Toshiba Regza 32XV505DB 32in LCD TV - Toshiba 32XV505DB

John Archer

By John Archer

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Calling up the TV's onscreen menus - which prove a bit small for comfortable reading - uncovers another selection of noteworthy features. For instance, there's a colour management tool; an auto contrast facility that can adjust the picture based on an assessment of light levels in your room; the option to deactivate the dynamic contrast system if you find it making black levels look unstable; plus both MPEG and standard noise reduction routines.

Inevitably my first port of call in assessing the 32XV505DV's picture quality has to be its HD performance. Does the set's Full HD resolution actually make its HD pictures from games and films look sharper and cleaner than those of the 32CV505DB? Indeed it does.

In the Sky HD broadcast of Braveheart, for instance, the shot of Wallace's Scottish army charging hell for leather across the film's first battlefield towards the hated English looks slightly cleaner and crisper here than on the 32CV505DB, for two reasons. First, there's slightly more fine detail to be seen. But far more important is the relative lack of blurring evident in the picture, presumably because the set doesn't have to rescale the 1080-line source to fit its 1080-line pixel count.

The Full HD pixel count also lets the TV show just a fraction more clarity with such picture detail ‘niceties' as the stubble on Wallace's face in the shot where he gets his first glimpse of York.

There are other strengths to report, too, that aren't necessarily a direct bi-product of the 32XV505DB's extra resolution. For instance, it produces really good black levels for its price point, suffering relatively little with LCD's still-common 'greying over' issue.

Admittedly there is a trace of clouding over extremely dark scenes, such as the night-time bagpipe serenade to Wallace's dead father in Braveheart. But during most ‘normal' footage, which contains a mix of brights and darks, the black levels look punchy and help the image enjoy real dynamism - a dynamism enhanced further by the TV's exceptional levels of brightness.

So far, so good. It seems that there's definitely enough of an HD benefit to easily justify the 32XV505DB's extra £90 or so over the 32CV505DB. Pity, then, that there's a price to pay in the form of a reduced standard definition performance and some colour issues.

G1GAHURTZ

June 17, 2008, 4:01 pm

Nice review, but I'd have thought that more people would have picked this out as a good desktop combo screen for PC/console.





I've been waiting for a good full HD 32in TV that I could also use as a desktop PC screen, so I would have preferred to see more coverage of how this screen performs in this area in the review.





Hope you can add something, or consider this for future reviews.





Thanks.

Mark 1

June 20, 2008, 6:19 pm

Great reviews which are very helpful.





I'm also looking for a 32inch LCD to connect to a Vista Media Centre PC. Unfortunately a lot of PC's don't support 1366 x 768 so a Full HD 1920 x 1080 would seem a better choice. I would be interested to read how a PC looks on these screens, if the text was clear, if it supported 1:1 pixel mapping and whether 1920 x 1080 was acheived over VGA, HDMI or a DVI-HDMI convertor.

Zhiming Wang

June 30, 2008, 4:12 pm

Re: Using it as a monitor for a computer.





I have bought this screen from pixmania for ~800 euro. Unfortunately my main PC broke down and I am driving it through VGA using my laptop at 1280x768. The resolutions it supports are kind of funny - standard VGA 4:3 resolutions are supported, so are some oddball wide resolutions, but zooming/letterboxing are kind of funny - they're not supported for modes higher than the 5:4 1280x1024 resolution.





The highest I can drive it using VGA is 1400x1050, but the funny thing is that I cannot output 1280x720 by VGA - so I have to make do with the 16:9.6 aspect ratio 1280x768 resolution, so things are a little skewed. The response time is fairly good - not much ghosting and blurring but you can see a little lag (I am VERY sensitive to this, so most people might not notice at all!) Not quite 2ms lcd with RTC fast, but definitely speedy.





I have hooked up an older pc, and have used a DVI-HDMI cable on a nVidia 8800GTX to output exact scan 1080p60 onto the screen and it does look glorious, no overscan or interference or blurring. It does look quite amazing. One thing I found was that the DVI-HDMI cable does not work on an ATi Radeon 2400 Pro, it gives me a black screen no-matter what I do, but I think that is to do with the card itself having a special method of re-arranging its pinouts to work with a specialised ATi DVI-HDMI dongle - and as I don't have this dongle (may have thrown it out) nor do I have a HDMI-HDMI cable, your luck might be different. The nVidia card itself needed a bit of playing around with using a VGA cable before working properly with the HDMI-DVI cable, but now is working 100% of the time - even at bootup and the bios, so it should be grand.





One thing for using this as a TV or PC monitor/speakers is that the review was spot on in saying how the midrange of the sound is kind of muffled. There doesn't seem to be enough sharpness in the higher frequencies of the sound output and playing around with the in-menu settings can help, but I haven't tried playing around with the audio equalizer settings on the PC itself yet - so it may help a lot!





Anyhow, sorry if this is long and rambling. I hope it helped.

Ash

October 19, 2008, 7:10 pm

I just ordered on from Amazon for 𧹌. I plan to use it as a replacement for my 19" lcd monitor on my PC. Shall let you know how it is once I get it :)

Ben 5

December 2, 2008, 4:14 pm

The quality and fantastic detail of this screen in my experience is second to none in this price range. As has already been pointed out this does mean that the imperfections of old programs become visible, but can be toned down by making some simple adjustments, conversely more recent films and quality programs look superb even in standard definition. The remote and associated on screen display are quite well thought out and easy to use, although some of the buttons are a little on the small side. At the end of the day the picture quality is as good as the program quality allows, and more importantly is able to make the best of High Definition programs which for me is the key factor in getting a full HD 1080p screen. I would advise getting a surround sound system to make the most of the sound quality, or you can simply add a sub woofer to the enhance the tv speakers which are otherwise limited by the size of the cabinet. I have used the screen as a monitor for my laptop and am very pleased with the result. When I next upgrade my laptop I'll get one with a Blu-Ray drive, and so get Hi Def movie playback as a bonus. Overall this tv has met my needs and is as future proof as possible whilst still working seemlessly with my existing equipment.

skipper

December 2, 2008, 11:52 pm

I got this TV about 8 weeks ago and having same problem has Zhiming Wang. My graphics card is a. Sapphier HD 3870 X2 card. I am using HDMI cable with a vga to dvi adapter. I can get the HDMI on but can not go above 800X600 resoltion. Also i can not play games as soon as games come on it changes to blue screen. Im using at the moment RGB cable using a DVI adapter on PC to TV. but i can only have my highest resolution is 1360X768 and can play games but i want 1080p which my card has HDMI and 1080p built in so thats my sauce of HDMI and 1080p. I am going to wright to Toshiba and see what they say.





So Zhiming Wang dont thinks its just you because its does it to me as well and i have also read another review saying the same thing.

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