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Toshiba 40RV525R 40-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV Reviews



Toshiba 40RV525R 40-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV

  • 40″ screen
  • Widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • High-gloss black finish
  • Built-in QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • CineSpeed LCD panel (1920 x 1080 pixels)

The RV525 series combines a 1080p Full HD CineSpeed LCD Display with DynaLight┢ dynamic backlight control and a High-Res PC Input for true home theater picture quality, and enhanced PC Gaming.1080p Full HD CineSpeed┢ LCD Display — Todayâ?TMs highest resolution video content is 1920 x 1080 for over 2,000,000 pixels. A standard 720p HD display has less than 1,000,000 display pixels, and must discard half of the original video content, resulting in decreased picture detail. On the other h

List Price: $ 799.99

Price: $ 799.99

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  1. Kiyo M. says:
    138 of 152 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Great HDTV for its price, but…, July 6, 2009
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    I uploaded a video of the Toshiba 40RV525R displaying some TV, Blu-Ray, and video game. (Just a small reference… obviously not going to be exactly how you see it in real life from a recorded video camera; on top of that, an internet video/low resolution/etc…)

    This was my first real HDTV (supporting 1080p). Anyone can get super excited over their first HDTV and rate it a 5 star immediately (going from a standard definition to HDTV is definitely a major upgrade to anyone). However, if you’re very PICKY like me, you’ll be *somewhat* disappointed with the video quality.

    If you’re like me and have been drooling over the image quality from several of the high-end HDTV models (you know, the ones that cost over $1500-$2000+), on display in retail stores — and then expecting to get the same quality out of this (okay, it was wishful thinking but you never always know just from prices…), well you’ll be disappointed.

    When I see those TV, I’d be blown away like I’m seeing directly through a window instead of a TV screen. Naively, I was hoping for that same effect. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not horrible that I would want to return this TV, but “you get what you pay for”. (well, technically, it’s still a little better than what you pay for… did that make any sense?) Just keep that in mind. For the price, though, I can’t really complain so I’m keeping it.

    You just won’t get that super super sharpness with this. You need to be a couple feet away; up close, for the very picky eyes, you will easily notice the grainy/fuzzy-like-paintbrush/interpolated effect (I hate this…), muddled together than every object being 100% sharp to the minute detail.

    The potential of the Blu-Ray image quality is definitely not there. Animation like Wall-E / Final Fantasy Spirits Within Blu-ray looks pretty good, but I’m just not that impressed when watching Dark Knight/Iron Man/Transformers/Black Hawk Down/The Matrix — even tested it with Planet Earth and Baraka…to list a few. The graininess is just really obvious in all of them. Although, again, I am very picky in image quality.

    The D-Sub connection for the PC is really worthless and waste of potential on the monitor; it only supports 1360×768 max. To get full 1920×1080 resolution from a PC, you first need a video card that has a DVI-out and supporting that resolution (or if it has an HDMI out then great).

    Second, you need a HDMI male-to-DVI male cable to connect the TV to the PC’s video card. I’m quite impressed with how PC games on this TV look at 1080; it easily beats from how games look on PS3. Definitely makes a great Media PC monitor.

    Some other thoughts:
    * I’m using the regular “rabbit ears” antenna and 1080i shows/channels still look pretty good with it.
    * DVDs won’t look as sharp like on a standard definition. However, again, if you’re far away enough it can look okay. The contrast/blacks are definitely better/more feeling of depth in the picture. *updated thoughts at very below*
    * The speakers aren’t as bad as I thought. There is some surround sound. The bass is weak, but most built-in speakers are.
    * When I first turned it on, 40″ seemed really big to me. But after a couple weeks, it’s not as big as I thought. It’s good enough for a small room, but for a main TV in a large living room, you’ll soon definitely want to have something larger. The screen does reflect a little bit.
    * I think it’s nice that it has 3 HDMI ports, which is more than enough for me. (PS3, PC thru HDMI)
    * I really can’t tell the difference having the benefit…

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  2. A. Vittini says:
    32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Great tv and value for the price!, July 8, 2009
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    This review is from: Toshiba 40RV525R 40-Inch 1080p LCD HDTV (Electronics)

    I bought this television at best buy a few weeks ago, and I am incredibly happy with it. As stated by other reviewers, this is a SOLID entry level hdtv with only minor drawbacks.

    Picture Quality: is GREAT. Those with INCREDIBLY picky eyes will be the ones that sit there and analyze each pixel, but the bottom line is this is a 1080p television and the blu-rays and video games I play through my PS3 (playstation 3) look fantastic. Absolutely can’t beat the quality for the price!!

    Sound Quality: this is where the tv gets shaky. the sound isn’t great, just average. A different reviewer said that flat televisions don’t become flat by getting large speakers, very true. you’ll want to buy some sort of speaker system to go with the television to get that true theater experience. PERSONALLY, I just use the tv in my 10×12 room so the sound is adequate for me, but i’m still thinking of getting speakers.

    Features: the tv has great black levels and colors. you will want to do alot of tweeking right out of the box because all of the factory levels are set so high. Once you get the tv to a good spot, just sit back and enjoy looking at all the cracks and crevices on people’s faces. there are some features that I don’t think do much, like “game mode” specifically, but they are nice to have.

    OVERALL: If this is your first foray into the HDTV world, like it was for me, I would HIGHLY recommend this television. This is especially recommended for those of us on a budget, but wanting to make the move to HD.

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  3. lazza says:
    34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    a solid entry-level LCD…, April 21, 2009
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    lazza (Fort Lauderdale, Florida) –

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    If you are, like I was, looking for a 40″-42″ flat screen television for a secondary room (bedroom/den) then this Toshiba is worthy of consideration. The picture quality is very good, its digital tuner is sensitive (ie, brings in lots of stations), and its priced very competitively. My only complaints are:

    – you will need to fiddle plenty with the color controls to get something that looks decent. Out of the box I found flesh tones looked very orange-y.
    – the audio is fairly weak. Hooking the system up to a stereo/av receiver is almost a necessity.

    So when price is considered this Toshiba unit is very good. Take price out of the equation and it is only fair/good. Buying this for a secondary room makes perfect sense.

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