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2001 International CES Report


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Slew of new DVD players
JVC displayed an entire new lineup of DVD video players, including several models with DVD Audio capabilities and progressive scan output. At the top of the new series is the flagship XV-D9000 DVD Audio/video player, which offers progressive scan output and built-in Dolby Digital and DTS decoders as well as optical/coaxial digital outputs. The XV-D9000 is engineered to deliver zero interference, vibration and resonance. The player's circuits are divided into five blocks which are physically and functionally independent. It's protected from vibration via a 3.2mm-thick steel bottom plate, aluminum frame and audiophile quality construction. The player includes a 10-bit/27MHz video D/A converter, component S-Video and composite outputs. The XV-D9000 will be available later this year at a MSRP of $5,000. At that price it won't be for everyone, but it certainly sounds nice.

Continuing down the line, the XV-D723GD is a DVD Audio/Video player that features compatibility with DVD, CD-DA, VCD, CD-R and CD-RW standards. One of the high-end features new to JVC's DVD lineup this year is the subdividing of the audio circuit into five discrete blocks in order to eliminate unwanted interference. Other features include a 10-bit/54MHz video D/A converter, high-quality stereo sound with a dynamic range of 144dB using a 192kHz/24-bit audio D/A converter, oversampling of the 4:2:2 video signal to 4:4:4 for exceptional crispness, built-in 8-times oversampling Dolby Digital converter, improved 4th-order VANS noise shaper and much more. The XV-D723GD is available now at a suggested price of $799.

Two additional new DVD players round up the stand-alone offerings. They are the XV-S65GD and XV-S45GD, both of which offer playback compatibility with DVD, CD-DA, VCD, CD-R, CD-RW and MP3 formats. They also include outputs for component, S-Video and composite video signals, as well as optical and coaxial digital audio output. The two models continue to offer a variety of special playback effects, 24-bit/96kHz Dolby Digital converters and more. The XV-S65GD comes with a 10-bit/54MHz video D/A converter and 4:2:2 to 4:4:4 oversampling with progressive scan output, along with a 3-position Video Fine Processor for improved quality. The XV-S45GD includes a 10-bit/27MHz video D/A converter but no progressive scan output. Pricing and availability has not yet been announced.

Also introduced was an all-in-one home theater system, the TH-A9. While most of these theater packages tend to be wimpy, JVC's offering sounds pretty good. The model features a sleek design and built-in DVD player with CD, CD-R, CD-RW and VCD playback capabilities, plus an AM/FM tuner. The 200 watt amplifier is built-in to the powered subwoofer and connects to the slim center unit with just a single cable. The TH-A9 includes five full-range satellite speakers that blend in anywhere. DVD features include a 10-bit/27MHz video and 24-bit/96kHz audio D/A converters, Digital Acoustics Processor, component, S-Video and composite outputs, full-function remote control and more. The powered subwoofer includes an 8-inch driver and 100 watts of power. The TH-A9 will be available in April 2001 at a suggested retail price of $1,100.

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New audio/video receiver lineup
JVC introduced four new mid-range receivers at this year's show. The first is the $550 RX-9010VBK, which features 120 watts per channel, 24-bit Motorola DSP, RF LCD remote control and built-in multi-room/multi-source capabilities. Features include a front-panel USB-audio input for PC/internet music playback, 45-preset AM/FM tuner, five A/V inputs with S-video, two component video inputs, four audio inputs, one coaxial and three optical digital inputs plus an independent CD-R in/out. DSP functions include fully-digital Dolby Pro Logic decoding, 8 soundfield DSP, midnight mode, headphone mode and all-channel stereo mode. The RX-9010VBK's amplifiers also have a wide frequency range of 7Hz to 50kHz for optimal DVD Audio reproduction.

The $450 RX-8010VBK offers many of the same features as the RX-9010VBK, including 120 watts per channel amplification with wide frequency range, but instead of an RF remote includes an IR LCD remote control. The $330 RX-7010VBK packs 100 watts of power, Dolby Digital and DTS decoders along with 5.1 channel input, 5 soundfields, an LCD remote control, 4 A/V inputs with S-Video and a full suite of digital inputs. Finally, for those with simple tastes, the $260 RX-6010VBK offers 100 watts per channel and includes Dolby Digital and DTS decoders. The RX-9010VBK will be available in April, the RX-8010VBK in March, and the RX-7010VBK and RX-6010VBK in February.

New A/V selector
Complementing JVC's current $899 JX-S777 video selector, the new $549 JX-S555 is designed to meet consumer demand for a lower priced yet fully functional version. The new JX-S555 is designed to provide seamless switching between a variety of video sources. It's outfitted with one front A/V input, four rear inputs, two A/V outputs, two A/V monitor outputs and an audio monitor output, plus component input and output and two optical audio inputs and one optical output and monitor out. A wide bandwidth 12MHz video amplifier enables the JX-S555 to transmit video signals with a horizontal resolution of 960 lines (composite) and 2,400 lines (component) without any loss of quality. The selector is also equipped with a Y/C separator/mixer switch to allow dubbing between S-Video and composite sources. A full remote control is included. The JX-S555 will be available at the end of February, 2001.

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New CD Recorders
JVC's new XL-R5010BK and XL-R2010BK CD-R/W combination decks offer high speed dubbing in functional packages. The XL-R5010BK features a triple-tray CD changer and single-tray CD recorder and many special DJ effects including mix in voice from a microphone, optical digital or line jacks, 4-times high speed recording, pitch control, seamless disc switching, plus a programmable timer. The XL-R2010BK includes separate CD player and recorder trays and many of the same features as the triple-tray version including mix and record, pitch control, CD-CD-R/RW synchro-record and sampling rate converter. The XL-R5010BK will be available in March 2001 at a suggested price of $550, while the XL-R2010BK will be released this June for $500.

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