HDTV

Toshiba 55WX800U 55" LED Edge Lit LCD 3D HDTV

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Conclusions

As a regular TV, the WX800 performs extremely well. Color accuracy is not perfect but pretty good out-of-the-box and much better with calibration. Contrast is excellent and really shows how far LCDs have come in just the last two years. While plasma still has a slight edge in black levels, this is a TV with large dynamic range and a three-dimensional quality – and that’s without the glasses. I’m still waiting to be wowed by 3D because a properly designed and calibrated display looks better to me than any 3D presentation – and that includes the theater.

Since this is my first 3D TV review, I have no frame of reference to judge 3D performance. The added effect didn’t really impress me any more than a good 2D display with accurate color and good contrast. The ghosting I observed was a definite distraction. I didn’t really experience fatigue but I don’t think I could wear those glasses for more than two hours at a stretch. Even if there were more content to watch, I won’t be rushing out to update my movie collection just to have 3D. I also don’t think it’s worth the added expense. The investment is sizeable once you factor in a new display, glasses, a new Blu-ray player and a new receiver or pre-pro. Right now, 3D ranks low on my “gotta have it” scale.

This TV presents a bit of a dilemma. On one hand it’s an excellent display with solid contrast, accurate color and a rich set of convenience features. Unfortunately its main draw, 3D support, falls short of expectations. I’m sure Toshiba and every other manufacturer will improve their technology in coming generations. And no doubt, Hollywood, having invested tremendously in the creation of 3D content, will add value to their offerings. It’s tough to form an opinion based on my observations of one television but what I’m seeing so far tells me, “it’s early yet.”