The 46LX177 is the second-smallest model in Toshiba’s flagship REGZA Cinema Series line of LCD TVs, which also includes 42-, 52-, and 57-inch screen sizes. As you would expect in a top-of-the-line model, the 46LX177 is packed with high-end features and produces a superb picture in almost every respect. When all is said and done, this sleek LCD panel receives a strong recommendation with one rather “colorful” caveat.
(Mission: Impossible III,
|Razor-sharp; could clearly see each member of large bird flocks in long shots on PE.||PE green foliage was overhyped, looking limey and unrealistic; other colors, such as varied hues of ocean blue, were superb.||Letterbox bars were completely unobtrusive.||M:i:III low-light details in catacombs well-rendered; no significant loss of detail.||120Hz mode smoothed out pans quite noticeably, improved sharpness during motion; M:i:III pan across stairs looked better than on most TVs; no banding in subtle gradations.|
(Star Trek: Insurrection, Master
|Excellent; plants in fields around village in ST:I were clearly rendered, as was the ship’s rigging in M&C.||Greens very exaggerated; otherwise, colors were right on the money; flesh tones natural.||Black of space in ST:I very deep; letterbox bars completely unobtrusive.||Below-deck walk in M&C excellent; low-light details clearly visible.||120Hz mode significantly smoothed out opening pan across village in ST:I; no sign of jerky motion or jaggies.|
|Shelved items in cluttered warehouse/work space sharp and clean.||Skin tones and blue water natural, green foliage exaggerated.||No opportunity to test.||No opportunity to test.||120Hz mode smoothed out pans and moving objects; no problems noted.|
(Baseball game on
|Softer than DVD; probably in broadcast signal.||Green grass almost fluorescent, otherwise good.||Windowbox bars quickly faded from consciousness.||No opportunity to test.||Noisier than DVD; probably in broadcast signal.|
Priced at $2700 list, the Toshiba 46LX177 is not inexpensive, but it has all the latest and greatest LCD features and technologies. It delivers superb video performance in almost every area but one—its greens are too bright and oversaturated. Not everyone will find this objectionable, and I’m sure there are those who will actually think it makes green playing fields and the like look better. As long as you fall into that camp, this high-end LCD TV will draw you into the action and keep you coming back for more.