Toshiba has unveiled six new ranges of Regza HD TVs for 2010. Freeview HD tuners, wireless connectivity and LED backlights head the impressive list of features.
Toshiba has kicked off the traditional TV launch season with news of six new ranges of HD TVs. Its the latest big TV brand to add Freeview HD, wireless technology and LED backlighting to its 2010 models. With Sony, Samsung, LG and Panasonic all poised to make similar announcements in the coming weeks we’re expecting this to be an exciting year for HD TVs. Find out more about Toshiba and the other leading brands in our best TV brand guide.
Regza HD TVs
The new Regza WL and SL Series will feature LED backlight technology, which has meant big savings in power use in our lab tests to date. Both ranges come with Freeview HD tuners and though both can connect wirelessly to your PC, only the top-of-the-range WL comes supplied with the necessary kit. It’s an optional extra on the SL series. The WL will be available in 40, 46 and 55-inch screen-sizes, the SL in 32, 40 and 46.
The Regza RV and XV Series will both feature Full HD screens across the range, plus the option of Wireless DLNA connectivity, for streaming content from laptops or PCs.The RV models (available in 32, 37 and 40-inch screen sizes) will feature Freeview HD tuners. The XV variety does without the Freeview HD tuner but is available in all the same screen sizes and adds 100Hz technology to the mix. Toshiba claim this should make motion sequences smoother.
At the budget end of the spectrum, Toshiba delivers the Regza AV Series and new Regza DV Series with integrated DVD player. Both are HD ready, standard Freeview models. The AV series will be available in 19- and 22-inch screen-sizes and a choice of white and glossy black finishes. The DV models will also be available in black or white finishes and 19, 22, 26 and 32-inch screen sizes.
Which? HD TV test lab
Which? TV expert, Mike Briggs, said: ‘Toshiba are battling hard to keep apace with the market leaders, and new features such as Freeview HD tuners and LED back-lighting will certainly give Sony and Samsung a run for their money. We’ll start testing the new 2010 ranges as soon as they’re available to buy.’
The new models from Toshiba should start hitting the shops in April, but prices are still to be confirmed. To find the best LCD, LED or plasma TV available right now, check our expert TV reviews. Which? has tested almost 200 TVs and if you’re not interested in all the very latest features on 2010’s models, now may be a great time to pick up some 2009 Best Buy bargains.
HD comes to Freeview
Initially BBC, ITV and Channel 4 HD channels will be available on Freeview HD. Freview’s HD transmissions began in December 2009 in London, and will be rolled out to Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds/Bradford and Newcastle in Spring 2010. The rest of the country will start to receive Freeview HD in line with their digital switchover dates.
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