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Wednesday, 19 March 2008

The Basics:
The 46RF350U is one of the first LCDs to sport Toshiba’s Super Narrow Bezel design. As the name suggests, this design minimizes the amount of visible frame surrounding the 46-inch screen. Less than an inch of high-gloss-black frame is visible around the screen’s edges, and a thin SoundStrip 2 speaker bar runs discreetly along the bottom panel.

The TV uses Toshiba’s PixelPure 3G 14-bit processing and CineSpeed 10-bit LCD panel, and it has several advanced picture controls: an adjustable backlight, direct color-temperature adjustment to the TV’s blue/green drive and a ColorMaster system that allows for precise tweaking of the primary and secondary color points.

The 46RF350U has three HDMI inputs that accept 1080p/60 and 1080p/24, and it offers automatic aspect ratio detection and numerous aspect ratio options, including a Native mode to display 1080i/1080p images with no overscan.

The Upside:
Reports on this TV suggest that it offers very good detail with high-definition sources. It can produce a fairly deep black for a traditional LCD and also offers a good amount of light output, leading to a nice overall contrast ratio that creates a rich-looking image. Also, that Super Narrow Bezel design is nice to behold when the TV is off.

The Downside:
Recent Toshiba TVs have exhibited color inaccuracies that are especially noticeable when comparing them directly to more accurate displays. There are a number of controls at your disposal to address color, but if you find the color palette objectionable, precise adjustments are best handled by a professional calibrator. This TV reportedly exhibits some minor screen-uniformity and motion-blur issues, and the de-interlacing/up-conversion of SD content is only average.

The Super Narrow Bezel design is very attractive and allows the larger screen to fit in a smaller space, which is a benefit for anyone trying to fit a TV into a cabinet. The 46RF350U is a solid performer with HD sources and its price is right in line with similarly-sized 1080p LCD panels that do not offer advanced features like 120Hz or LED backlighting.

Manufacturer Toshiba
Model 46RF350U LCD HDTV
Diagonal Screen Size 43 to 56-inches
# of HDMI Inputs 3
# of Component Video Inputs 2
HDMI Version 1.3
Native Resolution 1080p
Refresh Rate 24Hz

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