The REGZA ZV650 Series is one of Toshiba's top-shelf 2009 LCD lines, so it employs most of the company's advanced features and imaging technologies, with the exception of the LED backlighting found in the SV650 Series. The line includes screen sizes of 42, 47, and 55 inches. We have not performed a hands-on review of the 47ZV650U, but here is an overview of the TV's features. This 47-inch, 1080p LCD uses a traditional fluorescent backlight and features Toshiba's new ClearScan 240 technology, which combines the company's ClearFrame 120Hz system with a scanning backlight to create a 240Hz effect designed to more effectively reduce motion blur and film judder. (In other words, this TV does not actually have a refresh rate of 240Hz.) The 47ZV650U uses Toshiba's PixelPure 5G engine with 14-bit video processing and the CineSpeed panel, as well as Resolution+ scaling technology to help lower-resolution sources seem more detailed (formerly called SVT). This model is EnergyStar 3.0-compliant and supports Divx playback through USB.
The thorough connection panel includes four HDMI, two component video, and one PC input, plus a single RF input to access the internal NTSC, ATSC and QAM tuners. The HDMI inputs accept both a 1080p/60 and 1080p/24 signal, and one is located on the side panel for easy access. The 47ZV650U lacks picture-in-picture functionality and a program guide for the internal tuners, but it does offer a nicely conceived Channel Browser that shows thumbnails of inputs, channels, and favorites along the bottom of the screen. This TV has both an SD card slot for JPEG viewing and a USB port for playback of digital media files (JPEG, MP3, MPEG-1/2 video, and Divx), but it does not have an Ethernet port for network connectivity and/or media streaming. An IR output is also provided.
The 47ZV650U offers an excellent assortment of picture adjustments, beginning with five picture modes. The AutoView picture mode automatically adjusts the picture quality based on ambient room light and source content, while the gaming mode improves response time when mating the TV with a gaming console. The menu includes three preset color-temperature options, as well as complete white-balance controls. There are several ways to adjust the TV's backlight: a fixed backlight control, a DynaLight mode that automatically tailors the backlight to suit the source content, and an Auto Brightness sensor that adjusts the backlight based on the room's ambient light, with a Backlight Adjustment Pro menu to set parameters. You can choose between multiple Resolution+ levels, and the setup menu also offers an eight-step gamma adjustment and digital/MPEG noise reduction. The ClearScan function is divided into two controls: The ClearScan 240 setting (on/off) helps reduce motion blur, while the Film Stabilization mode (off/standard/high) specifically addresses the problem of judder in film sources, using various levels of frame interpolation to produce smoother movement. The ColorMaster feature lets you adjust the hue, saturation, and brightness of the six main color points, and the Expert mode isolates red, green or blue in the signal to help adjust color and tint. Finally, the TV has eight aspect-ratio options, including a Native mode for viewing 1080i/1080p signals with no overscan.
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