To compound the 42ZV635DB’s troubles, it actually suffers with a couple of flaws that its cheapest siblings do not – both caused by the 200Hz engine. First, as predicted, you can see a rather flickery effect when the picture is showing very fine detailing, particularly from our HD sources. But also the processing causes the picture to twitch fractionally but distractingly when watching 24p Blu-rays.
Thankfully there’s a good side to the 200Hz system too, as it keeps a reasonably – though not class-leadingly – tight rein on judder and, especially, motion blur, while throwing up none of the usual side effects like shimmering edges or picture ‘skips’.
The 42ZV635DB also does a nice job of making you appreciate all the extra detail in HD sources, despite the fact that its standard definition pictures look exceptionally crisp and clean thanks to Resolution+. Furthermore, colours do actually hold up nicely in tone terms provided that what you’re watching is predominantly bright and so hasn’t required you to drop brightness levels too acutely.
The 42ZV635DB’s audio, however, quickly returns us to the distinctly average territory where we seem to have spent much of this review. For the robust bodywork sadly hasn’t been used to introduce any more bass to audio proceedings than we’d expect to hear with even a quite bog-standard LCD TV, leaving a fair if unexpansive mid-range, but trebles sounding high, dry and sometimes harsh.
The 42ZV635DB makes incremental improvements in some areas over Toshiba’s budget ranges, so it’s certainly not a bad TV. However, it’s comfortably outgunned by a number of rival TVs in the same price – the Philips 42PFL7404, the Samsung 40B650, the Sony KDL-40W5500, the Panasonic TX-P42G15 to name but four – and so it doesn’t really get close to turning ‘not bad’ into good.
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