Next I took a look at the third film in the new Star Wars saga – Revenge of the Sith – but this time I fed a non-interlaced signal from my venerable Sony DVP-NS700V player through the MT700’s S-Video connection to see the difference. It wasn’t as crisp and clear, but with the help of the Faroudja deinterlacing processor the picture was still remarkably good. Detail is impressive (all things considered), colours natural and there were virtually no ‘jaggies’ or other artefacts that can result from the rebuilding of an interlaced signal into a true progressive one.
Finally, just for the hell of it, to see how the MT700’s Faroudja processor would handle truly rotten source material, I plugged my Sky box in using the composite connection and watched the England vs Wales Six Nations match at Twickenham. While the result was a lot less life-like than that produced with both the DVD players, it does a wonderful job of turning the highly compressed, low bandwidth video signal into something that’s actually watchable on a 60in+ screen.
In fact the only thing I could really fault about this machine was its relative lack of brightness. It’s rated at just 1000 ANSI lumens which means that if you want to watch movies during the day you’re going to have to draw the curtains and dim the lights. But then I suspect that anyone serious about their home cinema will have heavy curtains in their home cinema room and at this price (just £1,403 inc VAT) beggars really can’t be choosers.
The Toshiba MT700 is a wonderful projector for watching movies on. If you couple it with a high definition source, it’s capable of incredible detail. Colours are naturally and realistically reproduced too and even if you feed it the worst source material imaginable it still comes up smelling of roses.
Brightness isn’t the greatest, but come on… now that the price has dropped from £2,500 to just £1,403 including VAT online, you should have enough cash left over to buy yourself a decent set of curtains.