Toshiba unveils three-strong range of Ultra HD 4K LED TVs

Toshiba M9 Series

Toshiba has taken the wraps off its three-strong range of Ultra HD 4K TVs here at IFA 2013, and they'll be in the shops later this month.

The Toshiba L9/M9 range comprises of three screen sizes: 58in, 65in and 85in, selling for £3000, £5500 and £14,000 respectively. We suspect that last one will be the reserve of Russian billionaires and Premiership footballers.

They are all LED-backlit screens with Toshiba's own CEVO 4K engine (first seen on last year's Toshiba 55ZL2 glasses-free 3D TV), smart TV functionality and have HDMI 1.4 connectivity as standard. A spokesman for Toshiba says the company is working on a firmware upgrade for the new HDMI 2.0 standard (we're hearing that a lot here in Berlin).

Interestingly, Toshiba also had a smaller prototype 50in Ultra HD screen on show at IFA, which the firm says it is 'evaluating', particularly for the UK market. We reckon a 4K TV at that size could be popular.

Also on show in Berlin is Toshiba's compact BDX6400KE 4K upscaling, 3D Blu-ray player with Miracast, and the new L5 slim LED 100Hz TV range in 40, 50 and 58in screen sizes. Sadly neither the BD player nor the L5 TVs are coming to the UK.

Hopefully we will be getting the company's new range of soundbars, from the compact, 60W Toshiba Mini 3D Soundbar II (for use with smartphones, tablets and PCs) with Bluetooth and '3D Sound', to the full-size SB3950 E1 (40W) and SB3950 M1 (150W) models with DTS TruSurround, optical input and 3.5mm jack.

By Andy Clough

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Andy Clough

Andy is Global Brand Director of What Hi-Fi? and has been a technology journalist for 30 years. During that time he has covered everything from VHS and Betamax, MiniDisc and DCC to CDi, Laserdisc and 3D TV, and any number of other formats that have come and gone. He loves nothing better than a good old format war. Andy edited several hi-fi and home cinema magazines before relaunching in 2008 and helping turn it into the global success it is today. When not listening to music or watching TV, he spends far too much of his time reading about cars he can't afford to buy.