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Toshiba 40RV525U

40" 1080p LCD HDTV

11 Reviews

Item # 05240RV525

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Our take on the Toshiba 40RV525U

The 40RV525U is one of the most affordable Toshiba models to offer "Full HD" 1080p resolution, making it one of the best HDTV values available today. Why is 1080p important? Most high-definition programs are in 1080i, which is a pixel-perfect match for 1080p. In fact, the only way to see every detail in every HD movie and TV show you watch is with a 1080p TV.

The 40RV525U is one of the most affordable Toshiba models to offer "Full HD" 1080p resolution, making it one of the best HDTV values available today. Why is 1080p important? Most high-definition programs are in 1080i, which is a pixel-perfect match for 1080p. In fact, the only way to see every detail in every HD movie and TV show you watch is with a 1080p TV.

Images look crisp, clean, and colorful whether you're watching at night or during the day. Toshiba's DynaLight feature constantly monitors the brightness level of the video signal and adjusts the screen's backlight level on the fly to deliver deep blacks and well-defined shadow detail. This TV's quick response time ensures smooth motion, even during action-heavy sequences. If you're a gamer, you'll appreciate the Game Mode which minimizes the length of time it takes for the signal to travel from the game controller to the TV screen.

You can receive all types of local over-the-air TV broadcasts, from ordinary analog to digital high-definition signals (antenna required). And with three HDMI inputs, it's easy to add an HD satellite receiver or cable box.

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Note: Sorry, we can only ship Toshiba products to the 49 continental United States and Washington D.C.; we can't ship them to Hawaii or U.S. Territories. (Solamente es posible enviar productos de la Toshiba dentro los 49 estados unidos continentales y Washington D.C.)

Product Highlights:

  • 40" screen (measured diagonally)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • high-gloss black finish
  • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
  • built-in QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
  • CineSpeed™ 8-bit LCD panel (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • DynaLight™ dynamic backlight control for improved contrast and black level
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • multibrand remote control
  • simplified remote operation for compatible Toshiba components (HDMI-CEC)
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 2 composite video (1 rear, 1 side)
    • 1 S-video
    • 2 component video (accepts signals up to 1080i)
    • 3 HDMI v1.3 — accepts signals up to 1080p (60Hz, 24Hz)
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • Energy Star® 3.0 compliant — see our article on TV power consumption for more info about this and other testing standards
  • detachable stand (stand "footprint" is 18-1/8"W x 10-7/8"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 39-1/4"W x 25"H x 3-3/4"D (27"H x 10-7/8"D on stand)
  • weight: 42.1 lbs. with stand
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service or pick-up for service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Couldn't be more please with this product, the on time delivery and the support provided by you guys. Anyone still undecided - jump on this deal - you'll be very satified.

Donald, Inverness, Fl

What's in the Box:

  • 40" Widescreen LCD TV
  • Pedestal stand
  • 4 Machine screws (to attach stand)
  • Wireless remote control (CT-90302)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Screen cleaning cloth
  • Owner's Manual (English/French)
  • Stand assembly instructions
  • Product registration card

Energy Guide:

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Toshiba 40RV525U Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(11 Reviews)

Think twice!

Chad from Virginia on 5/30/2010

I purchased this TV in January, 2009. The picture is fantastic, but that is one of the few things that I can say that are positive. We have had issues with the TV's remote control, the TV makes a high-pitched squeal sometimes when getting a signal from different inputs, and it also "fades to black" spontaneously. I have contacted Toshiba customer service over 15 times since last year and have had a service tech out to the house twice. None of the issues have ever been resolved. In regards to the remote issues, the reps have offered up the possible causes: "do you have fluorescent lights in your house?" and my favorite, "do you have windows in that room?" When I reported the "fade to black" issue, one of the reps told me that "your antenna may be losing signal." Now I am not a TV expert, but I think after having an antenna for many years, I know what it looks like when the signal is weak. The second time their service tech came to my house, he literally never touched the TV and told me everything was ok. The last time I called, the rep told me "we will get back to you with a resolution in two or three days." That was over seven weeks ago.



This is the best and low price too

Mark from MD on 3/21/2009

I rate this as better than the best 40" comprable Samsungs and Sonys. Yes Samsungs and Sonys are more backlit. But... at least for this model of Toshiba, there is more detail and a smoother more realistic cinematic type presentation. That is to say, more true to life and not oversaturated colors. Also I do not find that mine has a thin back and as a result buzzes at high volume settings ( as stated by another reviewer). I just tried it at an extremely loud volume. Now this could be unit variations or maybe Toshiba corrected the problem in later releases. But the back on mine is definitely not thin plastic. All the inputs and outputs one could need are all there.Toshiba has a good name for reliability.So what more do you want??



This LCD is great!

Daniel from From PA, live in OK on 3/19/2009

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I purchased this tv for use as my computer monitor, playstation, wii, and of course a regular television. I hooked a Dell XPS to it, with a wireless keyboard and mouse....The picture is amazing. Cable tv is a little grainy but you get out what you put in. I have digital on a Samsung 56 and hdtv is amazing. Got that tv from Crutch as well. Playstation is awesome on this tv....I got this on special....that is one of the reasons I like to order from this site other than the great service and ship times. I had this tv in a week. I am completely satisfied with this tv and anyone else who buys it will be too. Of course there will always be critics.



great tv! toshiba 40"full HD 1080p

neto from round lake, IL on 3/16/2009

great tv!, looks beautiful (gloss black finish), SD definition looks good, and HD definition looks exellent, i hook up this tv to my panasonic home theatre and have HDMI input, the DVD movies looks like blu-ray discs on this tv,beautiful picture on my PS2 video game, the price is great to 40"1080p tv, I recomended this tv to everyone. BUY IT, BUY IT, BUY IT.



Super Value

Donald from Inverness, Fl on 3/12/2009

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Couldn't be more please with this product, the on time delivery and the support provided by you guys. Anyone still undecided - jump on this deal - you'll be very satified.



Great TV for the price.

Dave from Galesburg, IL on 3/12/2009

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I ordered this TV to replace a 37-inch 720p set which I had purchased three years ago for more than double the money. As I had had experience with Toshiba TVs in the past, I managed to get this one set up without having to refer to the owner's manual. The picture and sound are great and I like the fact that it has multiple HDMI inputs. I would recommend this set to anyone looking for a quality product at a great price.



Disappointed but acceptable

Eddie from New York, NY on 3/7/2009

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The picture quality is not nearly as good as the Sony KDL40V4100 40" BRAVIA LCD TV I have in the living room. The set up I have on both TVs are identical but the picture quality (both HD and regular channels) are very different. The remote is nearly 2x larger than the Sony and kinda ugly. I paid about $1,100 last sepetember for the Sony and included a free BR DVD player. That said, I believe this is the cheapest 40' LCD TV you can find now. I am kinda disappointed with the picture but find it acceptable for bedroom use.




JOHN from LEAGUE CITY, TEXAS on 1/29/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

A BIG WOW! This TV is great! Setup was easy right out of the box, plug it in turn it on and your good to go. The only flaws that I've encountered is the remote is a little awkward to handle it's heavy and doesn't feel balanced when changing the channels, and the speakers rattle the thin backing of the unit, when turning up the volume for a movie or sporting event. At volume settings past 25 the back panel starts buzzing! This problem easily fixed by turning off internal speakers and adding your own. This TV has everything I need, if you like it simple and still have the latest technology, pick this one. The price is right!



40inch toshiba 1080p

luis from andover ny on 1/13/2009

well I got this tv two weeks ago and its a nice tv hase 3hdmi inputs 1080p but the anolog channels arent the pretty to look at and the hd channels they look grany in the back round I hook up my blu ray player to it got some blu ray movies they dint even look like they where in the 1080p format I have another hd tv from toshiba that looks better in hd than this one does maybe I just got a bad one well I supose to get a new one soon will update then



Very Pleased

David from Oklahoma on 1/10/2009

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I am very happy with this TV. Picture color and brightness was perfect out of the box. Plenty of connections for today's equipment. Instructions were easy to follow from the owner's manual. I have only found one area to give some negative feedback on and that is the remote control is not backlite. We all know that isn't a deal killer but would be nice. My first show to watch was the BCS Championship game and the TV did not show any problems handling fast action during the game. Was blown away how I could see the smallest blades of grass kick-up off the player's cleats. Only time will tell concerning realiablity but so far everything about the TV looks to be quality construction.



Great for what I wanted and needed

Mr. Ninio from Las Vegas, NV on 11/15/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I needed a TV with a pleasant sound. In addition, I needed analog audio outputs, so that I could play various programs through my, relatively new amplifier and HI-FI system. I also wish there are analog AV outputs, so that could record some of the programs to tape. Finally, I needed a TV where the picture and the sound could be really adjusted to my individual liking. I had an analog Toshiba TV previously and, I am glad, its qualities were continued in the digital models. I wish this digital TV had more than just the one analog audio output. Please advice Toshiba about it. Also, I wish there was an index in the, otherwise, well written manual. All-in-all, I am so far (2 weeks) very happy with this purchase and am grateful for Crutchfield's re-assuring 30 days pre-paid shipping return if needed and the support staff's prompt reply to my questions. In the future, when the needs of a customer are known, it would be nice to offer more than one choice of other TVs for comparison (whether Crutchfield carries them or not) or to state that there is no other choice on the market for what the customer needed.




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TV Features
PC Compatible
Mounting Options
Remote Control
Inputs and Outputs Notes

TV Features

HDTV Tuner: The TV has built-in over-the-air HDTV (ATSC) and Digital Cable (QAM) tuners, so you don't need a separate set-top box to receive and decode over-the-air HDTV/SDTV or unencrypted Digital Cable signals.

Cinespeed LCD Panel: Toshiba's REGZA Premium LCD Hi-Speed Cinespeed panels offers a refresh rate of 60 Hz and fast response times of 8ms or faster for an ultra sharp picture, especially when displaying fast-moving action scenes, and demanding video games. A wide viewing angle ensures that you can enjoy this TV from any seat in your room.

DynaLight Dynamic Back-Light Control: Toshiba's DynaLight Technology monitors the brightness level of each video frame, and automatically adjusts the backlight intensity based on the image content. Precise signal analysis offers 256 levels of backlight intensity. This creates dynamic contrast up to 5X that of the original panel contrast, resulting in a deeper black level that increases detail and depth, even in low light environments.

CableClear DNR: Designed to optimize poor NTSC signals from antenna or cable, this noise reduction system eliminates video noise ("snow") for a clean crisp image. This system detects the quality of the incoming video signal, and automatically applies the needed amount of video optimization.

Picture Size: When viewing a source, you can choose one of the following picture sizes:

  • Natural: image is displayed close to its originally formatted proportion
  • TheaterWide 1: the picture is non-uniformly enlarged; the center of the picture remains close to its true proportion, but the left and right edges are stretched wider to fill the screen, used primarily with a 4:3 source
  • TheaterWide 2: entire picture is uniformly enlarged, used primarily with a widescreen source
  • TheaterWide 3: picture is non-uniformly enlarged; the picture is stretched wider to fill the width of the screen and stretched slightly taller
  • Full: mainly designed for receiving a squeezed 4:3 signal (a 16:9 [480i, 480p] programs squeezed into a 4:3 transmission), the picture is stretched wider to fill the screen, but not taller, none of the picture is hidden
  • 4:3 HD: provides a 4:3 aspect ratio of a 720p, 1080i or 1080p signal; sidebars fill the empty vertical spaces while not distorting the picture from its original size
  • Native: when receiving a 720p, 1080i or 1080p signal program, Native Mode restores the size of the picture by the 3-5% that is generally lost during the normal over-scanning that occurs on traditional sets. It also avoids unnecessary scaling of HD signals that can reduce overall image resolution and picture quality.
  • Dot-by-Dot: non-scaling display for VGA, SVGA, XGA, WXGA and SXGA sources only

TheaterWide Scrolling: You can set separate scroll settings for the TheaterWide 2 and TheaterWide 3 modes for each input. You can adjust the scroll of the picture up and down as needed form -10 to +20.

Auto Aspect Ratio: The Auto Aspect Ratio feature will automatically select the picture size when one of the following inputs sources is received - a 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080 signal from the ANT/Cable input; a 480i signal from the Video 1, Video 2, or Component Video inputs; and a 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or VGA (60 Hz) signal from any of the HDMI inputs. When the auto aspect feature is turned on and the TV receives a 480i signal, the picture size is automatically selected; a 4:3 signal is set to Natural, a 16:9 signal is set to Full, a 4:3 letterbox signal is set to TheaterWide 2. If the signal's aspect is not defined, the Picture Size defaults to the last manually chosen setting.

Cinema Mode: When you view a DVD (3:2 pulldown processed) from a DVD player connected to the Video 1/2, Component Video 1/2, or any of the HDMI inputs on the TV, smoother motion can be obtained by setting the Cinema Mode to Film from Video.

Picture Modes: You can select one of the following picture modes for each input:

  • Sports: bright and dynamic picture
  • Standard: standard picture setting
  • Movie: lower contrast for a darkened room
  • PC: designed for viewing tables/documents from a PC
  • Preference: allows you to adjust and store contrast, back light, DynaLight, brightness, color, tint, and sharpness

Color Temperature: You can change the quality of the picture by selecting from three preset color temperatures - Cool (bluish), Medium (neutral), or Warm (reddish). You can also adjust the levels of greens and blues in each preset temperature.

Dynamic Contrast: When dynamic contrast is set to Low, Middle or High, the TV will detect when changes in picture quality that affect the appearance of your contrast settings and adjust the video automatically.

MPEG Noise Reduction: The MPEG noise reduction feature allows you to reduce visible interference caused by MPEG compression. You can choose High, Medium, Low, or Off.

Static Gamma Adjustment: The Static Gamma feature allows you to adjust the levels of black in the picture. The adjustment range is with +/-5 from center.

Game Mode: When playing a video game requiring split-second timing (high-action games, music creation, etc.), the Game Mode shortens the frame delays between the on-screen display and the input from the controller. This feature is more effective for 480i and 1080i input signals.

Note: The Game Mode can only be used on the Video 1, Video 2, Component Video 1, Component Video 2, or HDMI.

Channel Browser: The Channel Browser allows you to browse and view channels by storing your recently viewed channels in channel history. You can surf back to channels you viewed prior to your current channel, and surf forward from previous channels up to your current channel. The last 32 previously viewed channels and inputs are stored in history.

Favorite Browser: Within the Channel Browser you can preview preset Favorite Channels via thumbnails along the bottom of the screen.

Channel Return: The Channel Return feature allows you to switch between two channels without entering an actual channel number each time

SurfLock: The SurfLock feature temporarily memorizes one channel under the Channel Return button, so you can return to that channel quickly from any other channel.

Channel Label: A list of common channel labels (logos) for various channels such as ABC, CBS, etc. are programmed into the TV. You are able to view and assign these logos to your incoming stations. If the desired channel label is not provided, you are able to manually enter and edit labels using the TV's on-screen keyboard. Up to 128 stations can be named.

Input Label: You can label each input according to the connected source. The preset list of labels includes: Audio Receiver, Cable, Compact Disc, DTV, DVD, Game Console, HDMI Switch, Laser Disk, Satellite/DSS, VCR, Video Recorder or Hide (so you don't have to toggle through an input you're not using), and the default label is blank.

Note: The PC input can only use the default blank, Game Consol, or or Hide label.

Closed Captions: The TVs closed caption mode has two options.

  • Captions: an on-screen display of the dialog, narration, and sound effects of TV programs and video that are closed captioned
  • Text: an on-screen display of information not related to the current program, such as weather or stock data when provide by individual stations

Digital CC: You can customize the closed caption display characteristics by changing the background color, opacity, text size, type, edge and color.

Bass And Treble: You can adjust the audio quality by adjusting the TV's bass, treble and balance.

Dolby Digital Dynamic Range Control: This dynamic range control feature causes the ATSC dynamic range to be further compressed, allowing you to switch from ATSC to analog broadcast at the same dynamic range.

Two-level Mute: The TV mutes the volume half-way when the Mute button is pressed once on the remote; when pressed a second time the TV will mute the volume completely and when pressed a third time the volume will resume as normal.

Lip-Sync Latency: This feature activates and auto audio/video display timing adjustment function that allows HDMI source devices to accurately perform synchronization automatically.

Lock System: The TV's Lock Menu includes ratings blocking, channel blocking, input locking, and a side panel control lock which are all protected by the same user customized 4 digit password.

GameTimer: You can use the GameTimer function to set a time limit for playing a video game from 30 to 120 minutes. When the GameTimer expires, the TV enters Input Lock mode and locks out the input source for the video game device.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be adjusted from 10 minutes to 3 hours in 10-minute increments.

Last Mode Memory: If the power is cut off while you are viewing the TV, the Last Mode Memory feature automatically turns on the TV when the power is re-supplied.

Note: You should unplug the TV's power cord if it is probable that you will be away from the TV for an extended period of time after the power is restored.

Auto Power Off: In ANT mode the TV will automatically turn itself off after approximately 15 minutes if it is turned to a vacant channel or a station that completes it broadcast for the day.

PC Compatible

PC Connection: You can view the image from your PC on the TV screen using the unit's 15-pin D-sub RGB input or an HDMI input. The PC input can accept VGA, SVGA, XGA, WXGA and SXGA signal formats.

PC Settings: When your PC is connected to the TV's 15-pin D-sub RGB terminal, you can use the TV's PC Settings features to make adjustments to the image such as picture horizontal and vertical position, clock phase (helps reduce noise and sharpens picture), and sampling clock (helps reduce noise and minimize periodic vertical stripes on-screen).

PC Audio: This function allows you to output the sound from your PC through the TV's speakers via the 3.5mm PC stereo input on back of the TV.

Mounting Options

Pedestal Stand: The TV is shipped with a pedestal stand attached; assembly is required. The pedestal stand can be removed to wall-mount the television with and optional bracket (sold separately).

Wall Mounting: The TV has four threaded inserts on the back for use with an optional wall-mount bracket. The spacing of the mounting holes is 400mm horizontal x 300mm vertical. The threaded inserts require 6mm machine screws (not supplied).

Remote Control

Multibrand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on many other brand components; including cable boxes, satellite receivers, DVD players, DVD-recorders, DVD/VCR combos, VCRs, PVRs, CD players, and audio receivers.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

3 HDMI Inputs: The three HDMI inputs are found on the rear-panel of the television. Each input consists of a single type-A connector HDMI jack. The HDMI jacks can accommodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) from other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. The HDMI jacks are compliant with the E-EDID (Enhanced-Extended Display Identification) standards. If you want to connect a DVI-compatible device, you will need an HDMI-to-DVI adapter cable. Since DVI does not carry audio signals, a stereo audio 3.5mm input is provided for the HDMI 1 input. In addition to the HDMI-to-DVI adapter cable, you will also need a stereo audio 3.5mm cable. The HDMI 1 input can also be used to connect the TV to your PC along with the shared PC stereo audio minijack input.

Note: The HDMI jacks will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

RGB/PC Input: This connection allows you to view the image from a personal computer on the TV screen. When connecting the PC to the TV, you will need a 15-pin D-sub RGB computer cable and a PC audio cable. The PC input shares the stereo audio 3.5mm input with the television's HDMI 1 input.

Component Video Inputs: The two ColorStream HD Component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

Digital Audio Output: An optical digital output is provided to allow you to connect the unit to a surround processor. The format can be set to Dolby Digital or PCM.

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