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Toshiba Regza 32CV505DB 32in LCD TV

According to TV makers, the big ‘craze' right now is for TVs with Full HD resolutions. As a result, even sets as small as 32in increasingly feel the need to squeeze the required 1,920 x 1,080 pixels into their relatively small bodies. So if we're all as obsessed with Full HDness as the TV industry thinks we are, then Toshiba's new 32CV505DB with its ‘mere' 1,366 x 768 HD Ready resolution probably isn't going to garner much interest.

However, we at TrustedReviews don't think this will actually be the case. For we suspect that another fine British tradition is still the truly dominant force in the TV world: bargain hunting. And in this respect, the 32CV505DB could be very popular indeed, for it offers you 32in of what promises on paper, at least, to be very credible LCD picture quality for less than £500.
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Not surprisingly this sort of money doesn't get you anything very original on the design front; the 32CV505DB is essentially just another member of the ‘glossy black rectangle' brigade. Yet somehow - possibly thanks to a slight convex curve in the bezel and/or the textural differentiation presented by the small speaker panel running along the bottom edge - the 32CV505DB does manage to look genuinely attractive.

The 32CV505DB's good first impressions continue with its provision of three HDMI inputs where I would have only expected two on a TV at its price level. Plus there are the de rigueur component video inputs, a D-Sub PC port, a digital audio output, and even a subwoofer line out for adding your own powered bass speaker if the TV's built-in rumbles don't do it for you.

Obviously given its price the 32CV505DB isn't the world's most feature-heavy TV. There's no sign of any 100Hz processing to help reduce LCD's traditional motion blur problem, for starters. Yet actually I'd say that overall the 32CV505DB has rather more to offer feature-wise than you might think.

Particularly gratifying is the discovery that despite being part of Toshiba's new entry-level range, the 32CV505DB still carries the latest version of Toshiba's Active Vision LCD processing engine.

To be honest, on Toshiba's previous LCD range this once admired system didn't seem to keep up with the similar systems of some rival brands - or at least its effects seemed strangely inconsistent from model to model. But you never know; the tweaks made to this latest version might get the system back up to speed.

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