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JVC HD56FN97 56-Inch 1080p HDILA Rear Projection TV

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  • Provides more accurate gradation of shades in shadow areas/dark scenes
  • Makes it possible to optimize the HD-ILA for best picture under a wider range of room lighting conditions
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: JVC
  • Model Number: HD56FN97
  • Display Size: 56 inches
  • Speakers Included: true
  • Display Height: 37.13 inches
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Product Description

Product Description

JVC HD56FN97 56" 1080p HDILA Rear Projection TV

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Come and learn about the next evolution of DILA technology with JVC's "True 1080p" Series with over 2 Million Pixels per chip! This 3-Chip DILA design features a true 1920x1080 pixel structure that delivers resolution that rivals reality. Packed with supporting features for the most demanding digital customer like 5th Generation Digital Image Scaling Technology (D.I.S.T. 1080p) with GENESSA Picture Processing where all signals are upconverted and displayed at 1080p, a NEW Advanced Optical Iris, 5-Point Color Management, Dynamic Gamma Correction Circuitry, 2 1080p capable HDMI/HDCP Digital Inputs, Dual IEEE1394 Connectivity, 2 HD Component Inputs and features geared to make your Standard Definition sources perform better, like Mosquito Noise Suppression, MPEG Noise Reduction Circuity, a 3D Y/C Comb Filter with Cross Color Elimination and Digital Noise Suppression. With all of these features built in it is no wonder that JVC delivers the most technologically advanced and superior 1080p micro-display televisions available today.

The HD-ILA Advantage
True 1080p Over 2 Million Pixels Per Chip: 3 chips are better than one. With HD-ILA and a 3 chip design consumers are getting the highest resolution available. Each DILA chip has 1920x1080 resolution or true 1080p, that equates to over 2 million pixels per chip or over 6 million pixels in each set.

Advanced Super Cinema Mode: By using an iris, it is possible to regulate the amount of light from the projection lamp which goes into the light engine of the HD-ILA. For ’06, the 1080P HD-ILA displays have an improved Advanced Super Cinema Mode which links the iris to JVC’s exclusive Genessa single-chip picture computer. The Genessa processor analyzes the picture and adjusts the iris for the best picture. This creates many benefits:

  • The contrast ratio is increased to better than 10,000:1.
  • Black levels are improved significantly (The HD-ILA can create a "blacker" black).
  • Provides more accurate gradation of shades in shadow areas/dark scenes.
  • Makes it possible to optimize the HD-ILA for best picture under a wider range of room lighting conditions.

Genessa - JVC's Exclusive 5th Generation D.I.S.T.: The challenge to television display engineers these days is in making even the oldest and the poorest quality sources appear glorious on big screen HDTV's. JVC engineers answer to that call was to develop a picture processing technology that would not only deliver the advantages of HD resolution, but also one that would create natural looking images with remarkable detail, pure color reproduction and precision focus no matter what the source. The result is JVC's 5th Generation Digital Image Scaling Technology, D.I.S.T. with GENESSA.

Our newest GENESSA Chip detects and seamlessly up-scales all SD sources (480i and 480p) and all HD sources (720p or 1080i) and displays at 720p or 1080p. This customized upscaling insures that no matter what the original video source, the images will look as sharp, bright and smooth as intended.

D.I.S.T. combines all of our core image preprocessing, noise reducing and color management technologies into one communication unit within the GENESSA chip. GENESSA is the industries first CPU dedicated to such image processing and its accelerated 32bit "turbo" powered picture processing provides for both super fast sampling and more efficient communication between the technologies that comprise the D.I.S.T. engine.

Because all of our core technologies are able to work together and faster, JVC TVs yield incredibly fast calculations that translate to a smoother picture and a better resolution image.

5-point Color Management: JVC's Exclusive 5 Point Color Managment employs a pin-point sampling process of the four colors:
  • green - In order for greens to be their purest and to look natural, yellows often need to be toned down.
  • yellow - CMS softens yellows so that they look silky and smooth without giving skin tones a darkened.
  • red - In order for reds and magentas to appear as vivid as possible, CMS samples these areas and tones down blues within that range.
  • blue - CMS samples blue areas of images and tones down the greens to avoid being influenced by greens.
  • fleshtones- Samples flesh tones so they appear warm and natural.

D6500K Theater Pro: When the video editors convert films to DVD, or other video sources, the color temperature standard they use for their equipment is D6500K which is the equivalent or average color temperature of natural daylight. In transition to DVD, this color temperature can be lost but with our exclusive D6500K calibrating circuit, a press of the button can bring the original warm look and feel back to any video source.

Multi Screen Features: Every HD-ILA television is widescreen which is perfect for viewing movies in their original format, but it also allows for some other convenient multi screen features as well. Twin mode lets you view two programs in same size windows side by side on the screen.

Index lets you search what is on by scanning the programs consecutively in 12 separate windows. Once you see the program that you want to watch, press the SELECT button on your remote control to go to that channel.

Complete Connectivity: Each '06 1080P HD-ILA is ready for the latest technology with two HDMI inputs that can accept a 1080P input. This is the highest resolution HD signal that is available. This makes JVC HD-ILA the perfect choice for seeing the best possible picture from your Blu-ray disc player as well as future HD-DVD players and game consoles.

In addition, HDMI is the perfect all-digital connection for D-VHS high definition VCRs as well as upconverting DVD players and recorders with an HDMI output. A JVC 1080P HD-ILA is a perfect solution for any source.

Standard Inputs: No matter which model you choose,every HD-ILA model is substantially equipped with the inputs and outputs you need to connect your current components as well as any you may need in the future. Standard on every 1080P FN&FH Series HD-ILA model are the following connections:

  • Two (2) 1080P Compatible HDMI digital inputs w/HDCP
  • Two (2) HD auto sensing Component Video Inputs for satellite set top box or DVD player
  • D-Sub 15 Pin PC Input
  • Two (2) S-Video Inputs for cable or S-VHS connections
  • Four (4) AV inputs for all Composite Video connections (3 rear/1 side)
  • One (1) Smart Input for AV receiver connections
  • One (1) RS-232C Interface (FH Series Only)
  • A Center Channel Input for the TV to act as the center speaker in a surround sound system
  • Fixed/Variable Audio Output with TV Speaker on and off
  • i.LINK (iEEE1394) for connecting to i.LINK compatible components
  • An Optical Audio Output
  • A Digital CableCARD slot

Product Information

Technical Details
Brand NameJVC
Item Weight108 pounds
Product Dimensions55.9 x 40.9 x 21.6 inches
Item model numberHD56FN97
Item Display Height37.13 inches
Additional Information
Best Sellers Rank #963,238 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight111 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
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Date First AvailableApril 24, 2006
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29 of 34 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Sipe on January 4, 2007
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Since this is my FIRST HDTV purchase and my user experiences with HD Televisions in the past have been limited, I can't say that I'm an expert on the subject of HDTVs. The following is MY experience with this purchase and ultimately my opinion...

After purchasing this HDTV from Amazon, I waited in anticipation for EAGLE to deliver it as soon as possible. It was scheduled to come during the week of Jan 4-10 and surprisingly came almost a week earlier. I was delighted. After asking the Delivery person to help me move the HDTV to my living room, against EAGLE's policy, he agreed to help. The box was definitely large and cumbersome, though it didn't weigh nearly as much as stated, probably closer to 60lbs. Muscling it up some stairs and depositing it into my living room. I thanked him and proceeded to unpack the HDTV.

It came packed in a very large box with a break-away base, this allowed me to lift the box off without actually removing the HDTV from it secure Styrofoam base. All four corners were also secured with large blocks of Styrofoam packaging.

Against the stated warning, I -alone- lifted the TV onto a 60" credenza in my living room. Since all the major parts are housed in the base of the HDTV, it was counter-balanced well, unlike standard TVs which are primarily top/front heavy.

The base is roughly a 4" high, 18" deep, and 30" wide pedestal, and the TV measures about 55" wide, and about 45" high. All the inputs are on the RIGHT (Rear and Side). The Power cord is in the middle of the rear.

I have a Stereo Receiver, Comcast Digital Box, DVD Player and Xbox360 that I hooked up to this television. Both the DVD player and Xbox360 occupy the two component inputs and two RCA inputs.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By James Rouse on October 31, 2007
This TV is an upgrade for me in two ways. First, I was replacing my 42 inch Sony 42A10. Second, I actually ordered the JVC 56FH96 from Pavilion Electronics.

After not hearing that my order had shipped 5 days later, I decided to contact the seller. I talked to a nice guy named Mitch and he informed me that there was a problem with my order and he was about to call me. I thought, "Oh great..."

Well, it turns out that the '96 was discontinued, and even though the Amazon page showed that the '96 was in stock, they had actually sold out. Before I could argue with Mitch he said, "So if you wouldn't mind, I'd like to upgrade you to the 56FN97 at no extra charge." I told him I didn't think that would be a problem, and he put me on hold for a minute while he made sure he had that set in stock. While I waited I reviewed the '97 on Amazon. He got back on the phone with me and had me confirm the change in the order. My set was shipped out the next morning. Unfortunately I had to wait through the weekend before it arrived, but it was worth it.

The set is great. Right out of the box it wasn't really impressive, but after breaking in for a few hours it really started to shine. Detail is very impressive and black level is much better than my Sony. The only gripe one could have with performance is that colors tend toward green (whereas my Sony pushed the red.) This can be remedied with a professional calibration, or by yourself if you are brave enough to use the service menu (you can learn how to do this on AVS Forum, but you really shouldn't monkey around in the service menu with reckless abandon) Any TV of this caliber really can benefit from a professional calibration though, so you may want to consider adding $300 or $400 to the actual price.
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By T. Johnson on December 31, 2007
I purchased a floor model JVC HD-56FN97 from a different store for Christmas because I was floored at the price of $899 that I got and I succumbed to temptation to by my first HDTV.

I love this set! The picture at full 1080p resolution, which is not so hard to find anymore, is just breathtaking, and the 56" size is enough to make it feel like being at the movies. It's amazing! There is no lag effect with this set (maybe because it's a projection TV), frankly I think it's way better than most LCD's that I've seen. The only drawback is you can't hang it on your wall since it's about as deep as an old fashioned TV, but I wasn't hanging mine anyway.

The only downside so far are two things, for which I'm subtracting 1 star from my review:

1. At factory settings the color green/yellow does tend to explode on the screen with neon life! I have made some adjustments to tone things down that have fixed most of this, but there is still a slight tendency to be a little overdone on the green/yellows. I have read elsewhere that you can completely correct this by accessing the Service Menu, but then again that's not something you should have to do! Anyway just by adjusting picture settings and using HDMI input it is no longer a big deal. Frankly the picture is just amazing, especially at this price.

2. The menus are not super easy to use - in particular changing between input sources is a pain, and I find I have to do it frequently. The main problem is there is about a 3 second delay with each input as you scroll through them. It should let you scroll through the input choices and only do the picture adjustment delay when you actually switch inputs!

Overall I've got to say I'm super happy with this set. Those are really the only drawbacks for me. Having a 56" 1080p set that looks awesome in this price range (even the $1550 shown here) seems like a great deal to me.
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