Toshiba Regza DB (32DB833B) review: Toshiba Regza DB (32DB833B)

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The Blu-ray player is noticeably louder than the integrated DVD players we've seen on other TVs -- there's an audible whirr when the drive is spinning. Still, it isn't all that distracting and the player is quick to load discs. It also offers better-than-expected playback quality. Images look very crisp and detailed.

Picture imperfect

In terms of overall picture quality, the 32DB833B is a mixed performer. Colours tend to look quite perky but, if you're not careful, they can be rather over-enthusiastic, especially reddish hues. As a result, under some of the more aggressive picture presets, newsreaders can look like slightly red in the face, as if they're suffering from high blood pressure.

Also, the 32DB833B lacks Toshiba's Resolution+ upscaling system, so Freeview pictures look rougher and more noisy than they do on the company's mid-range models. That said, black levels are quite deep, although this does seem to be achieved at the expense of shadow detail.

In short, the 32DB833B lacks the finesse of many mid-range rivals, but its pictures are still quite watchable.

Sadly, as with many of these thinner TVs, the audio quality is less than inspiring. The downward-firing speakers are small and weedy, with the result that they don't produce much bass, and even dialogue tends to sound hollow and indistinct.

Conclusion

The Toshiba Regza 32DB833B is a decent-enough TV, and the integrated Blu-ray player will be a boon for those who want a compact set for the bedroom or kitchen. But the 32DB833B's picture and audio quality aren't massively impressive, and we can't help feeling slightly cheated by the lack of a Freeview HD tuner.

Edited by Charles Kloet

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