New JVC Home Theater System Plays Music, Video and Image Files From a PC
Looking for an easy way to play computer-based music and video files through a home entertainment set up? JVC now offers a system that easily connects to a computer to provide access to music, video and image files.
The new system is the JVC Sophisti DD-3, comprised of a main unit and speakers. At the heart of the system is a network media player that serves as the nerve center of the home entertainment set up. Like most system main units, this one includes a DVD player, an AM/FM tuner and inputs for connecting other components. But what sets it apart from others is an Ethernet connection that allows it to connect to a personal computer, allowing retrieval of music files, movies, digital images and other digital files stored on the computer. JVCís Sophisti system can connect directly to a single computer, or to multiple computers through a wired or wireless router, providing access to files stored on any connected computer. Once set up, audio is routed through the systemís speakers while video and still images are displayed on a connected television.
In addition to playback of digital files stored on a computer, the JVC DD-3 also offers USB Host, allowing a wide range of digital devices to be connected directly to the system, including flash audio players, USB drives, digital cameras and card readers. Connect a digital camera through USB Host and the photos can be displayed on the television. Or connect a music player for playback through the Sophistiís speakers.
The Sophistiís main unit also includes built-in decoding of Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II soundtracks. An HDMI interface ensures that the best possible signal is sent to the connected television. Operation of all functions is convenient and easy using the Sophisti remote control and user-friendly on-screen interface. Total system power is 220 watts.
The DD-3ís speaker system includes a powered subwoofer plus left, right and center channel speakers that employ JVCís patented Direct Drive technology, which provides an exceptionally wide soundfield so every seat is a good one. Front surround technology provides theater-like surround sound without the need for separate rear speakers and the placement problems they often create. The surround information is provided by the center speaker, which houses two JVC Direct Drive systems, designed using computer simulations and analyses.
The DD-3ís left and right speakers are tabletop designs Ė sleek black and silver cylinders that stand barely 15 inches tall. They can be used with the included stands, or removed from the stands and wall mounted. The center channel speaker is a similar design, though configured horizontally rather than vertically like the main speakers.
The JVC Sophisti DD-3 is available immediately and sells for about $1,000.00.
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