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The XV540 series of LCD televisions rounds out Toshiba's premium line in their 2008 releases.

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The XV540 series of LCD televisions rounds out Toshiba's premium line in their 2008 releases, and while they don't carry the flagship designation of Cinema Series as the XF550Us, both lines are nearly identifical. In regards to technical specifications both lines feature the fourth generation 14-bit PixelPure image processor, with a 10-bit panel, a native 1080p resolution and 120Hz Clear Frame technology. The only difference between the two lines is the size of the bezel and a fourth HDMI input on the XV540s.

  • CCFL backlighting
  • Thin bezel
  • 3,000:1 native contrast ratio
  • 30,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio
  • Dynalight
  • 14-bit PixelPure 4G tech
  • 10-bit panel
  • 5:5 pulldown mode for 24p content (Clear Frame)
  • Inputs: HDMI x 4, Component x 2, Composite x 1, S-Video x 1
XV540, XF550U features

14-bit processing/10-bit panel - Being a chip company Toshiba's television strength lies in the pixel processing technology with the XV540 featuring the latest 4G PixelPure chip. Processing of the image is done at 14-bit, while the panel displays 10-bit color information. These extra bits are used for more color reproduction and Toshiba claims they should result in a clearer and more vibrant picture.

5:5 Clear Frame - Film modes on other leading sets use a combination of 120Hz display and motion compensation to achieve a smooth look. However, in practise these technologies often introduce their own problems, most commonly known as the Triple Ball Effect (TBE) and the soap opera effect. Toshiba's conversion process doesn't introduce these

Common to all 2008 Toshibas

DynaLight dynamic backlight - the television's processor analyzes the overall lighting level of the frame and adjusts the backlight accordingly to best accommodate the overall picture.


The naming convention of the XV540 series takes the form of: Toshiba Regza --XV540

Note on availability

Originally slated for release in March, the XV540s have been pushed back to a May release. Some sources indicate the line will be limited to boutique stores, but a pre-order listing on Amazon may mean it will be available in big box stores as well. The Cinema Series XF550Us are already available.

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