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Toshiba 32CV711B review

The 32CV711B's solid feature set, and aggressive pricing make it a decent option as a second-room TV

Toshiba 32cv711b

The 32CV711B's price-busting remit chimes nicely with the current state of the economy and it is passably attractive, if rather flimsily put together. But there are early signs of price-induced corner cutting as a hunt for connections throws up, among other things, a mere two HDMIs, and no Ethernet port.

It's not all bad connection news, though, as the set does carry a D-Sub PC input and a USB for music and photo playback.

The 32CV711B impresses with some aspects of its features too, particularly its delivery of a really pretty potent colour management system. But it also falls short in one or two areas, notably its lack of motion processing, its mere HD ready resolution, and lack of Freeview HD tuner.

Pictures seem tailor-made for second room use, emphasising brightness and colour saturations at the expense of some of the subtleties you might be looking out for on a main TV.However, while pictures are mostly quite satisfying, there are colour flaws, motion problems, and worst of all, backlight inconsistencies, the latter of which can at times be really distracting.

The 32CV711B hardly covers itself in glory with its audio, either, which is unusually weedy, even by the typically uninspiring standards of cheap LCD TVs.

The net result of all this is that the 32CV711B isn't the awesome, all-conquering bargain it might first appear, but might still give decent service as a second-room set.

We liked

If you can see past the 32CV711B's rather unimpressive build quality, it's not a bad looking set for its money. Its pictures are bright and colourful and it's great to find such a cheap set able to play photos and music from USB devices. Plus, of course, it's cheap.

We disliked

It's a shame there are only two HDMIs on the 32CV711B, and that the set doesn't have a Freeview HD tuner. Backlight inconsistencies damage dark scenes too, HD pictures could look sharper and there's obvious motion blur, especially with standard-definition sources.

Verdict

The 32CV711B offers far more set up flexibility than your average cheap and cheerful TV, but also suffers from two predictable flaws: wince-inducingly underpowered audio and some very noticeable backlight consistency problems.

Its colours and detailing lack subtlety too, and the set's connections only include two HDMIs. However, at least the picture is bright and colourful, facts that join with the set's solid multimedia features and aggressive price in making the 32CV711B a potentially decent option as a second-room TV.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format720p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-T (MPEG2), DVB-T
Video Signal StandardHD Ready
Number of HDMI Ports2
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyREGZA CV
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Analog TunerNTSC
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)12.50 kg
Operating Power Consumption105 W
Standby Power Consumption500 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio12,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Height with Stand578.20 mm
Width with Stand799 mm
Depth with Stand271.40 mm
Number of Common Interface1
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Height524 mm
Width799 mm
Depth95 mm
ColourGlossy Black
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Product SeriesCV
Maximum Resolution1366 x 768
FeaturesChild Lock, Auto Program, Teletext
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model32CV711
Product NameREGZA 32CV711 32" LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number32CV711B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

Ideal for those looking to buy their first HD Ready TV, the REGZA CV offers the reassurance of Toshiba quality combined with highly affordable prices. Each model offers a HD ready resolution, multiple HD connectivity and a gloss black design. Picture quality is guaranteed by Toshiba's Active Vision picture processing, while integrated Freeview provides access to 50 digital TV channel and 24 radio stations without subscription. 2 HDMI ports provide great flexibility, allowing you to connect to multiple HD devices at any one time without having to manually swap leads. USB connectivity also enables you to view photos and listen to music directly via the TV.

Package Contents
  • REGZA 32CV711 LCD TV
  • Remote Control
Response Time8 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)10.70 kg