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Best Buys Audio & AV 2018-#1

TVs/PROJECTORS

ULTRA-HD ANDROID TELEVISION

TOSHIBA 65U7750A
T
oshiba is back in the Australian TV Bluetooth is supported for input devices and to engine” and other processing includes 10-bit
market, in the hands of Australian connect external speakers. So are USB keyboards colour remapping which aims to achieve the same
distributor Powermove, and while and mouses for use with the smart stuff. Likewise, kind of colour band smoothing delivered by the
its first models are shooting for the you get dual-band Wi-Fi, plus Ethernet, for actual display of wider colour gamuts.
relatively value end of their categories, they connecting to your home network.
nevertheless include impressively-priced 55 and Although this is a 4K TV, it doesn’t support PERFORMANCE
65-inch Ultra-HD (4K) models which offer High Dynamic Range (HDR) signals, nor the The picture was wonderfully bright and bold right
the attractive and versatile Android television most advanced colour standards, such as BT.2020. out of the box. We went straight to the ‘User’
interface. We spent some time with the larger one, Does that mean that you can’t play Ultra-HD picture setting, mainly because the named settings
the Toshiba 65U7750 Ultra-HD Android TV. Blu-ray? No — you can play these and get all had titles which hinted at likely inaccuracies:
the advantages of the razor-sharp resolution, just ‘Vivid’, ‘Hi-Bright’ and so on. On ‘Hi-Bright’, for
EQUIPMENT not the potentially wider dynamic range beyond example, whites were hugely crushed (near whites
The Android part of the name points to this normal bright whites, and the improved colour indistinguishable from full white). ‘Vivid’ was
being a smart TV running Google Android as its graduations between shades (though see below). respectable, though, if you don’t want to go delving
operating system. And despite the value-for-money Your Ultra-HD Blu-ray player will recognise its into the settings to change things. On ‘User’, the
pricing, it delivers pretty good smart stuff, not abilities and provide an appropriate Ultra-HD grey scale was very good.
least thanks to support for voice interaction, with signal. Can we be certain of this? We can, as we Making adjustments to the picture was harder
Google’s assistant being one of the best in the tested it with the very latest UHD disc releases. than usual because these adjustments invoke a
business. We shall return to that. So, should you spurn this TV and go for grey panel overlaying the picture, so you can’t
This TV is also impressively stylish at the price. one that does support HDR? Here we have to immediately see the effect. Most TVs sensibly
It rests on two sturdy yet fine looking chrome- distinguish between two quite different things: return to the picture during these settings,
plated legs. These are fairly wide on the body, so the signal that a display can accept, and the image overlaying only the control slider. But we would
unless you’re wall-mounting you’ll need a bench at that a display can produce. No consumer TV yet recommend going in there anyway and dragging
least 1153mm wide. Hanging down from the TV available can display the full potential range of down the ‘Sharpness’ control from its default of 60
body is a wide speaker bar, allowing for forward- HDR, nor all the colours. Indeed, there is some (out of 100) all the way down to zero. That will get
firing sound. The bezel is dark and slim. At the suspicion that many lower-cost models which rid of a tendency towards edginess, and flattened
top and sides, the space from the edge of the claim to be “HDR-compatible” can accept the colour in human faces.
picture to the edge of the TV is only 13mm. signal but not display it, still only employing The local LED lighting was remarkably effective.
There are three HDMI inputs, plus support for eight-bit processing. Our test patterns (full white circles on a full black
composite video and audio (but not component With this TV, on the other hand, you know background) showed good deep blacks, with very
video). There are two USB sockets, and stereo exactly what you’re going to get. Potentially rather little haloing or light splash around the circles, nor
audio outputs as both analogue and digital optical. more, in fact, given that Toshiba’s CEVO “4K any breakthrough elsewhere on the screen.

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Best Buys Audio & AV 2018-#1

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There was a tendency for greens to be painted


a little more strongly than is entirely realistic in
such movies as Miss Potter, and reds as well to a
degree. Dragging the ‘Saturation’ control down to
around 50 tamed that. Deinterlacing of Miss Potter’s
unusual 1080i/50 video was quite well handled,
being tripped up only by the very trickiest of scenes.
For that matter, 576i/50 video was also dein-
terlaced accurately, with the TV determining the
film or video cadence with almost perfect accuracy.
The importance of that is for the delivery of both
free-to-air TV received by the TV, and free-to-air
delivered from a PVR. This TV is going to manage
that side of things very well indeed. say it always did what we want. When we said ‘Go the TV’s Wi-Fi connection. But with the more
Unusually, there are no motion smoothing to TV’, it took us to Google Play Movies and TV. A normal clips of 50Mbps or less, there were no such
options here (an absence we do not lament), though little marketing there. We had to say ‘Go to DTV’ problems. We were pleased that our Ultra-HD
it does advertise Active Motion & Resolution+ to to switch to regular free-to-air TV. When it didn’t resolution test video clip showed every pixel being
minimise blurring in fast-moving scenes. Certainly understand us, it would usually offer some YouTube displayed, and displayed in the correct colour. The
this TV had very little latency in the picture. From clips keyed to the relevant words. We couldn’t get still ‘photo’ version of the same content was clearly
our test disc, we’d estimate around 50 to 60 milli- it to switch to a specific channel or change the bottlenecked down to 1080p at some point, an
seconds. Gamers should do well. volume by voice, nor for text entry. issue we’ve noticed with Chromecast at other times.
As mentioned, just because a TV doesn’t support One thing you might want to do is change So you won’t be getting optimal resolution for your
HDR doesn’t mean it won’t play Ultra-HD content. the name of the TV — that’s the name it uses for photos, only your video.
And indeed, this one did a very respectable job identification purposes by Google Cast and so
with a variety of our Ultra-HD Blu-ray discs, just on. The TV had the uninformative name ‘Globe’. CONCLUSION
without taking advantage of the expanded colour or When we went to change it we discovered a There are ongoing plans for Toshiba here in
brightness gamut. But if you’re happy enough with number of preset options — things like ‘Living Australia, we gather, with models right up to
what regular Blu-ray can provide on that front, then Room’, ‘Den’ and so on, so we guess ‘Globe’ was premium OLED in 2018. Meanwhile the Toshiba
you’ll be even happier with this TV, thanks to the for ‘Global’. We changed it to ‘Toshie’. 65U7750 TV is a fine-looking TV producing a
higher resolution and Toshiba’s processing skills. Did we mention that there are two remotes? good quality picture, and boasting very good smart
The regular IR one is supplemented with a small features, at a very reasonable price.
SMART STUFF Bluetooth one, which of course frees one from
We’re pretty sure that of all the many TV operating the line of sight and restricted angle nature of IR
systems out there, Android is the most developed, remotes. It wasn’t pre-paired so we had to follow the Toshiba 65U7750A
thanks to the enormous installed base. The great instructions in the manual — they were clear — to Ultra-HD Android TV
majority of installations are phones, of course, but connect this second remote.
with dozens of makers and thousands of hardware The TV provides access to the Google Play • Good overall panel performance
store, though a very cut-down version of it with • Very good smart features
configurations, Android has become a remarkably
• Classy styling
robust and powerful system. (For those interested in apps seemingly in the dozens, perhaps hundreds,
such things, this TV is running Android 6.0.1, but not in the hundreds of thousands. They are mostly • Can’t see picture while adjusting settings...
the launcher is of course Toshiba’s own.) entertainment apps, kids games and such, some
The most obvious evidence of this is with of which can cost a few bucks. But there’s also Price: $2499 ($1695 in-store at press time)
voice control. On phones you can argue whether Facebook and a web browser. Using our USB Display technology:
Google Now/Assistant or Siri might be the best, mouse/keyboard, the browser proved very effective. LED-backlit IPS LCD panel
but for TVs, Android wins easily. It started listening The TV doesn’t natively support DLNA — the Screen size: 163.9cm
the instant we pressed the ‘Voice’ button on the usual way of feeding network media to a smart Native aspect ratio: 16:9
Native resolution: 3840 x 2160
Bluetooth remote, and easily delivered near-perfect TV — although we imagine you could find an app Brightness: Not stated
accuracy in understanding our words. That’s not to for that. Instead it has Chromecast built in, so we Contrast ratio: Not stated
sent our video and audio and photos to the TV Inputs: 3 x HDMI, 1 x composite video,
that way from the network. Since we had the TV 1 x stereo audio, 2 x USB (1 USB 3.0),
connected to our home theatre audio system with 1 x Ethernet, Wi-Fi, 1 x aerial
the Audio Return Channel enabled, the music we Outputs: 1 x optical digital audio,
1 x 3.5mm headphone
sent from our network storage using a smartphone Audio: 2 x 10 watts
as the controller was played very nicely, with good Included accessories: Tabletop stand,
information on the screen. 2 x remote control
There was a fair bit of stuttering with our big Dimensions without/with stand (whd):
100Mbps Ultra-HD test clip when streaming via 1456 x 865 x 80mm/1456 x 895 x 280mm
Weight without/with stand: 23.7/25.2kg
Warranty: Twelve months
LEFT: The Tosh offers Ethernet or Wi-Fi, three HDMI
inputs, composite video and two USB slots. Both Contact: Powermove Distribution
digital and analogue audio outputs are provided. Telephone: 03 9358 5999
Web: www.toshibatv.com.au

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