Toshiba 42DB833B review

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

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With a built-in 1080p source to match its 1080p resolution panel, the 42DB833B will have to justify that match-up with decent images. After all, separate Blu-ray players aren't exactly expensive.

After a simple calibration and the backlight reduced to around half-power, our District 9 test Blu-ray disc puts the 42DB833B through its paces.

A dynamic contrast ratio of three million-to-one might sound a touch over-egged, and so it proves. Usefully, Toshiba also gave us the 'real world' measurement of 1400:1, which on inspection seems a lot closer. Nevertheless, the 42DB833B does a decent enough job for the money.

As Wikus crawls back into District 9 to hide, there's a reasonable amount of shadow detail in the corrugated iron houses, though a definite bluish tinge to this night time scene. It's inconsistent in mixed brightness scenes; another sequence with Wikus' face illuminated in an otherwise completely dark room juxtaposes an impressively sharp and bright, albeit still, close-up displaying lots of detail with a large area of black that seems forced and bereft of much detail. It's bright where it counts, but we've seen LED backlights behave more dynamically than this.

We also noticed that light was leaking slightly from all four corners, while the same problem dogged two spots along the top of the screen, and one towards the right of the centre. If that's a worry, at least they're obvious only when watching a black screen.

The next morning as helicopters swoop in for Wikus, there's a greater sense of reality; the 42DB833B displays slightly muted and enjoyable, natural colours that extend both to the big sky and skin tones. That said, during contrast-heavy scenes colour does seem ripe. A mixed performance on colour and contrast, then, but not a bad overall picture.

Quick camera pans, of which there are many in District 9, can cause a slight jerkiness and loss of resolution, though on the whole the 42DB833B doesn't struggle with blur too much despite using the most basic 50Hz panel. Nor is judder a major issue, which is just as well as the 42DB833B lacks any kind of soothing circuitry-driven solutions.

Switch to Freeview and performance takes a dive. The pictures are noisy, and though plenty of bright, suffer from overcooked colours and excessive saturations. We would turn to Freeview HD channels for something more refined, but on the 42DB833B that's just not possible. Another reason to use the 42DB833B with a separate HD-capable PVR – preferably one that's adept at upscaling.

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
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand677 mm
Width with Stand1070 mm
Depth with Stand238 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model42DB833
Product NameREGZA 42DB833 TV/Blu-ray Combo
Product LineREGZA
Video FormatsDivX, DVD Video, AVCHD, AVCREC
Manufacturer Part Number42DB833B
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 42DB833 TV/Blu-ray Combo
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x AAA Batteries
  • Instruction Manual
  • Stand
Response Time8 ms
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year
Weight (Approximate)14.50 kg