Toshiba's "entry-level" 4K: the L8400

The L8400 is Toshiba's "entry-level" 4K series and includes color enhancements and an upscaling engine but sadly no local dimming.

Ty Pendlebury
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Ty Pendlebury is a journalism graduate of RMIT Melbourne, and has worked at CNET since 2006. He lives in New York City where he writes about streaming and home audio.


How comfortable are you sitting an arm’s length away from your TV? It might be fine if you only have a 20-something inch, but Toshiba and other companies would love to sell you a 50-inch television in its place. Welcome to the world of 4K.

The L8400 is Toshiba's "entry-level" 4K series and comes in two screen sizes: 55-inch and 58-inch.

Toshiba’s 4K range features a proprietary technology it calls CQ 4K which comes with a number of picture enhancements including upscaling and detail enhancement. The L8400 also support 4K-specific standards such as HDMI 2.0 (full resolution at 60fps), HDCP 2.2 and HEVC decoding.

In a bid to improve the problem of terrible onboard sound, Toshiba has introduced a new folded speaker system which should produce more bass than most TV sets. Voice control is also built-in.

The L8400 includes the Smart TV Cloud Portal which includes a new "Flip Bar" and 3D animations.

The L8400 will be available in June/July 2014 with pricing to be announced.

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