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Wednesday, August 09, 2006


During our bi-weekly trip over to JR we decided to check out a few compact systems after our neighbors (whose system is compromised of some components we've reviewed) got their hands on a nice new Blu-Ray DVD player and have been rattling the walls ever since.

For the record, when you combine a 50-inch Panasonic Plasma, Harman Kardon AVR 635 Receiver, the latest and greatest Blu-Ray DVD player, four Onkyo D302Es in the front and rear, with a solid amplifier, and a Polk Audio PSW10 Subwoofer you're going to annoy the neighbors.

But I digress, on to the review. After mulling around the store, this all-in-one JVC EXD5 really lit up the room. Its combination of good looks, ease of use, versatility, and great sound makes this a good choice for someone looking for the total package or a nice little system for the bedroom.


This Executive Micro system, the EX-D5, features the JVC-Trademark Woodcone Speakers. It produces natural acoustics from a speaker cone made by mother nature. JVC's eternal quest for original sound and leading edge technologies gave birth to this high grade audio system. This system also plays various CD as well as DVD supported formats, USB Link for PC connectivity, and a number of features making this Executive Micro Sytem truly an engineering marvel.


The solid wood cones featured in the EX-D5 provide an ideal combination of high sound propagation speed and sufficient internal loss, allowing the speakers to naturally reproduce a wide frequency range. With conventional paper cones, sound spreads at the same speed in all directions, causing unnatural resonant points with limited frequency response. Wood cones produce few resonant points because of the grain, so frequency response is improved and sound quality is significantly enhanced. JVC engineers tried several types of wood, but birch proved to have the best acoustic properties.

Digital Amplifier

The EX-D5's 18 watts per channel are delivered by JVC's Hybrid Feedback Digital Amplifier, which eliminates noise often produced by digital amplifiers by using two feedback systems - one digital and one analog - to ensure the highest quality sound. A 192-kHz/24-bit audio D/A converter and 10-bit/54MHz video D/A converter are also featured for maximum quality. The user interface is rounded out by a display dimmer, electronic bass and treble tone controls as well as random and repeat program modes.


The EX-D5 caters to users who want to play music that is stored digitally on their computers. A USB input connection enables playback of music from a computer with an available USB port. The EX-D5 creates further freedom and simplicity through wireless connectivity that enables the unit to accept an audio stream delivered by a computer to virtually any location inside a home or office.

Solid Features

In addition to wood cone speakers, JVC's top-end desktop audio system - the EX-D5 - offer DVD Audio/Video playback, two-channel Dolby Digital/DTS decoding, and USB-PC Link for music file playback through the audio systems - wirelessly.

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