Toshiba Regza 32SL400U HDTV Preview 
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Written by Michael Palmer   
Monday, 18 October 2010

Toshiba's 32SL400U is the largest in their ultra thin, energy efficient Regza SL400 series of LED backlit LCD televisions.  This thirty-two inch HDTV features 720p resolution, a Cinespeed LCD panel with an 8ms or less response speed for cleaner high-speed imagery, and via the USB input is a media player that will play MP3 files and display JPEG digital photos.

This thirty-two inch Regza television offers viewers an acceptable-for-its-size 720p picture at sixty or twenty-four frames a second, though it can take any input signal from 480i to 1080p via one of its two HDMI inputs (version 1.3), or 480i to 1080i via the component input.  For those with a VCR or Laserdisc player, the component also doubles as a single 480i composite input.

Those who love to calibrate will appreciate both standard and advanced video features, starting with a Native Mode for HD signals to ensure no over-scanning.  There are five preset picture modes and one customizable option allowing owners to adjust contrast, tint, brightness, color, and sharpness.  For finer tuning, there are Backlight, DynaLight, Dynamic Contrast, Static Gamma, Color Temperature, and a number of noise reduction modes.  DVD collectors may enjoy the 3:2 pulldown CinemaMode.  It's good to see more advanced capabilities trickling down into more affordable and smaller televisions.

Parents are also afforded a host of protective features where in addition to the V-Chip for rated-programming, there is also Channel Block, Input Block, and Control Panel Lock which prevents the wee ones from un-calibrating the picture settings.  And those looking to ensure afternoons are spent hitting the books in addition to playing video games might be interested the password protected GameTimer which locks out the game console's input after a predetermined time period.

The Toshiba Regza 32SL400U can be found online and in retailers for around $549.00 (down from a manufacturer's suggested retail price of $699.00).


Compatible Video Signals: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p (though all inputs are displayed at 1366 x 768, or 720p)

Connections: HDMI (2), Stereo RCA Audio In (1), Component/Composite (1), Toslink Out (1), 15-Pin D-Sub PC Input (1), PC Mini-Stereo Audio In (1), USB (1)

Additional Features: QAM, ATSC, NTSC

Audio Features: Invisible Speaker, Mute / Half Mute

Video Features: 60Hz Screen Refresh Rate, DynaLight dynamic backlight control, CrystalCoated screen which offers up to a 30% better contrast in bright rooms, TheatreWide Modes, Color Temperature Control, Native Mode

Approximate Size: 30.53"W x 1.38"D x 18.86"H (w/o Stand); 30.53"W x 7.87"D x 20.18"H (w/stand)

Weight: 18.7 lbs (with stand)

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