What is the Toshiba L6453?
Who is it for?
How does it look?
How do I connect to it?
For your older video equipment, there are Scart and Component inputs but you might want to consider upgrading if that’s all they have. The L64 is a high definition TV, after all, and whilst component can carry HD, it’s rapidly becoming an outmoded format. There are two means of getting sound out of the TV – besides the speakers – with a headphone jack and digital optical connection which, again, you would consider for a soundbar or AV Receiver without an HDMI connection.
Is it easy to use and control?
Smart TV features
Does it have good speakers built-in?
As we can see in the chart below left, there was a fairly obvious excess of green in the greyscale of the untouched Hollywood Picture modes but they were still the most accurate out-of-the box options. Be warned, the Hollywood Day mode is incredibly bright by default, however, so you’re best starting with Hollywood Night and gradually cranking up the Backlight control, if you need more luminance. You will also want to ensure that the Active Backlight Control feature is disabled, else all shadow detail is crushed out of existence.
The graphs, below right, show that the L6453 was hitting most of the marks of the HD Rec 709 colour targets. The only real issue we have is with the luminance of the blue primary at full saturation levels and we certainly weren’t relishing the prospect of tackling Toshiba’s notoriously erratic colour management system.
As we alluded to above, Toshiba’s calibration controls, though plentiful, aren’t the best. So, it was fortunate we were able to get things ship shape using the reliable 2 point White Balance controls, together with some of the more basic front panel options. Greyscale tracking was then far better, with errors well in the tolerable areas, and we also managed to rescue the shadow detail from the clutches of the dimming system. Fortunately, we didn’t even have to touch the ‘ColourMaster’ controls to get a near reference gamut performance as everything slotted in to place following the greyscale calibration. It’s nice when that happens!
Toshiba L6453 Picture Quality
We also took the time to check out some (lots) of sport and the motion handling was reasonably convincing and screen uniformity on panning shots better than average for an LED LCD TV. There are no special motion processing technologies on board the L6453 but it does handle film material correctly, in both standard and high definition form.
The colour accuracy of the L6453 is a major factor in its ability to provide pleasing pictures and even prior to detailed adjustments, it scored well there. Black levels were acceptable for bright(ish) living room conditions where an effective filter gives the impression they are deeper than is the reality. A measured contrast ratio of around 750:1 is far from an impressive figure but room conditions often play a far more significant part than the raw numbers.
What’s not so good?
Toshiba 47L6453D Video Review
Is the L6453 good for video games?
- Really accurate colours
- Very low lag for gamers
- Decent Smart TV features
- Holds up well in bright rooms
- Good price
- Weak blacks
- Some clouding
- Poor dimming system
Toshiba 47L6453D (L6453) TV Review
We’re not going to make up your mind for you but with the 47L6453 currently available to buy for below £580, it’s definitely one to consider in the price bracket. The L6453 provides good pictures, a stylish design and a decent suite of features, for your money, and certainly doesn’t get very much wrong. The Achilles Heel of this particular TV is its mediocre black levels, which means it’s not one suited for low room-light viewing, but it stands up well otherwise.
What else could I consider?
There are plenty of other TVs in this section of the market, although there’s no denying the Toshiba is priced very competitively. You might want to take a look at the 48-inch Panasonic AS640 which has a really good picture and slightly better Smart TV features than the Toshiba. Similarly the Samsung H6400 comes in a 48-inch screen option and boasts an incredible range of features, with pictures to match. Both cost a little bit more than the L6453, however, so you’ll need to balance out your requirements against what you’re prepared to pay.
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