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JVC LT-42SL89 LCD Review

by August 20, 2008


  • Product Name: LT-42SL89
  • Manufacturer: JVC
  • Performance Rating: StarStarStar
  • Value Rating: StarStar
  • Review Date: August 20, 2008 06:20
  • MSRP: $ 1899
  • Buy Now

  • Dynamic Contrast Ratio: 1500:1
  • Response Speed: 6.5msec
  • Brightness: 500cd/m2
  • Viewing Angle: 178º
  • VESA Compliant for wall mounting (400 mm x 200 mm)

Key Picture Detailing Features

  • 3D Y/C Digital Comb Filter w/Digital & MPEG NR
  • Black Level Expansion
  • Smart Picture
  • Natural Cinema (3-2 Pull Down)
  • Color Temperature Control: Cool/Natural/Warm
  • Color Management System

Sound Features

  • 20 Watts Total Audio Power
  • New OmniSurround with preset listening modes
  • Twin Oblique Cone Speakers w/Bass Reflex
  • New Equalizer presets for Speech/Jazz/Classic/Rock/User (choice)

Inputs & Outputs

  • 3 HDMI w/HDCP Digital Video Inputs (60i/60p)
  • 1 PC Input (D-Sub 15 Pin)
  • 1 S-Video & 2 AV Inputs
  • 1 Optical Digital Audio Output
  • 1 Fixed Audio Output
  • 1 Headphone Jack
  • AV Output >Fixed Audio Output
  • 1 USB Input for High Resolution Photo Viewer


  • Respectable HQV performance
  • Very useful aspect ratios
  • Very slim display


  • HDMI Connectivity Issues
  • No 1080p Support for Component Input
  • Limited Calibration Options
  • Settings Global for Each Input Type
  • Some Settings Reset
  • Non-removable Power Cord


The JVC LT-42SL89 promises to be slim - in fact they promised to be the slimmest LCD display with internal tuners. On that they delivered. But being slim isn't enough (unless you live in LA), the real questions are: How is the picture quality and How well does it work? Well, for the former, it delivers, for the latter, not so much…
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Recent Forum Posts:

Seth=L posts on August 22, 2008 15:26
I had a JVC SD tube set until recently, it was a great tv. I have also owned a couple JVC receivers, one was good, the other was FANTASTIC!
GlocksRock posts on August 22, 2008 15:17
Maybe I'm just not old enough to have had experience with those things, but I do know JVC's car audio was mostly garbage.

I still hope they do well and start making better stuff.
gene posts on August 20, 2008 18:28
I've never been a fan of anything JVC makes.

It's puzzling to me b/c back in the day, they made some fine CRT tvs IMO. I also thought their VCR's were the tops.

They had a few good years with AVR's but later liquidated their audio side of the business. It now seems they are attempting to revitalize their audio side but at a much lower end scale. Companies go through cycles and they are IMO a prime example of it.
GlocksRock posts on August 20, 2008 16:18
I've never been a fan of anything JVC makes.
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