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Toshiba 47L7200U LCD HDTV Review

$1,899.00

Toshiba’s top-of-the-line flagship for 2012.

Introduction

The L7200U Cinema Series is Toshiba's top-of-the-line flagship for 2012. The 47-inch model is a 3D, Smart, edgelit-LED HDTV that does a lot for an MSRP of $1,899. Compare that to Samsung's 46-inch ES8000, which is over $1000 more expensive.

The 47L7200U is a sleek, attractive TV. It has a few interesting new functions, what Toshiba calls TriVector™ 2D to 3D Conversion, Dual-Core Cinema Quality Engine™, and a side-mounted IR flasher for linking infrared devices, such as a Comcast cable box, to the TV's MediaGuide function. That's a lot of branded technology.

Toshiba is taking strides to innovate within a market that is currently experiencing a competitive drive to push TVs to the next level of functionality. 3D, Smart functions, and accessories (like motion remotes or USB keyboards) have all been improved upon, and will soon be as much a part of the standard TV purchase as power windows are on a car. Bad news for technophobes.

Within this whirlwind of dual-core processors and improved interfacing devices, we're vigilant in putting our boot down and demanding that just as much attention be paid to the TV's color integrity, motion smoothness, and an ease of use that is as intuitive to consumers as it is to professional calibrators.

The Toshiba 47L7200U, with so many trademarked phrases in tow, is a surprisingly simple TV. It's got some of the best performance parameters of any TV we've reviewed so far this year, and it's clear that Toshiba put a lot of time into making sure it had the best color, contrast, and motion smoothness possible. Unfortunately, it's also clear that they skimped out on the menus and internet content--it's got the plainest smart platform out of any we've looked into.

Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Design
  3. Tour & Design
  4. Connectivity
  5. Performance
  6. Picture Quality
  7. Screen Performance
  8. Audio
  9. Power Consumption
  10. Calibration
  11. 3D
  12. 3D Effect
  13. Software & Internet
  14. Apps & Internet Features
  15. Software & Interface
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs