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Toshiba Regza 42RV635D 42in LCD TV - Toshiba Regza 42RV635D

John Archer

By John Archer



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Setting the 42RV635D up reveals the same sort of impressive flexibility noted with the 37AV635D. Among the extensive tweaks on offer are a genuine colour management tool that allows you to fine tune all six of the key video colour components; the facility to adjust the backlight 'starting point' of the AutoView feature; and the option to turn separate MPEG and 3D noise reduction routines off.

People who like to know that all the fancy processing they've paid for is actually doing what it's supposed to will also appreciate the 42RV635D's 'Control Visualisation' menu. This presents on screen two real-time graphs, one dubbed Distribution which shows the Number of Pixels along one axis against the image brightness on the other, the other called Control Curve showing a much more static line plotting the relationship between the post-processing output and original input signals.

It's quickly apparent, as you settle down to watch the 42RV635D, that its Eco panel doesn't seem to have hindered its picture quality at all. In fact, if anything its pictures look slightly better than those of the 37AV635D.

Easily the most striking benefit comes in the key area of HD sharpness. The screen's Full HD resolution seems to assist the TV in reproducing HD images with more sharpness and texture than the 'merely' HD Ready 37AV635D, especially if you do the sensible thing and ensure that you've set the screen's aspect ratio to Native when watching HD sources. This makes the screen map incoming HD video to its screen resolution on a straight pixel by pixel basis, removing the need for any rescaling processing to mess about with the picture.

I also felt that the 42RV635 produced dark scenes more successfully than its cheaper sibling. Or at least it seemed possible to reduce the greyness over parts of the picture that should be black to an acceptable level without reducing the image's brightness and punch quite as severely as I had to with the 37AV635D. There isn't the same slightly blue undertone to dark scenes on the 42RV635D either.

This ability to produce dark scenes that retain slightly more dynamism than they did on the 37AV635D also helps the 42RV635D produce more convincing and diverse colourscapes during dark scenes. Plus there seems a touch more of the subtle detailing in dark parts of a picture that helps make them feel as if they occupy the same visual 'space' as bright scenes.

Another picture strength the 42RV635D shares with its cheaper AV sibling, meanwhile, is some likeably natural colours during bright scenes - actually enhanced a little by the extra colour blend subtlety produced by the RV model's higher resolution. Motion is similarly well-handled, too, especially for a TV with no 100Hz processing, with only marginal motion blur to worry about. There's a touch of judder while watching 24p footage, but seldom enough to seriously distract, and no more than we'd expect to see on a TV in the 42RV635D's price bracket.


August 16, 2009, 4:34 am

Nice TV, shame about the poor viewing angles that have been plaguing Toshiba sets for yonks. Any chance of reviewing the XV version of this TV as well? One would assume it is above this set in the range? This is unlike in the previous generation where the XV sat just below the RV series, strange. It has 100hz processing and goes for around £650 now which is only about £30 more than this model - potentially a steal?

Ken Alder

December 20, 2009, 6:57 pm

It was my birthday yesterday and my wife had agreed to buy me a new television for my b'day/xmas present so for the past week, I had be looking around for something of the high quality I would expect but within a budget of £700. After reading numerous reviews and scanning dozens of websites, I had decided that my best option was to go for the Panasonic 42" Plasma which is sold in both John Lewis and Costco for £700. I was all set to go to Costco and buy what I want; in and out was the plan!!

Now; luckily I decided to get the opinion of the Sales Advisor on duty at the time and ended up spending about 40 minutes looking at the different options and listening to his advice on why I should go LCD and not Plasma; especially as I spend a lot of time playing on my XBox and PS3. This finally led to me to me taking his advice and going for the Toshiba 42RV635D (1080p 42" LCD) and on reflection, I couldn't be any happier.

I immediately went home, set up my new television and was amazed by the quality; this TV delivers everything that it promises. The picture and Sound quality are outstanding; not only on the HD channels but even on the standard ones. The speakers that are set along the bottom edge of the screen offer outstnding sound quality, even without a seperate surround system and the intelligent lighting control makes the viewing experience a real treat.

I would advise anyone to give this product serious consideration if they are looking for a quality screen of this size; and to top it all, it came at £100 cheaper than the TV I was orignially looking at so the value for money it outstanding.

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