Review Price £329.99
Toshiba Regza 37RV753B - Performance and Verdict
Resolution+ earns its corn with standard definition, meanwhile, adding noticeably more sharpness to non-HD sources than typical upscaling systems. Just be careful not to set the processing too high; we’d suggest its ‘3’ level at most, and probably ‘2’ with relatively low quality sources. Otherwise pictures start to look grainy and noisy.
The 37RV753’s decent motion handling also means that it delivers a likably sharp picture with HD sources. Not spectacularly crisp; the set doesn’t have the intense clarity of the very best LCD TVs, failing, for instance, to really deliver a full sense of the grain some film makers like to retain with Blu-ray versions of their films. But the definition is certainly sufficient to allow you to spot quality differences between different HD sources, and that’s perfectly adequate at the budget end of the 37in market.
The 37RV753’s most obvious picture weakness has to be its viewing angle. This is really limited, with clear contrast loss setting in from as little as 35 degrees off axis. There are also minor discrepancies in the backlight consistency, though these hardly ever prove distracting - at least provided you’ve got the backlight setting sensibly moved down to no higher than the 55-60 level.
Another small issue is the apparent slight input lag the screen suffers with. This felt like it was putting us at a minor disadvantage while playing ‘twitch trigger’ online games, though we didn’t get that sluggish, disconnected feeling while playing single player fare that we’ve experienced with serious input lag offenders.
While the proud owner of a reasonably attractive if slightly plasticky fascia, the 37RV753 is unusually chunky around its rear. But this seems to pay dividends in the sound department, as the set produces a more well-rounded and dynamic audio performance than many of its peers - even many more expensive ones. There’s a slightly fragile tone to the sound during loud moments, and as always we’d have loved more bass. We additionally detected a faint hum coming from the set during extremely quiet moments (though you won’t hear this if you’re sat any sort of sensible distance from the screen). But overall the 37RV753’s audio really isn’t bad at all.
While the 37RV753’s slightly odd DLNA situation and numerous minor picture issues don’t quite enable us to grant it full-on TrustedReviews Recommended status, if you’re on a tight budget there’s no doubt whatsoever that in raw performance terms it’s one of the most accomplished Freeview HD sets the affordable TV world currently has to offer.