Trying to make up somewhat for bailing on HD DVD?
As if to make up for its abandonment of HD DVD this week, Toshiba has just gone and offered a considerable update to its line-up of LCD HDTVs. Not content with launching one new LCD TV range, Toshiba is adding three, the CV-, VX- and ZF-series.
Working alphabetically (because why not?) the CV series offers three models all sporting 1,366 x 768 resolutions in 32in, 37in and 42in sizes. All come with 15,000:1 dynamic contrast ratios, Active Vision video processing and a Game Mode which cuts the sets post-processing to help eliminate input lag, if such a thing is humanly detectable (which is debatable) and, more usefully, also automatically puts the TV in 1:1 pixel mapping mode.
Moving up to the VX series and we see the same 32in, 37in and 42in sizes but with improved 1,920 x 1,080. The VX’s will also sport a trio of HDMI ports and the same Active Vision processing seen on the CV range. Interestingly the sets are also cited as being compatible with Audio Descriptive TV broadcasts where available.
Finally the top-end ZF sees panels of 40in, 46in and 50in sizes with 1,920 x 1,200 resolutions and impressive 30,000:1 contrast ratios. 24fps playback is supported using a 5:5 pulldown mode and 100Hz video processing is also on board to attempt to reduce the motion blurring problems often found on LCD TVs.
Speakers are provided by Onkyo, which should lead to a decent sound quality for the range, plus a slim 23mm bezel will, according to Toshiba, give the ZF-series a distinct and refined styling – although we’ll wait to see that in the flesh before we believe it. The ZF range is slated for an April release, while the CV and VX series are scheduled for a March release and no pricing is yet available.