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New Amtran JVC SL-, SP-series LED LCD TVs promise pumped-up sound quality

New Amtran JVC SL-, SP-series LED LCD TVs promise pumped-up sound quality

Does the sound on your TV match up to its picture quality? Amtran hopes not, as its new SL- and SP-series JVC-brand LCD TVs promise better-than-average sound, thanks to their XinemaSound 3D sound systems.

There are two new models in the flagship SL (BlackSapphire) series: the 42-inch SL42B-C ($800), and the 47-inch SL-47B-C ($900). Both have a new industrial design with ultra-thin bezels and a gracefully curved stand. The TVs have edge LED backlights, a claimed 120Hz frame rate (actually a 60Hz panel with a scanning backlight to create a 120Hz effect), built-in Wi-Fi, and the company’s ICE Internet platform, with access to streaming movies and TV shows from Netflix and Vudu, plus Pandora Internet radio. The TVs are also 3D capable–four sets of polarized 3D glasses are included–and come with dual-side remotes with a full QWERTY keyboard on one side.

Find the right model for your needs and budget in our TV buying guide and Ratings.

For those looking for a larger set, 50- and 55-inch 1080p LCD TVs are offered as part of the SP M series. The 50-inch SP50M-C model is priced at $900, while the 55-inch SP55M-C costs $1,000. The TVs have a different look–including a more conventional pedestal stand–but are similarly featured, except they lack the 3D capability included in the SL-series sets. They do use the same XinemaSound 3D sound system.

In the past, we’ve tested a few JVC TVs that have had better-than-average sound, though not the ones currently in our TV Ratings. We’re looking forward to seeing if the TVs can deliver on their promise.

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