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Toshiba 55WX800U 3D LED HDTV Review

Toshiba has introduced its first line of 3D-capable TVs, the WX800 Series. With screen sizes of 55 and 46 inches, this new 3D line is part of the company’s high-end Cinema Series and thus is loaded with Toshiba’s most advanced technologies and features. Toshiba sent us a sample of the 55-inch 55WX800U. Like most of the new 3D-capable flat panels, the 55WX800U requires active-shutter glasses and uses frame-sequential stereoscopic 3D technology, in which the TV alternately flashes a full-resolution left-eye and right-eye image. The shutters in the glasses open and close in sync with the signal to direct the appropriate image to each eye. Toshiba kindly includes not one but two pairs of active-shutter glasses as part of the package price (a $340 value; additional pairs of the FPT-AG01U glasses cost $170 each), and the IR emitter that syncs the 3D glasses with the TV is built into the front panel. The 55WX800U doesn’t support 2D-to-3D conversion, a feature that’s offered on some competing models.Beyond its 3D capabilities, the 55WX800U employs an edge-lit LED design. As opposed to a full array of LEDs positioned behind the screen, this TV’s LEDs are positioned around the screen’s outer rim, and light is directed inward. Toshiba’s ClearFrame 240 and Film Stabilization technologies are available to reduce motion blur and film judder, respectively, and the TV features the NET TV Web platform, with access to Netflix, VUDU, Pandora, YouTube, and Yahoo! Widgets (with Blockbuster VOD coming soon). You can connect to a home network via wired Ethernet or integrated 802.11n, and the TV also supports media streaming from DLNA-compatible devices on your network. The 55WX800U has EnergyStar 4.0 certification and an MSRP of $3,299.99.


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