JVC announces HDTV D-VHS recorder
With twice the transfer rate as original D-VHS recorders, JVC's new HM-DH30000U Digital Video Recorder operates at an incredible 28.2 Mbps data transfer rate, higher than the 19.3 Mbps ATSC standard for HDTV broadcasts. The enormous 50 gigabyte capacity per tape provides up to 4 hours of full HD recording, 14 hours of standard D-VHS recording, or 24 hours of LS3 MPEG2 standard definition recording. The D-VHS DVR is also capable of recording and viewing VHS, SVHS, SVHS-ET and regular D-VHS tapes, for full backwards compatibility with existing media libraries.
The VCR features complete compliance with 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i ATSC formats when connected to a digital set-top box with an IEEE 1394 terminal. It also has a built-in MPEG2 CODEC to allow digital recording from regular NTSC analog sources and digital sources, such as the MiniDV format. Output is fully selectable between the original recorded format, or 1080i or 480i. For older analog tapes, the unit features JVC's "DigiPure Technology", which includes higher video quality thanks to stabilizers, color clarifiers and a 4MB frame memory.
With up to 24 hours of video on a single tape, JVC has included their new Video Navigation System, which stores information on recorded programs (up to 2000) within the deck's built-in memory. To watch a recorded program, on-screen guides provide quick selection followed by automatic search and playback by the deck. In terms of connections, the recorder includes three SVHS A/V inputs, two SVHS A/V outputs, HD component video output, optical digital output, dual IEEE 1394 terminals and a full NTSC tuner. No pricing or availability was announced.
Also new on the VCR front is the HR-S9900U SVHS VCR with SVHS-ET technology. The HR-S9900U is loaded with premium editing features, such as Insert Editing and flying erase heads, JVC's new Video Navigation System, which can catalogue up to 2000 titles, plus Jog/Shuttle with TimeScan variable search. Pricing is listed as $599 MSRP.
JVC's new THX receivers
Announced at CEDIA, JVC's two new THX Surround EX receivers include the $1100 THX Select-certified RX-DP9VBK and $1700 THX Ultra-certified RX-DP10VBK. Both include newly developed dual 24-bit Motorola DSP (Digital Signal Processing) chips to control all Dolby Digital and DTS processing, running at 150 MIPS (Million Instructions Per Second) and "recreate" music by filling gaps left by conventional D/A converters using Compression Compensative Converter technology. Additionally, both receivers utilize JVC'S Pulse Edge Modulation Differential-Linearity-Errorless 1-bit D/A converter.
The RX-DP10VBK includes sophisticated multi-room/multi-source capabilities that allow to people to enjoy different audio and video sources in two rooms at the same time, plus an RF LCD universal remote control. The top-of-the-line model also features120 watts per channel into 7 channels, while the DX-SP9VBK features 120 watts per channel into 5 channels, with pre-outs for the surround back channels.