It’s April, which means that it’s time for Toshiba’s annual UK product launch event. Just like last year, Toshiba took over the beautiful Down Hall Country House Hotel in Hertfordshire and filled it with its latest and greatest consumer electronics toys.
Using multiple rooms at the hotel, Toshiba created various zones that addressed different sectors of its product range. I’ll start with the latest generation of High Definition televisions, mainly because I’m actually in the market for one of these myself – so you’ll have to indulge me.
When I attended this event last year I was disappointed to find that Toshiba wasn’t producing any Full HD 1080 televisions, but this time around I was far happier. At the top end of Toshiba’s LCD TV range you’ll find the 47WLT66 and the 42WLT66 – as the names suggest these are 47in and 42in sets respectively.
Both these televisions sport 1920 x 1080 panels, allowing Full HD footage to be displayed. Although a 1,366 x 768 panel can accept a 1080i signal, it will downscale it in order to display a picture. But, a TV with a Full HD 1920 x 1080 panel will take a 1080i signal and de-interlace it, essentially producing a 1080p image.
Both TVs will have twin HDCP compliant HDMI ports, allowing you to connect both your Sky HD box and your HD-DVD player or Sony PS3 when either arrives. Of course there’s still component video for your Xbox 360 and two SCART sockets on offer. There’s also an integrated digital Freeview tuner.
Toshiba has developed a new 3D colour management system for its latest generation of HD screens. This gives unprecedented control over RGB channels, as well as hue and saturation and should allow you to create a perfect viewing experience, no matter what the source. If there’s one let down, it’s the fact that there aren’t profile options – ideally it would be nice to configure different colour profiles for different sources and switch between them at the touch of a button.