March 2, 2010 Toshibas 46 inch flat panel Full HD LCD TV, the 46 SV 685 D was extensively tested by the expert team at Televisions.com drawing upon their cumulative expertise and incorporating a blend of objective laboratory instruments and comprehensive subjective analysis. The 46 inches scored an impressive 8.2 points on a scale of 10 in the Editors Rating category. The review extols the televisions superior features such as minimal local dimming artifacts, high contrast ratio, excellent motion clarity and accurate 24p material reproduction even for 60Hz signals.
The only areas where the test team found the Toshiba 46 SV 685 D lacking were a slight green tint to the picture, complicated functioning for DVB-C signal reception and a very soft picture for 576i/p. Televisions.coms editor-in-chief, Florian Friedrich said: The Toshiba 46 SV 685 D positions itself as a perfect solution for the demand of an all in one television for a fair price.
The later part of the TV reviews describes in detail the positives and negatives for the Toshiba TV. The review opines that if the media players software is updated then the multimedia support from this TV could be widened to incorporate video, music and images from the USB, SD Card or PC network. The test team was impressed with the detailed picture settings available such as gamma, ambient light and individual red, blue or green colour adjustments while also offering in-depth information about resolution, frame-rate etc The remote control handset is comfortable except for the awkwardly small menu button. The test team found the menu for Toshiba 46 SV 685 D to be basic but intuitive. But it was a different case for digital signal reception which did not offer any sorting of free and pay channels.
Also the power consumption for the Toshiba at 180 watts was found to be much higher than the contemporary models. The overall picture is clear and contrast rich except for a fine-grained noise for analogue TV reception. The glass panel covering the screen garners considerable criticism because of the visible glare it induces in addition to the letterbox format of the TV set that widens the picture beyond measure.
In addition to the picture being too soft for 576i/p signals, the test team also found that the TV does not automatically switch formats and crops over a major portion of the pictures edges. With the 200 Hz motion enhancing technology, the Toshiba 46 SV 685 D produces accurate sharp picture but still doesnt completely eliminate blur in fast motion camera pans. The test team was impressed with the deep blacks reproduced by the Televisions and the high contrast rendered. Dolby Volume and Audyssey equalizer support render a pleasant sound with decent bass. The review then provides a set of ideal settings for the TV that were derived by the test team at the in-house test theatre for displaying HDTV/Blu-ray signal via an HDMI interface in darkened environments. Friedrich said: Ignoring the minor hiccups on the picture front, the Toshiba 46 SV 85 D with its rich contrast and high motion clarity, all at a fair price, is a very good buy.