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Toshiba 19AV505D 19in LCD TV - Toshiba 19AV505D
Not surprisingly the set's brightness is no great shakes at 300cd/m2, but experience suggests that if you try to get too much brightness out of a small LCD screen, pictures can become a bit flared and ‘whited out'.
Heading into the 19AV505D's crisp if slightly small onscreen menus, there's a 3D colour management feature that allows you to tweak pretty much every element of the picture's colour tones, plus such really quite hardcore niceties as a Cinema Mode for tweaking the progressive scanning to suit film as opposed to video sources; a Black/White expansion processor; and two separate noise reduction circuits: one for MPEG noise from digital tuner broadcasts, and one for reducing more general video noise types.
One final little feature worth mentioning - though probably more for humour value than actual usefulness - is a bass booster. If the 19AV505D actually manages to produce anything resembling genuine bass with the help of this feature, then it will immediately have outperformed the audio of 99.9% of the small LCD world!
Anyway, in most ways that really matter at the diddy end of the TV market, the 19AV50DB is a very nice performer.
Particularly impressive are its black levels, with that dynamic contrast arrangement helping it deliver black levels even richer than those of the also impressive Sharp 19D1E we tested recently. And so during the flight of the ill-fated insect at the start of Men In Black on Blu-ray, the night sky behind it looks genuinely like a night sky, rather than a bank of grey mist.
This means you can actually make out a few background details during such dark scenes, too, helping the 19AV505D produce a much greater sense of image depth than is common at this end of the market.
We've often pointed out that good black levels often lead to good colours, and the 19AV505D reaffirms this with colours that impress hugely for both their vibrancy and, more crucially, their naturalism.
Many small TVs really lose their way with colours, erring towards the sort of over-saturated tones and temperatures favoured by the PC world. But the 19AV505D managed to keep looking surprisingly credible at all times during our Men In Black run-through, even when handling skin tones during night-time sequences.
Also impressive in respect of colours is how well their tones hold up while watching ordinary, standard definition TV. A surprising number of LCD TVs both big and small tend to lose colour tone accuracy when rescaling standard definition to HD Ready resolutions, but not the 19AV505D.