Toshiba 46XV648U LCD HDTV Review
The Toshiba 46XV648U yielded excellent performance scores in nearly every lab test, sending it to the front of the class.
The audio performance of the Toshiba 46XV648U is on par with its peers – that is to say, not very good. There are a few processing features that allow for tweaks in the performance, but the simple fact is that two little speakers in a TV cabinet can never match the cinematic experience that you're trying to emulate with a high-end television. For that, you need a separate audio system.
In the menu, you'll find options called Stereo Extension, Voice Enhancement, and Dynamic Bass Boost. The first setting had only a minimal impact on sound quality, which indicates that the surround sound-faking is not very good. The Voice Enhancement feature works quite well in drawing out dialog. The Dynamic Bass Boost brings up the bass in the mix, but it certainly doesn't sound good. In effect, it seems to increase the garbled rumble in the background. In no way does it sound like a subwoofer.
The menu interface on the Toshiba 46XV648U is pretty simple, even for neophytes. There are few deep menus in which to get lost, at least until you get into the ColorMaster settings (and at that point, you're probably a tech enthusiast who's less likely to get lost in any menu).
As we've stated before, the biggest frustration is finding the Return button on the remote, which is too far from the related buttons. It's easy to reach the 'Exit' button, but most of the time you don't want to leave the menu entirely, just go back a step.
The instruction manual that comes with the Toshiba 46XV648U is rather good. Some kindly soul took the time to write up decent explanations of most features. Most importantly, there's alphabetical index in the back. You can find the Toshiba 46XV648U's manual online here.
- Tour & Design
- Blacks & Whites
- Color Accuracy
- Viewing Effects
- Remote Control
- Audio & Menus
- Multimedia & Internet
- Power Consumption
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