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Toshiba Regza 46VL758 - Performance and Verdict

John Archer

By John Archer



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People who read our recent review of Toshiba’s 40WL753 edge-LED TV might be able to guess that these picture quality issues centre around the 46VL758’s black level response. Or more specifically, its inability to deliver an equal level of brightness/darkness across every part of the screen. Even a fairly cursory examination of the screen when showing dark movie or game sequences reveals as many as seven different-sized patches where the picture looks brighter than it does across the rest of the screen - a situation that makes you feel like you’re watching your film through a pair of glasses with spots of dust on them.

Well, maybe that’s exaggerating things a bit - especially since the backlight inconsistency problem is not visible when watching bright scenes. But if you’re anything like us (and we like to think we’re at least partially normal!), once you’ve spotted the inconsistencies, you can’t stop yourself looking out for them.

All of which makes for a strangely tense viewing experience - and certainly not one that leaves you feeling totally engaged with what you’re watching.

This is doubly true, moreover, if you find yourself having to watch the screen from much of an angle, for once you get beyond around 30 degrees from directly opposite it, the backlight inconsistencies begin to look even worse.

The black level response around the extra-bright areas is actually surprisingly good by edge-LED standards, though, suggesting that Toshiba at least knows how to control its edge-LED light system on a general luminance level.

The picture also does its best to distract you from the backlight flaws with a pretty intense colour response; bright scenes therefore look very dynamic and rich. But crucially, unlike some edge-LED screens that push colours hard, the 46VL758’s colours can be made to look surprisingly credible in terms of both tonal naturalism and blend subtlety - at least once you’ve put a little time into calibrating them properly to remove some marginal red and yellow ‘push’ visible with the initial presets.

Yet more good news concerns the way the 46VL758 reproduces the sense of detail and crispness that’s so key to high definition viewing - especially as it does a solid job of suppressing motion blur. The motion processing on the set isn’t immaculate; you do occasionally see a twitch here and there during rapid camera pans. But the processing side effects occur rarely enough, in our opinion, to leave the pros outweighing the cons.

There isn’t much to redeem the 46VL758’s audio performance, though. Even by the generally underwhelming standards of very skinny TVs, this Toshiba sounds unusually fragile, flimsy and underpowered. There’s practically no bass at all, trebles quickly turn harsh at high volumes or during dense audio scenes, and the mid-range appears cramped and is quickly overwhelmed when asked to handle anything more than the most basic of daytime TV fodder.


It’s good to see with the design-led 46VL758 that Toshiba still has a few high-end ambitions. The set is very elegantly put together too, despite not being quite as aggressively stylish as it perhaps could have been. But while its pictures certainly have their moments, its backlight inconsistency and sound flaws make watching the 46VL758 for any extended amount of time a disappointingly uneven experience.


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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