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You can find comprehensive detail on the official Toshiba 3D TV webpage covering their current range of released models.
Here's the official Toshiba 3D TV press release issued by the european arm of the company, providing some excellent detail on the technology employed by Toshiba in their 3D TV models.
Independent review website www.3D-TVBuyingGuide.comcontains valuable review info of 3D TVs in general, with a page dedicated to Toshiba 3D TV reviews.
The Toshiba 3D TV range currently consists of four models. While being a small range, there is an interesting twist. Aside from two standard sets - a 42 inch and a 65 inch - recent Toshiba 3D TV developments have included the release of the first commercially available 3D TV without glasses models.These are known as the REGZA 21 inch and 24 inch models which became available in December 2010 in Japan only. These models work using lenticular lens technology. The current line up of 3D TVs is recognised to the best yet from the Japanese manufacturer, who have stated intent to increase their line up during 2011 with the possibility that larger display no glasses sets will be included.
In fact Toshiba announced the intended release of an LED 3D TV TL-515 series range at the 2011 CES show boasting new ultra-thin cosmetic designs with chrome trim included for added elegance. The TL515 Toshiba 3D TV Series is intended to be available in 32-, 42-, 47-, 55- and 65-inch display sizes, starting in mid 2011.The new CEVO engine that powers these sets promises the creation of stunning 2D and 3D images, plus more advanced and interactive connectivity.
Toshiba Trivector 2D to 3D Conversion
Toshiba's unique 3D conversion capability is known as TriVector. It works by using what is known as a Frame Sequential System that changes the refresh rate signals emitted by the TV so that each eye 'sees' a rate of 120Hz, resulting in a superb quality picture. This means you can view 3D photos, play 3D games, or watch 2D TV programming, 2D Blu-ray movies, and personal camcorder movies in 3D.
Trivector uses a 3D Cross Talk Canceller technology which mimimises cross talk ghosting thus creating the clearest possible 3D images.
Toshiba Corporation began life as two separate Tokyo companies, Shibaura Engineering Works and Tokyo Denki. When these two manufacturers merged in 1939, they took the name Tokyo Shibaura Denki, nicknamed Toshiba (Tokyo Shibaura) by the public. However, the company did not officially rename itself Toshiba Corporation until 1978. Throughout the 1940s and '50s, Toshiba experienced strong expansion through acquisitions and internal growth. In the 1970s, the company grew stronger by spinning off subsidiaries like Toshiba EMI, Toshiba International Corporation, and Toshiba Electrical Equipment. Toshiba brought many firsts to Japan, including radar in 1942, transistor televisions in 1959, MRI systems in 1982, and laptop personal computers in 1986. In 2005, they created a new DVD format, HD DVD. But Blu-Ray proved too great a competitor and HD DVD was discontinued in March 2008.
In addition to all of these accomplishments Toshiba has also become one of the companies leading the way in new 3D TV technology. At the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show, Toshiba announced a new LCD 3D television that can display dedicated 3D content and also boasts the ability to convert 2D broadcasts into 3D. The ZX900 Series Cell TVs became available in 42-inch and 65-inch models. This series still required 3D shutter glasses to view 3D, but the added bonus of 2D-to-3D conversion meant that early 3D adopters were able to “Watch Everything in 3D!” These Cell TVs also come with internal one-terabyte (1TB) hard drives, allowing consumers to move media from their home PCs directly to their television sets. ZX900 televisions even come with built in 802.11n Wi-Fi capability.
Brightness won't be an issue with the ZX900 series, either. Toshiba has developed what it calls the KIRA 2 Super Local Dimming LED Display. The KIRA 2 is an array of LED backlights situated behind the liquid crystal display. This LED array has 512 zones that can be individually dimmed, allowing perfect control over an image's black levels. The ZX900 series will be able to produce an astonishing 9,000,000:1 contrast ratio, creating truly stunning picture quality.
Toshiba isn't stopping there, though. The company is in search of the “holy grail” of 3D TV: the glasses-less 3D experience. In April 2010, they announced a 21-inch prototype television that makes use of parallax barriers to produce 3D without the need for glasses. The prototype boasted a “light field” display, allowing for 30 degrees of viewing angle, as well as a “multi-parallax” method of 3D creation. This process reduces the eyestrain that can occur with active shutter systems, and allows the 3D image to slightly change shape depending on the position of the viewer. High definition is still outside this prototype's grasp, though, with only a 1280x800 display resolution. The Toshiba no glasses 3D TV models went on sale in Japan only at the end of 2010.
Toshiba do have a reputation for delightfully announcing their research and development projects to the public, only to see those projects disappear a year or two later. Occasionally they'll reappear in another form; other times they become dead ends. Toshiba's multi-parallax, glasses-less TVs could very well hit the global market in larger sizes over the next couple of years.
Toshiba has been an innovator in electronics for decades. Now that 3D TV is set to become the next wave of home entertainment, the Japanese manufacturer is right at the forefront. Toshiba 3D TV models promise to be among the most sought after models on the market.
Toshiba 3D TVs
All of the Toshiba 3D TVs of 2011 are LED screens with 1080p resolution and incredible surround sound, so you can feel as though you are really part of the action. Net TV, which provides internet applications on televisions, is standard on all Toshiba LED 3D TVs, and some of the models come with the Enhanced Net TV package for even more internet access. In addition, Toshiba technology ensures a perfect picture, regardless of the circumstances.
Perfectly Clear Picture
Every Toshiba 3D TV comes equipped with AutoView, which adjusts the TV’s settings according to the incoming video signal and the room’s ambient light so that you can get a perfectly lit picture at any time of day without having to make constant adjustments to brightness and contrast. CrystalCoat Contrast Enhancer, which is available on some of the Toshiba 3D TVs, works by preventing light reflections from washing out the TV picture. DynaLight technology makes blacks more intense while reducing the intensity of highlight areas.
All Around Superiority
Toshiba technology means more than just superior picture. Toshiba 3D TVs feature Dolby Volume, which monitors audio input and adjusts the volume automatically so that the sound level remains even at all times. InstaPort speeds up HDMI switching so that there is less waiting time when switching between TV and DVD. ClearFrame Anti-Blur uses more frames per second to reduce video blurring, ideal for gamers or those who like fast paced movies. ClearFrame 120 doubles the normal 60Hz performance and ClearFrame 240 quadruples it.
Toshiba LED 3D TVs
Toshiba’s 3D TVs are all Toshiba LED TVs. The ultra thin screens are as green as possible and created with a power-conscious design, meeting the requirements for ENERGY STAR qualification. They are equipped with multiple HDMI and USB ports, HDMI-CEC, and built-in WiFi. The LED screen can also be connected to a computer, and the entire system can be controlled from a single remote.
Toshiba TL515U LED 3D TVs (US)
With screen sizes of 32”, 42”, 47” and 55”, the TL515U line encompasses the cheapest 3D TVs that Toshiba offers, but they still boast some of Toshiba’s best features. The TL515U is equipped with ClearScan, InstaPort, 1920x1080 Full HD and a ClearScan refresh rate of 240Hz.
Toshiba UL610U LED 3D TV (US)
The Toshiba UL610U line offers screen sizes of 46”, 55” and 65”. The 65 inch screen is the biggest 3D TV screen that Toshiba offers. 3D TVs from the UL610U line feature four HDMI ports, AutoView, ClearScan 480Hz, CrystalCoat and InstaPort.
Toshiba WX800U LED 3D TV (US)
The WX800U line of Toshiba LED 3D TVs is packed with features. The WX800U is available in either a 46” or 55” screen. The TVs have a contrast ration of 7,000,000:1 and a refresh rate of 240Hz. The line features AutoView, ClearFrame, CrystalCoat, Dolby Volume, DynaLight, InstaPort, IR Pass-Through, and PixelPure 5G.
Toshiba REGZA WL768B LED 3D TV (UK)
The UK has three Toshiba 3D TVs: a 40”, 46”, and 55” REGZA WL768B. The REGZA WL line features a 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio, 1080p resolution, a brightness of 430 cd/m2, and a dynamic contrast ratio of 7,000,000:1. It has a viewing angle or 178, AutoView, FreeView HD and come equipped for YouTube and BBC iPlayer access.