Toshiba Regza 46SV685DB review Toshiba Regza 46SV685DB review

We love
Stunning contrast levels, great colours and fine detailing deliver great viewing pleasure
We hate
It costs too much, especially with no web access, occasional motion-handling issues too
A stonking example of an LED TV, but so expensive it hurts
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Toshiba Regza 46SV685DB

Toshiba has cast aside its mass-market appeal and gone for full-blown luxury with its first ever LED-backlit TV. But with a price tag to match, it has a tough job on its hands to impress us. We find out how it gets on in our Toshiba Regza 46SV685DB review.

3D may have been all the rage at CES, but until a decent lineup of products comes along towards the end of the year, LED backlighting is likely to be TV’s real battleground for 2010.

And Toshiba looks well equipped to compete if the Regza 46SV685DB is anything to go by. The all-important LED backlighting promises good contrast levels, while 200Hz processing is wrapped up in Tosh’s Meta Brain package, which also includes its highly capable Resolution+ upscaling engine.

Design-wise, however, the Toshiba Regza 46SV685DB won’t be to everyone’s taste. For starters, it’s quite thick and hefty – a result of being lit from the back, rather than the sides like the more slender LED TVs around.

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The flat crystal panel covering the whole of the screen and bezel is attractive enough, though the fade-to-white edges didn’t work for us, but overall the Toshiba Regza 46SV685DB is attractive in an unassuming kind of way.

Connectivity on the Toshiba Regza 46SV685DB is about what you’d expect, including a quartet of HDMI ports, an optical digital audio output and a USB drive and SD card slot for accessing digital media of your own. The big disappointment is that the Ethernet port is only for accessing files on a DLNA-certified PC, not for adding any web functionality.

But of course it’s performance that matters, and once you switch the Toshiba on all thoughts of that price tag melt away. Top of a long list of positives has to be black levels – the combination of LED backlighting and local dimming means dark areas of the screen can be truly dark without compromising the brightness of other areas.
Colour and detail on the Toshiba Regza 46SV685DB are both highly impressive too. The rich set pieces of our test disc The Colour of Magic were rendered with extraordinary detail, producing a near-3D feel and delivering plenty for the eye to soak up.

For the most part, the 200Hz processing does a good job handling motion, though there was some evidence of smearing in some of the film’s more frenetic sequences.

At 46 inches across, you’re getting to the sort of size where picture quality flaws simply have nowhere to hide, and standard-def pictures ultimately disappoint, but that’s mainly because the Toshiba Regza 46SV685DB’s full HD performance is so good.

So performance for the most part is excellent, but is it good enough to warrant the £2,700 price tag? Not really, no. Of course, you’re talking closer to £2,000 for the best deals online, but that’s still a big ask and ultimately cuts one star from the Toshiba Regza 46SV685DB’s otherwise exemplary report card.

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