Toshiba 65L9363DB review

Toshiba ditches its usual value focus to pursue a slice of the suddenly exploding 4K TV market

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Toshiba's arrival on the UHD TV scenes is perhaps unfortunately timed.

The 65-inch 65L9363DB comes on the heels of already-stellar UHD TVs from Sony and Samsung, putting pressure on the Toshiba's performance. While at £5,500 it's also markedly more expensive than its Sony and Samsung rivals now they've slashed a grand off their original prices.

Despite all this, the 65L9363DB gives a good account of itself, both on the feature side thanks to its Smart TV services and powerful picture processing engine, and on the picture side - especially when it comes to native UHD and 3D playback.

We liked

Native UHD sources look as scintillating as ever, with the 65L9363DB's exceptionally rich colour handling adding to UHD's impact.

The set also excels with 3D, reinvigorating the ailing format, and there's plenty of audio power to partner the large, ultra-detailed pictures.

We disliked

While the set's contrast looks good with mixed bright and dark content, dark scenes suffer a rather grey look and a lack of shadow detail.

The set doesn't upscale HD and standard def to its native UHD resolution quite as cleanly and crisply as rival models either, the online service needs more video feeds, and the £5,500 asking price seems at least £500 too high.

Final verdict

Toshiba has clearly worked immensely hard on the 65L9363DB, combining the normal thrills of UHD with extremely rich colours and some powerful processing that's especially at home, surprisingly, with motion handling. Its all-new operating system works well, too, in many ways.

However, some contrast problems and a sluggish, content-light smart TV system both conspire to make Toshiba's set look expensive compared with its current UHD rivals.

Hopefully Toshiba will be able to find its way to offering a significant price cut on the 65L9363DB sooner rather than later, for at the right price level it could become a seriously tempting proposition.

Also consider

If you've read this article through, you won't be surprised to learn that the two closest rivals for the 65L9363DB are the Sony 65X9005A and the Samsung UE65F9000.

The Sony model is much larger than the Toshiba if that's a problem for you, but it uses its extra size to good effect by including an unprecedentedly powerful audio system.

The Sony also upscales HD slightly better than the Toshiba, and delivers an even richer colour palette. The Sony's smart TV interface isn't as sophisticated as the Toshiba's, but there is more video content on it.

The Samsung focuses on delivering a more potent sense of the sharpness and detail that's UHD's headlining calling card, and also does a better job handling dark scenes than the Toshiba. Plus it provides the most content-rich and sophisticated smart TV engine around right now. Toshiba outguns Samsung where colour saturations are concerned, though.

Both the Sony and Samsung TVs, meanwhile, also cost £500 less than the Toshiba model.

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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 Size165.1 cm (65")
Aspect Ratio16:9
Horizontal Viewing Angle178°
Vertical Viewing Angle178°
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityRoHS
Memory Card ReaderYes
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
Weight with Stand (Approximate)49 kg
Backlight TechnologyEdge LED
VESA Mount Standard400 x 400
Operating Power Consumption367 W
Standby Power Consumption300 mW
RMS Output Power40 W
Electronic Program GuideYes
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand940 mm
Width with Stand1463 mm
Depth with Stand374 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
Number of USB Ports2
3D TechnologyPolarized
3D ConversionYes
Energy Consumption per Year438 kWh
PC StreamingYes
Internet AccessYes
Media PlayerYes
3D Glasses RequiredYes
Motion Interpolation Technology800 Active Motion Rate
Memory Card SupportedSecure Digital (SD)
Height849 mm
Width1463 mm
Depth71 mm
ColourGlossy Black, Silver
Brightness450 cd/m²
Comb Filter3D Y/C
Sound SystemAudyssey EQ, Audyssey Dynamic Volume, Audyssey ABX, Audyssey Volume Extension, Virtual Surround, Dolby Digital Plus, Dolby Pulse
Product SeriesL9363
Maximum Resolution3840 x 2160
FeaturesTeletext, Web Browser, Digital Noise Reduction, Ambient Lighting, Auto Power Off, Auto Power On, Picture on Picture, Auto Program, PVR (Personal Video Recorder)
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model65L9363D
Product Name65" L9363 Ultra HD TV
Manufacturer Part Number65L9363DB
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
Marketing InformationTHE 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
  • 65" L9363 Ultra HD TV
  • 4 x Pairs of Glasses
  • Remote Control
  • 2 x "AAA" Batteries
  • 3.5mm Component Adapter
  • 3.5mm Composite Adapter
Response Time5.50 ms
SpeakersYes
Weight (Approximate)44.70 kg