Toshiba 22DV615Y LCD TV/DVD Combo

Toshiba's 22DV615Y LCD TV/DVD combo unit is compact and simple to use, but screen quality could be better.


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Design

Smaller LCD TVs are always going to find it tough to stand out. They're smaller, and thus less visually arresting by the pure fact of their size. Just to look at it, Toshiba's 22DV615Y doesn't present much beyond a plain black frame and a 22-inch LCD panel within.

At the back you'll find connections for HDMI, Component, S-Video, Composite and D-Sub video, coaxial audio, headphone socket and antenna cable. All standard so far. It's only when you glance at the sides that the 22DV615Y stands out. It's a combination LCD TV and DVD player, with a slot-loading DVD drive. This does make it mildly thicker than some LCD TVs at this size, although not by much.

The provided remote control is a busy affair, but at least Toshiba's designers have been wise enough to at least make the play/stop buttons a different size to make them stand out.

Features

Toshiba sells three models in the current DVD/Combo range. There's an AU$849 19-inch model, the AU$949 22-inch model we've reviewed and an AU$1049 26-inch model. Our 22-inch review model had a top resolution of 1366x768, meaning it's not 1080p capable, although you wouldn't notice all that much with a screen this size. Toshiba states contrast at 800:1, which isn't spectacular, and brightness at 400cd/m².

On the playback front, it's digital TV compatible, and can play back content from DVD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD, CD-R, CD-RW and VCD. You'll need to hook up an external Blu-ray player for BR compliance, but then being a Toshiba product that's not too much of a surprise.

Out of the box the 22DV615Y is technically region locked, but it's surprisingly easy to turn it into a region free player with only a minimum of fuss.

One interesting feature that Toshiba offers via redemption on the 19- and 22-inch models is an inverter for car-based use. The idea is that you might want to watch TV when out camping or similar. Our first — and most dangerous — thought was that somebody, somewhere, will try to use this to turn the 22DV615Y into an in-car DVD player. It's a bad idea, and we've kept it this way so you don't have to make it a reality.

Performance

Digital TV playback was pretty crisp, but wasn't immune to a bit of screen judder, especially on Ten's ONE HD. An NCAA Football game showed a fair bit of shimmer and judder up close, although predictably moving away from the TV made this a lot less evident.

The same visual characteristics displayed themselves in DVD playback. If you're planning on having this unit on a kitchen bench or in a playroom where you're going to be close to it, it's quite noticeable, but if you're likely to be further away — say, a bedroom TV where you're not sitting quite so close — it's much less of a problem.

The Toshiba's in-built speakers have decent but not great dynamic range, with a lot of gradation between distinct volume levels.

We did hit some problems using the 22DV615Y as a PC monitor via VGA, as getting a decent resolution supported both by the screen and our graphics card proved something of a chore. PC screen duty is arguably a bit of a marginal case for what's intended to be an entertainment product, but it's still worth keeping in mind that you can't push the screen resolution past 60Hz or 1366x768.

There's an obvious appeal in having a secondary TV with its own in-built DVD playback facility, whether you're thinking for personal use or to entertain the kids. Clearly you could buy a cheaper 22-inch panel and plug in a cheap DVD player to the same effect, but if the combo idea appeals to you, the 22DV615Y is a good quality product to consider.

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golfie123 posted a comment   
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If you have already first tested with a region 4 dvd (australian dvds), then use the set-up disc again. after completing all the instructions, insert a multi-region dvd as the first dvd to play. These are usually the ones you can't play before doing this.
It will then play any DVD after that! Works!!

 

Jules posted a comment   

I THINK MY SON TURNED THE TV OFF WHILE THE UPDATE DISC WAS IN ANY INFO WOULD BE GREAT

 

GE posted a comment   

The Good:-

The Bad:-

Region FREE hack for the Toshiba 22DV615Y LCD TV/DVD Combo:

Doing the following the unit will play any Region (all) DVDs:

The Update Disc asks you to follow the instructions strictly. The first instruction is to test the DVD player with a Region 4 DVD before you use the Update DISC. However DON'T Instead use a Region 'ALL' DVD.

Simply put a region all disk into the unit and play the movie or episode on the disk for a few seconds
eject the disk using the 'power/standby' button on the side of the TV ( not on the remote ).
Turn on the unit using the 'power/standby' button on the side of the TV (not on the remote).
Press eject to make sure there is no DVD in the drive ( there shouldn't as you took it out earlier )
insert the firmware upgrade disk that came with the TV.
The TV will show loading, wait 10-20 seconds
A message will appear 'firmware upgrade'
During the firmware upgrade the disk will automatically eject during the update process
remove the firmware disk
DO NOT TURN OFF THE UNIT
When the firmware upgrade is complete the unit will power off and on again
When the unit powers on again press the tv/dvd button on the top of the remote (this will switch
the TV into TV mode)
Press setup button on the remote and navigate to setup, press enter
Now navigate to reset, press enter
The unit will reset the factory settings
Turn on the unit by pressing the power/stand by on the left side of the unit

Firmware upgrade is now complete and the unit will play all region DVD’s :)
PS: you will have to re-scan all your channels again to get them back, but it’s worth it.

 

Mike posted a comment   

bought Toshiba 19DV615Y LCD TV/DVD combo in Mayer and it didn't come with any Firmware Upgrade Disc. The player is locked to Region4. Grateful if someone can tell me how to unlock the player and turn it into a region free player.

 

africanmarty posted a comment   

The Good:good, not region free out of the box ( but can be made region free)

The Bad:must use 'tricias' technique to make the tv region free

i must take back my last comment and state this tv "CAN" be made region free by using tricias technique to make it region free, chech is doing the following :

1. I used the Toshiba DV615Y Series Firmware Upgrade Disc that was in the box (I bought the TV at Bing Lee)

2. The Update Disc asks you to follow the instructions strictly. The first instruction is to test the DVD player with a Region 4 DVD before you use the Update DISC. Instead, I used a Region ALL DVD (a number of children's DVDs are Region ALL).

That's it !! it worked for me and if you did it correctly it will work for you.

THANKYOU TRICIA !!!

- Regards Marty

 

africanmarty posted a comment   

The Good:yes

The Bad:not region free

i dont think there is an online region free hack for this tv yet.. and i've searched ALOT. what i think the article meant is that you can hook up an "already" region free dvd player to the tv and use that the play your dvds. If not i would love the article author to do us all a favour and explaine how else to do it.

 

Tricia posted a comment   

I bought this TV this morning after reading all your comments as I thought I was prepared to take the risk that I couldn't play Region 1 DVDs.

I don't know if this helps you but I took the following steps and don't have any problems playing Region 1 DVDs:

1. I used the Toshiba DV615Y Series Firmware Upgrade Disc that was in the box (I bought the TV at Bing Lee)

2. The Update Disc asks you to follow the instructions strictly. The first instruction is to test the DVD player with a Region 4 DVD before you use the Update DISC. Instead, I used a Region ALL DVD (a number of children's DVDs are Region ALL)

I am sorry if this doesn't help you if you have already used the DVD player. The only thing I can suggest is seeing whether the instructions on page 52 of the Owner's Manual works. If they do, it would be good if you could let everyone else know on this forum

 

Jack posted a comment   

The Good:Clear pic

The Bad:Multi Zone DVD

Agree, can someone let us know how to covert this to multi-zone please??? Thx

SAW
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SAW posted a review   

The Good:it has great quality

The Bad:it somtime dosent get sound for a few seconds

it is a very good tv and is not bad

Biggie
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Biggie posted a review   

on my last attempt i descrived this product to be bad, but the only bad thing about the product is that I can't play Zone 1 and others on this equipment othe wise I'm very happy with other fitures...... and would be of great help if I could get some information on how to convert the 26DV615Y in to multi zone...


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User Reviews / Comments  Toshiba 22DV615Y LCD TV/DVD Combo

  • golfie123

    golfie123

    "If you have already first tested with a region 4 dvd (australian dvds), then use the set-up disc again. after completing all the instructions, insert a multi-region dvd as the first dvd to play. Th..."

  • Jules

    Jules

    "I THINK MY SON TURNED THE TV OFF WHILE THE UPDATE DISC WAS IN ANY INFO WOULD BE GREAT"

  • GE

    GE

    "Region FREE hack for the Toshiba 22DV615Y LCD TV/DVD Combo:

    Doing the following the unit will play any Region (all) DVDs:

    The Update Disc asks you to follow the inst..."

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