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Toshiba 46WX800U Cinema Series 3D LCD NetTV with LED Edge Lighting - Review

Introduction to the Toshiba 46WX800U

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Toshiba 46WX800U Cinema Series 3D LCD NetTV with LED Edge-Light - Front View

Toshiba 46WX800U Cinema Series 3D LCD NetTV with LED Edge-Light - Front View

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The Toshiba 46WX800U incorporates 3D viewing capability and network media player capabilities, allowing access to both PC and online-based audio/video content. The 46WX800U also utilizes LED edge-lighting resulting in a thinner design and eco-friendly power consumption. In addition, the 46-inch 46WX800U also features a 1920x1080 (1080p) native pixel resolution, 120Hz refresh rate and 240hz Clearscan processing, 4 HDMI inputs, and a two side mounted USB ports for accessing audio, video, and still image files stored on flash drives. After reading this review, also check out my Photo Gallery and Video Performance Tests.

Toshiba 46WX800U Product Overview

Features of the Toshiba 46WX800U include:

1. 46-Inch, 16x9, 3D capable LCD Television with 1920x1080 (1080p) native pixel resolution, and 120Hz Screen Refresh Rate and 240Hz Clearframe processing.

2. 1080p video upscaling/processing for all non-1080p input sources as well as native 1080p input capability.

3. LED Edge-Lighting System.

4. High Definition Compatible Inputs: Four HDMI, One Component (via supplied adapter cable), One VGA PC Monitor input.

5. Standard Definition-Only Inputs: One Composite video input.

6. Analog stereo inputs (paired with the composite video input). Two 3.5mm audio inputs: One is in combination with HDMI input 4 and the PC monitor input. The other 3.5mm audio input is paired with HDMI input 3 and the component video inputs.

7. Invisible speaker sound system (10 watts x 2). One Digital Optical output for connection to a home theater receiver.

8. 2 USB ports for access to audio, video, and still image files stored on flash drives. DLNA certification allows access to audio, video, and still image content stored on network connected devices, such as PC or media server.

9. SD Card slot for access to digital media files stored on SD Cards.

10. Ethernet port for wired internet/home network connection. Built-in WiFi connection option.

11. Built-in emitter for synching to Active Shutter 3D glasses (3D glasses not included).

12. Net TV: Internet Yahoo TV Widgets for access to online content from a variety of sources including Pandora, YouTube, Netflix, Vudu, Blockbuster, Twit, NBC, Flickr, Picassa, Facebook, Twitter, and more...

Toshiba 46WX800U Cinema Series 3D LCD NetTV with LED Edge-Light - Rear and Side Connections

Toshiba 46WX800U Cinema Series 3D LCD NetTV with LED Edge-Light - Rear and Side Connections

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13. ATSC/NTSC/QAM tuners for reception of over-the-air and unscrambled high definition/standard definition digital cable signals.

14. Dolby Volume sound stabilization and Audyssey EQ sound enhancement.

15. Link for remote control via HDMI of HDMI-CEC compatible devices.

16. Wireless Infrared Remote Control included.

17. Energy Star rated.

For a closer look at the features and functions of the 46WX800U, check out my supplementary Photo Gallery

LED Edge-Lighting Technology

The Toshiba 46WX800U utilizes the LED Edge Lighting system. In this method, a series LEDs are placed along the outside edges of the screen. The light is then dispersed across the screen. The advantage of this method is that the LED/LCD TV can be made very thin. On the other hand, the disadvantage of Edge Lighting is that black levels are not as deep and the edge area of the screen has a tendency to be brighter than the center area of the screen.

For more details on how LED technology is used in televisions, refer to my article: The Truth About "LED" Televisions


A 3D-enabled TV will work with 3D-enabled source devices that comply with the industry standards for 3D. 3D-enabled TVs are required to be able to receive video signals encoded in one of several 3D signal formats (Side-by-Side, Top-and-Bottom, Frame Packing). 3D source signals can be provided by 3D-enabled Blu-ray Disc players, cable/satellite boxes, or game consoles. A 3D-TV converts all incoming 3D signal standards to a frame sequential format for 3D viewing.

The Toshiba Active Shutter LCD glasses are required for 3D viewing.

Advanced Picture Settings

Besides color, contrast, and preset picture mode settings, Toshiba provides additional options for tweaking the 46WX800U. Below are some examples:

Colormaster allows hue, saturation, and brightness of each base color separately: Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Magenta, and Cyan (see supplementary photo).

Color Temperature adjusts of the Warmness or Coolness of the image.

Smart Sensor allows self-adjustment of the edge light system to ambient light conditions.

Dynalight automatically makes black areas of the image deeper.

Dynamic Contrast automatically compensates contrast settings, depending on changes in image content.

Static Gamma allows manual adjustment of black level in the image using the video processing of the TV.

Noise Reduction reduces effects of video noise in a TV broadcast, DVD, or Blu-ray disc. However, when using this control, you may find other artifacts, such as edge harshness and a "pastey" appearance on flesh may increase.

Net TV

In addition to its 3D and HDTV capabilities, the 46WX800U also incorporates extensive networking and Internet capabilities, which Toshiba labels as NetTV.

The NetTV feature employs a menu of widgets that provide direct access to online audio and video content sources, ranging from services, such as Netflix, Vudu, and Blockbuster. Also included is access to a Yahoo Widget Gallery, that has listings of many more audio/video internet streaming services from such providers as Twit, NBC, Flickr, Picassa, Facebook, Twitter, and more...

The 46WX800U has both wired and wireless network connection options.

Additional Hardware Components Used In This Review

Toshiba 46WX800U Cinema Series 3D LCD NetTV with LED Edge-Light - NetTV Menu

Toshiba 46WX800U Cinema Series 3D LCD NetTV with LED Edge-Light - NetTV Menu

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Home Theater Receivers: Yamaha RX-A1000 (on review loan) and Onkyo TX-NR708 (on review loan).

Source Components: Toshiba BDX3000 and Samsung BD-C7900 3D-enabled Blu-ray Disc Players (on review loan), OPPO Digital BDP-83 (2D) and OPPO DV-980H DVD Player

3D Glasses: Toshiba FTP-AG01U Active Shutter 3D LCD Glasses.

Loudspeaker/Sub System 1 (7.1 channels): 2 Klipsch F-2's, 2 Klipsch B-3s, Klipsch C-2 Center , 2 Polk R300s, Klipsch Synergy Sub10.

Loudspeaker/Sub System 2 (5.1 channels): EMP Tek E5Ci center channel speaker, four E5Bi compact bookshelf speakers for left and right main and surrounds, and an ES10i 100 watt powered subwoofer.

Audio/Video connections made with Accell, Cobalt, and AR Interconnect cables. 16 Gauge Speaker Wire used.

Level checks made using a Radio Shack Sound Level Meter

High Speed HDMI Cables provided by Atlona for this review.

Software Used

3D Blu-ray Discs: Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs, Goldberg Variations Acoustica, Monster House, and My Bloody Valentine.

2D Blu-ray Discs: Across The Universe, Avatar (2D), Hairspray, Iron Man 1&2, Kick Ass, Percy Jackson and The Olympians: The Lightning Thief, Shakira - Oral Fixation Tour, Sherlock Holmes, The Dark Knight, Tropic Thunder, and Transporter 3

Standard DVDs used included scenes from the following: The Cave, House of the Flying Daggers, Kill Bill - Vol 1/2, Kingdom of Heaven (Director's Cut), Lord of Rings Trilogy, Master and Commander, Outlander, U571, and V For Vendetta.

Also used: USB Flash Drive and SD Card with digital media content.

Proceed to Page 2: Evaluation and Final Take.

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