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Toshiba Regza 46VL758 - Connections and Settings

John Archer

By John Archer



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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.


December 17, 2010, 3:37 pm

I have noticed you keep saying that Toshiba’s DLNA capable TV's only support DLNA through Windows 7. Well I beg to differ, as I will explain.

Although in the instruction manual and on their website they push Windows 7 as the way to access the TV via DLNA, this is purely because it is easy to set up as the supplied WMP has transcoding built into it, therefore you don't need to buy a separate media server. However, this feature is not restricted to Windows 7 PC’s. With a little research you will find 3rd party software on line to enable transcoding on Vista and XP based PC's.

Unfortunately, the results using WMP+transcoding are horrible with poor quality video and terrible sound. Why I have no idea, but its fair to say that the transcoding on WMP sucks big time and I’d avoid using it at all costs. To confirm it is an issue with Windows transcoding I tried it on my mates Samsung (I forget the model name) and the results were just as bad.

But WMP is not the only solution for a Toshiba DLNA enabled TV. DLNA media servers can be set up to work with them and it is a piece of cake. I use Twonky Media with my 40SL753 and I can tell you the results are superb - much, much better than any windows based transcoding with excellent video/audio quality and seamless operation. Having checked out what the 46VL758 supports on DLNA.org I have no doubt whatever that this model will give exactly the same results if given the chance.

For interest my mate’s Samsung fared just as well when he bought a DLNA capable media server. So I am of the opinion that the Windows PC method is probably the worst way to experience what a DLNA capable TV can do.

It may help if you went to the DLNA website and looked at what the TV actually supports. It might also help if you actually tested alternative methods - surely you have a DLNA approved media server for testing purposes? For interest here are the official DLNA certificates for the 40SL753 and the 46VL758:



Of late I am beginning to wonder if we can actually trust the reviews on this site. I looked back at the 40SL753 review and I noticed you slated the DLNA performance. Clearly you didn’t try another DLNA capable media server. Very lazy! I also thought you were very harsh on the Motorola XT720 mobile phone. I preferred it in spades to the Samsung Galaxy – a device you rated higher, yet is flimsy in comparison to the Motorola and, to me at least, was a very mixed bag in operation, plus I really did not like the hazy quality of the display.

I have noticed a few other comments of late about the laziness of some articles and some highly dubious review ratings (Nokia N8 is one, which I see has since been revised). I may have to start looking elsewhere for more representative and informative reviews and news.


December 18, 2010, 4:57 am

Man, are we TR readers demanding!! I hope you Journos are thick skinned ;-)

Anyway, the only reason I am prompted comment is my reaction to the price:

You CAN NOT be serious? Are you nuts Toshiba? To paraphrase, Schh, you know who!

Send your Marketing people back to school.


December 20, 2010, 1:59 pm


It is not a case of being demanding, it is a case of pointing out a factual error.

The review states that the TV's DLNA functionality is limited to Windows 7 PC's. This is factually incorrect, as my SL753 works seamlessly with a DLNA certified media server (Twonky Media). I checked the DLNA certificate of the 46VL758 and it has exactly the same capabilities as mine so I am sure this TV will function just as well with other certified DLNA media servers.

Can I ask what your beef with the price is? It is similar to other freeview HD models from Samsung (46C5800), LG (47LE5300/5900) and Sony (46EX403/503/713). I don't quite understand what your issue is. Whether it, or the competition, are worth this outlay or not is another debate but at least realise that thie price of this set is not dissimilar to what's out there.


December 20, 2010, 11:21 pm

My "beef" is compare what Tosh is offering and what LG (LG 50PX990 Review) and others are offering:




December 21, 2010, 12:02 am


They are both plasmas. The Tosh is LED edge lit LCD. Plasmas, for whatever reason, seem to be cheaper for comparable size/spec.

The TV's I listed are all the same tech as the Tosh, likewise none of them have 3d and all are in a similar price range. Therefore, if you're going to level those accuastions at Tosh then you must do the same to the others as they would appear 'light' on the spec front too.


December 22, 2010, 1:34 am


Yes, I was well aware.

However, it is clear we have different value system.


December 22, 2010, 3:13 am

Yes we do. In my opinion you like to compare apples with pears. It does seem that plasmas are generally cheaper than LCD's, particularly LED back/edge lit ones. Thus, the models I mentioned, which all have a similar feature list to the Tosh reviewed, appear to be over priced compared to the two TV's you listed.

Also, not everyone likes plasma. I have issues with it, particularly the image retention problem noted with the LG - I have seen this and it is very off-putting in my opinion and would stop be buying one. But I am impressed with Panny plasmas, always have been. Now Pioneer no longer make them we only have them to hold the torch for the best that plasma can do.

Also, the LG does not have Freeview HD, although the Panny does (and Freesat too), so it becomes a bit 'horses for courses' with that TV. Of the two you listed I would pick the panny personally. But if I was going to splash out on a TV I would pick a philips 9 series - they just look gorgeous if you spend the time setting them up.


December 22, 2010, 5:26 am


It seems you have 'proven' that you can compare apples (LCD) and pears (Plasma). You look at the benefits of each and decide which offers best value...... In the end it seems we are in agreement as per your last para.

Merry X-Mas and Happy New Year.


December 23, 2010, 1:19 pm

I said if I was to pick one of the two TV's you listed...Also I used the word 'appear' in my first paragraph. This is because I do not necessarily agree that the TV's I listed are actually over priced. They are two different technologies with their own fans.

If I was to buy a 46/47" TV around the £1k price tag I would consider all of the models listed, including the plasmas. However, I think I would end up with an LCD because I do favour the way it presents a picture.


August 24, 2014, 11:03 am

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