Toshiba 46YL863 review

Toshiba adds design panache to its Cevo technology in an almost brilliant 46-inch 3D TV

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Toshiba 46yl863 review

If there's one thing that's been consistent about Toshiba's picture quality with its latest range of TVs, it's their inconsistency. You really don't know what you're going to get from one television set to the next.

Thankfully, the Toshiba 46YL863 is definitely one of the brand's better moments. In fact, for most of the time its pictures are pretty spectacular, with the Cevo Engine giving pretty much everything a real sheen of extra quality.

HD pictures are hugely punchy for a start, as rich, vivid colours are driven off the screen with one of the most potent brightness performances around - even after images have been calibrated to deliver the optimum contrast performance.

It's not just the richness of the colour palette that impresses, either. Colour tones can also be nicely calibrated to deliver a well-balanced, natural-looking and ultra-nuanced range that gives images that subtle extra sense of accuracy and naturalism that we always look for in the very best TVs.

Toshiba 46yl863 review

Further boosting the Toshiba 46YL863's colour performance is its mostly impressive black level response, which finds the screen able to produce a convincing - and evenly lit - performance with dark scenes.

Just make sure you tone down the backlight output to around its 60 level; if you don't, dark scenes can look a touch greyed over, and small inconsistencies appear in the image's corners.

The amount of detail in HD images is terrific, with every last pixel of picture information finding its way onto the screen in noise-free perfection - and without the image looking harsh or grainy.

Motion is handled very well too - the TV's claimed '400Hz' system (a 200Hz plus a 2x blinking backlight, presumably), as driven by the power of the Cevo Engine, really does cancel out pretty much all judder and blur, even at its lowest, most natural, setting.

If you're a purist who hates such processing systems on principal, though, fear not. Even in their 'nude' mode, the Toshiba 46YL863's pictures suffer with startlingly little motion resolution loss.

Toshiba 46yl863 review

Cevo again proves its worth in 3D, if you engage the TV's Resolution+ system. Even when applied to a Full HD 3D Blu-ray, Resolution+ somehow manages to make the images look much sharper, richer, deeper, more precise and more detailed. It's like shifting a slightly out of focus projector back into focus. Phenomenal.

Yet more evidence of the Cevo Engine's potency can be seen in the way the Toshiba 46YL863 upscales standard definition pictures.

Normal Freeview broadcasts from the (HD-capable) tuner are presented with much more sharpness than they inherently contain. And yet this extra sharpness is delivered at the same time that the TV manages to smooth out any compression or other noise that might be in the image.

This is always a sure-fire sign of some superior video processing at work.

For all the Cevo Engine's sterling work, though, the Toshiba 46YL863 can't claim to be perfect. First, as noted earlier, dark scenes can expose a little backlight inconsistency, unless you tone down the backlight output setting quite considerably.

A much worse issue, though, is the crosstalk ghosting noise evident on the Toshiba 46YL863's 3D images. It shows up clearly on all the crosstalk-inducing scenes we exposed the TV too, such as the Golden Gate Bridge sequence in Monsters Vs Aliens. But it even crops up at times - especially when watching Sky 3D - where we wouldn't have expected it to.

What makes this especially disappointing is that it undermines so much good work with almost all other aspects of the Toshiba 46YL863's 3D images.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-S2, DVB-T (MPEG4)
Video Signal StandardHDTV 1080p
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyREGZA YL863
3D Type3D
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size116.8 cm (46")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityEU Ecolabel, RoHS
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption152 W
Standby Power Consumption200 mW
Dynamic Contrast Ratio7,000,000:1
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
HDMI VersionHDMI 1.4
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand724 mm
Width with Stand1067 mm
Depth with Stand288 mm
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology800 Active Motion Rate
Enhanced Refresh Rate400 Hz
Height653 mm
Width1067 mm
Depth27.2 mm
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemDolby Digital Plus, Dolby Volume
Product SeriesYL863
Maximum Resolution1920 x 1080
FeaturesAmbient Lighting, Auto Program, Child Lock, Hotel Mode, Teletext, Digital Noise Reduction
Product Model46YL863
Product NameREGZA 46YL863 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number46YL863B
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

Total performance. The YL series offers outstanding design coupled with leading technology to provide a complete 3D, PRO-LED and Smart TV solution. It features Toshiba's CEVO Engine, an ultra-powerful, multi-core processing platform designed to deliver new levels of image quality. As well as being able to display Full HD 3D images (1 pair of 3D glasses included), the CEVO Engine can also upscale 2D content to high quality 3D in real time, giving you the ability to view your favourite 2D films in immersive 3D.

Resolution+ upscales and enhances the quality of lower resolution 3D, 2D and online content to near High Definition quality. The Full HD 1080p panel is supported by Toshiba's advanced PRO-LED backlighting system to offer stunning picture quality with consistent brightness and enhanced deep colours with improved black level performance. All of this is housed in an ultra-thin brushed aluminium design, designed in collaboration with Jacob Jensen Design.

Package Contents
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x 'AAA' Batteries
  • TV Stand
  • Instruction Manual
  • 3.5mm Component Adapter
  • 3.5mm Composite Adapter
  • 3.5mm Scart Adapter
  • 1 x Pair Active Shutter 3D Glasses
Response Time4 ms
Limited Warranty1 Year