Toshiba 55VL963 review

Toshiba's 55-inch LED TV is smart and affordable

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Great Value

The Toshiba 55VL963 is an easy beast to control. The user interface is stylised and effective – just navigate upwards from the circular hub at the bottom of the screen to find what you want.

It's fast, graphical and easy; everything is just a few clicks away. No doubt acknowledging that its online portal Places is an ergonomic mess, the GUI also provides easy access to BBC iPlayer and YouTube from the main menu.

Toshiba 55VL963 review

The TV also offers standard CEC control of linked HDMI products, via a single remote.

Sound

Sonically, the Toshiba 55VL963 does a decent job. Admittedly, expectations are never high when it comes to the audio prowess of super-thin TVs.

Yet despite the limited space available for the TV's stereo drivers, and the modest 2 x 10W amplification giving them life, the screen makes an agreeably well-rounded noise. For more causal viewing, it's certainly not going to cause offence.

Taking some credit for this is Audyssey Premium Television. Audyssey is a familiar name on many AV receivers, where it provides the auto-calibration technology used to optimise sound channels. Here it contributes ABX, which uses effective processing to bolster the set's bass. All things considered, it's a remarkably effective embellishment.

Value

When it comes to sheer value for money, the Toshiba VL963 rates highly. You get a lot of glass for your money and build quality is first class. Images also pass muster, provided you don't look too closely.

Toshiba 55VL963 review

The set is capable of bold blacks and vibrant colours. There are niggling caveats regarding motion clarity though, and the set's processing foibles that had us on edge once we knew they were there.

Our recommendation would be to run this TV with Active Motion processing off; for movies and broadcast shows, it looks fine. Edge the Sharpness control back in all modes.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyVL963
3D Type3D
Smart TVYes
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size139.7 cm (55")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEU Ecolabel, RoHS
EthernetYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)26 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption185 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio7,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand795 mm
Width with Stand1234 mm
Depth with Stand288 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology400 Active Motion Rate
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Height736 mm
Width1234 mm
Depth43 mm
Brightness360 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus
Product SeriesVL963
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesTeletext, Digital Noise Reduction, Ambient Lighting, Auto Program, Auto-off
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model55VL963
Product Name55VL963 LED-LCD TV
Manufacturer Part Number55VL963G
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Response Time10 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)22.10 kg