Toshiba 32TL515U Review (LCD-LED TV)

Description: 32" Full HD LED backlit Passive 3D TV
Includes: Tablet Top Stand, Built in Wifi, 2 Pair Passive 3D glasses
Reviewer: Jack Burden
Date: Late Summer 2011


A shot from SI's Swimsuit Edition 3D Experience shows off excellent accurate color rendition in the 32TL515U

Strengths

  • Passive 3D Picture quality very good
  • Low cost of 3D glasses
  • 1" Deep, nice looking matte finish
  • Color rendition very natural and pops
  • Side angle viewing with 3D
  • Price/Value
  • Built In Wifi ready without Dongle
  • Good looking design and 1" bezel
  • Input Selection

Weaknesses

  • Audio sound quality
  • Judder and jerky effects with moving images
  • Internet Options OK
  • Screen uniformity with high Backlight setting
  • Slow response to remote control

HD Picture Quality: 8/10

Right our of the box the TL515 is set to the Autoview picture mode setting which we find very tolerable when compared to most preset mode picture settings. This setting automatically adjusts contrast for room light by using Toshiba's inbuilt Dynalight technology. Colors are not blown out as they are with many preset Picture modes. They are much more realistic and it's not a bad option. However, we recommend using the Movie picture mode and calibrating from there with our calibrated picture settings listed on the following page. Adjusting to our recommended Backlight setting of 60 helps to eliminate any issues you may have with screen uniformity issues around the edges of the screen and also perceived contrast at side angles. However, for very bright rooms you may want to turn it up some.


A colorful shot from the 3D Blu Ray Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs.

3D Viewing: 9/10

One of the big surprises from this TV was the quality of 3D viewing. I expected much less depth from the passive 3D glasses than we've been seeing with the active-shutter 3D glasses, but that was not the case. With active 3D we have seen more depth in the background of the picture, but with this passive 3D TV, we see images popping out of the screen towards us more. In the end I would say it's a wash. Side angle 3D viewing was also very good, while more straight on-center viewing is required with active 3D. Coloration is excellent. Image edges are not quite as crisp as some TVs we've tested recently. We did not experience the normal negative attributes from last year's 3D TVs – flicker and blurring in the bottom right and left corners. And one last big plus for this TV's simple passive glasses – they didn't tire my eyes.


Toshiba's Passive 3D Glasses cost a fraction of active 3D glasses and are very light.

Standard Definition Picture Quality: 7.5/10

The TL515 did a good job of up converting from lower signals. There was still some blurring and judder and image edges are slightly soft. Colors are very pleasant, black levels get a pass grade, and side angle viewing was very good for an LED TV.

Features Rating: 8.5/10

Features: This TV has 240Hz enabled frame rate conversion called Clear Frame 240. It's not nearly as intrusive as most of these dejudder technologies. Passive 3D capability, along with built in Wifi and Internet options is also available.

Other new features include DynaLight LED backlight technology which automatically adjusts the backlight on the LCD depending on room light conditions. This energy saving feature could save you a few bucks a year, but we found the occasional flicker from the backlight distracting.


The TL515 is an inch in depth and has a chrome trim edge with a matte charcoal finish.

Appearance and Design: The TL515 is a bit different than Toshiba's other LED TVs. It has a charcoal matte black finish rather than gloss and a chrome edge on the sides of the TV. It's nice looking and the depth of the TV is that oh so super slim 1". The included table top stand is heavy and sturdy and swivels around 25 degrees. Inputs run out the sides for super tight wall mounting ability.

Value Rating: 8.5/10

The 32TL515 is available for between $900 and $1000 from authorized online dealers. Considering how well the passive 3D looks, this might also be a great option if you will have lots of people watching the TV since extra passive 3D glasses are inexpensive. 32" is also pretty rare for a 3D so there isn't much competition.

Overall Rating: 8.3/10

See the complete Toshiba 32TL515 Picture Settings and Calibration Results.

Specifications

  • 32" screen class (31.6" diagonal screen size)
  • ENERGY STAR certified
  • 4 HDMI inputs; 1 component video input; 2 composite video inputs
  • PC input; Ethernet port; 2 USB ports (Video, music, photos)
  • Audyssey EQ sound circuitry
  • 10W + 10W built-in Invisible Speaker System design
  • Includes tabletop stand; 200mm x 200mm VESA compliant
  • Illuminated remote control
  • LED backlighting
  • ClearScan 240Hz refresh rate
  • 1920 x 1080p native picture resolution
  • AutoView ambient light sensor and picture adjustment system
  • Gaming mode
  • 3D capability (Passive); 2D to 3D upconversion
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
  • Internet TV apps and streaming from top content providers
  • Expert mode for precise picture adjustments
  • Native Mode displays lost overscan areas
  • Instaport fast HDMI switching
  • Input labeling
  • Channel browser
  • Sleep timer
  • CEVO chip
  • Dimensions (without/with stand): 30.75"/30.75" W x 19.21"/21.97" H x 1.34"/9.45" D
  • Weight (without/with stand): 20.06/25.35 lbs.

 



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