CNET First Look
Toshiba 32AV502UThough no style maven or template for reference color, the Toshiba AV502U series can do black levels better than most inexpensive LCDs.
[ Background music ] >> David Katzmaier: David Katzmaier here from CNET and this is the Toshiba 32 AV502U. There's also a 26 and a 37 inch member of the series. This review will apply to all 3 sizes. This is one of Toshiba's least expensive TVs for 2009. It's a 720P resolution model. Of course at this screen size you really don't care about resolution 1080P is pretty much useless. Being an entry level set Toshiba didn't endow this thing with the greatest styling. There is pretty pedestrian look to this set of course it does have the standard glossy black and there is a stand here that does not swivel but aside from that it'll blend right in with all the other TVs on the wall. In terms of features there's really not all that much going on. You can do a little bit to adjust the picture quality, you can go in and play around with a color temperature and there's a gamma setting, a couple of things that aren't found on a lot of the other entry level TVs out there. Conductivity on the set is average for the breed around back you'll find 2 HDMI inputs, 2 component video inputs and a PC input. The side panel adds another AV input so all told you can connect a good amount of gear to this but if you need a 3rd HDMI you should look for another entry level set. Picture quality on the Toshiba was a mixed bag we really did appreciate the sets relatively deep black levels among the best blacks we've seen for an entry level 32 inch LCD. Of course that's not saying much, it's not gonnna give you great home theater picture quality but again pretty good for the breed. On the flip side the color was less accurate than a lot of others we've seen. Color decoding did tend to make stuff a little bit orangish or accentuate the cyan a little too much so all things considered you can get slightly better color accuracy but again not bad for an entry level TV. [ Background music ] >> David Katzmaier: That's a quick look at the Toshiba AV502U series and I'm David Katzmaier. [ Music ]