Toshiba introduces LED TV with local dimming and motion enhancement
By Darren Quick
June 15, 2009
Toshiba’s flagship REGZA SV670 series that first caught our eye at CES 2009 is set to hit stores alongside the REGZA XV648 and ZV650 series. The SV670 is Toshiba’s first-ever LED-backlit HDTV and incorporates the company's FocaLight Full Matrix LED with local dimming instead of the standard edge LED lighting used in many other LED TVs. This ability to turn off individual groups of LEDs where required allows the SV670 to achieve deep blacks without sacrificing peak brightness and according to Toshiba, delivers a dynamic contrast ration of 2,000,000:1.
Being Toshiba’s flagship means the SV670 series includes a number of technologies that can be found in the XV648 and ZV650 series. This includes the CrystalCoat technology found in the XV648 series, and the ClearScan technology found in the ZV650 series.
CrystalCoat is designed to stop ambient room light reflections from washing out the picture, with Toshiba claiming it can create 30 percent better contrast in bright rooms. Meanwhile ClearScan 240 technology is an anti-blur technology that combines 120 frames per second with Backlight Scanning Technology to create a 240Hz effect to provide improved clarity for fast moving images.
All new REGZA releases also include the Dolby Volume feature, which is designed to ensure a consistent volume level when changing channels or during commercials, as well as a range of connectivity options including a USB port, SD card Slot, 4 HDMI inputs with InstaPort and REGZA-LINK, IR Pass-Through Port, and high-resolution PC input.
The REGZA XV648 series is available in 40-inch, 46-inch and 52-inch screen sizes priced at USD$1,099.99, $1,499.99 and $1,999.99 respectively. The REGZA ZV650 series is available in 42-inch, 47-inch and new 55-inch screen sizes for USD$1,299.99, $1,699.99 and $2,399.99, while the flagship REGZA SV670 series is available in 46-inch and 55-inch screen sizes at USD$2,299.99 and $2,999.99 respectively.
Toshiba will be releasing the new TVs this month.