Toshiba 40RV753B/40SL753B Launched

Vincent Teoh

Toshiba’s 2010 lineup of Regza HDTVs has gone a bit unnoticed amid all the hype and marketing surrounding 3D TVs, mainly because the company has chosen to focus initially on equipping their mid- (RV753) and upper range (SL753 and WL753) models with integrated Freeview HD tuners.

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While not as exciting as 3D technology, Freeview HD is potentially more beneficial for the majority of UK viewers when it comes to picture quality enhancement: all owners needs to do to enjoy higher-resolution content is to hook their TV up directly to the aerial without needing to install a satellite dish or pay any subscription. Although there’s currently only a limited selection of high-def channels on Freeview HD, the fact that most of the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2010 football matches will be broadcasted in HD on two of them — BBC HD and ITV HD — will surely generate interest and speed up adoption.

This article will give a rundown of the said Toshiba Regza LED/ LCD TVs with Freeview HD tuners built-in.

Toshiba 32RV753B/ 40RV753B

Toshiba 40RV753B

For all intents and purposes, the Toshiba 32RV753 (may also be sold in the UK as the Toshiba 32RV753B or Toshiba 32RV753DB, denoting the British 3-pin-plug version) should be identical to the Toshiba 32RV635DB with the addition of an in-built Freeview HD tuner. The Toshiba RV753 range is available in 3 screen sizes:

Size (inch)Model NameAlternative Model Name
32Toshiba 32RV753Toshiba 32RV753B, 32RV753D, 32RV753DB
37Toshiba 37RV753Toshiba 37RV753B, 37RV753D, 37RV753DB
40Toshiba 40RV753Toshiba 40RV753B, 40RV753D, 40RV753DB

Just like the Regza RV635 series, the Toshiba RV753 models sport a full HD native screen resolution of 1920 x 1080, but no 100Hz nor 200Hz motion technology. Based on our experience with the 32RV635D we reviewed last year, the Toshiba 32RV753DB and Toshiba 40RV753DB should deliver deep blacks (from S-PVA LCD panels) and solid SD video processing.

Toshiba 32SL753B/ 40SL753B/ 46SL753B

On top of integrated Freeview HD tuners, the Toshiba SL753 series will feature edge-lit LED backlight technology (allowing an ultra-slim design), 100Hz motion, and Wifi connectivity (via an optional wireless dongle over DLNA). Three screen sizes are available:

Size (inch)Model NameAlternative Model Name
32Toshiba 32SL753Toshiba 32SL753B, 32SL753D, 32SL753DB
40Toshiba 40SL753Toshiba 40SL753B, 40SL753D, 40SL753DB
46Toshiba 46SL753Toshiba 46SL753B, 46SL753D, 46SL753DB

Toshiba 40WL753B/ 46WL753B

Like the SL753 series, the Toshiba WL753 range employs LED sidelighting technology, but will add 200Hz motion to the mix, and have the wireless dongle (which you’d have to buy separately for the SL753) readily supplied with the TV. The Toshiba WL753 comes in 40-inch, 46-inch and 55-inch sizes:

Size (inch)Model NameAlternative Model Name
40Toshiba 40WL753Toshiba 40WL753B, 40WL753D, 40WL753DB
46Toshiba 46WL753Toshiba 46WL753B, 46WL753D, 46WL753DB
55Toshiba 55WL753Toshiba 55WL753B, 55WL753D, 55WL753DB

The Toshiba 32RV753B and Toshiba 40RV753B is now available to buy from high street stores and internet retailers in time for the World Cup 2010, with the SL and WL series soon to follow. Should you go ahead and purchase a Toshiba 1080p HDTV before 10 June 2010, the company has promised to refund 100% of your money back if England wins the World Cup.

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