Toshiba 37RV753 review

Cut-price 37in LCD with a Freview HD tuner, but bargain-bin performance

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Toshiba 37rv753

If you were to make a virtue out the 37RV753's Wispa-light features list it would be that it includes nothing to frighten even the terminally technophobic. The remote control is a rudimentary affair, with diddy buttons and a lightweight, throwaway feel. Naturally, it doubles up as a disc deck controller if you flip the toggle switch on the top.

The set does at least have a Freeview HD tuner, which sets it apart from the screens in the really cheap seats, though.

Backside connection options on the set will be adequate for most. There are three HDMI inputs (the third of which can work with a feed from a DVI source, via an adaptor), component video, a PC input with minijack audio, an Ethernet LAN port, and stereo phono and optical digital audio outputs.

There are also two Scarts for older standard-def kit and, interestingly, a phono output designed to feed a small active subwoofer. The two-channel stereo audio is filtered in the set with mid to low bass routed out to the sub, so you'll not get the same type of LFE feed as a .1 channel in a surround mix. Still, it will help the screen make a more rambunctious noise.

On the right hand side of the set are some addition ports. There's a fourth HDMI, a CI (Common Interface) slot for pay TV services, analogue AV inputs and two USB sockets. One of these is designated for media playback from a USB device while the other is for a Wi-Fi dongle.

Toshiba 37rv753

Eco warriors will be pleased to see the manual power switch on the left side. There are also some basic hands-on controls.

Naturally, the player is compatible with the CEC interoperability standard, called RegzaLink. Rather infuriatingly for consumers, different companies have different interpretations of CEC, so you can never be clear if one will work with the other. For this audition, the 37RV753 enjoyed only partial interoperability with a Sony Blu-ray player.

The set is DLNA certified, which might lead you to believe it offers some meaningful level of multimedia file support. However, this is not the case; the 37RV753 fails miserably when it came to video streaming. While it can see NAS storage devices and PCs, it steadfastly refuses to play video test files including AVIs, MKVs, AVCHs... Apparently it works with MPEG files, but what would be the point of that?

Music however, seems more agreeable to this set; it will sing along to some MP3s without issue, although it can't display any cover art.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Number of SCART Interfaces2
Product FamilyREGZA RV753
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size94 cm (37")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Weight with Stand (Approximate)16 kg
Operating Power Consumption146 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio500,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand649 mm
Width with Stand902 mm
Depth with Stand292 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Height590 mm
Width902 mm
Depth93 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesRV753
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAuto Program, Teletext, Ambient Lighting, Favorite Channel Selection
Product Model37RV753
Product NameREGZA 37RV753 37" LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number37RV753B
Manufacturer Website Address
Package Contents
  • REGZA 37RV753 LCD TV
  • Remote Control
Response Time6.50 ms
Weight (Approximate)13.30 kg