC’s new BlackSapphire line of HDTVs. The TV physically looks great with a thin bezel that is just under half an inch thick. The depth is on par with many other LED sets at 2.2”, but not as thin as some TVs from manufactures like Samsung or LG.
It is edge lit with no mention of local dimming, but local dimming on edge lit designs isn’t particularly effective at bumping up real-world contrast anyway. The refresh rate is pretty standard at 120Hz. It also boasts built-in WiFi and a Qwerty remote to navigate preloaded Internet Connected Experience (ICE) apps. The preloaded apps include Netflix, YouTube, Vudu, Pandora, and Slingplayer. Slingplayer is a great addition for people that use Slingbox because they can avoid buying another Slingbox for this TV. Similar to LG and Vizio, the new TV utilizes passive 3D technology as opposed to active shutter glasses. The TV also has a light sensor to account for ambient light. All of the inputs are on the side of the TV, which is nice when the TV is being mounted close to the wall.
So far, the list of features on the TV is pretty run of the mill. 802.11n, Qwerty remote, thin bezel, 120Hz refresh rate, and 3D are features shared by many TVs on the market. What is not shared by many other TVs is a quality set of speakers. The JLE55SP4000 has two 15w speakers and a 15w woofer. Mitsubishi used to make flat panel TsVs with good built-in speakers, but since they stopped production I don’t know of any consumer TV with speakers more powerful than a pair of headphones (that might be a bit of an exaggeration). I suppose that Bose makes a TV with a built in sound system, but let’s not go there...
The speakers built-in any TV are limited by the depth of the TV and with extremely thin TVs there is no room to fit decent speakers. In order to even think about getting quality sound out of a thin TV two things absolutely need to happen. 1) The speakers need to be on the front of the TV, not on the back or bottom. 2) There needs to be a subwoofer to handle bass. Out of those two things, JVC did neither.
We started to write an optimistic article about how this TV could sound much better than the competition, and then we realized that the “15w woofer” they speak of is actually inside the TV. After that we realized that all of the speakers are on the back or bottom of the TV. If the TV came with a wireless external subwoofer we could give it a chance, but without anything external we are extremely skeptical at best (largely because of this pesky thing called physics). With that said, if you cannot use external speakers for some reason, it is likely that this TV will sound better than the competition, but don’t buy into the marketing hype of high quality sound.
It is nice to see a TV manufacturer trying to set themselves apart from the competition by integrating better sound into their TVs, but it seems evident JVC didn’t try too hard. Still, the JLE55SP4000 has all of the features that we would expect in a high-end TV and at a price that competes with entry level products. To us, the combination of useful features (3D, WiFi, Qwerty Remote, 120Hz), improved sound (we hope), and an asking price of only $1299 makes this TV a good value. As long as the picture quality holds up JVC should have a competitive set on their hands with the JLE55SP4000. The TV is slated to ship January 2013.
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