- Written by Ofer LaOr
- Published on 04 July 2008
Toshiba, who once at the very peak of HDTV technology has, in the last few years, not done a great job at keeping up. A multitude of reasons caused this, including the vast amounts of wasted resources spent into the now extinct HD DVD technology, and the failed joint venture with Canon for the SED display technology market.
The Regza name is derived from the German word “Regsam”, meaning color and dynamic vitality.
The 46RV53OU is a full HD display which used to have the same model number as one of the Sony models. While the Sony naming structure has not changed, Toshiba has changed theirs and now has multiple lines with some variations in the naming. Sharing a name with a model from another manufacturer is clearly not the brightest marketing decision for a company looking to distinguish itself from the rest of the pack. The version of this HDTV sold in Europe (the one I reviewed) is 46X3500. It differs from the USA version in price and that it (European version) has only two HDMI inputs.
- Design: LCD Flat Panel Display, 46" Diagonal
- Dynamic Backlight Control
- 14 Bit Internal Processing
- Inputs: 4 HDMI, 2 Component, 2 S-Video, 2 Composite
- Dimensions: 29.4" H x 43.7" W x 12.1" D
- Weight: 63.8 Pounds
- MSRP: $1,799 USA
The unit itself has a typical Toshiba look and comes with a crescent shaped stand. The display is not outstanding in its appearance and seems quite plain. Of course, when the room lights are dim and you are watching TV, all that really matters is the image on the screen.
One side of the display contains buttons that let you control it, as well as connect an SD camcorder (the omission of an HDMI input is blaringly obvious). The back holds two sets of composite and component inputs, as well as two HDMI inputs and an RF input as well. I had an early verson for review, and the latest iteration of this model has four HDMI inputs.
The TV came in a massive box that reminded me of how flat panel displays were packed three or four years ago. Cardboard boxes have been dramatically shrinking for cost savings, better “packability” factor, and to show how companies are producing less waste. When the unit is taken out, it becomes a bit clearer why the box was so large. The massive half moon base of the unit is built in, instead of coming in two separate boxes and having to deal with during installation.
The typical two side speaker solution has been replaced with a thin bar at the bottom of the screen, containing the speakers. The screen chassis itself serves as a larger chamber to allow the unit to produce deeper bass. The volume of the unit is more than sufficient for most of your “talking heads” newscasts and simple content. I would not dare use these speakers for proper audio or movie watching.
The remote on this unit looks very Toshiba style and has virtually the same design and look and feel as with their HD DVD players. It is comfortable but feels like cheap plastic and a step down from the display itself.
On the one hand, there are no discrete buttons (access to the HDMI inputs, separate on/off buttons), but most of the buttons on the remote are dedicated for useless analog RF functions, and many simply don’t do anything at all (maybe I need to be in a special mode to make use of them, or maybe this remote is shared by other models).