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Toshiba Regza 42ZV650U LCD HDTV Review

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Vs Sony KDL-40W5100

Sony KDL-40W5100 Summary
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Value Comparison Summary


The Sony KDL-40W5100 is a more expensive television (at least the MSRP), offering much better performance in the area of blacks and whites, as well as better motion performance. The color performance was more evenly matched. Overall, the Toshiba is a better choice for those that love to tweak their performance settings – the TV is jam-packed with features.

  Comparison Specifications
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  Toshiba 42ZV650U Sony KDL-40W5100
Size 42 inches 40 inches
Price $1299 (MSRP) $1499
Type LCD LCD
Format 1080p 1080p
Other LAN port for streaming content None

Blacks & Whites


The Sony KDL-40W5100 produces far deeper blacks than the Toshiba 42ZV650U. The peak whites are also brighter, which means the total contrast ratio was wider than the Toshiba. In truth, Sony's score is about average. The Toshiba is just bad. 

Blacks & Whites Comparison Chart
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Color Accuracy


The Toshiba 42ZV650U once again proved to be a very strong color performer, and equaled or bested Sony in this series of tests. As we mentioned in the Samsung LN40B610 comparison, the Toshiba is a bit noisy, though we don't have solid numbers on this. Call it a perceptual difference. The Sony could be said to have a 'cleaner' looking image. 

Color Temperature Comparison
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Toshiba 42ZV650U Score: 9.45
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Sony KDL-40W5100 Score: 9.89

 

RGB Comparison

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Toshiba 42ZV650U Score: 8.44

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Sony KDL-40W5100 Score: 7.83

 

Motion


The Sony KDL-40W5100 produces smoother motion with less artifacting. The Toshiba 42ZV650U was simply not a great performer in this area. 

  Motion Scores
  Toshiba 42ZV650U Sony KDL-40W5100
Motion Smoothness 5.63 6.75
Motion Artifacting 5.75 5.75

Viewing Effects


The Toshiba 42ZV650U and Sony KDL-40W5100 both have about 40 degrees total viewing angle (about 20 degrees from center on either side). This is average for an LCD. If you want wider viewing angles, check out plasma TVs. 

Viewing Angle Comparison
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Toshiba 42ZV650U Score: 3.65 Sony KDL-40W5100 Score: 4.54

Connectivity


The Sony KDL-40W5100 matches the Toshiba 42ZV650U connectivity options pretty closely, including the USB port. The Toshiba does have the additional option of an SD/SDHC card slot that you can plug in straight from your camera. 

  Connectivity Comparison
Toshiba 42ZV650U Samsung LN40B610 Sony KDL-40W5100 Vizio VL420M
HDMI 4 4 4 4
Component 2 2 2 2
Composite 2 3 2 2
S-Video 1 0 1 1
VGA 1 1 1 1
Analog Audio In 4 1 4 3
Digital Audio Out 1 1 1 1
Analog Audio Out 1 1 1 1
Ethernet 0 0 1 0
WiFi 0 0 0 0
USB 1 0 1 1
Memory Card 1 (SD/SDHC) 0 0 0
  DLNA 0 0 0 0
Other IR input 0 0 0
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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. Vs Samsung LN40B610
  14. Vs Sony KDL-40W5100
  15. Vs Vizio VL420M
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
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