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Toshiba 46YL863 review

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

Toshiba 46yl863 review

For the vast majority of your viewing time, the Toshiba 46YL863 is an outstanding TV.

Its picture performance with HD, standard definition and even streamed video is exemplary, combining dynamic colours with the best black level response yet seen from a Toshiba Edge LED TV, plus immense amounts of sharpness and detail.

Best of all, it delivers the sort of colour nuance and shadow detailing that always distinguishes the very best TVs.

It's got a solid raft of multimedia tools too, is beautifully built and elegantly designed, and sounds better than most skinny TVs. Plus it leaves few stones unturned in its attempts to enable you to make pictures look exactly like you want them to look.

The only areas that take some shine off the Toshiba 46YL863 are the amount of crosstalk that sometimes appears over the TV set's (otherwise brilliant) 3D pictures, and a rather malnourished online platform.

We liked

The Toshiba 46YL863 hits the ground running with an elegant, distinctive silvery design and an outstanding metallic chassis construction, courtesy of the gurus at Jacob Jensen Design.

It also impresses with its user interface, and works hard to make what is ultimately a very sophisticated TV easy to use.

Its 2D pictures are uniformly great, so long as you're careful with the backlight settings, and many aspects of its 3D performance are gobsmacking too.

We disliked

While 3D images are immensely bright, colourful and detailed, they also suffer from crosstalk noise to an aggravating degree.

There are minor backlight consistency flaws too, if you make the mistake of driving the panel too hard, and the set's Places online system needs more content.

Final verdict

The Toshiba 46YL863 is frustratingly close to perfection. Its 2D pictures, for instance, are easily the best Toshiba has produced from an Edge LED TV, propelling the brand right up there with the very best efforts of its rival brands.

Its distinctive design is elegant in the extreme, too, and its build quality is outstanding. There are welcome signs of innovation where the television's user interface is concerned, and even its audio is a cut above the super-skinny TV norm.

It's just a shame that 3D fans have to put up with too much crosstalk for comfort.

Also consider

If you're a fan of 3D and have been put off by the Toshiba 46YL863's crosstalk problems, the most crosstalk-free 3D images can be found on Panasonic's plasmas. The 50-inch Panasonic P50GT30 suffers practically no crosstalk, making 3D images look more natural than they do on any other flatscreen TV.

The only catch is that colours look a little stripy in 3D mode, and dark scenes look rather short on shadow detail.

Another notable option would be the Samsung UE46D8000. These incredibly slim screens need to be calibrated carefully to get the best out of them, thanks to their rubbish factory presets. But once you've done that, they're capable of producing excellent 2D and good 3D pictures, and a much better developed online service. The UE46D8000 isn't immune to 3D crosstalk noise, though.

Check out our Best TV article for a constantly updated list of even more great TVs to give the Toshiba 46YL863 a run for its money.

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
EthernetYes
Wireless LANYes
Analog TunerNTSC, PAL, SECAM
Ethernet TechnologyEthernet
USBYes
HDMIYes
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
VGAYes
HeadphoneYes
Digital Audio OutputYes
Height with Stand724 mm
Width with Stand1067 mm
Depth with Stand288 mm
CI+Yes
Composite VideoYes
Component VideoYes
SCARTYes
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
ManufacturerToshiba
Product Model46YL863
Product NameREGZA 46YL863 LED-LCD TV
Product LineREGZA
Manufacturer Part Number46YL863B
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.toshiba.co.uk
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
  • REGZA 46YL863 LED-LCD TV
  • 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
SpeakersYes
Limited Warranty1 Year