Toshiba 32XV505D review

4 stars
£650.00
A Full HD set for £650? What's the catch? Turns out, there isn't one...

The 32XV505D is virtually identical to its CV brethren, apart from the fact that it's a 1920x1080 Full HD set decked out in silver edging.

You get identical connectivity, including three HDMI inputs, a set of component video connections, a couple of Scarts and, of course, the Freeview and analogue TV tuners.

Setting up a Toshiba has always been a simple affair, and this TV is no exception. Access the menus and you can opt for basic picture adjustments, or delve deeper and tinker with some of the finer aspects of picture quality.

Competent, but not subtle

Using either tuner, the Toshiba shows its competent side with a picture that majors in colour, but lacks outright subtlety. Of course, the Freeview tuner generates more stable images, with an ounce more detail, but on-screen noise is present in more testing scenes. Switch to DVD and the image improves, without totally eradicating the noise or improving the colour balance. In There Will Be Blood, Day-Lewis's skin looks overly ruddy.

The 32VX505D is more at home when you're feeding it the top 1080p/24fps signal from the digital teat of a Blu-ray player. This cleans up the digital noise, and the set shows it can handle rapid movement with a large degree of success. There's no doubt that it handles the image better than its cheaper sibling, thanks to the extra resolution on display. It's a definite improvement, but the Toshiba never really manages to captivate and excite with the same clarity and insight of the class-leading sets.

As far as sound is concerned, it's a similar story to many of the other TVs on parade. It struggles to deliver weight and drive. It's OK with dialogue-heavy scenes, but loses its way when faced with the stresses of action films.

Considering there's such a small price difference between this and the CV505D, we'd take this set every time.

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Toshiba 32XV505D

Compromised in places, but the Toshiba still harbours enough positives to deliver a four-star showing
Toshiba 32XV505D review
4 stars
£650.00
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