3D TVs are really starting to roll out of the high quality TV manufacturers now, with Toshiba joining the game in time for Christmas. It also has a 3D Blu-ray player out for Christmas too, if not quite in time for our deadline. Indeed, the Toshiba Regza 46WL700A TV was one of just two in Australia at the time of writing.
As the model number implies, this is a 46 inch TV (which Toshiba helpfully translates as 116.8cm). A 55 inch (138.7cm) model is also available.
Of course it offers full high definition performance, and of course it delivers 3D. It has support for Blu-ray 3D (technically known as ‘frame packed’), and for the side-by-side format commonly used for broadcasting 3D TV. It also supports the up-and-down format. But it doesn’t have a process to fake 3D from 2D material, the absence of which I cannot bring myself to lament.
You get one set of 3D liquid crystal shutter glasses with the TV, with more available as optional extras ($129 each). The IR transmitter, required to keep the eyewear in sync with the TV picture, is built into the TV.
Designed by Jacob Jensen, the panel is beautifully thin, at just over an inch. A swivel stand is supplied with the TV. A set of touch sensitive controls are at the bottom right of the panel.
In addition to the usual range of inputs – the analog ones made via slimline adaptor cables, which are included – the unit has two USB sockets and Ethernet, plus built-in WiFi. All the inputs are at the back right of the panel.
The TV set itself up with a minimum of fuss, requiring the user to make a few selections, such as which State you are in Australia, and whether you want it to scan for both analog and digital TV, or only the latter.
After five minutes it was running properly, although I immediately changed a couple of the default settings. For example, even with 1080p content from Blu-ray, it used the ‘Wide’ rather than ‘Native’ setting. A key on the remote allowed a quick change, which resulted in the entire picture being presented on the screen rather than having its edges overflow the TV’s display into invisibility.