Other characteristics of Toshiba’s Picture Frame 46incher include a standard brightness claim of 500cd/m2 and a high-looking contrast ratio of 10,000:1, achieved with the help of the inevitable dynamic backlight, whereby the TV’s brightness output is reduced when dark scenes are detected to boost black level response.
As with all of Toshiba’s latest flat TVs, meanwhile, the 46XF355D benefits from the brand’s latest Active Vision LCD picture processing system, with its focus on improving colour tones and saturations, sharpness, motion handling and contrast. It’s a pity, though – not to mention a bit odd – that the Active Vision system featured does not include the 100Hz element found on Toshiba’s flagship Z series of flat panels. It’s no surprise to learn, therefore, that later this year Toshiba will be launching a series of ‘ZF‘ Picture Frame models which put the potential 100Hz oversight right.
Other bits and bobs of interest tucked away inside the 46XF355D’s rather tired-looking onscreen menus include 3D colour management, allowing you almost infinite fine-tuning of the TV’s colour palette; MPEG and standard Noise Reduction systems; a black stretch processor; and the SRS WOW audio-boosting system delivered via speakers designed by Onkyo.
So far Toshiba’s latest LCD range has been quite bizarrely inconsistent in performance terms, to the extent that we’ve seen different screen sizes from the same series of TVs deliver widely differing picture quality results. And that peculiar trend continues with the 46XF355D, but thankfully in a good way, as it seems to perform at least a bit better than its 40in sibling.
The reason I say this is that during a run-through of ”Braveheart”, recorded in HD from Sky HD, the set delivers black levels which, while certainly not spectacular, do seem markedly darker than those seen on the 40XF355D.
The scene where Wallace is visited at night by the French princess thus appears noticeably less ‘flattened’, washed out and misty, and the picture in general looks slightly more dynamic.
This black level boost is enough in itself to elevate the 46XF355D’s pictures from the ‘solid’ position of its smaller sibling to definite ‘good’ territory – especially when you take its other strengths into account.
Leading these other strengths out is a terrifically vibrant colour palette that does spectacular justice to the lush greenery of the Scottish Highlands, and the sumptuous finery of the English royal family’s opulent robes. Yet the set also does a better job than many rivals of producing skin tones that actually look like skin, rather than some sort of fruit rind or waxwork dummy.