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Summary

Our Score

9/10

User Score

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Even if you haven’t managed to get a Sky HD install yet, it’s worth hooking up a decent upscaling DVD player to this screen – you won’t be disappointed with the results. Considering that you can pick up Toshiba’s latest upscaling DVD player (the SD360E) for under £60, it won’t be hard to breath a new lease of life into your DVD collection before you start forking out for HD DVD or Blu-ray discs to replace them!

Even the sound from the integrated speakers is pretty good, but if you really do want the best possible audio experience without resorting to an external amp and speakers, Toshiba has the answer. For around £120 you can buy an external subwoofer to complement the 42WLT66 which adds a lot more bass response to the soundstage. Toshiba has even designed the sub so that it can be mounted on the rear of the TV using the VESA mount, making it completely invisible, assuming you don’t go down the wall mounting route.



Putting everything else to one side, I can honestly say that the most amazing thing about the 42WLT66 is the price. After a little digging around the web, I’ve managed to find this TV on sale for under £1,500. Considering that just over a year ago you’d be spending over £5,000 on a 1080 LCD TV, Toshiba has done incredibly well to bring 42WLT66 in at such a bargain price. Basically, what you’ve got here is a 42in 1,920 x 1,080 HDTV for the price of a 1,366 x 768 model, and that can’t be bad.

Verdict

The Toshiba 42WLT66 isn’t without its faults, with the cheap and nasty remote control and unbelievably sluggish EPG being the main culprits. But when you consider the price, the connection options and the fact that you’re getting a full HD 1,920 x 1,080 panel, those faults seem very insignificant.

If you’ve been saving up for a TV to make the most of your Xbox 360 and Sky HD box, you’ll be hard pushed to find a set that gives you more bang for the buck than this one.

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