Written on: 26/02/2002 by Will.
32" widescreen but only the same size as most 28" TV's,
built in Dolby 5.1, 3 scarts, 100HZ
Only 1 of the scarts is RGB
Having tried a couple of cheaper 28" Philips models and found problems with both, I decided to bite the bullet and spend more money on this Toshiba 32ZP18 television set. My original intention had been to get a fairly basic 28" TV as my lounge is not big and a seperate surround sound package at a later date. However, this Toshiba had caught my eye as the picture frame TV surround means that it is actually about the same size as most 28" models. The built in Dolby 5.1 was just an added bonus. Having spoken to various people I couldn't find anyone with a bad word to say about it and most thought it was one of the best TV's on the market. I shopped around and eventually got it for about £1250.
The picture is superb with the most impressive colour depth and richness. It naturally suffers with the motion problems of live fast moving broadcasts of all 100HZ TV's but not to spoil any enjoyment. The picture actually shows up poor reception even with Sky Digital and the image can become a little blocky. However this is not a fault of the TV, but worth pointing out for those who have bad quality reception. DVD is where the TV shows off to the full, with pretty much faultless picture reproduction. In fact you can even notice the difference in DVD quality the picture is so good!
Sound is more than capable but not breathtaking. A seperate package would always be preferable but at least having it built in you get good sound with all TV programs and not just DVD.
Overall it might seem a lot of money, but just look at what you get. It's an attractive looking set with great picture and 5.1 sound. Toshiba have really set a standard for the competition. Quite superb.