Toshiba 52XV545U: 52″ 1080p 120Hz LCD TV

Toshiba 52XV545U Specifications

Display: 52″ 10-bit TFT LCD
Aspect Ratio: 16:9
Pixel Format: 1920 x 1080
Frequency: 120Hz ClearFrame
Other: SRT (Super Resolution Technology: Up-converts to 1080p)
Video Processing: PixelPure 4G
Color Gamut: x.v.Color
Connectivity: HDMI (4), Component (2), S-Video, VGA, IR
Dimensions:
49.3 x 31.1 x 4.0″ (w/o stand)
49.3 x 33.1 x 12.9″ (w/ stand)
Weight: 82.7lbs
Price: MSRP US$2599.99

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Toshiba‘s 52XV545U is the company’s largest LCD TV that offers SRT (Super Resolution Technology). SRT, simply put, up-converts 480i/p and 720i/p content so that it is “… displayed in near High Definition picture quality.” I am curious as to how effective SRT is in making even SD content close to HD. There are just two customer reviews on Amazon but both gave 5/5 stars for the 52XV545U. One reviewer stated that SRT is his/her favorite feature that “… makes even standard definition broadcast look great.” There are also six reviews (all 5/5 stars) for the slightly smaller 46XV545U with most stating that the SRT feature works quite well. One reviewer stated that “… SRT is the real differentiator…”

The owner’s manual (PDF) for the 52XV545U (as well as the 46XV545U and the 42XV545U) shows that there are four modes to SRT: Auto, 1, 2, 3. Then there are 5 level fields. It seems there are different settings to optimize up-conversion of video content.

The 52XV545U sports a 10-bit TFT LCD with a 1920 x 1080 pixel format mated to a frequency of 120Hz for significant reduction of motion blur. The 10-bit LCD panel should provide for some excellent color reproduction. Sports in 1080p should look really good on this panel. There are plenty of connections including four HDMI ports.

Source: Toshiba, AVS Forum (Toshiba XV545 Series Calibration, Service Menu Access and Usage)

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