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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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Audio Quality

The Toshiba 42ZV650U offers surprisingly good audio quality for a TV, typically associated with tinny, built-in speakers. The most desirable feature in speakers is good bass, and the Toshiba actually delivers. No, this isn't like the thumping bass of a high-end sound system, but it's above average for its class. In addition to a bass and treble sliders, there are some advanced options like a Dynamic Bass Boost (three settings: High, Low, and Off). We liked it best on High.

There are also two simulated surround sound settings: Cinema and Spatial. The Cinema setting seemed to kill some of the upper midtones, but this had a negative effect on the dialogue. Better to leave it on Spatial. There was also a Voice Enhancement feature that... (you guessed it) enhanced the dialogue.

Menu Interface

The Toshiba 42ZV650U has a relatively simple interface, considering just how many features are available on this TV. Upper-end Toshibas like this offer you the ability to seriously tweak your TV every which way. This is great for tech heads, but it doesn't get in the way of people that would prefer to simply plug it in and forget it.

The only major frustration is the awkwardly placed 'Return' button on the remote control. A crucial menu navigation function like this should never be placed so far away from related buttons. The result is awkward, but not impossible, navigation.

Menu Main Photo
The Picture Menu is where most of the performance settings are found.

Instruction Manual

The instruction manual that comes with the Toshiba 42ZV650U is pretty good. You won't find long, detailed explanations of the manual controls, but there's enough to give you a rough idea. There's a table of contents and a glossary, so Toshiba wins our Good Deed of the Week content.

Instruction Manual Photo
A good manual from Toshiba.
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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
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  15. VIZIO VL420M Comparison
  16. Conclusion
  17. Series Comparison
  18. Photo Gallery
  19. Ratings & Specs
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