HDTV

NuVision NVU46FX5LS 46" LED LCD HDTV

ARTICLE INDEX
Design, Performance, and Use

The NuVision is very easy to get out of the box and set it up because it is so thin. I suspect this type of TV will be popular with custom installers because of this, and also because many of their customers will want the TV mounted on the wall.

The connections on one side of the rear panel are also very easy to access. Again, they are mounted sideways so that TV can lie flat against a wall.

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The NuVision has a plethora of inputs and outputs that should meet any requirement. A few years ago, we thought that having numerous HDMI inputs would be a good thing because of our several sources that have HDMI outputs, but now that receivers and processors have multiple HDMI inputs that are activated when you select a source, such as DVD or Satellite, the HDMI signal is passed through to the receiver's HDMI monitor output, which is connected to the TV. So, in fact, except for a few cases, we really only need one HDMI input. Oddly, although there is a composite video input and component video input, there is no S-Video input.

I used one of the HDMI inputs connected to the HDMI output on my SSP (Denon AVP-A1HDCI).

The remote control is large, with tactile buttons of different shapes and is well arranged.

The TV has two features that are not self explanatory from their names. One is Frame Forward. This feature interpolates one frame in between two consecutive actual frames. It results in very smooth motion, eliminating judder to a noticeable degree. It also results in 120 Hz refresh rate. The second feature is called FX5, and what that does is take each individual real frame and repeate it four times. This eliminates the need for 3:2 pulldown when watching movies shot at 24 FPS, so the sudden jerk in the image motion that you would otherwise see a few times each second does not occur.

The NuVision is part of the ever growing population of HDTV that are illuminated by LEDs rather than fluorescent bulbs. There are two types. One is edge lit, which is the case for NuVision. The other is lit by banks of LEDs that are turned on at various brightness levels locally. Each has its advantages and disadvantages. Edge lit LED HDTVs have ghosting at the edges of the display, while local bank LED HTDVs have ghosting at the edge of parts of the image where there are large differences in brightness. Edge lit LED HDTVs are a little easier to watch, because the ghosting is always at the periphery, but local bank LED HDTVs obtain better local contrast. On a trip down to Costco, I noticed that nearly all of the new LED HDTVs were of the edge-lit variety, including the big name brands.

The image on this TV was terrific right out of the box, but of course, every TV can use some tweaking. I was delighted to find that the NuVision was the easiest HDTV to calibrate that I have ever tested.

The menu system is simple to navigate and has a great deal of flexibility, as shown below. For calibration, it has black level, gamma, low IRE (Offset) for each color, and high IRE (Gain) for each color.

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