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Toshiba 58L9363DB review

A great value Ultra HD TV with a few compromises

It's the latest and greatest in terms of detail, for sure, but the first batch of Ultra HDTVs certainly won't be the best. For kick off, they're all based around 100Hz-capable LED-backlit LCD panels, while most don't have HDMI 2.0 - or any native sources of 4K - to show us.

For the 58L9363DB, that's not strictly true; we tested it not only with a small selection of 3840x2160 pixel MP4 files from a Toshiba laptop, but also played some 4K clips from YouTube (4K isn't listed as a clickable quality on the platform yet, but opting for 'maximum resolution' and going full-screen does the job for a handful of clips).

Toshiba 58L9363DB review

However, without HDMI 2.0 the 58L9363DB was only able to show us 4K clips running at 29 frames per second, which for now is the maximum possible for Ultra HD. It's also worth remembering that the 58L9363DB isn't possessed of LED local dimming technology, which could mean less detail in areas of black.

Toshiba 58L9363DB review

Despite these slight limitations, note that this isn't Toshiba's first stab at an Ultra HD TV; the 58L9363DB comes on the back of 2011's 55-inch 55ZL2, which was better known as the only glasses-free 3DTV, but it also sported a 4K resolution (and sold for a whopping £6,999).

The detail on offer is mind-blowingly good. Still images of the world's tallest building, Dubai's Burj Kalifa, during the day - and again during a fireworks display - are very crisp and impactful, while another clip of paragliders squeezing between skyscrapers reveals immense depth below, and superb detail in the surrounding whisps of cloud.

Toshiba 58L9363DB review

Colours, too, are luscious, with searing hues from those fireworks and all exterior shots underlining just how important extra resolution is in upping believability. Crucially, in terms of colour and detail it's at least the equal of the Sony KD-55X9000A we tested recently, though toggling the ColourMaster option on and off didn't appear to make any difference.

Toshiba 58L9363DB review

Incidentally, though the 58L9363DB offers a few picture pre-sets including Autoview, Hollywood Day and Hollywood Night, we settled on the brighter Hollywood Day, but switched its colour temperature to natural to remove a rosiness to skin tones.

The contrast is good, too, with bright whites and blues displayed alongside deep blacks to frequently produce dazzling images, though there's not an awful lot of shadow detail visible in the latter.

There are a few issues; during a trailer for 4K native production Tears of Steel, we noticed that as the camera panned up a mosque minaret (being pounced upon by robots, no less) there was a visible judder.

Even another sumptuous shot of a skydiver landing on water in Dubai's famous Palm Jumeirah islands lacked a little fluidity as the camera tracked from right to left. Ditto a ground-shot of racehorses bolting from the blocks, where a dose of motion blur made the shot lose enough resolution to appear pretty much identical to a Full HD image.

However, the 58L9363DB sports a nice trick in the shape of ClearScan, a frame interpolation tech that's designed to increase motion resolution. Unlike many similar incarnations of this circuitry that tend to produce rips and tears around moving objects, here it introduces just a touch of fluidity without the usual compromises - and even on its most powerful setting. It's a decent start for the 4K CEVO picture engine.

Upscaling

Until native 4K sources materialise, an Ultra HD TV is only as good as its upscaling. And on the 58L9363DB, it's good - but not great. A Blu-ray disc of Hugo looks awesome, with plenty of detail and that eye-catching colour continuing, though move down the food-chain and things get decidedly more difficult for the 58L9363DB.

There's a lot of picture noise and motion blur within images from Match of the Day on BBC One HD, but it remains thoroughly watchable.

However, top-notch HD fare like this is about the 58L9363DB limit; its Resolution+ is doing its best, but even most HD channels look like a standard-definition channel does on a Full HD TV. Close-ups lack detail, edges are jagged, though a blast of Top Gear on Dave doesn't look all bad. It's soft, of course, and graphics are surrounded by mosquito noise, but it doesn't look as completely exposed as we had expected.

Active shutter 3D

Unlike its big sister the 65L9363DB, the 58L9363DB uses not Passive but Active Shutter 3D technology.

The Full HD 3D Blu-ray images from Hugo displayed by the 58L9363DB are initially spectacular, but we did notice regular doses of crosstalk that made the image uncomfortable to watch.

Without ClearScan on hand (it's not available when watching 3D), there is some noticeable judder, too, but a rather basic but effective 3D Judder Cancellation feature saves the day. Still, such a patchy 3D performance wasn't what we'd hoped for.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLED-LCD TV
Scan Format1080p
Standard Refresh Rate50 Hz
Digital TunerDVB-C (MPEG4), DVB-T (MPEG4), DVB-S2
Video Signal Standard4K UHDTV
Number of HDMI Ports4
Product FamilyL9363
3D Type3D
EU Energy LabelC
Smart TVYes
Brand NameToshiba
Screen Size147.3 cm (58")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerPAL, SECAM, NTSC
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)35.50 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption247 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power20 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
DLNA CertifiedYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand857 mm
Width with Stand1306 mm
Depth with Stand374 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Network (RJ-45)Yes
Number of USB Ports2
3D TechnologyShutter
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year306.6 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology800 Active Motion & Resolution
Enhanced Refresh Rate100 Hz
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height765 mm
Width1306 mm
Depth69 mm
ColourGlossy Black, Silver
Brightness400 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemNICAM, Audyssey EQ, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey ABX, Audyssey Volume Extension, Virtual Surround, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Product SeriesL9363
Maximum Resolution3840 x 2160
FeaturesWeb Browser, Mobile High Definition Link (MHL), Digital Noise Reduction, Ambient Lighting, Teletext, PVR (Personal Video Recorder), Child Lock, Picture on Picture, Auto Program
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model58L9363DB
Product Name58" L9363 Ultra HD TV
Manufacturer Part Number58L9363DB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing InformationL9 SERIES THE MAGIC OF ULTRA HD

Discover the magic of Ultra HD with the L9 series from Toshiba. The next generation in picture quality, with four times as many pixels as Full HD, delivers an intensity that will capture your imagination. Right out of the box, it's easy to upscale existing Full HD content to near Ultra HD so you can transform your Blu-ray movies and TV shows into a magical viewing experience. The intelligent CEVO™ 4K engine and AMR 800 picture-processing technology put the power behind the magic - delivering images so seamlessly smooth and detailed, you'll feel like you're really there. All models offer Full HD 3D so you can enhance your home cinema experience through super-realistic 3D. Toshiba Cloud TV gives you access to catch-up and on-demand TV services from Netflix, BBC iPlayer and YouTube as well as other online content. A sleek design and smarter innovation gives the L9 series a style that will perfectly suit your surroundings. Experience the magic with Ultra HD.
Package Contents
  • 58" L9363 Ultra HD TV
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x "AAA" Batteries
  • 3.5mm Component Adapter
  • 3.5mm Composite Adapter
  • 2 x 3D Glasses
Response Time6.50 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)31.20 kg