Standard definition DVD footage didn’t faze this Toshiba either. I fired up Hero, with its characters’ rich and vivid primary colours thrown into a world of washed out greys and browns. The scene where Nameless and Flying Snow are repelling thousands of arrows not only highlighted the 32WLT68’s superb handing of contrasting colours, but also showed that Active Vision M100 could work its magic just as effectively on SD content. The 32WLT68 also gave a good account of itself when watching the integrated tuners – amazingly, even the analogue one.
Despite the very slim and discreet speaker bar below the screen, Toshiba has applied some impressive technology to the audio department, There is an Onkyo speaker system hiding behind that grille, while SRS WoW technology has been employed to create a larger sound stage. I was actually surprised by how loud and full the sound from this TV was, even without using an external subwoofer. However, even though there is admirable bass and both loud and subtle effects are handled well, I did feel that the dialogue was lost in the mix sometimes. It felt almost like running a 5.1-channel system with the centre speaker disconnected.
But even that slightly odd audio issue and the disappointing remote can’t hide the fact that this is a very fine TV. It feels like Toshiba has stepped up a notch with the WLT68 range, clearly differentiating it from the cheaper models below. And with a street price of under £900, you’re getting impressive value for money.
The Toshiba 32WLT68 is a great 32in LCD TV offering features that many larger and more expensive screens can’t match. Yes, you can buy 37in model like the Acer AT3720 for less money, but in this case you really do get what you pay for. The connection options are amazing, while the styling is a cut above any of Toshiba’s other ranges. Ultimately, if you’re looking for a high quality 32in HDTV, the 32WLT68 should definitely be on your short list.
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