updated 09:55 am EDT, Wed September 15, 2010
Toshiba WX800 brings 3D, 7m to 1 contrast
Toshiba exported its new 3D TVs to the US today to keep its Regza line on par with rivals. Its WX800 series becomes its new flagship and is its first North American 3D set; it doesn't include the active shutter glasses but gives the option for those using the BDX3000 Blu-ray player or another 3D source. Regardless of the display mode, the sets have some of Toshiba's best image quality with a 240Hz, LED-backlit LCD that produces a high 7,000,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio.
An 802.11n Wi-Fi link is built-in and gives the set access to many features built-in, such as Netflix and Vudu movies as well as Flickr photos, Pandora radio, YouTube videos and social network updates from Facebook or Twitter. Four HDMI inputs and one each of component and VGA make up its primary links, though it has DLNA media sharing and slots for SDHC cards and USB devices.
The WX800 models come in 46-inch and 55-inch varieties and are shipping today for $2,600 and $3,300 respectively.
Those still grounded in 2D can use the VX700. While it drops to a 120Hz conventional LCD, it still produces a 5,000,000:1 dynamic contrast and supports the same Internet and physical expansion features as the costlier sets. The VX700 line comes in the same sizes and starts at $2,300 for the 46-inch screen and $2,800 for a 55-inch set.