November 18, 2009 by Dennis P. Barker
The dark scenes looked accurate, with subtle variations in blackness from standard HDTV fare, most notably in the starfields of ABC’s Defying Gravity and the vibrant colors and quick cuts of USA’s Burn Notice. The very dark scenes in the newly released Blu-ray version of Watchmen (Director’s Cut) and The Dark Knight showed detail and color gradations not seen on most other LCD TVs.
And the splash of vibrant colors from Disney’s 50th Anniversary Sleeping Beauty was especially compelling. Overall, the images on the SV670 were markedly superior and uniform. if you more accurately control brightness and contrast, the images displayed will look more realistic, natural and life-like across the entire palette.
The colors displayed on the 55SV670 were exceptionally rich, and vibrant with very deep blacks (for an LCD TV) giving you the feeling and clarity of “you are there.” Black levels and contrast were several grades above other LCD HDTVs I’ve reviewed.
The beauty of LED backlighting lies not just with its eco-friendly features, but with its excellent contrast and deeper blacks that reveal more depth and detail—while providing more precise color saturation across the entire color spectrum.
If you are looking to conserve energy and still want the best possible LCD TV, you have to look at LED-backlit TVs like Toshiba’s 55SV670. It could be the best LCD the company has produced.
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Dennis has been involved with Consumer Electronics forever it seems. His 25+-year career includes a 12-year tour of duty at Consumer Reports magazine, as well as stints as a product reviewer, market analyst, technical editor, and consultant for the electronics industry. He lives in Ossining, NY with his two children, one demanding cat and piles of A/V equipment.
Specs, Pros & Cons
> 1080p Full HD CineSpeed Display
> FocalLight (full array) LED Backlighting with Local Dimming
> 2,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast
> ClearScan 240Hz with Backlight Scanning
> PixelPure 5G 14-bit Digital Video Processing
> Auto View Automatic Picture Adjustment & ColorMaster Wide Color Enhancer
> Dolby Volume with Audyssey EQ
> Cinema Mode: 24fps with 5:5 Pull-Down
> Deep Lagoon cabinet design with Infinity Flush Front
> 4 HDMI 1.3a (3 rear, 1 side) with InstaPort and REGZA-LINK
> 2 Component HD inputs
> 35.47 by 53.62 by 16.22 inches (with stand)
> 98.1 pounds (with stand)
> Full Array LED Backlighting with Local Dimming
> 2,000,000:1 Dynamic Contrast
> ClearScan 240Hz Refresh
> CrystalCoat Contrast Enhancer
> Not Ultra Thin
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