Toshiba 42L6453DB: Sound Quality
The 42L6453DB is an average audio performer too. There’s precious little bass for introducing rumble to action scenes, and the treble range sounds a bit muffled too.
Voices are clear and reasonably well rounded at least, forming part of a reasonably clean if not especially expansive mid-range. Overall the TV sounds fine with straightforward daytime TV content, but struggles to step out of its comfort zone with anything more raucous.
Other Things to Consider
Although it’s not Toshiba’s worst offender in this respect, the 42L6453DB does run a bit sluggishly. It can take so long to switch off that you end up hitting the power button again, only for the TV to then go off and come back on again as it finally reacts to both your presses. The transitions between some of the smart menus can be a little arduous, too.
Testing the 42L6453DB for input lag – the time it takes for a TV to produce its pictures having received image data – revealed a figure of 6ms. This is a truly exceptional result – as low a figure as we’ve ever seen, in fact, and one which means Toshiba’s TV will have no negative impact at all on your gaming performance. So if you perform poorly, you’ve only got yourself to blame.
Should you buy a Toshiba 42L6453DB?
There’s no doubt that the 42L6453DB gives you plenty of picture size for not much buck, and its unique MediaGuide Replay feature is a real attraction provided you add the necessary USB HDD.
Its attractive price and great MediaGuide Replay feature give you a couple of compelling reasons to consider buying a 42L6453DB. However, its picture quality falls well short of the best rivals around this year.
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Score in detail
Smart TV 7
Image Quality 6
Sound Quality 6