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Toshiba Regza 55UL605U HDTV Preview Print E-mail
Friday, 22 October 2010
ImageToshiba's 55UL605U is the largest in their ultra thin Regza UL605 series of LED backlit LCD televisions.  This fifty-five inch HDTV features 1080p resolution, a Cinespeed LCD panel with an 8ms or less response speed for cleaner high-speed imagery, ClearFrame120Hz Anti-Blur Technology, LAN and WiFi Internet connectivity, and via the USB input is a media player that will play MP3 files and display JPEG digital photos.

This fifty-five inch Regza television offers viewers a full 1080p picture at 120 frames a second, though it can take any input signal from 480i to 1080p via one of its four 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.

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 real winning potential of the UL605 series is NetTV.  Using an included Wi-Fi adapter allows owners to connect with the impressive VUDU movie service (with its almost-Blu-ray quality), YouTube, Pandora, Facebook, Twitter, Flickr, Picassa, the New York Times, AP, National Weather Service, etc.  Early experience with television web apps has been a mixed bag so far (from elegant to clunky), but with a strong Internet connection, NetTV could be a real value.  The Toshiba Regza 55UL605U can be found online and in retailers for around $1899.99 (down from a MSRP of $2499.98).


Compatible Video Signals: 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p (all displayed at full 1080p; 1920 x 1080)

HDMI (4), Stereo RCA Audio In (1), Component/Composite (1), Toslink Out (1), 15-Pin D-Sub PC Input (1), 3.5mm Stereo Audio In (1), USB (1), RJ45 Ethernet Port (1)

Additional Features: QAM, ATSC, NTSC, NetTV, Included Wi-Fi Adapter (802.11), IR Pass Through, DLNA Certified Network Connection, Multi-brand remote with glow-in-the-dark buttons

Audio Features: Invisible Speaker, Mute / Half Mute, Dolby Digital Output, QSound, Audio Quality Adjustments

Video Features: 120Hz Screen Refresh Rate, Deep Color, DynaLight dynamic backlight control, CrystalCoated screen which offers up to a 30% better contrast in bright rooms, TheatreWide Modes, Color Temperature Control, Native Mode, Film Stabilization, Cinema Mode 24fps (5:5 pulldown)
Approximate Size:
50.67"W x 1.38"D x 30.71"H (w/o stand); 50.67"W x 12.25"D x 32.46"H (w/stand)

Weight: 44 lbs (w/o stand): 52.9 lbs (with stand)

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