Summary

Our Score

8/10

User Score

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Other quoted specifications for the 19AV615DB are hit and miss. On the up side, the set sports a dynamic backlight system delivering a very promising contrast ratio of 20,000:1, and a high native resolution of 1,366 x 768. On the downside the claimed brightness of 300cd/m2 is pretty average.

Although you should never trust manufacturer's quoted contrast ratios, the perennially dark locations of Batman: Arkham Asylum support the 20,000:1 claims to some extent by looking markedly less greyed over than they do with any other LCD we've seen for anywhere near the same price.

Also, while there is a little backlight inconsistency around, it's seldom even slightly distracting, and is actually far less pronounced than it is on many small rivals. Like the recently reviewed 19in Cello IPOD TV, for instance.

Where we've got respectable black levels we usually also find decent colours, and so it proves with the 19AV615DB. Tones are generally credible, aside from the occasionally rather waxy skin tone, and there's more vibrancy to images than you might expect from a TV boasting a mere 300cd/m2 of brightness.


The 19AV615DB goes beyond the call of budget duty, too, in being able to genuinely render the quality difference between standard definition and HD sources, as HD's extra detail and sharpness is clearly obvious despite the smallness of the screen.

Part of the reason the HD/SD difference is so pronounced, though, is because the 19AV615DB's standard def pictures look a touch softer than I'd ideally like.

Another moan would be that pictures - especially standard definition ones - suffer with noticeable motion blur. Also, the picture isn't all that bright, meaning that while it will work great in a bedroom or typical study, it could look a touch muted if you're after something for a very bright kitchen or a sun-trap conservatory.

Not surprisingly, the 19AV615DB's sound is nothing to write home about. With just 6W to its name, it doesn't have nearly enough raw power to open up during action scenes, and bass is in short supply.

Having said all that, the soundstage isn't as tinny and puny as those of many 19in screens, and vocals remain generally clear and quite believable. Most surprisingly of all, the pseudo surround processing mode I scoffed at earlier actually turns out to be quite effective! Not because it creates any sort of surround sound sensation, but because it does at least fool your ears into believing the TV is far more powerful than it actually is.

Verdict

The 19AV615DB delivers an above average performance, by small screen standards, for a far below average price. Which naturally makes it a pretty attractive second-room TV option.

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