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Toshiba Regza AV61 (32AV615DB) review: Toshiba Regza AV61 (32AV615DB)

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The Good Cheap; good motion handling; impressive overall picture performance.

The Bad Poor Freeview electronic programme guide; doesn't support 1080p signals.

The Bottom Line The Toshiba Regza 32AV615DB easily outclasses its budget competition. Those seeking great performance at a budget price should put it at the top of their shopping list

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Toshiba has been doing its part to help out those with crunched credit by releasing a number of budget TVs that punch above their weight when it comes to performance. With the Regza 32AV615DB, the company's looking to continue this trend, but can a 32-inch, HD Ready LCD TV that's currently available online for around £300 really cut the mustard?

Cost-cutting compromises
Toshiba has had to make some compromises to achieve the £300 price tag. As you'd expect of a telly in this price range, the 32AV615DB doesn't have a 'Full HD', 1080p panel, but rather one with a resolution of 1,366x768 pixels. Also, although the set can accept 720p and 1080i high-definition feeds, it doesn't work with 1080p signals and lacks 24p Blu-ray support. We don't think these compromises are too big an issue in a 32-inch set, though.

Elsewhere, the specs are actually pretty impressive. On the connectivity front, the TV is kitted out with three HDMI ports and two RGB Scart inputs, plus a set of component inputs. In the image-processing department, the Active Vision engine is present to reduce picture noise, jagginess and other artefacts. The TV also uses Toshiba's Dynamic Contrast system, which automatically adjusts the intensity of the display's backlight as pictures flit between brighter and darker scenes.

We liked the set's remote as, although it's smaller than usual, it actually has quite large buttons and the layout is well judged. Alas, things aren't so rosy when it comes to the Freeview tuner. We found that it was rather slow to handle channel changes, and we weren't keen on the Freeview electronic programme guide either. The main problem with the EPG is that it only lets you view programme information for the channel currently being watched. There's no way to check what's showing elsewhere without actually switching channels.

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