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Toshiba Regza 42ZV650U LCD HDTV Review

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The Toshiba Regza 42ZV650U is a good television, but not a great television.

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Motion Performance

Motion Smoothness (5.63)

The motion performance of the Toshiba 42ZV650U is just average. In its calibrated setting (our recommended settings), we saw some stuttering and some artifacting. It's not enough to turn you off completely, but we had some better TVs in the room at the same time, including the new Sony KDL-46EX700, and it was clear that the Sony was a much better performer.

Motion Artifacting (5.75)

A large portion of the Toshiba's motion performance issues were the creation of motion artifacts. What are artifacts? In short, they're anything that's not supposed to be there. In instances of high contrast, high frequency patterns (i.e., black and white stripes), we saw heavy strobing. Even lower contrast patterns had similar issues.

The Toshiba 42ZV650U does offer a lot of special processing features that affect how motion is perceived. When we test, we turn all these features off. In everyday viewing, like cable TV and movies, these features frequently make the picture look worse. However, we did notice that one feature in particular, called Film Stabilization, was able to remove the strobing problems. It has the unfortunate side-effect of making your video look terrible and strangely unrealistic. More on how we test motion performance.

3:2 Pulldown & 24fps

The Toshiba 42ZV650U has no problem with 3:2 pulldown and native 24fps processing, so your Blu-Ray movies and related content should display just fine. More on how we test 3:2 pulldown and 24fps.

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Resolution Scaling

The Toshiba 42ZV650U has a native 1080p resolution, but chances are that most of the content you throw at it will be of a lower resolution. We use this section of the review to see how it fares. More on how we test resolution scaling.

480p

When displaying 480p video, the Toshiba 42ZV650U does quite well. We saw no overscanning, and very little instances of artifacting or other problems.

720p

When the video was in a 720p format, the screen lost the outermost 2% of the picture due to overscan. This can be a tricky problem if vital information, like a news ticker or box scores, is placed along one of these edges. We also saw some bad Moire patterns appear in high frequency areas.

1080i

Like the 720p content, 1080i content also lost 2% due to overscan and showed the same problems with Moire patterns. These problems are likely the result of less than perfect processing.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. Viewing Effects
  7. Calibration
  8. Remote Control
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Samsung LN40B610 Comparison
  14. Sony Bravia KDL-40W5100 Comparison
  15. VIZIO VL420M Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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