Finally, it turns out that the 32AV615 can’t take 1080p feeds, topping out at 1080i – an issue that does perhaps make pictures look a touch less rich and fluid than they do on Toshiba’s 1080p-supporting 32RV635 model. But the difference isn’t really a big deal on a 32in TV in my humble opinion.
It should be pretty clear by now that the 32AV615 is both far from the last word in LCD picture quality, and not as good as its costlier 32AV635 sibling. But this predictable state of affairs shouldn’t be allowed to mask the fact that compared more fairly with the other bargain bucket TV fodder in its price bracket, the 32AV615 is the undisputed champ.
For instance, while its black levels could be deeper and more expressive, they’re miles better than the pathetically grey, blue or completely detail-free efforts of other budget efforts. And while some colours might occasionally look overcooked, the degree of tonal error is minor versus ultra-cheap rivals. Furthermore, the level of subtlety in colour blends is as good as you see on some TVs costing twice as much.
As for motion, while the 32AV615’s Blu-ray playback might not be quite such a fluid experience as it is on 100Hz TVs or even the 32AV635, the set’s motion presentation is at least far less blighted by LCD’s motion blur problem than any other mega-cheap LCD we’ve seen.
Next, while standard definition pictures aren’t as sharp or noiseless as they appear on Toshiba’s Resolution+-sporting TVs, they’re still perfectly watchable, and rarely if ever soft or noisy enough – even with low-quality sources – to become really distracting. Something which, again, can only be said of precious few other ultra-cheap contenders.
The 32AV615D’s audio, meanwhile is a touch more merely ‘functional’ than its pictures. Maximum volume levels are respectable for the set’s money, and there’s a reasonable amount of bass around considering how thin the Toshiba’s speakers appear to be. But the 32AV615D seems reluctant to accept the limitations of these speakers, resulting in some rather fuzzy, distorted moments during action scenes, and a few rather ‘buzzy’ male voices.
If you can find the extra £50-100 needed to buy Toshiba’s still damn cheap 32AV635 set, with its Resolution+ system, I suggest you do so. But if £300 really is your limit, you simply will not find another 32in LCD TV that can hold a candle to the 32AV615.
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