Tuesday, March 28, 2006
Home Theater Magazine reviews Toshiba 32HLX95 LCD TV. The 32HLX95 32" is equipped with built-in DVD player, an ATSC and NTSC tuner, and CableCard slot which combined with aesthetic design make the $2500 not too much. The TV features handful of analog and digital inputs including HDMI. Interestingly, review notes that HDMI and Component produced the same quality.
A feature of 32HLX95 that is quite notable for an LCD is adjustable backlight that makes it possible to tweak the black levels. Here is an excerpt:
It also has an adjustable backlight that allows you to raise or lower the black level in increments from 0 to 100 for each input. At the default, 100, which provides the best overall contrast ratio, the black level is just an average 0.160. Lowering the setting to 0 yielded a much more respectable number of 0.064. Both of these numbers go up quite a bit when you move off axis, though, so you should be mindful of where you place the TV.
Color reproduction is said to be rich and natural for both DVD and HD sources, however gray scale testing revealed a digital noise that might not be present always but when it is - it will be emphasized.
Overall, 32HLX95 does not stand up as a great display but is a perfect solution as a all-in-one device that will not need external sources.