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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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Value Comparison

The Samsung LN40B610 is a good TV for its price, and with a lower price it's a tough one to top. The black levels and contrast ratio were completely dominant over the Toshiba 42ZV650U, though the color performance was nearly even. Overall, we recommend the Samsung.

Blacks & Whites

The black level performance of the Samsung LN40B610 was overwhelmingly better than the Toshiba. The peak brightness is also better, so the overall contrast ratio far exceeds the Toshiba, as well. There's no comparison here.

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Color Accuracy

The Samsung LN40B610 and Toshiba 42ZV650U produced similar scores in the color testing. The Toshiba pulled slightly ahead in the core tests. It's important to note, though, that the Samsung could be described less noisy when you're watching cable TV and movies. Noise is not something we measure directly, but in part, it's a function of processing.



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Motion

The Toshiba 42ZV650U didn't have the best motion performance. We found the Samsung LN40B610 much smoother, and with fewer artifacts.

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Viewing Effects

The Toshiba 42ZV650U and Samsung LN40B610 have roughly the same viewing angle, approximately 20 degrees from center on either side (about 40 degrees in total).

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Connectivity

The Toshiba 42ZV650U is definitely a better TV for connectivity options, including an S-Video port, USB, and an SD/SDHC card slot. Neither have any internet features.

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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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