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Toshiba 19AV505D 19in LCD TV - Toshiba 19AV505D

Even the 19AV505D's motion handling is tidy, with far less of LCD's customary loss of resolution over moving objects than we would have expected. Even the tennis balls whizzing past Andy Murray as he was dumped unceremoniously out of the Olympics in the first round managed to look decently crisp.

The lack of motion blur reinforces a general sense of crispness with the 19AV505D's pictures that extends to both its HD and standard def sources. In fact, standard def images are so sharp they don't look all that much muckier than high definition ones for much of the time.
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There are little niggles to be found, though, if you look for them. The most recurringly annoying one during our tests was the appearance of backlight seepage from all four sides of the screen, but especially the top and bottom edges. This isn't noticeable during bright scenes, but as the alien bug tries to escape Earth near the end of Men in Black, the tell-tale stripes of greyness are all too apparent at the picture's extremities.

The 19AV505D's picture also tends to judder a bit when watching HD footage, regardless of what Cinema mode you're using, and finally really bright patches of a picture can look bleached out.

Sonically the 19AV505D rather lives down to our expectations, as its puny bodywork just doesn't allow the set to reproduce a meaty audio track with any real power, venom or, especially, bass. Even easy-going stuff such as an in-studio news broadcast can sound slightly odd thanks to the TV's tendency to over-stress the higher parts of the audio register.

Verdict

Despite falling prey to the weak audio situation so common on small LCD TVs, the 19AV505D remains a sometimes excellent and always very likeable 19in TV that only falls short of outgunning even the impressive Sharp 19D1E on account of that aggravating light spillage issue.

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