Next on the list of significant 47WLT66 features is its Active Vision LCD image processing. This has worked wonders on the picture quality of various previous Toshiba TVs with its focus on boosting fine detailing, colour saturations/tones, motion handling and contrast. So we’d be surprised if it let the side down here.
Other bits and bobs contained in the 47WLT66’s rather old-fashioned onscreen menus include backlight level adjustment; both MPEG and 3D noise reduction systems; a 3D Colour Management option that apparently tweaks the TV’s colour settings to make them better suited to PC sources; and the facility to manipulate – independently – the red, green, blue, yellow, magenta and cyan fundamentals of the colour palette.
Starting to test the 47WLT66 immediately throws up a little disappointment, though, as our resident 1080p sources (an upscaling Marantz DVD deck and Xbox 360 console) both fail to appear on the 47WLT66’s screen. In other words, despite its full HD resolution, it’s not compatible with the latest ‘HD format du jour’.
It will, however, take 720p and 1080i HD sources, with the 1080i ones clearly being of most interest to us because of their affinity with the panel’s native resolution. So we set our DVD deck, Sky HD receiver and Xbox 360 to 1080i, and started again…
When you’re looking for benefits of a full HD resolution, you’re predominantly keeping an eye out for three things: more detail and sharpness; less video noise thanks to the fact that the TV isn’t having to ‘rescale’ a 1080i source to fit a different resolution screen; and more subtle colour delineations. And we’re pleased to say that to some extent the 47WLT66 delivers on all of these full HD bonuses.
We’ve perhaps seen one or two full HD rivals, such as Sony’s 46X2000 or Pioneer’s PDP-5000EX, look even more detailed, especially in their colour blends, but there’s no denying that the 47WLT66 does deliver a sense of the ‘full HD difference’.