Toshiba 42DB833B review

Blu-ray is built-in but is this the all-in-one TV it claims to be?

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It's not often we test a TV with just two HDMI inputs. It's no surprise to see less than normal, but the presence of a Blu-ray player doesn't excuse that paltry number – there should be a third on board. Worse still, there's only one on the rear of the 42DB833B, with the second slightly awkwardly placed on the lower left-hand side's connections panel.

Also on there is a USB slot, a Common Interface slot (for adding TV channel packages to the Freeview tuner), and a headphones jack.

Above those is the Blu-ray player itself, a very svelte component that doesn't appear to add much at all to the 42DB833B's girth. It's joined by a couple of ins and outs that all Blu-ray players need for BD Live duties, namely a USB slot and an Ethernet LAN jack.

Unfortunately the latter doesn't mean the 42DB833B can be networked and streaming be indulged in; it's purely here to pipe-down BD Live content from relevant Blu-ray discs, and that USB slot has a similarly one-trick remit, only hosting BD Live downloads and not, like its brethren below it, able to play digital video, music or photo files.

There's no online dimension on the 42DB833B whatsoever; don't be fooled by the 'applications' tab on the main user interface for it only contains links to the Freeview tuner's EPG, an 'on' timer, and a sleep timer.

Picture processing is scant on this 50Hz panel, and its Active Backlight Control and 3D Colour management don't do much to change that, though when activated the latter allows base colour adjustments across the spectrum for hue, saturation and brightness.

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 Size106.7 cm (42")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Weight with Stand (Approximate)15.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 200
Operating Power Consumption158 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio3,000,000:1
RMS Output Power14 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand677 mm
Width with Stand1070 mm
Depth with Stand238 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
Teletext Memory100
Height630 mm
Width1070 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
Product Model42DB833
Product NameREGZA 42DB833 TV/Blu-ray Combo
Product LineREGZA
Video FormatsDivX, DVD Video, AVCHD, AVCREC
Manufacturer Part Number42DB833B
Manufacturer Website Address
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 42DB833 TV/Blu-ray Combo
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Instruction Manual
  • Stand
Response Time8 ms
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)14.50 kg