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JVC TH-L1

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This JVC TH-L1 does not do Blu-ray playback and recording. Nor does it have a CD player/Recorder and a compact flash card. It also does not have Digital Audio Broadcast and Ethernet. The Firewire IEEE-1394 interface is also not present. But it does have an HDMI interface and the Dolby Digital and DTS decoders. MP3 is also supported by this unit.

The height of the front speaker is around 10cm. It has five output channels and one subwoofer. Through these speakers achieving that surround sound effect is r…

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This JVC TH-L1 does not do Blu-ray playback and recording. Nor does it have a CD player/Recorder and a compact flash card. It also does not have Digital Audio Broadcast and Ethernet. The Firewire IEEE-1394 interface is also not present. But it does have an HDMI interface and the Dolby Digital and DTS decoders. MP3 is also supported by this unit.

The height of the front speaker is around 10cm. It has five output channels and one subwoofer. Through these speakers achieving that surround sound effect is really easy. Whether watching a movie or playing stored music, having a surround sound is hassle-free. It also has a USB interface and has direct control over an iPod when connected to it.

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JVC came up with an all-in-one surround sound home theater speaker/receiver system, the JVC TH-L1. The JVC TH-L1 supports HDMI, component and composite pass-through and has iPod and USB memory key inputs. The TH-L1 features 360 watts total RMS power, which is a lot for a compact home theater sound system. The subwoofer puts out 100 watts and the front speakers put out 40 watts each, and so do the surround speakers. The center channel is also 40 watts. The five speakers and subwoofer, supply 5.1 surround sound. If your sound source (an iPod with mp3 audio) does not have 5.1 channel audio to play, the TH-L1 will play in stereo. There are several 5.1 modes to select from (Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II), each of which delivers a different sound stage. The TH-L1 has a “game mode” sound setting for XBOX, PS3, etc. The USB port allows connection to USB media, audio MP3, WAV and WMA, and video JPEG and MPEG-1, 2 and 4). Browsing for files from the USB-connected device is easy, but time consuming. The TH-L1 also supports video for use with a DVD player, cable TV box, etc. The HDMI ports can provide up to 1080p resolution and uses Progressive Scan. However the HDMI does not up-convert analog sources. The included remote controls all TH-L1 functions and can operate from a reasonable distance. But the remote features tiny buttons which make it a bit difficult to operate. Setting up the JVC TH-L1 is quite easy and the instruction manual is more or less self-explanatory. The JVC TH-L1 is a satisfactory system for people who want a multi-faceted system but not an expensive one. It's also good for smaller home theater rooms with good acoustics. The TH-L1 is easy to set up, with the sound quality quite good.

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