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Toshiba 32LV713 review

Generally impressive and temptingly low-priced workhorse LCD TV

Toshiba 32LV713
This budget TV has a surprising amount of tech for the asking price

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Despite the lack of Toshiba's favoured Resolution+ upscaling circuitry, MetaBrain or Active Vision M100HD processing (just the basic variant is fitted to the 32LV713), the picture settings available on this set are impressive.

Accessed via the floating main menu, the picture page includes various presets and any changes you make can be saved. As well as the normal (contrast/colour/brightness) choices, there's a setting to adjust the power of the backlight, change the aspect ratio or toggle the colour temperature. Once again, any changes you make – and here that means, impressively, relatively fine adjustments to gain for red, green and blue – are saved under a 'User' preset.

Video menu

Within that menu is a tab for 'Advanced video'. This includes options for a cinema mode (which is excellent), noise reduction (digital or MPEG – both are best left switched off), Active Backlight (on or off), 3D Colour Management and Base Colour Adjustment, whereby colours can be adjusted for hue, saturation and brightness.

There's also a control for adjusting the power (from one to 10) of the 32LV713's Adaptive Luma Control, a feature that monitors onscreen light levels and tweaks the brightness of the panel accordingly.

Leave it on movie mode and the 32LV713 does a sterling job with Green Zone on Blu-ray, and although skin tones do look a touch ripe, it's an otherwise well-saturated and accurate image.

We wouldn't normally advise using a set's built-in sharpness settings; a Full HD panel such as this ought to be able to show every pixel of a Blu-ray disc without recourse to much processing.

On the 32LV713, however, the Blu-ray picture does appear a touch softer than it should be; a close-up of Miller as he talks to a reporter in Green Zone doesn't reveal as much detail as on other screens. Adjusting the sharpness slightly brings a tiny improvement without introducing much in the way of artefacting.

That worry over native sharpness, however, virtually concludes our criticisms of the 32LV713.

Amazingly for a CCFL LCD TV screen, contrast is good enough to cope with Green Zone's many muted scenes; the conventional, 'always on' backlit panel is nuanced enough to produce both peak whites and black tones. A subdued shot of Miller in an armoured car shows a lot of realism in black areas of the image where previous models displayed bluish grey mush.

That said, the detail in both a shadowed background and within Miller's uniform isn't as high as you'll find on TVs costing twice the price.

Decent performance

That's no surprise, but it's no deal breaker either; the 32LV713 always presents a picture worthy of Blu-ray despite some obvious juddering during slow camera pans.

DVD upscaling is also surprisingly good and movies remain thoroughly watchable, though the odd jagged edge and noisy backgrounds testify that the 32LV713 lacks Toshiba's excellent Resolution+ circuitry.

Those all-important Freeview pictures are blighted largely by the TV's lack of sharpnesss, with edges soft and some endemic (but minor) noise, though the set's ability with both colour and contrast bring the overall picture up to scratch.