The WLT68 range may not sport full HD panels, but it does showcase Toshiba’s new Active Vision M100 image processing engine. Active Vision M100 aims to eliminate that all too common LCD issue, motion smearing. By interleaving composite frames in between each frame of the source video, Toshiba has created a pseudo 100Hz image. So rather than moving from frame A to frame B, the 32WLT68 goes from frame A to frame AB to frame B and so on. With twice as many frames being shown per second, both fast action and slow pans should look smooth and clear.
But the clever stuff doesn’t end there. The 32WLT68 also features dynamic backlight control, so the intensity of the backlight is constantly adjusted to suit the currently displayed content. But my favourite feature has to be Toshiba Stable Sound, which keeps your audio at a constant level, and circumvents the broadcasters’ attempts to audibly shock you into noticing the adverts when they come on.
Of course the big question is whether Active Vision M100 actually works, and thankfully the answer is yes. I paid close attention to the amount of motion blur and smearing, or more accurately, the lack of motion blur and smearing. Watching a Premiership match in HD provided smooth, clear movement, with nothing to distract from the beautiful game. Slow panning movements didn’t seem to phase the 32WLT68 either, even in scenes of high contrast.
In fact, feeding this TV a diet of high quality HD footage produced some stunning pictures. Sky was kind enough to broadcast Serenity in HD while I was reviewing this TV and it looked stunning. The space battle just before the climax was crystal clear, despite there being an incalculable amount of movement, panning and spiralling going on. While River’s hand to hand combat with the reavers never looked so good, despite the very dark and gloomy setting. Talking of dark and gloomy settings, the black levels are very good on the 32WLT68, but I did notice a distinct loss of detail in dark areas when I first setup the screen. However, after a small amount of tinkering in the menus, I managed to bring out the detail in dark areas without turning all the blacks grey.
HD gaming also shone on this TV. Gears of War looked suitably dark, gloomy and desperate, but when the action kicked off, the 32WLT68 didn’t miss a beat. I played Gears all the way through over a weekend while I was reviewing it, and the 32WLT68 performed admirably, showing off the superb lighting effects and making sure that no detail was lost in the shadows – I wouldn’t have wanted to miss any Cog Tags after all!