Toshiba 26AV505DB review

Toshiba has played it safe with the ’505 – but, at this size and price, there’s nothing wrong with that Tested at £360.00

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Our Verdict

Toshiba has played it safe with the ’505 – but, at this size and price, there’s nothing wrong with that

For

  • Price
  • usability
  • subtle colour palette
  • good motion handling
  • clean and stable upscaled images

Against

  • A little soft and lacking in dynamism

Few manufacturers do affordable home cinema kit as well as Toshiba, and this 26in TV is a solid performer at a very reasonable price.

To keep that price down, the company has gone for basic, though not unattractive styling, and has simplified the connections by leaving-out an S-Video input and sound outputs.

We don't believe these will be significant losses for the majority of buyers; they will be more interested in HDMI inputs, of which there are two.

The menu system is a typically clear and simple affair, which guides you through the set-up process without fuss. Calibration is also straightforward, and although it has a couple of modes that you'll want to experiment with, most options are pretty self-explanatory.

With DVD the Toshiba proves itself to be a solid, if not spectacular performer. Detail levels are good and colours are very natural indeed.

Compared to the very best, the picture is a little soft and lacking in punch, but it's by no means unpleasant, and the Toshiba is a confident handler of motion.

A great little mover
This is a trait that's also apparent when it's asked to display a 1080p/24fps image from our Blood Diamond Blu-ray. Once again, motion is extremely smooth and free from smearing, and detail levels are now very close to the competition.

There is still a slight softness and lack of punch that doesn't quite bring the best out of the bright, outdoor scenes, but the subtleness of the colour palette makes for a pleasing picture overall.

Freeview is a similar story; from BBC News 24 to Scuzz, the picture is decent and clean, if not earth-shatteringly exciting.

Finally, where sound is concerned the Toshiba offers a typical flatscreen delivery – a bit shouty at the top but generally listenable.

If you're expecting excitement and wow factor, the Toshiba isn't for you; but if you're after a natural delivery and excellent usability, it's a highly recommended budget set.

Specifications

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General Information

Product SeriesAV
Product LineREGZA
Product NameToshiba 26AV505DB
Product Model26AV505DB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Brand NameToshiba
Product TypeLCD TV
ManufacturerToshiba
Manufacturer Part Number26AV505DB

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
CI+Yes
VGAYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports2

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand26.9 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate12.30 kg
Width with Stand66.4 cm
Height with Stand51.1 cm
Width66.4 cm
VESA Mount Standard200 x 100
Depth12.7 cm
Height47 cm
ColourGlossy Black
Dimensions47 cm (H): 66.4 cm (W): 12.7 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesFavorite Channel Selection, Picture and Text (PAT), Child Lock
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle160°
Electronic Program GuideYes
Vertical Viewing Angle160°
Screen Size66 cm (26")

Audio

RMS Output Power14 W
Sound SystemDolby Surround

Energy and Performance

Standby Power Consumption900 mW
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
Operating Power Consumption95 W

Video

Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG2)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format720p