Toshiba 2006 Product Launch

Amidst the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside, Toshiba showed off it's latest high-tech goodies.

Although I would always hope that someone buying a large High Definition TV would have a proper surround sound system, that’s not always the case. There are a great many consumers out there who just use the integrated speakers in the television. However, the quest for ever more sleek and thin TVs has made it hard for manufacturers to achieve decent sound quality from integrated speakers. Toshiba’s answer to this problem is the SW1000 subwoofer. This long, flat sub works in conjunction with the integrated speakers in the TV and injects the low frequency into the mix – something that’s often missing from TV speakers. The sub can even be mounted to the rear of the TV so it can’t be seen, although the TV can not then be wall mounted.

I’ve been holding off buying a new TV for some time because I’ve been waiting for a good and affordable 1080 screen, but if what I saw yesterday is anything to go by, that wait could be over. Projected pricing looks like the 47in model will hit the street at around £3,200, which is very competitive considering the size. But it’s the 42in that looks like an absolute bargain, with an estimated street price of under £2,000, it could prove to be a real winner for Toshiba. Both sets will be available at the end of April, and I will hopefully have a review sample of the 42in screen before that, so check back for the full low down.

If 42in is a bit too big for you, Toshiba also has 32in and 37in models in the WLT66 range, but these don’t offer a Full HD 1080 panel. Both the smaller TVs use the more common 1,366 x 768 resolution, which means that you’re limited to 720p content. Of course 720p is still light years ahead of the standard definition 576i resolution that most consumers are suffering with.

The smaller screens share much of the same feature set as the larger ones, including two HDMI ports, component video input and twin SCART sockets.

Toshiba also mentioned that there will be a WLT68 launched later in the year. This will top the WLT66 range mentioned here and will sport three HDMI ports and incorporate 100Hz image processing. There was a 32in sample on show, but it wasn’t functional. Hopefully we’ll get our paws on one of these as soon as they break cover.

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