‘Best Buy’ Tele­vi­sion of the Year

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“Solid pic­ture per­for­mance and An­droid smarts com­bine in this at­trac­tive Ultra-HD An­droid 65-incher avail­able at a street price that rep­re­sents out­stand­ing value.”

Com­pe­ti­tion is wildly in­tense at the value end of the tele­vi­sion mar­ket, and you may be sur­prised to find a Ja­panese brand win­ning here over Korean or Chi­nese of­fer­ings. Yet Toshiba has re­turned to the Aus­tralian mar­ket with a range of smart Ultra High Def­i­ni­tion mod­els, among which this 65-incher im­pressed us with its com­bi­na­tion of pic­ture qual­ity, aes­thetic de­sign and re­mark­able given the value-for-money pric­ing — good smart stuff from its An­droid 6.0.1 in­ter­face and sup­port for voice in­ter­ac­tion through Google’s Voice As­sis­tant.

There are three HDMI in­puts, plus sup­port for com­pos­ite video and au­dio, two USB sock­ets, and stereo au­dio out­puts as both ana­logue and dig­i­tal op­ti­cal, in ad­di­tion to the thin sound­barstyle speak­ers between the two sturdy yet at­trac­tive chrome-plated legs. Blue­tooth is sup­ported both for in­put de­vices and to con­nect ex­ter­nal speak­ers, and of course the An­droid in­ter­face in­cludes ac­cess to apps for Net­flix, Stan and other stream­ing ser­vices, as well as the abil­ity to re­ceive casts to its built-in Chrome­cast re­ceiver. You net­work the TV us­ing with the dual-band Wi-Fi or, if you can, Eth­er­net.

Al­though you ben­e­fit from the ra­zor­sharp 4K res­o­lu­tion, this TV doesn’t sup­port High Dy­namic Range (HDR) sig­nals, nor the most ad­vanced colour stan­dards. But at this price, we’re sus­pi­cious of TVs that claim to do so (“HDR-com­pat­i­ble” does not nec­es­sar­ily mean HDR-ca­pa­ble, and screens at this price rarely have ei­ther the nits or the pro­cess­ing to de­liver ef­fec­tive HDR). In­stead Toshiba’s CEVO (née Regza) 4K en­gine and other pro­cess­ing de­liv­ers 10-bit colour remap­ping for im­proved colour grad­u­a­tions between shades, while the over­all pic­ture was won­der­fully bright and bold, the LED lo­cal dim­ming very ef­fec­tive.

This 65-inch has an RRP of $2499, but as we go to press it’s avail­able for $1595. For an An­droid 4K TV of these abil­i­ties, that is most cer­tainly a ‘Best Buy’.

Info: www.toshi­batv.com.au

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