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Elsewhere, the traditional strengths of Tosh’s Active Vision system are bountifully apparent in the image’s phenomenally sharp portrayal of high definition footage. The levels of fine detail response and edge-sharpness are at times truly startling, meaning bright, clean HD sources look almost three-dimensional at times.
Considering how much processing is going on at any given moment, we really have to applaud Toshiba for how outstandingly noiseless its HD images look. There’s no general trouble with grain or dot crawl, and of 100Hz processing artefacts we discovered not a single trace.
Other general strengths of the picture include phenomenally vibrant colours that are also predominantly natural in tone during HD viewing, an unusually well-pitched white balance, and higher than usual levels of shadow detail in dark backgrounds.
Sadly, though, the 37WLT68 also portrays just enough niggles to stop us being able to give it an unreserved recommendation. The most troublesome issue is the way the set greys over parts of the picture that should look black rather more than we’re becoming accustomed to now that so many rival brands are getting to grips with this traditional flaw of LCD technology.
But we also felt that the TV is a little unhappy with some standard definition feeds, which can occasionally look a little unfocussed and slip off-message with colour tones. Plus it can exaggerate MPEG decoding noise in the picture, especially if you don’t substantially rein in the contrast and brightness settings.
The Toshiba’s sound, meanwhile, is best summed up as ‘perfectly decent’, in that it doesn’t do anything truly special but does at least have enough power, bass and clarity to immerse you in a typical action movie.
There’s no doubt that Toshiba’s M100 is another welcome attempt to counter a traditional LCD weakness. But now that Toshiba’s cracked that one, we can’t help but think it needs to turn its attention to the black level one too…
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