April 19, 2007
| by Arlen Schweiger
If you’re looking to boost the enjoyment of playing your computer-based music and video files, JVC has introduced an all-in-one system to accommodate that wish.
JVC’s new Sophisti DD-3 consists of a main unit and speakers, with a network media player that serves as the nerve center of the home entertainment set up. It includes a DVD player, an AM/FM tuner and inputs for connecting other components, but also adds 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, the company says.
The Sophisti system can connect directly to a single computer, or to multiple computers through a wired or wireless router. Audio is sent through the system’s speakers while video and still images can be 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, the company says.
The Sophisti’s main unit also includes built-in decoding of Dolby Digital, DTS and Dolby Pro Logic II soundtracks for a range of audio. An HDMI interface goes to the connected television to ensure quality images. The Sophisti remote control makes for easy operation of all functions, says JVC.
The DD-3’s speaker system includes a powered subwoofer plus left, right and center channel speakers that employ JVC’s patented Direct Drive technology. The left and right speakers are tabletop designs of black and silver cylinders that stand roughly 15 inches. They can be used with the included stands, or removed from the stands and wall mounted. The center channel speaker is a similar design, configured horizontally.
The JVC Sophisti DD-3 retails for about $1,000.
Visit www.jvc.com for more.
Arlen writes about home technology installations and product news and reviews for electronichouse.com
and Electronic House magazine.