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Maximum milk for minimum moo,
This review is from: Toshiba 42XV555 DB - 42" Widescreen 1080P Full HD LCD TV - With Freeview (Electronics)
The picture of the Toshiba 42XV505DB 42" LCD HDTV is a mixed bag.
I watched the 505DB with a blue ray DVD player and I was flabbergasted. The quality of the image, it's speed and detail were really impressive. With this kind of ancillary the TV really delivers well beyond it's budget.
With regular DVD the picture is good and responds quickly, showing keen detail.
With a regular analogue input the picture is highly changeable (the quality of the signal is the issue here). Pictures can range from good to intolerable. HD inputs are naturally excellent, whilst poor quality transmissions result in a blocky and grubby image that is distressing. A lot of time has to be spent adjusting the colour, contrast and brightness in order to get the best from this set; the factory presets are clearly designed for the showroom and result in gaudy and unrealistic colours. Even when correctly adjusted, skin tones are a little ruddier than normal and the greens are slightly lacking in vibrance; at this price it is utterly forgivable.
The sound is reasonable and I was surprised at the richness of the bass given the small cabinet size. I found the sound to be lacking in midrange clarity, and at higher volumes the cabinet will vibrate unpleasantly. It would be wise to connect this TV to an amplifier (thus resolving the lack of midrange clarity). Ultimately, the extremes of bass and treble are lacking, but this is TV, not Hi-fi.
The 42XV505DB offers a variety of inputs and outputs and will allows connections to 3 HDMI sources, 2 SCART devices, S-video, RGB phono, and a PC input. Sound connections are via phono sockets outputs (fixed and variable), as well as 3.5mm jack. I'm confident that 99% users will have all the connections they need.
A 1920 x 1080 resolution 42" LCD TV at this price is astounding. It's not perfect and needs time and effort to set it up correctly, but with care and attention it is possible to get a more than respectable performance. If you want a big LCD TV and are not rabid about ultimate detail resolution, and absolute colour representation then this offers a lot of milk for little moo. If you are looking for minimal compromise TV then keep looking, but if you want big value, big screen TV, then you would do well to check this TV out. At £600 on Amazon, 42" TV has never been easier.
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Initial post: 3 Dec 2008 11:50:54 GMT
42XV505DB??? I was sure we were talking about 42XV555DB
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