There is definitely a degree of judder and – with very fast motion – trailing to tolerate. And now that we’re starting to look at little performance reminders of the TV’s lowly price, we have to say we were slightly sad not to find the 40LV713DB carrying Toshiba’s Resolution+ engine for improving standard definition performance.
We wouldn’t say the set’s standard definition pictures actually look bad; in fact, they’re reasonably crisp and not particularly noisy, notwithstanding a tendency to slightly over-stress very contrasty edges. But we would still have liked the flexibility delivered by Resolution+ to adjust the look of the upscaled pictures to suit our tastes.
The 40LV713DB predictably suffers with a fairly – though not severely – limited viewing angle before pictures lose contrast. And while HD pictures definitely look HD, nor are they quite as pristinely crisp as we’ve seen them on some more expensive TVs.
None of these issues, though, stop the 40LV713DB from really impressing us with its pictures, considering how cheap it is.
It’s a shame, then, that the 40LV713DB’s sound is anything but impressive. Its speakers are some of the weakest we’ve heard on a big-screen TV, in fact. Even when watching normal daytime TV – ”Bargain Hunt”, ”Jeremy Kyle” and all that jazz – the speakers can struggle to portray male voices without distorting slightly and sounding muddy. So you can imagine how off the pace they sound with a good Hollywood action sequence. There’s far too little power, far too little bass and far too little dynamic range. Disappointing.
This is one of those reviews where we really struggled to decide on a final mark – as in, should it be a seven or an eight. In the end, we were nudged towards the seven on account of the 40LV713DB’s flimsy sonics and lack of Freeview HD tuner.
But if you already have a separate HD source and, ideally, a separate sound system, you can easily convert that seven score to an eight, and bag yourself a 40LV713DB safe in the knowledge that it will give you pictures far better than you frankly deserve for only coughing up £550 on a 40in TV!
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