We've closely followed the changing faces of Toshiba's WLT range of LCDs with reviews of the 32WLT58, 32WLT66 and now the latest 32WLT68 model. The good news is that with each new range the specification and performance keeps improving.
This is the first LCD screen to feature no less than three HDMI inputs, giving high-definition sources more options than ever -- although conventional users will have to cope with only a single RGB Scart.
Advanced processing technology and 100Hz scanning produce high-quality images with sharp definition, depth-defining contrast and cohesive movement, even with standard-definition sources -- and the sound is impressive, too.
Toshiba has moved away from earlier understated designs and gone glossy. The screen is framed by a heavily lacquered surround, supported by a stylish brushed-silver trim beneath. The dark finish enhances edge-of-screen contrast, while giving the screen a classy appearance.
The dimensions are deeper and heavier than previous models, which may deter wall-mounting options. Most people will prefer to use the attractive, concave stand that can be swivelled for more flexible positioning.
Toshiba has consistently led the way in LCD connectivity, and this is the first screen to feature three HDMI digital inputs. This means that high-definition enthusiasts can connect up to four (if you include component adaptors) HD sources at the same time without having to switch cables. With the head count of high-definition sources rising -- HDTV receivers, games consoles, HD and upscaling DVD players -- this offers intelligent future-proof progression and you can expect rival manufacturers to follow suit.
One of the HDMI inputs is positioned at the side with a set of more basic AV connections, allowing easy access for short-term devices. The other two are arranged on the underside of the rear panel, which makes them difficult to reach. There are also component inputs and two Scart terminals, although only one is RGB enabled for uncompromised performance.
PC or media centre owners can connect to the screen using a standard D-Sub terminal, but there's no dedicated PC audio input. There are, however, standard stereo connections, an optical audio output and even a specialist subwoofer output designed for Toshiba's SW1000 (£149), which can be attached to the rear.
The screen's outstanding digital connectivity means there are no prizes for guessing this is a high-definition ready LCD. The native 1,366x768-pixel resolution will display both 720p and 1080i formats, which will be used for vast majority of HD content, despite the arrival of the latest 1080p format.
There are also integrated analogue and digital Freeview tuners with a CI card slot at the rear if you want to subscribe to additional channels from TopUp TV. Freeview channels are also accompanied by a well-presented seven-day electronic programme guide (EPG) and some useful information menus.
Toshiba's latest Active Vision processing system is supported by several new technologies aimed at improving typical LCD image constraints. The 100Hz scanning system creates a smoother image by scanning incoming signals twice as many times as standard 50Hz designs. Backlight Control improves depth and contrast by analysing image brightness and adjusting the backlight accordingly to enhance black levels, especially in dark scenes. Noise levels from Freeview broadcasts are reduced using an Integrated Signal Amplifier and 10-bit processing to clean digital images.