The Good Reproduces a deep level of black for an LCD; 120Hz display addresses some motion blur; can remove most judder from film-based sources; solid uniformity across screen; ample connectivity including three HDMI and one PC input; numerous picture controls; sleek styling; Ethernet connection allows limited home networking.
The Bad Expensive; inaccurate primary color of green and secondary color of cyan; benefits of 120Hz hard to discern; below-average standard-def video processing; home networking difficult to set up.
The Bottom Line Albeit expensive, the 52-inch Toshiba 52LX177 LCD HDTV is packed with cutting-edge technology and produces an impressive picture.
Before the Blu-ray vs. HD DVD format war was ever conceived, a protracted fight between LCD and plasma was well underway--and today it continues unabated. The two flat-panel HDTV titans vacillate back and forth with every generation of new technology, and LCD's latest salvo sounds potent indeed: 120Hz technology. The Toshiba 52LX177 is the first 2007 HDTV CNET has reviewed that includes this feature. See below for the nitty gritty, but the short story is that while we did notice a slight difference between 120Hz and standard 60Hz LCDs, it certainly didn't blow us away. Much more noticeable was the 52LX177's judder-busting Film Stabilization processing--an offshoot of 120Hz that really smoothes out camera movement (for better or for worse, depending on your personal preference). Add in solid all-around picture quality, scads of picture controls, and even home networking capabilities, and you have one of the most loaded HDTV spec sheets on the market. Of course you'll pay dearly for the privilege, but that's the price of living on the cutting edge.
Toshiba's LX177 series includes two smaller sizes, the 42-inch 42LX177 and the 46-inch 46LX177, along with a larger 57-inch version, model 57LX177. All four members of the series are virtually identical but for size, and we expect the other three sets to perform similarly to this one.
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