March 17, 2010 Toshibas massive 55 inch screen flat panel Full HD LCD TV, the 55 SV 685 D was tested by the expert team at Televisions.com by blending together objective laboratory instruments and comprehensive subjective analysis. The 55 incher scored an impressive 8.2 points on a scale of 10 in the Editors Rating category. The review states the televisions positives as minimal local dimming artifacts, high contrast ratio, diverse picture settings and accurate 24p material reproduction even for 60i signals. The areas where the review found the Toshiba 55 SV 685 D lacking were distorted letterbox zoom picture, no letterbox zoom for up scaled TV pictures, complicated functioning for DVB-C signal reception and a slight blur for 576i/p. Televisions.com editor-in-chief, Florian Friedrich said: The Toshiba 55 SV 685 D is a great day-to-day viewing TV set if the average video processing for standard signals and complicated functioning for the DVB-C signals are taken into account.
The review then goes on to describe the features for the Toshiba TV. The review expresses disappointment at the multimedia support from this TV as only music and photo playback is supported from the USB input and no internet connectivity is provided. The only way to display videos is to find a compatible server via the Ethernet port. The test team was impressed with the tuner that supported analogue TV, DVB-C (HD) and DVB-T signals as well as the numerous picture settings provided. The most natural looking sharpness and the convincing colours can be achieved in the Film mode. Digital TV delivers a clear detail rich picture with no space for complaints. The test team found that the high gloss panel of the 55 incher lent the picture brilliance but also added pronounced glare due to ambient light. The power consumption rose up to 300W for normal movies while murkier movies consumed around 100W thanks to the intelligent backlight system. HDTV playback was found to suffer from an error which caused the TV to ignore the Native format and switch to 16:9 formats. The high contrast worked in the favour of the 55 inch giant which attributed considerable depth and precisely balanced picture but still didnt do justice to its high price tag. Dolby Volume and Audyssey equalizer support and attempt to iron out differences in volume. The review then provides a set of ideal settings for the TV that were derived by the test team at the in-house test theatre for displaying HDTV/Blu-ray signal via an HDMI interface in darkened environments.
Friedrich said: This Toshiba 55 SV 685 D 55 inch Full HD Flat Panel LCD TV Reviews is a great home cinema TV because of its massive screen, loads of picture controls, high contrast, barely any artifacts and excellent colours.