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Finlux 46S6030-T - Picture Quality

John Archer

By John Archer

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Summary

Our Score:

8

First impressions of the Finlux 46S6030-T’s pictures - while watching a combination of HD broadcast channels - are that they simply can’t be coming from a 46in TV costing substantially under £600. Colours look vibrant, brightness levels are high, and detail and sharpness levels are good. The sharpness doesn’t even break down severely when there’s motion in the picture - especially if you have the TV’s motion processing system switched on to low or medium.

The latter setting can cause some minor unwanted side effects, such as gentle blurring around the edges of fast-moving objects, and a very minor recurring ‘twitch’. But overall, while the motion processing feels - and doubtless is - pretty simplistic versus the vastly more powerful efforts you get with more expensive TVs, it’s also much more effective and usable on the 46S6030-T than we could have expected.

Finlux 46S6030

Although it’s hard to tell with any certainty from the predominantly very bright, colour-rich material of most non-film HD TV broadcasts, it also looks at this stage as if the set’s black level response is pretty decent - certainly not the grey-infused mess common with budget TVs. We were relieved at this stage, too, not to spot any frighteningly overt backlight consistency flaws - though obviously we can’t be totally confident about the backlight until we get a few ultra-dark movie scenes fed in.

Inevitable flaws

There are, of course, some early signs of the 46S6030-T’s affordability. Colours look a bit basic, in that they lack blend subtlety, sometimes look a bit cartoony, and can look a mite unbalanced in their out-of-the-box state, with bright reds and blues looking a touch dominant, and greens looking slightly muted. But then the set, as seen earlier, does provide enough tools to at least reduce these imbalances, even if they never entirely disappear.

Switching to standard definition channels causes a slightly bigger step down in picture quality than we would ideally hope for. Clearly the Finlux 46S6030-T’s upscaling processing doesn’t do a particularly good job of suppressing source picture noise as it goes about remapping pictures to the screen’s 1,920x1,080 resolution.

Finlux 46S6030

To be fair, though, this is really no more than we would expect at the 46S6030-T’s price point. And actually, in some ways the rescaling isn’t bad. For instance, colour tones don’t slide off message with standard def sources like they can with many affordable LCD TVs, and motion blurring doesn’t suddenly increase exponentially either. Standard def images are thus still eminently watchable.

Surprising Potter performance

Experience shows that the single hardest thing for budget TVs to do is reproduce dark scenes with any serious sense of conviction. So feeling in an unforgiving mood, the first movie we played into the 46S6030-T was the phenomenally dark final Harry Potter film on Blu-ray. And actually, Finlux’s budget screen did quite a bit better than expected - notwithstanding a couple of notable flaws.

Switching the TV to its Cinema preset - something we’d strongly recommend you always do when watching Blu-rays on this TV - revealed black levels considerably deeper than we’d expected. Yes, there’s a somewhat hollow look to the darkest areas as the set takes brightness out of the image to boost its black level credentials, and there’s still more greyness hanging over dark proceedings than you tend to get with the very best LCD or, especially, plasma TVs. But by the standards of the really cheap TV world, the 46S6030-T’s rendering of dark scenes is actually very strong.

Mark Walton

June 18, 2012, 6:10 pm

A 40" TV for £279 isn't bad either, from ASDA

b166er

June 18, 2012, 7:20 pm

Indeed Mark, but try getting TR to do a review of something that would actually be useful to most people.
I asked them to do a review of a Tesco TV once and was told I could buy one myself and do a review if I wanted to.
However, Finlux comes out of the woodwork and they're all over them.
No so Trusted any more I'm afraid.

I guess it was fun for the guys when they were building the site all those years ago, but these days and particularly after the IPC buyout, the reviews have been more like adverts.
There's an opening there for someone.

Ed

June 18, 2012, 8:14 pm

I highly doubt anyone told you to buy one and review it - it they did I'd slap 'em myself - but rather that we would have to buy one to review it.

There's a real misconception about these sorts of cheap products. Occasionally a bargain will catch the eye of someone like yourself that will actually look up a review but the vast majority of people don't research these cheap supermarket shelf items - it's there to see in the search stats, not our imaginations.

We'd happily review them if the companies supplied them but it's not worth our time buying them, reviewing them, saying how crap they are then selling them on. Finlux are cheap but they happily provide the products.

Ed

June 18, 2012, 8:17 pm

I'm not sure of your point. Do you want us to review the Asda one or are you making the point that this TV isn't all that cheap? If the latter then it's a pointless comment as of course a smaller TV will be cheaper. You can buy a Samsung 40in TV for £280ish but you won't get many 46in TVs for under £550.

Keithe6e

June 18, 2012, 8:54 pm

>> I highly doubt anyone told you to buy one and review it - it they did I'd slap 'em myself

I've a feeling he's referring to -> http://www.trustedreviews.com/...

And correct, you certainly didn't tell him to go and buy one, that's was HIS decision. And the 28 day return policy, just made me chuckle.

IOW: If Tesco want to have there products reviewed, they know were to send them. I'm sure Tesco could part with a £300 product for a few weeks. Tesco not sending out there products for review, does make you wonder. :)

cliche

June 18, 2012, 9:15 pm

shame about the input lag, oh well

b166er

June 19, 2012, 3:27 am

You're right (incorrect usage of there and were aside), I was talking about that earlier comment. It felt like I was being told to do my own review. Trusted Reviews had previously reviewed a Tesco Technika TV: http://www.trustedreviews.com/...
Your final comment rather sums up what I was saying though, ie; it's not relevant whether or not Tesco want their product reviewed, it's relevant whether or not the readership want it reviewed! Or IS it the other way about?
Perhaps someone can explain why Finlux, a brand I'd never heard of before I saw the banner ads and reviewverts on TR, justifies a review yet Morrisons Techwood 40" set doesn't even merit a nod at £265?

BTW: I just Googled Finlux and found myself at the Wikipedia page for the company. Interestingly, it is now owned by Vestel, the same company that produces Techwood products :D. Does this mean we can look forward to products manufactured by Techwood being reviewed in future, too?
So Ed, are you just assuming they're crap, considering they're produced by the same company?

Hamish Campbell

June 19, 2012, 12:26 pm

That was a very polite reply from Ed in that link. Methinks Mr b166er owes someone an apology.

Mark Walton

June 19, 2012, 5:17 pm

No point reviewing the ASDA one then if you can get a Samsung for £280

I was just pointing out that it seemed particularly cheap.

paul

June 20, 2012, 3:37 am

Toshiba 46TL868B 46-inch Widescreen Full HD 1080p 3D-Ready SMART Internet LED TV £530 on Amazon now thats really cheap!!!!

jack the lad

January 30, 2014, 4:54 pm

Don't buy it unless you buy extended warranty, they break down after 14 months and no-one will repair them, why make a tele bigger than 42" if you won't repair a tele bigger than 42"

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