Not so long ago we were pretty much blown away by Toshiba’s 42WLT66: a 42in LCD TV that met the current fascination with ‘full HD’ 1,920 x 1,080 panels at a groundbreakingly low price point. And now Tosh is at it again, adding a whole five inches to the 42WLT66’s screen size to make the 47WLT66, but only adding a relatively paltry £100 to the asking price. So is the 47WLT66 one of the finest big-screen bargains in town, or what?
It has to be said that its lowly price does seem somewhat reflected in its build quality. The screen bezel feels plasticky, and the dark grey colour scheme is rather drab when compared to pretty much any other large-screen flat TV we can think of. At least the screen frame is unusually slender, making it ideal for folk not wanting their TV to eat up any more space than is absolutely necessary.
Connectivity is dominated by twin HDMI inputs, supported on the HD video front by a set of component jacks. Such satisfactory HD provision is, of course, no more than we’d expect from a full HD screen.
The 47WLT66 also sports a D-Sub PC input, a couple of Scarts, a composite video input, and a CI slot where you can add digital TV subscription cards. It doesn’t take Einstein to work out from this slot that the 47WLT66 sports a built-in digital TV tuner.
The only serious connection disappointment is that there’s no four-pin S-Video input. But if you’re desperate to get an S-Video feed in there, you can always use one of the Scarts.
A more minor but still noteworthy omission is a digital audio output, meaning you can’t pipe out any Dolby Digital audio streams that Freeview might broadcast to a suitable AV receiver. The digital tuner is at least supported, though, by handling of the Freeview 7-day electronic programme guide, right down to the facility to set timer recordings simply by selecting programmes from the EPG listings.