Toshiba 37RV753 review

This Toshiba is a solidly built set with just a few niggles against it, and the price is modest Tested at £400.00

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Our Verdict

It isn’t the most thrilling performer you can buy, but this Toshiba telly is a solid candidate for fairly modest cash

For

  • Good price
  • Freeview HD
  • deep blacks and lush HD colours
  • decent detail

Against

  • Motion isn’t great
  • colour can get a bit rich
  • iffy black insight
  • sounds a bit flat

It can be a little difficult to get excited about a Toshiba TV. It's not that the company makes bad ones; it's just that we've not seen a really excellent one from them in years.

The company's first 3D TV, the 40WL768, while not perfect, proves that the company can still produce an exciting set when it wants to, so we muster some enthusiasm and open the 37RV753's box.

Set-up is quick and painless
It doesn't get off to a good start, though. This is a big TV, both in terms of height and depth, and the glossy plastic finish is rather uninspiring.

Turn it on for the first time and you're guided through the setup by a menu system that's clear and sharp, but a tad let down by a peculiarly unpleasant shade of yellowy green that's used to highlight options.

Oh, and an early calibration hint: when it asks if you'd like to enable AutoView, go for ‘no'. Assuming you follow that advice, the rest of the process will involve little more than cooling down the colour temperature and lowering the backlight, and you'll soon be enjoying your first disc.

Make that disc the Blood Diamond Blu-ray, and you'll get a great deal of enjoyment indeed. What's obvious from the off is that this LCD is capable of producing seriously deep blacks, and that these add depth and lustre to the picture, which is already being made lush by the rich colour palette.

Murky and unclear
While the Toshiba can certainly produce deep blacks, it can't dig up an astonishing amount of detail from within them, and that can leave very dark scenes a little murky and unclear.

Still, the rest of the time the RV753 produces nicely detailed pictures with sharp edges and plenty of punch, and only the kind of judder you'd expect from a 50Hz TV proves a blemish.

Downgrade to the Eclipse DVD and that black depth once again proves a big plus point, here suiting the emo-goth tone perfectly.

Detail levels might not quite be up to the bold claims that Toshiba makes about its Resolution+ processor, but they are decent, and the picture is clean and stable with all but the most complex patterns.

Colours can get a bit rich
The richness of the colour palette generally equates to just a touch more warmth to skin tones than you suspect the director intended, but keeps them within the realm of believability (unlike the plot).

The bright colours of The One Show, on the other hand, are occasionally pushed a little too close to garishness, despite the coolness of the colour temperature setting, and a little excess shimmer creeps into location shots, but generally the Freeview tuner is stable and enjoyable. High-definition content is unsurprisingly sharp and vibrant.

Regardless of what you're watching, the Toshiba produces a soundstage with good width, but without real clarity or punch, leaving everything sounding a bit flat.

All-in-all, then, this is a solid telly for the money, but with a few niggles. Considering the price, that's not bad.

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Specifications

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General Information

Product SeriesRV753
Product LineREGZA
Product NameToshiba 37RV753
Product Model37RV753
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Brand NameToshiba
Product TypeLCD TV
ManufacturerToshiba
Manufacturer Part Number37RV753B

Interfaces-Ports

HDMIYes
CI+Yes
VGAYes
USBYes
Total Number of HDMI Ports4

Physical Characteristics

Depth with Stand29.2 cm
Weight with Stand Approximate16 kg
Width with Stand90.2 cm
Weight Approximate13.30 kg
Height with Stand64.9 cm
Width90.2 cm
Depth9.3 cm
Height59 cm
Dimensions59 cm (H): 90.2 cm (W): 9.3 cm (D)

Technical Information

FeaturesAuto Program, Teletext, Ambient Lighting, Favorite Channel Selection
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Electronic Program GuideYes
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Screen Size94 cm (37")

Network and Communication

EthernetYes

Audio

RMS Output Power20 W
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus

Energy and Performance

Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Operating Power Consumption146 W

Video

Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz

Miscellaneous

DLNA CertifiedYes
Package Contents
  • REGZA 37RV753 LCD TV
  • Remote Control