Buoyed by the tie-up deal with Microsoft earlier this week, Toshiba has turned its attention to the screen you'll be watching its Microsoft-controlled HD DVD discs by launching its High Definition ready ‘WL56' LCD TV collection with three large screen models. They measure 27, 32 and 37-inches. Each model carries the HD ready logo offering exceptional picture quality thanks to HDMI connectivity (with HDCP) and Toshiba's unique Active Vision LCD picture processing technology. It uses a fast, high powered processor to deliver crystal clear picture performance, improving detail, colour, movement and contrast.

The AV LCD claims to improve detail by increasing the pixel count of the screen by three times that of a conventional LCD TV. Smoother colour reproduction is gained by utilising a complicated pixel illumination sequence allowing 1024 tones of colour to be reproduced compared to the standard 256. Movement is improved thanks to real speed progressive, Toshiba's new digital image processing technology and deeper contrast is achieved by utilising a dynamic contrast enhancer.

Sound quality is also enriched on each of these models thanks to the SRS WOW audio output through the NICAM stereo speakers which have an audio output of up to 20W RMS. All models offer simple connection to other home entertainment equipment thanks to a HDMI socket, two SCART sockets (1 x RGB), Component (via PC 15 pin D-sub), S-VHS and composite video compatible inputs, RGB/PC compatible input, L/R audio in & out and a sub-woofer out for maximum versatility in the home.

These large-screen TVs will be joined by four additional small screen LCD TVs later this year, which will include new 15-inch (15VL56), 17-inch (17WL56), 20-inch (20WL56) and 23-inch (23WL56) models. So, it's good to see Toshiba thinking about the whole kit, but it depends whether questions about the lifespan of LCD TVs can be put to rest for good, or whether we'll be back here in five years comparing LCDs to the next standard.

For further information consumers should contact Toshiba on 08704 424 424 or visit the website www.toshiba.co.uk