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The connections impress, too, by virtue of their sheer number. There are four HDMIs for starters, joined by, among other things, two USB ports and an Ethernet jack.
The USBs support playback of photo, music and video formats, including DivX HD, while the LAN port is there in the first instance as mandatory support for an integrated Freeview HD tuner.
But the LAN also enables you to pipe in files from a DLNA PC, and even access online features. However, before you get too excited about all this, in fact the DLNA support requires you to have a Windows 7 PC if you want to get the best out of it (at least where video playback is concerned). And as for the online features, they’re restricted to just YouTube and the BBC iPlayer.
Admittedly, these represent two of the most widely useful and popular online features currently being sported by ‘connected’ TVs. And it’s good to see the iPlayer incarnation supporting HD streaming as well as standard def for people whose connections can take the strain.
But it’s also impossible to ignore the fact that while the likes of Philips, Panasonic, Samsung and especially Sony are busy presenting vast worlds of online TV content already, the 46VL758’s provision of just two services feels pretty second division to say the least. Hopefully it’s more a trial run for something much more substantial on the online content front to come next year - probably on Toshiba’s intriguing-looking CEVO TV.
Toshiba has shown more willingness than many brands this year to offer serious calibration tools on its TVs - even the low-rent ones. So it’s no surprise to find the relatively high-level 46VL758 letting you adjust the hue, saturation and gain of all six of the six main colour components with pretty good finesse. And it’s also possible to leave only the red, green or blue colour content onscreen at any time for tighter calibration of the individual primary colours.
You’re also given the tools for adjusting the set’s gamma using either the 2-point or 10-point schemes, and can select the set’s best balance between light and dark content via a strikingly simple black and white sliding bar interface.
The 46VL758’s apparent keenness to prove that it’s much more than just a pretty face extends to its video processing. For it has 100Hz; Toshiba’s long-running Active Vision LCD system (which affects a multitude of picture elements); and Toshiba’s respected Resolution+ system for boosting the resolution of standard definition sources.
Well, it’s respected here anyway. Some quarters seem to find the engine prone to introducing noise. Which it can, but only if you don’t keep it reined in by not setting it any higher than its three level. Maybe even its two level if you’re particularly sensitive to grain. Follow this advice, though, and you should be impressed with the improvements it can wreak on all but the very poorest-quality standard definition sources.
So far, we’ve been mildly impressed by the 46VL758, despite not finding its design quite as aggressively different as we’d hoped it would be. But nothing the 46VL758 has going for it fully compensates for some pretty glaring picture quality issues.