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46LX177 Features and Build Quality

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Now that everyone is doing 1080p these days it seems the next big advance has to do with display “speed”. The new Toshiba REGZA LCD TVs sport 120Hz ClearFrame technology. This means that images are displayed twice as fast on the screen and flicker and display-induced motion blur is reduced. Toshiba is not the only game in town that has this technology but it is definitely promoting it well and introducing consumers to the ideas and concepts behind these faster displays.

Features

When comparing displays quality is first, but it also helps to start at the top and determine if a display has the features you want. In the case of the 46LX177, Toshiba has a healthy list of impressively-named technologies and features that will help differentiate it from the competition:

  • 1080p with Deep Color and 24p support

  • 3) HDMI inputs

  • 120Hz ClearFrame technology

  • THINC Ethernet network system with email, photo and music support

  • DynaLight dynamic backlight control

  • ATSC, NTSC and QAM tuners (single RF input)

  • Premium gloss black cabinetry

Delivery and Build Quality

The Toshiba REGZA 46LX177 comes, as you'd expect in a large box with removable lid. The form-fitted foam corners protected the display well, but fell apart when I unboxed the system. Most people I know won't be saving the box or re-shipping the unit after it is received so I doubt this is any kind of practical issue. The first thing I noticed was that the display has a beautiful piano-gloss finish that really makes it look like a piece of fine furniture. On power up a small and unobtrusive orange light appears at the bottom right of the display. After witnessing all manner of blue LEDs and fluorescent buttons this year, it was nice to see that Toshiba didn't believe in the super-bright indicators we've seen in many other models.

There are several locations where the display's inputs are to be found:

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On the rear we have bottom-facing HDMI inputs (3), an optical TOSlink output, RF antenna input, RJ45 for THINC functionality and an HD15 PC input.

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Analogue component (2), composite (1) and S-video (1) inputs are located on the back as are dedicated audio inputs for PC/HDMI-1 and a couple of fixed and variable analogue audio outputs. IR in and out jacks are also provided for use with an optional dual-want IR emitter or IR repeater (not included). The side of the TV features some hard buttons as well as a set of AV inputs (handy for plugging in a camcorder or other digital camera).

The Toshiba correctly stores independent picture controls for each input (we specifically tested both component inputs and the three HDMI inputs to make sure. This means that you can calibrate each device independently. While this may have been a bit less significant in the past, the advent of multiple gaming systems and high-definition DVD players means that each video device can interact with a custom calibrated input that ensures black levels and color are accurate for all.

 

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Thunder18 posts on January 13, 2008 11:54
MDS, post: 356840
So now to add insult to injury Toshiba is releasing a whole slew of new models starting February. I've already proven I can go 6 months without TV so maybe I'll wait a little longer to see what these new models can do.

Anyone wanna bet that I'll get my whole house tiled before I pick another TV?

From what I've seen at AVSforum, I'd be surprised if their new models were any different. Both the HL167 series and LX177 series had this issue of not being adequately set from the factory. They didn't want to address it before and I'm loathe to believe they will address it now. I guess we can wait till the new model line is reviewed to see how much work they have to do to get an accurate picture setting. Why they can't just put the setting necessary to calibrate the set accurately in the user's control is beyond me. Hell, add a new button on the remote….all reset. Brings all setting back to the factory defaults. Make it one of those buttons that you have to press with a safety pin so it's not easily activated and there you go.
MDS posts on January 13, 2008 04:22
mtrycrafts, post: 356721
Because the ‘general public’ has no idea and don't care if they were impressed with what they saw in the store thinking falsely that is how it is supposed to be.
And, it is the ‘general public’ that buys most of the sets, not us.

I want to be part of the general public.

I am sick to death of this process of choosing a TV. As I've said the Toshiba was mostly pretty good to my eyes with the exception of the few cases where there was excess green when I thought there shouldn't be (I don't think it qualified as ‘green push’ where you saw green in the blacks - I never saw that). It was mostly the SD quality that annoyed me and with my limited experience with actually owning an HDTV for all I know that is all you can expect.

So now to add insult to injury Toshiba is releasing a whole slew of new models starting February. I've already proven I can go 6 months without TV so maybe I'll wait a little longer to see what these new models can do.

Anyone wanna bet that I'll get my whole house tiled before I pick another TV?
mtrycrafts posts on January 12, 2008 18:57
MDS, post: 355954
… no TV in the history of mankind has been shipped with an accurate gray scale (to the D6500K standard).

Because the ‘general public’ has no idea and don't care if they were impressed with what they saw in the store thinking falsely that is how it is supposed to be.
And, it is the ‘general public’ that buys most of the sets, not us.
jlahk posts on January 12, 2008 18:56
avaserfi, post: 356687
Most source material isn't necessarily 60Hz for example most film is done in 24Hz.

LCDs suffer from image blur where a fast moving image stays on the screen slightly (but visibly) longer than intended. Sometimes known as trailing this problem is due to the nature of LCD technology - having a faster refresh rate helps this problem by in a sense erasing the screen more often.

Another plus of properly done 120Hz refresh is that if your player does 24Hz output rather than having to deal with 3:2 pulldown to make the 24 frames match up to 60 you can just show the same frame 5 times and have less video issues.

Where you don't have 24Hz output though, doesn't the faster refresh rate just reapply the same image more frequently?
mtrycrafts posts on January 12, 2008 18:54
Thunder18, post: 356448
… I have to say I was a lot more easily satisfied before HD. I couldn't see any difference and honestly I didn't really care at that resolution. Now that I can see the grease in the pores on the actors faces I can clearly see something is wrong and it bothers me to no end.

See what happens to us when we know a bit more
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