What is the Toshiba 58L7365D?
Design & Connections
It was immediately apparent that Toshiba had gone with a VA, rather than IPS, type panel for the L7365 as blacks actually looked black when watching normal content. There’s no substitute for a TV that can produce great dynamic range in a darkened room and the Toshiba was impressive here. In fact, it held itself well in brighter conditions too but there was some disappointing light pooling at the top left of the screen. There is an Active Backlight Control in the Advanced Picture Menu which does help with uniformity issues but it dims the picture globally and can be pretty distracting in action, causing on-screen luminance to fluctuate up and down too often, and too rapidly, in certain conditions. The L7365 was by no means the worst we’ve seen in this regard, however, so it probably falls in to the category of forgivable, especially when the price is considered. For the number crunchers amongst you, set at a capped light output of 120 cd/m2, the L7365 recorded an ANSI contrast of 2416:1, which is good for LED/LCD and especially compared to IPS panels but nowhere near the better plasma TVs we’ve seen this year.
Despite the presence of the Cinema Mode in the Picture Menu, the L7365 was unable to pick up on the PALcentric 2:2 film cadence, so you’ll be best using ‘upscaling’ players and set-top boxes to perform the task for standard definition film content sent through an interlaced signal. The 58L7563 had no problems correctly displaying Blu-ray discs and proved to have a decent scaling engine for SD material and the 32-inch screen size certainly helps. The L7365 also had no problems in showing a mixture of film and video mixed content and was (almost) able to show a signal all the way up to peak white. Both film and video were shown at full resolution, provided Native was selected as the Picture Size.
It’s all very well having a great big screen to game on – and there is nothing quite like it – but if the experience is marred by unresponsive controllers, then it loses a lot of the appeal. Fortunately, the Game mode available in the Toshiba 58L7365 does the trick very nicely, bringing input lag down to around 34 milliseconds. This figure should be more than acceptable to most and ranks it among the best we’ve tested in the last 12 months.
The following measurements were taken with a full screen 50% white pattern:
Out-of-the-Box – Standard Mode: 68W
Calibrated – Calibrated Hollywood Mode: 71W
Calibrated – Calibrated Hollywood Mode - 3D: 108 W
58L7365D Picture Quality 2D
The only other notable distraction was another common problem of LED but in an unusual guise. We could occasionally see a ‘dirty screen effect’ which manifested in a very fine, dark mesh on panning scenes involving lots of one colour – think skies or grass - but it wasn’t frequent nor as offensive as some of the muddy messes we’ve seen with other displays. One must consider that we’ve seen much worse examples in TVs costing far greater sums so, if it has to be LED, the L7365 is one of the better examples.
One of the fundamentals of good picture quality is contrast performance. A TV with great dynamic range will deliver images with punch and this affordable Toshiba is certainly capable of that. What’s more, in the Hollywood picture modes, it did so ably abetted by a realistic colour palette and neutral whites. The 58L7365 also delivered high definition pictures dripping with detail, although when things started to move a little faster, there was some noticeable degradation of detail in motion. Nothing show-stopping, nor unusual, and it can be alleviated, to some extent, with the motion processing set to low. This worked well for sports but we’d avoid it for Blu-rays, and that goes for all the added processing options in the menus.
Where we did find the L7365’s video processing trickery impressive was with content of lesser pedigree. If you like your Netflix, for instance, a spot of Resolution + can give that compression a little helping hand, to great effect. It seems to work by dynamically adjusting pixel brightness to give pictures a touch more impact and perceived detail. It’s mostly subtle enough not to make things look in any way unnatural and there’s a degree of experimentation needed to evaluate what content it works best with but we were happy to leave it on for the majority of our internet delivered viewing. Scaling of standard definition signals was also very impressive and given the screen size, the better SD channels and DVDs, especially, actually looked rather good. Obviously you really want to be feeding the L7365 with a diet of HD but it won’t let you down where the source isn’t irretrievably rubbish.
58L7365D Picture Quality 3D
- Good black levels
- Decent viewing angles
- Accurate colours
- Excellent scaling
- Responsive for gamers
- Resolution+ can work really well
- Nice new interface
- 4 HDMI connections
- Nice styling
- Some clouding
- Mesh type dirty screen effect, occasionally
- Sluggish menus
- Some software glitches
Toshiba 58L7365D TV Review
Out of box performance, in the Hollywood picture modes, was quite accurate and with some gentle manipulation of the glitchy calibration controls, we were able to help the L7365 produce some, at times, superb pictures. Colours, in particular, looked very natural and black levels weren’t half bad either. The caveat to the impressive contrast was that very dark content could suffer with some light pollution and there was an unusual – and subtle – dirty screen effect with panning shots but, overall, the Toshiba 58L7365 gave over and above what the fairly modest price-tag might suggest.
The Toshiba 58L7365 represents very good value, even at list price, so if you can bag yourself an internet bargain, all the merrier. It’s not perfect, by any means, and those intolerant of the flaws of LED will be better served moving on to plasma (or even waiting for OLED) but it delivers bright, natural pictures at a price that’s right. Not one for the aficionados, perhaps, but still worthy of putting on your demo list.
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