Toshiba 26WLT66 - poor skin tones

Robin Mason

Standard Member
I've just bought a 26 inch WLT66 and fear I've made a mistake.

The Freeview picture is certainly very sharp and colours are excellent (including blacks) but skin tones look like they've been smudged or blurred. The sharpness of higher contrast edges makes this effect even worse.

Has anyone managed to adjust the picture settings to reduce the waxy appearance of faces? I've tried lots of settings and nothing seems to make much difference.

Is the effect less with HD? (Waiting for SkyHD).

At the moment I have backlight at 60, contrast 60, brightness 50, colour 35, sharpness +10.

Another problem is the very narrow viewing angle - sitting directly in front of the TV is fine, but move as little as 45 degrees off-centre and the picture becomes badly washed-out, as if the brightness was up to 100.

There are other limitations I hadn't realised - like the lack of user-defined picture settings, particularly the lack of dedicated settings for each input. I can live with one RGB scart, and the sound is just about adequate.

I suppose the TV is comparatively cheap and you get what you pay for. Wish I'd spent more and got the 26 inch Panasonic 600.
 
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lewin1990

Guest
Just bought the tosh 26wlt66 from comet and already I'm having trouble.
Plugged it in and turned it on. It trys to autotune but i don't have an ariel!
I've plugged my sky boy in through scart one and my xbox 360 through component.

My sky looks awful and the xbox has no sound!

Does anyone know how to manually tune the tv in?

I've read the manual but all the pictures are different to what the actual tv has!

Thanks in advance
 

pateja

Standard Member
Guys, how are you getting on with the WLT66

I was going to buy this tomorrow but will only be using it for Sky.

I am a little concerned now, In Comet I was told that the blockiness is because they have a bad aerial (anything for a sale !)

Perhaps I should go for the Sony, or bite the bullet and go for the Panny 500
 

andrewfee

Well-known Member
The Freeview picture is certainly very sharp and colours are excellent (including blacks) but skin tones look like they've been smudged or blurred. The sharpness of higher contrast edges makes this effect even worse.

Has anyone managed to adjust the picture settings to reduce the waxy appearance of faces? I've tried lots of settings and nothing seems to make much difference.
Make sure you've got any noise reduction disabled (DNR/MPEG NR if the set has it) and turn down sharpness as low as it can go.

Noise reduction blurs the image, and sharpness exaggerates the contrast at the edges of objects.

EDIT: Oh, and leave contrast at 100 - use backlight to adjust how bright the image is overall, not contrast.
 

gazza73

Active Member
Just got the tosh for the bedroom and have to say the picture is fantastic.

Only watched freeview and normal tele but very little between the two in quality. After reading other comments about this set (and others) there seems to be so much differing of opinion. Maybe people should look at the quality of their source (ariel or dish). I have a expensive high gain digital approved ariel and quality cable and possibly this could be part of some peoples problems?

£500 from comet is a steal for such and excellent tv......... Can't wait to set up the Xbox360.:thumbsup:
 

petermg

Standard Member
You bought it from comet??

Why not go to JL and get a 5 year warranty and get them to price match it?

Thats what I did :D
 

pateja

Standard Member
Guys,

Have any of you linked this to a Sky box,

I am considering for the bedroom and only have a Sky source via multiroom

Would be interested to know what its like

Thanks,

Jay
 

Robin Mason

Standard Member
Perhaps it's just getting used to an LCD screen or maybe it's many hours of fiddling with the picture settings but the PQ seems better after a week of viewing.

I think I've finally settled on the following:
Backlight 75
Contrast 100
Brightness 50
Colour 42
Tint 0
Sharpness +15
Black stretch off
MPEG / noise reduction off

The internal Freeview picture can be startlingly good - Torchwood in particular is remarkably sharp and clear. Very natural and life-like. Poor broadcasts look quite... poor.

DVDs are upscaled internally by the TV(?) and are excellent in general.

The screen exposes any faults in the broadcasts - but I suppose that's all part of the otherwise excellent PQ.

Other TVs in the house (CRT) look blurred and drab in comparison.

The issue of the poor viewing angle remains - it doesn't matter for a small audience as we sit pretty much right in front of the TV, but others who have to view from a wide angle get an over-bright, washed-out picture.

Overall I'm pleased now - though a comment I read elsewhere about always getting a screen size up from the one you thought you wanted is probably true. If I was buying again I'd get the 32 inch. Especially after the post-Xmas price reductions.

Shy HD comes on Friday. The picture can be so good on Freeview that I wonder if HD can be worth it ;)
 

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