Toshiba 32DB833 review

32 inch HD TV with built-in Blu-ray player

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Sound

Audio is very average indeed. There's hardly any bass, the mid-range is thin and cramped and trebles tend to sound muffled and indistinct.

As usual, you can argue that the Toshiba 32DB833's audio performance is just about adequate for watching normal TV programmes, but it doesn't do film soundtracks any favours at all, which has to count as a bit of an issue when you're talking about a TV – even a cheap one – with a built-in Blu-ray player.

Value

This is undoubtedly the Toshiba 32DB833's strongest suit. For while this combi TV isn't going to win any awards for its AV standards, its performance isn't quite as unrefined as its price would lead you to expect. Especially when you factor in the multimedia playback options offered by its USB port and disc player.

In other words, it's a compelling proposition for a second room, if not perhaps for a main TV.

Ease of use

Combi products with poorly designed operating systems can be a pain to control, but the Toshiba 32DB833 does a great job of letting you handle both the Blu-ray deck and the screen without confusion.

This process starts with the remote control, which is large, well designed and surprisingly classy considering the aggressive pricing of the TV it accompanies.

The main disc navigation tools are given their own space in the lower half of the remote, below the large, spaciously laid out cursor control keys, while even quite secondary Blu-ray control options such as Pop-Up Menu and Top Menu are given their own buttons and labelled in blue, rather than being forced to share a button with a function related to the screen side of things.

The on-screen menus aren't particularly attractive, but their organisation is straightforward, and the amount of features they contain is manageable. Kudos is due, in particular, to the electronic programme guide. This appears over the programme you were watching rather than hiding the picture entirely, and presents more information, with greater clarity than most guides, and takes up no space with adverts.

One final welcome touch finds the Blu-ray slot accepting discs quite happily, even when you haven't got the relevant input selected. The TV automatically switches to Blu-ray playback once a disc is detected, too.

This might all sound like common sense, but you'd be surprised how many DVD/TV combis turn getting a disc to enter their slots into a wrestling match.

Tech Specs

Product TypeTV/Blu-ray Combo
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports2
Number of SCART Interfaces1
Product FamilyREGZA DB
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size81.3 cm (32")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)11.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard200 x 200
Operating Power Consumption108 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1
RMS Output Power10 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand542 mm
Width with Stand770 mm
Depth with Stand201 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Teletext Memory100
Height495 mm
Width770 mm
Depth45 mm
Brightness360 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Virtual Surround
Product SeriesDB
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
Audio FormatsCD-DA
Media SupportedBD-RE, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R
FeaturesTeletext, Media Player, Auto-off, Auto Program
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model32DB833
Product NameREGZA 32DB833 TV/Blu-ray Combo
Product LineREGZA
Video FormatsDivX, DVD Video, AVCHD, AVCREC
Manufacturer Part Number32DB833B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing Information

The DB series is a LED TV with built-in Blu-ray player bringing together outstanding image quality and total convenience. LED technology delivers amazing colour and brightness in a thin, space-saving design with the reassurance of Toshiba quality.

The DB series delivers Full High Definition 1080p image quality, along with access to all your content including Blu-ray and DVD playback via the built-in Blu-ray player, integrated Freeview digital TV with 7 day electronic programme guide, photo, video and audio playback via USB and multiple HDMI inputs as well as PC input to connect the TV to a range of other digital devices.

Package Contents
  • REGZA 32DB833 TV/Blu-ray Combo
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Instruction Manual
  • Stand
Response Time8 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)10.10 kg