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Toshiba 46TL963B 46-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LED 3D Smart TV with Freeview (discontinued by manufacturer)
Toshiba 46TL963B 46-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p LED 3D Smart TV with Freeview (discontinued by manufacturer)

6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Quality tv but not without some minor flaws, 8 Feb. 2013
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I purchased this tv from Amazon due to them offering it at the lowest available price both online and in stores. Delivery to N.Ireland (which usually takes day or two longer) took 3 days only, delivered wednesday from a sunday night online order, 1 day ahead of projected delivery date.

As for the product itself, as an owner of large TV's for 10-15 years, including old rear projection tellies and my most recent Panasonic plasma I am well versed on the technological shortcomings of the various types of technology. Prior to purchase I read countless reviews of this tv in comparison to others and accepted that with all varieties of manufacturer you will have small issues you might just have to accept at the price range of £450-£600.

As I haven't used it in the first few days of owning it for online content, the SMART functions etc I can only comment on the picture & sound performance. The tv arrives with a number of pre-set modes as usual but I have found them all in need of adjustment via the picture menus. For example the Dynamic setting is striking and vibrant on sport, animated movies such as Toy Story etc but on regular movies / tv, the level of noise that shows up is terrible, so you find yourself having to tone it down if watching these programmes. The Hollywood settings for movie watching I found very very soft contrast, and if I wanted such a soft picture i'd have purchased a Plasma instead and not LED/LCD tv. With enough tinkering of the motion setting, noise reduction, contrast, brightness and colour you can get this TV showing beautiful pictures (especially on HD) and not bad images on standard definition pictures depending on the Sky channel and their encoding quality. MTV etc still remain particularly pixilated and 'rough' regardless of the settings but thats as a result of them not being HD and poor digital compression encoding also.

Now the bad points. As a newcomer to LED techology, I have read repeated reviews about backlighting bleeding when picture is dark and was wary about purchasing tv as a result. This TV does suffer from it, and from what I gather the tv's LED is 'edge lit' hence it shows up at the extreme edges of the screen. You can reduce the effect of this by reducing the backlight setting down to around 50% or lower, without it significantly reducing the vibrancy of the picture overall. Do this and also reduce contrast and brightness suitably and you can get good levels of black, strong contrast and superb colour rendition without very much blacklight bleed. There always remains some brighter light at the extreme sides of the screen, encroaching around 2-3 inches inwards and some might find this offputting as when u know its there, you may not be able to help yourself look for it. But concentrate on the centre of the picture as normal viewing would and its a fault of the technology that I find i can live with. (and I'm fussy about my picture quality!).

Finally the sound on this tv is very weak and tinny due to its fantastic slim frame. You might want to invest in a separate sound bar to get the best from such a large dynamic picture.

As for the 3D function, I tried briefly watching film on it but found it poor with lots of flickering in the background etc. This might have been fault of my universal 3D glasses I purchased, not the official Toshiba ones, so wont claim that it doesnt work well. Might just be that I dont particularly find 3D inspiring, easy to watch or useful in any way and more a gimmick until the quality issues can be ironed out.

One final point : the casing on the back of the tv was cracked, length of which was about 3 inches, with a score along side it of same length. Fortunately this doesnt seem to have affected the tv in anyway, and Im guessing came about due to the solid stand 'cup' that attaches to tv and stand being stuffed into the very slim packaing thereby cracking the plastic rear of tv. This was then moved to the FRONT of the box against the tv screen and fortunately the foam covering prevented any scoring on the screen itself, but poor packaing I'm afraid from Toshiba, and not im sure anything Amazon can be faulted for.

All in all, with a little tinkering this TV can produce excellent pictures for a decent price, and I'm sure somene else can vouch for the interactive / SMART functionality of the tv for those keen to use them.

Highly recommended and purchase from Amazon with confidence....

Qose 5.8Ghz Wireless Video Sender and receiver - Watch Digital / Satellite TV anywhere in your home
Qose 5.8Ghz Wireless Video Sender and receiver - Watch Digital / Satellite TV anywhere in your home
Offered by Home & Travel
Price: £69.99

2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Decent performer, 4 Jan. 2012
Bought this item to use with a Dreambox Satellite receiver in my bedroom (which dont have Co-ax & magic eye option like Sky receivers), which is located directly above my living room where the sender box is located.

Picture is pretty decent for a video sender, although i've noticed takes a bit of fiddling and moving it to get it just right. There can occasionally be a bit of wobble on the finer lines of the picture and the actual picture has a little grain but softening your telvision picture (and noise reduction if available) can reduce this considerably. Some interference can occur as people move around the rooms but any purchaser needs to be aware of the limitations of all types of video sender. I'm quite a perfectionist when it comes to picture quality etc and would state that this product certainly does a good job with decent results, provided you dont expect pin perfect pictures on your 2nd telly. As the sender and receiver are only one room apart, and directly above one another, i cant vouch for how this item performs if a few rooms apart.

Set-up is virtually idiot proof by the way.

As i bought these online, and only had the picture of the product to go by, I perhaps stupidly thought the infra red plastic cover on the sender box had to be pointed at the satellite receiver so that the remote control worked as i thought this is where the signal came out for the remote. Infact i was extremely happy to see that there is a very tiny bell wire that runs out of the transmitter box as pictured with a little Infra Red eye about the size of thumbnail that you locate infront of your main satellite / cable receiver, meaning you can hide the transmitter behind the TV out of sight. Works a treat and is virtually unnoticable.

Dont expect miracles but for the money and if you have no option of hooking your equipment directly, this is a decent cost-effective option.

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