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Toshiba Cinema Series 52LX177 LCD HDTV Print E-mail
Wednesday, 19 March 2008
ImageThe Basics:
The Cinema Series designates Toshiba’s highest-end offerings, and the LX moniker represents the 2007 line. This 52-inch, 1080p model incorporates Toshiba’s most advanced technologies and features. First of all, it offers 120Hz technology, in which the TV doubles the frame rate from 60 to 120Hz. Toshiba’s implementation has two elements: ClearFrame addresses general motion blur and renders smoother movement, while Film Stabilization specifically addresses judder in film sources. Both of these elements can be turned on or off.

Other features include the use of Toshiba’s PixelPure 3G 14-bit processing and CineSpeed 10-bit LCD panel, plus a host of advanced image adjustments. That includes an adjustable backlight, direct adjustments to the TV’s blue/green drive and a ColorMaster Pro system that allows for precise tweaking of the primary and secondary color points.

The 52LX177 sports three HDMI inputs that accept 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 and an Ethernet port that’s tied in with Toshiba’s THINC system, which lets you access your email and stream MP3/JPEG over your home network from a PC. The TV offers automatic aspect ratio detection and numerous aspect ratio options, including a Native mode to display 1080i/1080p images with no overscan.

This is an attractively styled TV, with a high-gloss-black frame and the discreet SoundStrip2 speaker bar along the bottom of the cabinet.

The Upside:
Toshiba’s highest-end TV serves up a very attractive image. Its black level is very good for an LCD; combined with its solid light output, this TV has a nice overall contrast ratio, producing a rich-looking image.  The 52LX177’s picture is clean and well-detailed with HD sources, and this model has a more accurate color temperature than previous Toshiba LCDs. The viewing angle is solid and ClearFrame successfully cuts down on motion blur. 

The Downside:
The 52LX177’s colors are not accurate; green, in particular, is very oversaturated. Compare the TV with an accurate display, and you’ll notice these issues; on its own, though, colors have a lot of punch and richness. SD signals look soft through component video, but are much better through HDMI.

The effects of Toshiba’s ClearFrame/Film Stabilization combination aren’t as dramatic as other 120Hz technologies, but film purists might appreciate this approach. The 52LX177 is an excellent performer with a lot of worthy features, and it costs a bit less than other high-end 120Hz models on the market.

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