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After searching around for some time for a new television to replace my aging 32 inch sony, i stumbled upon this. Setting me back almost £600 i awaited delivery from Amazon.
The delivery took 3 days and the box the TV came in was HUGE. Dragging the box into my living room was a task itself negotiating paint work and being careful not to damage the box.
I quickly got to work opening the packaging and removing the huge 42 inch screen not realising there was a seperate stand (see the bottom of the pic). Instructions for screwing the stand and television together were simple enough. Lifting the television was not it was very heavy and i would not like to have to move it often.
Picture quality on the tv was exceptional especially at full 1080p over a Blu Ray to one of the tv's 2 HDMI ports, the quality of the picture when not watching HD content was not as sharp as i expected, after watching a champions league match on an evening i noticed that the picture appeared a little grainy which i subsequently found out was because large screen tv's such as this perform better with a HD input. The instructions for calibrating the colours and picture were easy to follow and the remote control allowed me to set this up to my taste.
The tv comes with 2 HDMI ports, 3 Scart Ports and audio input/output connectivity to my surround sound system.
Overall i am more than impressed with this tv and plan on keeping it for at least 3 years.
When we moved into our flat there was a one essential that we were going to buy, and that was a good, large, full HD TV. We settled on a size of about 42" and after looking around, we settled on the Toshiba Regza 42AV635DB from Amazon.co.uk at a cost of £502.25. When I looked on Amazon today it's currently selling for £899.99 so I think we got a really good bargain there! We did have the chance of getting our TV for free as we bought it the same time they had a world cup promotion on, where if England won the world cup we'd get the cost of our TV back. We didn't put our hopes up on that one.
This TV ticked all of our boxes and it wasn't too expensive. It also boasts about it's resolution + up-scaling feature which enhances standard definition to virtually high definition standards. It has an AutoView function which apparently instantaneously adapts to the lightning conditions in the room providing optimal output. All I can say is that the TV image is brilliant, sharp, clear and colourful and certainly the best quality TV I have ever owned. It has Freeview built in, as most new TV's these days do, and has the digital tick so it's ready for the digital switch-over. I'm glad it had Freeview as when we first moved in we were waiting on our Virgin HD TV to be installed, although in our flat the TV signal, was poor and we struggled to pick up basic channels using the old fashioned way, and whilst Freeview provided a good quality image, again we could actually only pick up a few channels. The Freeview on the TV however was good, the auto tune ran and picked up all the channels it could for us, and we did run it a fair few times after messing around with the aerial wire! The TV guide was good and overall I would have been happy enough using that, however we had decided to get Virgin cable TV.
The TV comes with a stand which you have to fit together yourself, this did require 2 people as the TV is so large, however it was simple enough to put together and overall the TV looks sleek and stylish. You can pivot it on the stand if needed.
It comes with 4 HDMI connections which is great for us as we have our Virgin HD, Xbox 360 and a Wii, and we are planning on getting a PS3 eventually so these connections come in handy. Its simple to switch through these different connections, just one button on the remote control allows you to quickly switch between them. I must admit the HD TV channels are so rich and clear on this TV, I have been very impressed. Another thing is playing on the Xbox 360 on this TV. Not only does the 42" size along for a large picture, but the TV also has a 'Game Mode' function which is compatible with any HDMI equipped games console. Toshiba say that this feature "bypasses much of the picture processing technology required to enhance TV programmes and films, resulting in an improved response time and screen refresh rate." Whatever it does, the end result when gaming is outstanding and I'm really impressed with the picture quality. If you love gaming then I certainly recommend this TV for that aspect alone!
Onto the sound. We usually have surround sound however we haven't gotten around to purchasing a new speaker system yet. Despite this the sound is actually not bad at all, I have heard much worse on LCD TV's and it's not annoying me at all really, and it's good enough until we finally got some speakers.
The TV also has an On/Off button meaning you can switch the TV off rather than on standby. Despite this we always switch it off by the wall anyway, my partner hates leaving things switched on!
Overall I have been very pleased by our purchase. The picture quality of the TV is brilliant and I love it's large size. Combining this with HD TV and gaming it gives an excellent rich and clear image and makes gaming even better. As mentioned before we paid £502.25 for this on Amazon and now it's considerably more, so I suggest searching around elsewhere for a good price. It was certainly worth every penny we paid for it.
I got my TV as a moving in present off my folks - and very happy I am with it too!
I actually carried out most of the research, relying on several reviews and also Which magazine's website. I then told them the model to get as they are not the most tech-savvy of people.
The TV is incredibly simple to set up - there is a stand with a few simple assembly instructions which I read just because I wanted to ensure it went up safely - I don't have many things this expensive! But anyone could build this stand, it is very straight forward. It also allows the TV to pivot so you can change your position in the room and still see the screen.
The picture is great as you would expect, but the key thing I noticed in other reviews on the web is it states the poor sound quality. I simply don't agree. This is a TV, not a club sound system. I watch films with many explosions and shouting without ever thinking the sound is coming across poorly. I am sure if you push it you can make the sound distort, but there is no reason you would want it that loud that I can think of.
There are loads of ports so you can have your PVR, PS3, Wii, External hard drive (as you can play music too) all attached - and switch between each with a couple of button presses. There are different visual presents as well so your horror films can de dark and atmospheric and your games can be bright and vivid.
The TV looks the business but I do find it attracts dust and the small cloth provided isn't really big enough to clean the TV as it gets so dirty itself.
If you want a high performance TV for a mid range price, this is the one for you.
I have recently acquried this television through a competition, I was really happy to finally have my dream of an LCD TV in my front room, only problem was the first one we got had a blown speaker that the bass was fuzzy on, so it was replaced promptly and we got another one that was just fine.
Up-on first taking out of the box you have to assemble the stand if you're not going to put it on the wall, this is very simple and even comes with a tool so you can do the job, i managed to work out how to put the stand on and put it on the TV within 5-10 minutes without even looking at the instructions, so very easy indeed.
Set up to get it going is very easy, just follow the on screen instructions to set up your digital or analog channels, however these wont be much use as of 2011. presentation wise, everything looks very nice, TV looks sleek, wide variety of ports on the back and remote control is functional, light and nice to use.
TV come with 4 x HDMI ports, 1 VGA port, 2 sets of Phono Ports for surround sound setup as well. 2 Scart sockets, S-Video socket (although I have never come across anything that uses this interface. Also a USB port which i assume could display your photos if you wanted to.
If you plan to connect a PC the VGA port can only carry a maximum signal of up to 1280 x 1024 by SXGA.
If you want full HD you have to connect via the HDMI port.
The TV picture is very nice and although this is what I would call a 'budget' 42 incher it is still a very nice picture from a regular DVD player (I think this is due to Resolution+ technology, but i'll let you google that) let alone an Upscaling DVD player or Blu ray.
Would be very nice in my recommendation to add Surround sound system and a Blu ray player.
Also must mention this TV has fantastic modes that you can change into Dynamic, Movie, Standard, Gaming mode and 1 or 2 others.
All in all a fantastic TV for the money in my opinion
Ive had the TV for about 3 weeks now and have had no problems, took it out of the box attatched the cables set it on to sky tv and away it went. I have had a wee play about with the settings etc no probs there, as for the luminated light "Toshiba" it doesnt bother me or the family so we just leave it on. Smart looking TV especially with its high gloss black finish. It also has great sound and picture quality and it also has plenty of ports to connect other components and the sound is better than I would expect from a LCD. Not tried the USB port yet but could well be very useful. Generally though well worth the money. Overall a great looking tv that I would recommend to anyone looking to buy a sleek looking LCD tv, that has a great contemporary style.