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Toshiba 46WX800U Review

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Performance hiccups keeps the Toshiba 46WX800U HDTV from competing with the best of the best this year.

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Science Introduction

The Toshiba 46WX800U tested with fairly average performance in the areas key to all television displays: color accuracy, contrast ratio width, and motion performance. Being a higher-end TV, decent to impressive motion performance was to be expected. Its contrast ratio was above average, but not so much so that it's worth discussing in any detail. There were, however, two notably quirky color errors which we'll be discussing in more detail below.

Color Curves

Poor performance for a high-end LCD TV

The Toshiba 46WX800U tested with uneven and bumpy color curves—they started out just fine, but across the whole input spectrum got continuously worse. What this essentially means is that this Toshiba struggles to produce even and consistent color in the proper detail, and that content you view on it will not look as vivid and detailed as it ought to. This result isn't terrible, but it's somewhat alarming and unexpected from a TV in this price range.

Color Gamut

The Toshiba 46WX800U over saturates its blues by a large margin.

This is bad, as it effects all blue and blue-based color values that it will produce. Essentially, there's too much "blue" in its blues, making them more vivid than they should be. This may not sound like a huge problem from the get-go, but trust us when we say that it will look unnatural, especially while viewing content that you're already familiar with. The Rec. 709 standard sets the international ideal for color integrity, and this expensive TV should meet that standard—it doesn't, and that's a major disappointment.

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