Toshiba Regza 32AV713B - Features and Settings



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It’s no surprise after the fairly basic level of spec uncovered so far to find the 32AV713B only sporting Toshiba’s now pretty straightforward-looking Active Vision picture processing. But while Toshiba has improved on it for higher-level TVs, standard Active Vision has never been a bad system. And you could argue that finding any significant picture processing is a result on a £280 32in TV.

Heading into the 32AV713B’s onscreen menus, there are many more picture adjustments than we might have expected. For instance, you can adjust the backlight as well as the simple contrast and brightness values – and with a startling degree of subtlety too.

Even more impressively, you can tweak the gain of the red, green and blue colour elements; call in colour transient improvement circuitry; activate an Adaptive Luma Control system that adjusts the brightness and contrast automatically based on analysis of the incoming image content; and most remarkably of all tweak the hue, saturation and brightness settings of the red, green, blue, cyan, yellow and magenta base colour elements.

All this flexibility would be pointless if it couldn’t help the 32AV713B produce some good pictures. So it’s a relief that the set’s image reproduction outperforms its price point by a comfortable margin. In fact, we’d say its pictures are better than those of last year’s 32AV635D, which itself was no slouch for its money.

The area where the 32AV713B’s pictures most obviously seem to improve over those of its predecessor is brightness. There’s much more punch to images post calibration, as the set doesn’t need to sacrifice as much light output as before to deliver a decent black level response.

This allows pictures to have a generally more dynamic appearance, especially when showing dark scenes. And it further allows colours to look more luminous, for want of a better word, as well as more natural. After all, it’s easier to see subtle tonal shifts and thus stop swathes of colour looking plasticky or cartoony when there’s more brightness behind them.

Yet more good news finds motion being very well handled for a true budget TV, with impressively little of cheap LCD’s usual resolution loss and smearing. HD pictures look decently – though not world-beatingly – sharp and detailed too, and the set is also a good upscaler of standard definition, despite not carrying Toshiba’s Resolution+ detail-boosting processor.

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