- Written by Chris Heinonen
- Published on 19 December 2013
The Toshiba BDX6400 Blu-ray Player On The Bench
For the Toshiba BDX6400 bench tests, and for future players, I'm going to use the default settings to establish the baseline score. As most users will never adjust these, scoring them based on the optimal settings of the controls seems unfair. If a player has a guided setup when you first turn it on to set them correctly, that will be used. Just no extra steps will be taken to adjust it beyond what is presented to the user.
Using this method the Toshiba score fairly poorly overall. It has trouble maintaining locks on clips where the flags aren't perfect and there is no noise reduction to speak of. On the Ships scene from Spears & Munsil, the default settings cause excessive ringing and artifacts of the ships cables. Many of them virtually vanish due to excessive edge enhancement. The zone multiburst and plate patterns show issues that I had never seen before and are certainly a cause for concern. Had these large errors not presented themselves I might have never discovered the hidden picture settings that ship enabled on the BDX6400.
The CUE tests all show excessive pixilation on the edges of the fish, showing incorrect CUE processing on DVD content.
Disabling these enabled features causes the Diagonal Filtering test to pass, and the scaling tests to be better but not wonderful. However the cadence lock issues remain so the score does not improve by that much. As I said in the review you will not see these things with common 1080p24 Blu-ray content, but they'll appear on concert and documentary Blu-ray discs, as well as DVD content. Oh, and the test disc even managed to crash the BDX6400, making it the first player to ever do so.
The load time tests for the Toshiba BDX6400 put it behind almost every player tested this year. In early 2012 these load times would have been equal to mainstream players, but today they are lagging behind the competition.