Blu-ray Players

Toshiba BDX3000 Blu-ray 3D Player

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On The Bench (Stephen Hornbrook)

These measurements were taken with a Tektronix Oscilloscope from the analog component outputs. Overall the BDX3000 did quite well, as I measured a peak output of 101 IRE which we consider within spec. YC delay on the bowtie test looked very good as well, with a very flat response. The Toshiba was also able to pass the blacker-than- black PLUGE test. The BDX3000 displayed full 1920x1080 resolution without cropping any pixels on the left, right, top, or bottom. (Click on the graph to make it larger for viewing, mouse over the larger graph and then click on the blue square in the bottom right hand corner to enlarge it to full size. Click the graph again to reduce it back to its original size on the page.)

HD performance was very good from the Toshiba. It passed the important jaggies tests with excellent picture quality. I was not able to test noise reduction since I couldn’t find any settings for it on the player. It did not appear to be performing any sort of noise reduction on our tests.

Standard DVD performance was excellent as the Toshiba BDX3000 passed all our deinterlacing tests. The high detail Super Speedway clip took less than half a second to lock on, and once it did, it looked great. Switching from video to film was done correctly, but the transition was visible for a split second. 2:2 video was also handled correctly. I did notice some blocking on the Chroma ICP test via component.

On the usability side, I did feel the menus were a bit sluggish and non-responsive. At times the delay was a bit frustrating. However, the layer change time was almost undetectable.