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Toshiba 32TL515U LED LCD 3D HDTV Review

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We had such a hard time, we thought it was broken. Turns out this is just how the TV works: sluggishly and ineptly.

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Color Temperature

The Toshiba 32TL515U did a great job maintaining a consistent color temperature. As you can see in the chart below, there's a slight tendency to warm as the signal gets darker, but it's so slight and gradual you probably won't notice. More on how we test color temperature.

Color Temperature Chart

RGB Curves

What can we say about the Toshiba 32TL515U's performance in the RGB tests? As you can see in the chart below, the display gets to a certain brightness threshold and then flatlines, producing no detail after that point. Practically speaking, this means an Arctic snow scene is going to appear as a mass of undifferentiated white mass. The same problem will happen in any bright color: blue skies, red roses, green leaves, etc.

We tried every setting on the TV to try and eliminate or even reduce this problem. Scene mode, backlight, contrast, brightness, special processing features, etc. None of them had any real effect. We haven't seen a problem like this in other 2010 and 2011 Toshibas, so we're not sure what the issue is here. More on how we test RGB curves.

RGB Curves Chart

The strips below are digital recreations of the information gathered from the RGB Curves test. They're compared to three similar TVs, along with an ideal response curve.

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Sections

  1. Introduction
  2. Tour & Design
  3. Blacks & Whites
  4. Color Accuracy
  5. Motion
  6. 3D
  7. Viewing Effects
  8. Calibration
  9. Connectivity
  10. Audio & Menus
  11. Multimedia & Internet
  12. Power Consumption
  13. Panasonic Viera TC-P50ST30 Comparison
  14. Samsung PN51D6500 Comparison
  15. Sony Bravia KDL-32EX720 Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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