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updated when our old 21"CRT became obsolete due to digital switchover although it still works fine.decided on this model as i saw no reason the change from toshiba and this one does not disapoint.HD channels are amazing but standard channels are also brilliant quality as is the 'game' modethe sound quality is fine and the menus are easy to navigate as is set up.plenty of inputs of various type for all your periferals.all together a great TV, we have since purchased 2 other Regzas for various rooms and would not go elsewhere unless budget meant we had to downgrade.
Spend ,spend, spend ! yes that's exactly what I did.It was time to change the old faithful Sony TV we had had for 12 years, I honestly don't know how it survived four moves ,including those from the South East to the Outer Hebrides and back,. We could tell it was struggling as every so often it would switch itself off for no reason.When we bought it , it was a top of the range TV,but with all the technological advances over a ten year period, we were going to have to find something in our price range that was going to last the 'Digital age'.
Our Sony TV had a 31 inch screen and being a man my hubby insisted that he needed a larger screen, so I went on one of my many product searches on the Internet, more often than not gasping at the incredibly high prices of technology ready TVs, but I found a Bargain in the end.
I found a 42 Inch HD ready Toshiba TV for the Bargain price of £449.00,not certain that this wasn't a pricing error I immediately placed my order..It wasn't an error , it was in the sale ( which I hadn't even noticed was on so intent on buying a bargain ,and thankfully I had caught it on the last day, the following day the very same TV was being sold for £976.00.)
A Little about this Television taken from details on site
42" REGZA RV635 Series LCD TV - widescreen - 1080p (FullHD) - HD ready 1080p - high-gloss black / The 42" Regza RV635 offers a Full HD 1080p ready LCD TV, blending superb picture and audio quality and delivering it in a stylish high gloss Toshiba 42RV635DB ... design.
The 42" RV635 provides Toshiba's acclaimed Active Vision II picture processing technology delivering stunning images from any high definition or standard definition source as well as featuring Resolution+ technology which enhances edge detail and texture to upscale high definition content to near high definition quality providing clearer, sharper, richer images.
Two days later there was a knock on the door , and the delivery driver huffing and puffing with the weight asked me to sign for my new purchase.' Wow that's a huge box!' I thought ,and quite heavy too as I tried to manoeuvre it into the living room.Then I did the womanly thing and waited for hubby to come home to set the TV up,I'm glad I did as it took the both of us just to get the damn thing out of its box.
The TV has a black frame with a silver Toshiba name badge on the front. This name badge lights up when the TV has a electric current running through it.Which I have found very useful as you can tell if the TV has been left on standby, something I try to avoid at all costs .
When installing this TV because of its weight and size ,I strongly suggest you find a unit or cabinet that will accommodate it,because at 26.5 kg it needs the support.
To start take it out of its box , as I've said unless you're Geoff Capes its advisable to have a helper.Place the TV into the supplied stand if you are not going to wall mount it,and settle it in a location where you can fix the stabilizing strap for extra stability.
Once you have done this its then time to set up any external equipment, Ariel cables Scart leads and the like, Place the DVD player Sky Box in standby mode and then run the Auto tuning.The Television should automatically switch over to monitor the external devices.
At the back of the TV there are a huge amount of different sockets including 2 Scart sockets ,3 HDMI input sockets( that's High Definition Multi Media interface to those of you like me that just think its all gobbledegook...and that doesn't really help either ).component Video Input sockets,Optical digital Output sockets and a cable holder.You would think that this would be enough, but Toshiba look like their trying to rival NASA with the amount of technology thrown into this TV..so on we go...
On the right hand side of the TV tucked just behind the frame there are even more buttons, your usual standby button , menu ,picture control ,sound level and programme control, under these there is a USB JPEG Viewer ( with a warning that it comes with limited functionality and Toshiba take no responsibility for any damage caused to connected equipment),that to me seems slightly redundant, but that's mainly because I have NO IDEA what it would be used for anyway ! Under that there is an HDMI port, a DVB common interface port ( Yet again No Idea ), a headphone jack two audio ports 1 video port and an S-video port which are all Input 3 extension.
There should at this point be a red light on the front of the TV, that's if you have it plugged in...No ...right plug it in .next step press the power button on the left hand side of the Television , if it doesn't come on press the standby button on the remote control...oh no not another remote arghhh !When you see the green light it means your ready for the next step.
Tuning The TV
Using the remote to turn th TV On the first thing you see is a quick set up screen so we then go through 9 steps to set all the channels.
Step 1,using the remote highlight country obviously in this case UK and press OK.Check .
Step 2, Highlight menu language English press OK ...check .
Step 3, Location home or store, navigate to home press OK ...check at this point auto-view option activates, this automatically adjusts the picture settings to viewing conditions, apparently if you use this function the TV operates with a lower energy consumption, Not sure about that claim , but hey ho we live and learn.
Step 4, select between cable or antenna press OK .Check.
Step 5, Auto tuning start up screen appears with options to choose between DVT( Digital TV ) or ATV( Analogue TV) make your choice press OK .Check.
Step 6, Press OK again this starts the auto tune , don't be impatient like me and wonder why it isn't doing anything , it does take a while and the TV has to complete the search before you can move on to the next step., when this has finished it gives you a full list of all services found.
Step 7,Press left or right on your remote to choose between Digital or Analogue lists.
Step 8, Use the up and down buttons on your remote to select a channel and press OK to view.Check
Step 9...Go back to TV and watch !
The Technical bits taken from warranty
DVB-T Broadcast systems channels UHF 21-68,PAL-1 UHF UK 21-UK69
Video Input PAL,SECAM,NTSC 3.58/4.43
EXT 1 INPUT/OUTPUT 21-pin SCART RGB,A/V
EXT 2 INPUT/OUTPUT 21 pin SCART A/V, S-VIDEO SELECTABLE OUTPUT
EXT 3 INPUT( SIDE) Phono jacks
HDMI 1/2/3 INPUT HDMI ( AUDIO LIP SYNC,INSTAPORT,RGB RANGE SUPPORTED)
HDMI 4 INPUT (SIDE) INPUT HDMI( AUDIO LIP SYNC,INSTAPORT,RGB RANGE SUPPORTED)
PC INPUT Mini D sub 15 -pin Analog RGBsignal
PC/HDMI1 AUDIO 3.5MM MINI JACK AUDIO
DIGITAL AUDIO OUTPUT(S/PDIF) OPTICAL
USB PORT USB CLASS : MASS STORGAE FILE SYSTEM: FAT 12/16/32
STEREO NICAM 2 CARRIER SYSTEM
VISIBLE SCREE SIZE 42 A/RV 107 CMS
POWER CONSUMPTION 42 RV 144W
STANDBY MOSE 0.8W
DIMENSIONS 70cm (H) 101cm (W) 31cm (D)
Weight 25.6 kg
HEADPHONE SOCKET 3.5mm STEREO
ACCESSORIES REMOTE CONTROL , 2 BATTERIES, CLEANING CLOTH.
Time it took to set up
Well if you don't include all of the little rows , you know , what hole ? Are you sure it's supposed to go there ? Watch your fingers on the Screen ! I'd say from unpacking the box to watching the first programme around 30 minutes, believe me for a technophobe thats good.It took me four years to work out how to work my mp3 player :S, so I am almost a tech geek when it comes to Televisions .
The Benefits of an HD TV
Well I can't say for sure, there's definitely a better picture ,but that could just be because of the screen size , Movies do look better which as a movie fan is a big bonus . If I ever do decided to upgrade my Sky package to an HD package ..which I am loath to do as its an extra £10 a month and they already get £60 a month off of me.But it is Digital so no worries when the switch over happens in 2 years time.
A really Big Screen aesthetically pleasing TV with fantastic picture and sound quality worth every penny I paid for it.I would highly recommend this Toshiba to anyone who is looking to upgrade their current Television.