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Toshiba 32SL400U LED LCD HDTV Review

32 in.

Limited to 720p and falls shorts of the connectivity needed to make it a viable choice for a home theater.

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Motion Performance

The Toshiba 32SL400U had an average motion performance, for a moderately priced LCD. We noticed a lot of the same problems we've seen before: some flickering, some color trailing, and a lot of fine detail loss. The 1080i footage we looked at showed more of these problems than 1080p. In all resolutions, any high frequency, high contrast pattern tended to produce the most problems. Overall, though, it was a decent performance. More on how we test motion performance.

3:2 Pulldown & 24fps

The Toshiba 32SL400U has almost no problems displaying native 24fps content, like you'd get from a Blu-Ray movie. To get the best performance, you'll want to leave the TV's Cinema Mode to "Film." If you do otherwise and leave it in the "Video" setting, the picture quality will be substantially reduced. More on how we test 3:2 pulldown and 24fps.

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Resolution Scaling

The Toshiba 32SL400U has a native 720p (1280 x 720) resolution, but much of the video you'll be watching will be of a different resolution. It's up to the TV's internal processing to rescale that video to fit the screen. Overall, it's terrible at this job. More on how we test resolution scaling.

480p

With 480p content, there was no overscan loss, but the TV showed a lot of problems with high contrast, high frequency patterns.

1080i

When we viewed 1080i content, the Toshiba just plain choked on high contrast, high frequency patterns. The TV creates heavy Moires in these areas. It's rare that we see a TV this bad, except on very cheap TVs.

1080p

The same problem re-occurred with 1080p content. Any sort of pattern like will create problems for the Toshiba 32SL400U.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Connectivity
  9. Audio & Menus
  10. Multimedia & Internet
  11. Power Consumption
  12. Sony Bravia KDL-32EX600 Comparison
  13. Samsung LN32C550 Comparison
  14. LG 32LD450 Comparison
  15. Conclusion
  16. Series Comparison
  17. Photo Gallery
  18. Ratings & Specs
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