Toshiba have been making a real push into the LED and 3D TV market recently so we sent our roving reporter out to a store in downtown Seattle to check out the new Toshiba 3D TV 55L6200U – this is what he had to say!
Since the invention of the TV, there have always been great efforts mafde to improve it! Indeed it is on on-going process – but boy does it deliver some amazing pieces of machinery these days! When TV was first introduced, it was black and white. Then came color! Next was the remote control making TV viewing much comfortable by allowing you to channel hop right there from your favorite armchair! A huge number of innovations have been witnessed since.
Today we can have extensive range of TVs like LCD (Liquid Crystal Display), LED (Light Emitting Diode) and many more. And, the Toshiba 55L6200U is one such modern-day TV catering to all your possible needs in these days of twentieth century TV viewing.
Toshiba is a Japanese company based in Tokyo. Equipped with world famous Japanese technology, Toshiba is now starting to give the multinational electronic giants (Sony, Samsung) a run for their money. The company provides wide range of TVs and their latest model, the 55L6200U, delivers on all fronts boasting all of the most up to date features you have come to expect.
With a sleek 55 inch screen this TV offers passive, or cinema 3D, so the lighter less intrusive 3D glasses (that don’t flicker so much). The 55L6200U is also a Smart TV with integral wi-fi on board. This is great as it allows you to hook up directly to the Internet and gives you access to an amazing amount of content and apps as well. The apps include Netflix, YouTube and VUDU and it also includes Toshiba “MediaShare” which allows you to share content with ant other wi-fi enabled device in the home.
And…this model offers something called TRAC which allows you to connect with your tablet. You just download the TRAC app to your tablet and you can share content – very cool. The app comes with something called MediaGuide which is essentially a full online encyclopedia another very cool innovation.
The biggest difference between Toshiba 55L6200U and other models of same range is the Clear Scan 120Hz feature. Basically this doubles the screen refresh rate to ensure the picture remains true and crisp even druing the most hectic action sequences. This coupled with Toshiba’s CQ (Cinema Quality) Engine (which is a dual core processor) does deliver you an amazing quality of picture.
This is helped by the anti-judder technology which is also in this TV. Whislt the difference is marginal, sports and action sequences are that little bit crisper if this feature is switched on so I would suggest you do leave it on. I have to say I was watching a replay of Monday Night Football when I viewed and the action was absolutely stunning. Toshiba have definitely made a mark in passive 3D TV with the 55L6200U.
The TV also has daylight sensor mode which is really nice. According to the room and the content, the TV adjusts the backlight intensity itself. Isn’t that great?
The new CQ Engine also offers passive 2D to 3D conversion. I’m not gerenally a fan of converting 2D to 3D the picture is never as good, this set does make a decent fist of it. Moreover, this model has a full web browser and the remote comes equipped with a mini QWERTY keyboard – which I like.
Final word, I definitely prefer passive 3D glasses as opposed to the heavier and more cumbersome active shutter 3D glasses. These glasses are quite light weight and can be fitted on any kind of regular glasses conveniently. It makes pictures on the TV even more real and alive.
The picture quality of the TV is really exceptional. The colors look so rich and the black looks so deep making the contrast simply superb. And most amazing thing is there is no soap opera effect anywhere (thankfully). Images are clear and stable which, when coupled with the contrast does make for an outstanding viewing experience. At the price (just under $1,500 at the time of writing), this Toshiba 3D TV 55L6200U offers excellent value for money when you look at the quality and features this excellent TV delivers.
The Japanese giant has announced 6 LEDs – 55″ Full HD right down to a modest 23″ TV/DVD combi – all with “stunning” picture quality and “Cinema-style movie viewing.”
These stunning new Toshiba 3D Cinema TV sets have Edge LED backlit screens, passive and active 3D, 1080p Full HD playback, web enabled, Tosh Remote App (iOS Android), and Places a music, games and entertainment hub, are just some of the specs on the 2012 TV line up.
Social apps like YouTube, Facebook and Flickr apps are also part of the mix.
The high end Toshiba 55″ also has dual full-screen play mode for gaming and most of the sets have Intel Wireless Display technology, to connect your TV wirelessly from a WiDi compatible PC to view HD content on your big screen.
The six new models range from high end VL900 series 55″, to 46″ 3D LED, 40″ HD LED, 32″ LCD and a 23″ HD TV/DVD combi.
Click to enlargeOne of the major pluses of the new sets is the Active Backlight Control System that monitors the brightness of each frame and auto adjusts the TVs backlight to produce deeper blacks and increased detail, even in low light, says Toshiba.
Danish designers Jacob Jensen also had a hand in the design of the new LEDs to give some “modern elegance”
Toshiba 55VL900A | 55″ |
Available from August, RRP $2419 (inc GST)
This high end 55″ LED 3D TV has all the bells and whistles: super-slim Full HD1080p screen, Edge LED backlit technology and an ultra-thin bezel
It also has Motion Resolution technology that makes movement appears more realistic combined with passive 3D glasses, included (X4).
But worry not if you don’t have many 3D titles yet, it has 2D-3D conversion technology and 2X USB ports to import content from other devies. Also available in 47″ screen size, RRP $1999 (inc GST)
• 55″ Full HD, LED (Edge). Super Slim Bezel
• AMR400 (Advanced Motion Resolution)• Local Dimming
• Passive 3D. 4 x Glasses included
• Dual full screen play mode compatible
• 2D-3D Conversion
• Toshiba Places
• AutoView (Ambient light + Picture)
• Ethernet port Wireless Dongle
• HDMI – CEC
• Audio Return Channel
• Toshiba Remote App on iOS Android.
• 4 x HDMI, Optical Digital out, Headphone
• 2 x USB Port (JPG, MP3 DivX+ HD, MKV)
• USB Extended PVR
• Intel Wireless Display (WiDi)*
• 8 Day EPG On/Sleep Timer
• Parental Control
• Hotel Mode Teletext
• 3D colour management Game Mode
• 8 Star MEPS
• 2 year warranty
Japanese TV maker Toshiba has delivered a stylish new passive 3D smart TV that is $1,500 cheaper than their arch rival Samsung.
The new TV which goes on sale in July for $2,399, has a slim new design includes WiDi via a dongle which allows users to access movies from their PC or the Google Play Store without the need for cables.
Like the new top end LG Cinema 3D TV the new Toshiba offering has dual play which allows for split-screen gaming without each seeing each other’s screen.
The Toshiba offering which SmartHouse was able to experience delivered an excellent experience; it enables two people to play on the same screen, with players able to see two discreet, full-screen images, as opposed to the traditional split screen.
The quality of the Toshiba display was as good as what is delivered by either the new Cinema 3D TV from LG of the $3,800 Samsung 8000 Smart TV. This is due to the use FHD LED backlight technology.
Using WiDi which is now built into both Toshiba notebooks and their new TV range Toshiba was able to demonstrate movie trailers on their new TV’s running directly out of the new Google Play movie store which has several movies that have recently finished their run in Cinema’s.
The new range of Toshiba TV’s which will be in stores in July range from entry level 32″ models to top end 55″ models which come with the passive 3D TV technology .
The Toshiba places delivers access to YouTube, Twitter, Facebook and a variety of music and video content.
What is it?
A surprisingly affordable 46in LED TV with a slimline design, online functionality and active 3D support.
Its space-saving is a great find for the money, its price is very attractive, its picture performance is mostly strong.
Dark scenes don’t look particularly brilliant, and Toshiba Places is currently short of content.
The bottom line
Although it’s not without its flaws, Toshiba’s 46TL868 still represents terrific value for money.
Usually when a 46in TV is as affordable as £650, you’re talking about a set that’s basic in the extreme, and probably rather flimsy in the picture quality department as well. Toshiba’s 46TL868, however, is definitely the exception that proves the rule.
The 46TL868 immediately stands out from the budget crowd with its design, which features one of the slimmest bezels around. This allows the TV to fit into a smaller space than any other cheap 46in TV, and also means your attention is diverted less from the pictures the screen produces.
Connections, meanwhile, could easily have been transplanted onto the 46TL868 from a much more expensive TV, including as they do a quartet of v1.4 (3D-friendly) HDMI ports, a pair of USBs and a LAN port.
The USBs can play back a fair variety of music, photo and video file formats, including DivX HD, while the LAN delivers the ‘double whammy’ of DLNA network streaming and connection to Toshiba’s online platform.
Called Places, this platform impresses with its colourful, clear and mostly well-organised interface, and with its attempts to personalise the Places experience by supporting multiple user profiles. It’s also recently had its content level bolstered by the addition of the AceTrax movie service and a Facebook app. However, Places still lags some way behind all the other online platforms in content terms, with the BBC iPlayer, YouTube and a trio of subscription video servers (HiT Entertainment, Cartoon Network and Box Office 365) the only other services of note.
Getting back into more positive territory, the 46TL868 delivers a Freeview HD tuner, 200Hz picture processing and a surprising amount of picture calibration – including a reasonable colour management system. Just be careful with the Active Vision system for improving the appearance of motion, though, as this can cause pictures to look over-processed if set any higher than its Standard mode.
Arguably the most surprising feature on the 46TL868 given is price is its 3D support. Especially as this is of the active shutter, full HD type. There is a key catch you need to be aware of, however, namely that the TV doesn’t come with even one pair of active shutter glasses included for free. So adding enough for, say, a family of four could add £250 or more to the overall price.
Normally we’d feel a bit annoyed by this, but the 46TL868 offers so much else for its price that actually providing the opportunity to ‘upgrade’ to 3D as and when you wish/can afford it seems a better option than making the TV more expensive just so 3D glasses can be included.
In most ways that matter, the 46TL868′s pictures are much better than they’ve any right to be. For instance, while many very affordable LCD TVs suffer with pretty heavy motion blur, the 46TL868 handles action-packed sequences with striking clarity and minimal judder.
This helps it look sharper with HD sources than most cheap sets too – a quality underlined by the impressive brightness level the screen pumps out.
Perhaps the biggest surprise for the 46TL868′s price, though, is the way its high brightness output doesn’t come at the expense of a good contrast range. For the screen can produce more than respectable black colours alongside clean whites and vibrant colours, without either the black colours looking ‘misty’ or the colour range looking compressed.
This Toshiba 3D TV 46 the 46TL868′s 3D performance is also better than anticipated, comfortably justifying spending extra to secure some glasses. Pictures look punchy, sharp, full of depth, and only troubled by relatively minor amounts of crosstalk.
The strengths described thus far mean the 46TL868 already exceeds budget expectations by some margin. But it’s inevitably not perfect. Standard definition pictures, for instance, while reasonably sharp and free of noise, don’t enjoy the same colour richness as their HD counterparts. The 46TL868′s edge LED system could also be a little better, in that there are some gentle – but only gentle – signs of lighting inconsistency during dark scenes, especially in the top corners.
The tiny frame around the 46TL868, meanwhile, makes it difficult for the set to deliver a particularly powerful audio performance; the soundstage certainly seems a bit flat and constrained when pushed hard.
Balancing everything about the 46TL868 up, though, the unavoidable conclusion is that it’s a mid-level TV at a budget price. And that makes it very easy to recommend indeed.
Screen size: 46in
Screen technology: edge LED
3D ready: Yes
Full HD resolution: Yes
Online services: Yes – Smart TV
Connections: Four v1.4 HDMIs, two USBs, component video, D-Sub PC input, composite video input, RF input, LAN, RGB Scart, PC audio input, digital audio output, stereo audio input, headphone output
Dimensions: 1056(w) x 57(d)mm
Review Powered by a multitasking image processor and dressed by Danish design house Jacob Jensen, Toshiba’s 46YL863 is not your run-of-the-mill 3D TV. Indeed, its maker’s herald it as one of the most sophisticated TVs ever. But can it really justify such hyperbole?
Cell mate: Toshiba’s Regza 46YL863
The Regza 46YL863 reviewed here, along with its black clad but otherwise identical WY stablemate, ostensibly share a lineage with Toshiba’s Japanese-only Cell TV. That high-end model shoehorned the PlayStation 3’s Cell processor into a standalone tuner, to create a supercomputer-powered tellybox.
Unfortunately, this wizard wheeze transpired to be unscalable, as the Cell processor required massive heat sinks to remain stable. For a while engineers toyed with the concept of combining the bulky external tuner with a Blu-ray player, before retiring the concept entirely and announcing CEVO Engine as a similarly positioned replacement.
In truth there’s little that links Cell to CEVO Engine, apart from the fact that it also hails from Toshiba’s highly talented semi-conductor division. But it is powerful enough to munch through complex picture processing algorithms that would cause lesser screens to splutter and choke. Indeed, 2D picture quality on this TV is extremely impressive.
The brand’s proprietary Resolution+ picture enhancement technology really pulls detail from images, both standard and high definition, without unnatural looking side-effects. The set’s black level performance is also smooth and deep. The screen employs a Pro-LED backlight that supports 32 zones of controllable local dimming; there are precious few illumination anomalies.
Plenty of interfacing options
One of the more curious features on-board the 46YL863 is facial recognition. A bezel camera is used to register up to four faces, supposedly to personalise the viewing experience. When it works you get a big box pop up on the screen offering the hearty greeting: Welcome Personal Mode A. My better half, hitherto to be known only as Personal Mode B, appeared to be less photogenic, which seemed to confound the TV’s camera.
The Toshiba 55YL863B is a high-end TV from Toshiba that comes with the company’s powerful CEVO picture processing engine, active 3D support and built-in Smart TV features, so let’s get on with this Toshiba 55YL863B Review. By the way this is a U.K set and review.
The chassis has also been styled by Jacob Jensen’s studio, the people behind many of Bang Olufsen’s iconic 1990s product designs.The asking price is quite high at £1,500, but as a sweetener, Toshiba is currently running a promotion: if you buy this TV before Christmas from participating retailers, you’ll get a free Blu-ray player and one year’s subscription to the LoveFilm movie rental service.
This model takes the same twin-circle approach to its menu system as the 55WL863 that we looked at recently. You select an option, such as set-up, from the semi-circle at the bottom of the screen and this then shunts you to an upper circle where you choose other entries like picture, sound and preferences.
Due to its use of darker colours, the presentation looks a touch dull, especially next to the bright and cheerful menus found on LG and Samsung’s latest models.
The navigation is also fussy — especially as there’s a jarring switch between this circular system and the flat menus that you eventually end up in. On the plus side, you do soon get used to it and it’s arguably faster to use than Sony’s Xross Media Bar system.
Unfortunately, Toshiba has carried the dark and dingy colour schemes across to the Freeview electronic programme guide (EPG). The EPG also lacks the video thumbnail windows that most other manufacturers now use on their programming guides. Instead, it takes over the whole screen and displays 13 channels’ worth of data.
Of course, the plus side to this is that it lets you compare what’s on and what’s coming up across lots of channels. The downside is that it’s overly busy to look at. Nevertheless, the EPG is quick to respond when you’re jumping around the programming data using the remote.
Along with the Freeview HD tuner, this model also has a high-definition satellite tuner onboard. Sadly, this isn’t a Freesat HD-compatible tuner. Instead, it just tunes all the free-to-air channels that it can find. As a result, you end up with lots of regional variations of BBC One and Two, as well as loads of foreign channels. Worse still, the EPG doesn’t populate with programming data for any of the channels.
To add some wow-factor, this model has a camera and face recognition technology built in. This allows you to program it to recognise up to four people who use the set. Once their face is stored, it can automatically switch to their picture and audio presets when they sit down in front of it.
It works reasonably well, although its accuracy does depend quite a lot on lighting conditions in the room. It does feel gimmicky and after a while we just turned it off as we didn’t find it that useful.
As with all of Toshiba’s latest mid and high-end TV’s, this one comes with the Places smart TV platform. Unfortunately, despite a recent minor update, it’s still a disappointing offering. It’s sluggish to load and navigating around the different sections isn’t exactly speedy either.
Places is split into various hubs for video, social networking, news, music and games. The video menu has been updated with the addition of the Acetrax movie rental service. This is a big plus — before, the only movie rental option was Viewster, which has an appallingly bad selection of movies.
The rest of the video hub is reasonably well stocked, with entries for the likes of Dailymotion, Woomi, Box Office 365 and Cartoon Network. There are also links to YouTube and BBC iPlayer apps. However, if you select these you’re simply told to exit the Places system and access them from the TV’s main menu, which is pretty shoddy interface design.
The other big problem is that the rest of the hubs are seriously under-populated. The music menu only has a single entry for Aupeo; the social hub merely has Flickr and Facebook apps; while the News menu only offers up a single weather forecasting service. It’s a long way off the wealth of content offered on LG and Samsung’s smart TV platforms.
Along with the Internet features, this model naturally also supports digital media playback, either locally from its USB ports or remotely from DLNA devices connected to your home network. Playing back files via USB was trouble-free, as it worked with all the DivX, Xvid and MKV video files that we tried.
However, it was more problematic when we tried to stream content over Ethernet or Wi-Fi. It refused to work with our Windows Vista PC and Iomega NAS drive and would only play Xivd and DivX files from our Windows 7 laptop. This has been a recurring problem on all of the Toshiba TVs that we’ve used this year and we really wish the company would update its DLNA streaming software to make it compatible with a broader range of devices.
Like the 55WL863, Toshiba has turned to the Jacob Jensen design studio for some help with this model’s styling. Jacob Jensen was the man behind many of the iconic designs found on BO products in the 1980s and 90s. This set’s styling shares the clinical feel of those products.
To our eyes, the design looks a little dated — like it wouldn’t be out of place in a 1990s trader’s apartment — but some people may like the mixture of brushed aluminium and strong lines, as well as the piano black highlights across the front. What we do like is the narrow bezel around the screen and the elegant-looking circular cut-out in the middle of the stand.
As this is a high-end model, you’d expect it to pretty comprehensively cover off all of the major connection options. Thankfully, it doesn’t disappoint. The TV sports four HDMI sockets — with three side-mounted and one positioned on a downward-facing rear panel. On this rear panel you’ll also find mini jack inputs for the Scart and combined component/VGA port, along with the Ethernet port (W-Fi is built-in too), and satellite and RF inputs.
The set’s impressively slim chassis unfortunately seems to have compromised the audio quality. No matter how much you try to improve its bass performance by switching on the dynamic bass booster or tweaking the bass frequencies using the multi-band graphic equalizer, the set’s audio refuses to trouble the lower end of the audio spectrum.
This makes it sound tinny and gutless, especially when dealing with music channels or movie soundtracks. On the plus side, dialogue does have a decent amount of presence and doesn’t suffer from the muffled quality that sometimes afflicts other slim tellies.
The 55YL863B has Toshiba’s new CEVO system onboard, which powers its various picture processing modes, including the Resolution+ upscaling. The set’s 2D pictures look very sharp, not just with high-definition material, but also with standard-definition images too. Standard-definition channels on Freeview, for example, are very sympathetically upscaled, with the set adding in lots of extra sharpness, while managing to keep a lid on picture noise.
Images are very bright, thanks in part to its LED backlighting, but the set’s edge-dimming technology also helps to deliver deep blacks and rich levels of contrast. Colours are strong and bold and motion is handled well. You have to be careful with the MotionFlow settings. On the high setting, it has a negative impact on pictures, making them look flat, as if they were shot on video.
That said, there’s a noticeable drop in contrast performance and the boldness of colours when you switch from high-definition to standard-definition content — something that we’ve seen with other Toshiba TVs. Also, unless you keep the backlighting turned down, you can see pooling around the four edges of the set — especially when watching the TV with the lights turned down at night.
This set comes with a single pair of Toshiba’s active shutter glasses. The company has recently redesigned its 3D glasses to make them lighter and more comfortable to wear. The results speak for themselves as they’re definitely a massive improvement over the big and bulky ones that used to be supplied with its previous 3D tellies. However, the glasses still seem more prone to flicker than some of the ones we’ve used on competitors’ sets, especially when there’s ambient light in the room.
Unfortunately, when it comes to actually showing 3D content, this set is a poor performer. It showed much higher levels of cross-talk — that is, image ghosting where the left and right channels aren’t fully isolated — than the 55WL863 that we had in for review recently. This was especially noticeable during the menu sequence in Alice in Wonderland on 3D Blu-ray, where there was an awful lot of image doubling on the line drawings.
It’s a shame as the set’s high brightness levels help colours to look punchy. Even with the dimming effect of the glasses and the CEVO processing, it did a good job of making side by side 3D content look sharp and crisp.
With the 55YL863B, Toshiba was clearly aiming to produce a set that could go head-to-head with high-end models from rival manufacturers. But while its powerful CEVO processing shows promise, this model is held back by the weakness of its 3D performance and Internet features.