Toshiba - REGZA 42" 1080p Flat-Panel LCD HDTV
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16:9 widescreen aspect ratio with TheaterWide modes delivers a cinema-style entertainment experience
PixelPure 4G digital video processing produces clearer, deeper and more accurate pictures with video processing and 4,096 levels of color
CineSpeed panel and fast 8 ms response time for improved image quality in fast-action shots
ColorMaster color control and color temperature controls allows you to adjust color purity and saturation
DynaLight improves brightness for stunning picture clarity
SoundStrip stereo speakers with Dolby Digital support for enhanced sound
StableSound auto volume leveler prevents volume fluctuations and is ideal for night viewing
Progressive scanning maximizes the picture quality of progressive-scan DVD players, set-top boxes and digital video recorders
4 HDMI inputs provide an uncompressed all-digital audio/video link for the highest-quality connection and they support copy-protected HD broadcast content; REGZA LINK connectivity through HDMI-CEC inputs
Inputs: 2 audio (1 front, 1 side), 2 composite video (1 side, 1 rear), 2 component video (rear), 1 S-video (rear), 4 HDMI (1 side 3 rear), 1 PC (rear)
Outputs: 1 optical digital audio, 1 fixed analog audio
V-Chip parental controls keep children from being exposed to undesirable material
IR pass-through allows components to be hidden away
Other convenience features include sleep timer, input labeling, picture freeze and gaming mode
What's in the box: 42" LCD HDTV, stand and 4-item universal remote
- Height29.8 inches
- Width44.4 inches
- Depth10 inches
- TV TypeLCD Flat-Panel
- Screen Size Class42"
- Screen Refresh Rate60Hz
- USB PortNo
- ENERGY STAR QualifiedNo
- Front A/V InputsYes
Rating 4.5 out of 5 stars with 66 reviews(66 Reviews)
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
First Time LCD OwnerPosted .
This LCD TV rocks, with capital letters; it is the best upgrade so far. Its 42 inch size screen does not create a problem when finding a place to install. To make the installation less stressful, it has the option to be mounted on the wall. AMazing!!!! The screen can be used for anything imaginable, well not everything, but enough to be recommendable. It can be connected to a computer and make the desktop appear on a big screen. Videos saved on hard drive are played on LCD with the single connection which in most cases is the gray wire with blue ends. Do not forget about the sound, settings let the user control bass, treble and surround. Along with these settings is the ability to view movies using different aspect ratios: widescreen, cinema and fullscreen. For those Spanish speakers, SAP is available on this TV. HDMI is the highest definition signal this LCD can handle. The latest technology in high definition is incredible. Not only is the picture clear and noise free, it makes playback perfect for the eye. To make this a complete package, I would add a memory card reader built in the LCD Receiver. It is not a problem because there is aPC connection available and the PC is capable of handling memory cards utilized in cameras. Overall, the LCD has not been dissapointing and I definitively give it a 5 star.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
WOW! 4.5 stars out of 5Posted .
This tv would have got 5 stars if not for the speaker sound...see later in my review. I purchased this unit on an exchange for a Samsung 720p LCD unit which was a major disappointment. I'll tell you the Toshiba was not my first choice. After the Samsung, I had decided on either the LG LCD or the Panasonic Plasma. Both were 720p sets. Now I know Toshiba. I sold Toshiba back in the early to late 90's and had Toshiba sets in my home years ago. Toshiba isn't well know for it's flat panel TV's. The brand doesn't have the market share like Samsung, LG or Panasonic. Well for the same price as the 720P Sammy or LG, I got this Regza. The Toshiba rep was in the store while I was there. They only had the 46" model on display, this is such a new model the 42" was not on display. I carefully inspected the display model. Picture quality, features, appearance and build of the cabinet impressed me. So I took the Regza 42" home. The packing box is smaller on this 42" than the one for the 40" Samsung I returned. The mounting of the TV to the base is metal versus plastic for the Samsung. It felt sturdy and durable. The tv is light, but feels well built. 4 HDMI imputs, 2 component inputs, S-video and composite imputs, VGA input (1920x1080 capable) Plus digital and analog audio inputs and outputs. This tv is not lacking in connectivity. It also has a IR passthrough option so you can have the IR sensor in the tv pass signals to components that are hidden in a rack or cabinet. Nice thoughful feature. Out of the box the picture seemed overly bright. I adjusted the contrast, backlight and brightness using calibration screens (included on many THX DVD's). I also turned off the digital and mpeg noise reduction options. Once properly setup the picture is amazing. HD material has an almost 3D quality to it. SD and analog material is so-so. The high resolution of this tv emphasises flaws in lower quality video. The only flaw is the speaker sound quality. It's adequate at best. So look into this set...don't let the low price fool you. After all with Best Buy you have 30 days to try it out. I'm keeping this one.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Great For The MoneyPosted .
This was my first HD TV purchase. Before I dropped a grand+ on a TV, I did extensive homework...from resolution and size to filters and contrast and more, I covered everything. I recommend others doing the same. Google is a powerful tool. I found that most considered Toshiba as the best LCD HDTV manufacturer. What threw me off was the fact that this model is a 2008 model and that most of the specs weren't the same as earlier models...no contrast ratio or brightness, but incorporates PixelPure, CineSpeed, ColorMaster and DynaLight. I had to Google all these to see exactly what they do. Now, I have to say that the specs are important, but the average person doesn't need the top-of-the-line. The onle way you can tell a difference in picture quality is if you have the TVs side by side. Also, I add the only way you can see the differences is if you know what you are looking for. Kinda like when you get a little cut on your finger and you dont feel it till you look at it. When you do your homework, you'll find some things like refresh rate and trailers in fast moving scenes. The only way you'll notice this is if you really look for it. Same goes with brightness and contrast. You wont be able to notice anything unless you know exactly what you are looking for or if you have two TVs side by side, one being top-of-the-line. Bottom line, this TV will have a very very similar picture quality to TVs the are around $1500 to $1700. Now I'm not discounting the fact that a $3000 TV will probably have a noticable difference, but if you are looking at this TV, price is obviously a factor and this TV for $1200 will be as good as a TV for $1700 (I've even found $2000 TVs that dont stack up). When I first set up the tv and hooked it up to my HD cable box, the SD channels were coming in somewhat blurry. I was a little worried. However, the longer I left it on (took a few hours), the TV adjusted itself and now the picture is of normal quality for SD. However, the HD channels are better than I expected, especially sports. ESPN(2)HD is worth it alone. HD Movies are outstanding, too. In conclusion, do your homework. Find out exactly what you want, what you need, what you want to spend. Unless you are a tech geek, the average person like me will find this HDTV more than satisfying. I promise you'll will be very happy with this TV...I am!I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Value LeaderPosted .
I bought a 42RV530 b/c BB didn't have my first three options (Samsung LCD, Samsung plasma, Panasonic plasma) AND the box could fit in the backseat of my car. The box was 'unique' but you can easily go from car to cable in less than 30 minutes. The remote is spartan but functional (notably no backlight for buttons). The menu system is full-featured yet intuitive. Obviously, you have plenty of HDMI slots (4) but what people really want is . . . what about the picture. SD - depending on the source ranges from OK to TERRIBLE. You will really find out just how bad your cable service is. HD cable - again varies with the channel but the range is more good to exceptional. HD DVD - Yeah, yeah "it's a dead format." All I know is that the combination of my A30 and this Tosh produced some fantastic images from HD DVD. So much so that I went from 7 to 40 HD DVDs within two weeks of purchasing the TV. Upconversion DVD vs TV processing - I don't know. The A30 has a quality video processor so I always output at 1080p. 'Other' websites suggest it's at least in the ballpark of Samsung/Sony 60hz offerings. CONS 1) Slight flashlight effect in the upper right hand corner. It's only noticeable in a VERY dark room and with letter box (or a dark scene), but it's definitely there. 2) Flesh tones are WAY off. It takes quite a bit of tweaking to accurate flesh. 3) Default settings are Torch. You could almost get a sun tan off this thing. Curiously, even after calibration the TV always comes on in Torch mode. OVERALL The best 60hz TV I've personally seen is the Samsung A550. It costs 25% more but you won't be getting 25% more TV. Properly calibrated, IMHO, the RV530 is currently the best bang for the buck in the 60hz LCD market. You can pay a lot more but it's hard to get a lot more than what this TV offers.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 4 out of 5 stars
Good TVPosted .
I bought this TV unseen based only on what the website and other online reviews told me. The store did not even have the display unit out and installed to see the image. I wasn't disappointed. I bought this to replace my old HDTV, a rear projection unit that was only 4 yrs old and the convergence board went on. The picture is crisp and clear and plenty of connections for my cable box and DVD player. Only bad mark I give it is that the speaker sound could be better. Sounds very mono, and not much stereo sound coming out of it. The setup was a bit confusing but I quickly figured it out and otherwise am very pleased with my purchased. I changed to HDMI connections with my cable box, and will use HDMI when I finally get around to buying a blue-ray DVD playerI would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
AWSOME TV!Posted .
I purchased this TV yesterday at my local Best Buy and was able to get 2 year interest free financing on my BB credit card, which was a great deal. The TV was easy to set-up and took about 15 minutes from the box to start-up, once the stand was in place and the cables were all connected. There is a generous amount of inputs and outputs, making it easy to connect this TV to virtually anything you want. The picture is clear, sharp and rich. My HD cable channels look beautiful, and I must say, the standard def channels look great as well. I presently have a standard def dvd player connected to this TV via the component video input, and the dvds look almost hi-def. I will eventually replace this with an LG BH200, to play both my HD DVD collection and my Blu Ray discs. I already own an LG BH200 and have it connected to another Toshiba 42 inch 1080p TV in another room in my house. And I absolutely love the combination of the LG with the Toshiba TV. The sound on this TV is actually quite good, and I will connect a small surround sound system to this at some point. But for the time being, the sound is quite impressive coming from a television, but of course, does not rival the sound of a good surround system. All in all, this TV was a great investment and I have always been a satisfied Toshiba customer. I would highly recommend this TV to anyone looking to enjoy hi-def at its best.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
Happy to be me.....Posted .
Are you in the market for an under $1200 1080p capable TV? You are looking at it. I shopped around at various stores before finding this TV. We purchased this TV to replace a Samsung 1080i capable direct view TV which died after 4 years and parts are no longer available for it. I'm a price shopper, but now it will have to be price along with manufacturer reputation. This TV excels at HD source presentation. Standard cable TV looks like trash on this screen with small artifacts and noise dotting the picture. Want to see an awesome picture? Hook the Regza up with HDMI to a Sony PS3 for gaming and blu-ray playback and prepare to have your socks knocked off! I am amazed at the color depth and resolution from this TV. For the price, I have found nothing better. I nearly settled for a 1080i or 720p capable set before locating this Toshiba. My last Toshiba TV was a 19" TV which lived for 14 years before giving up the ghost. I'm hoping for a long, meaningful relationship with Toshiba again.... If money is no object you can get a better picture, however, you have to be willing to pay for it. I for one, am not willing to spend double the money for not too many more features. This TV suffers from my inability to get the brightness, contrast, colors and various other tweaks in place. I'm going to invest in a calibration DVD/Blu-Ray disc soon.I would recommend this to a friend
Rated 5 out of 5 stars
i spent alot of time looking up tvs and researching for the best 1080p tvs for the money, and i found this tv. so i checked the website store availability, said they were out, i called and they had 4 in stock(always call the store, dont rely on the "check store" thing). so i went get it, got home as fast as i could and set it up. the set up was so easy. the stand screwed into the tv with 4 screws, and the tv only weighs like 40lbs so it was easy to pick up. then i hooked up my Wii, XBOX 360, Philips 1080p dvd player, HD cable box, 5.1 surround sound, and turned it on. i was freaking out at the picture this thing has. XBOX games in 720p looks amazing! all my dvds on th Philips 1080p Upconvert dvd player looks unreal. you gotta get on of those dvd players and rewatch all your movies. you wont believe your eyes(well, i dont have BlueRay yet...still waiting for the new PS3 to become available). HD channels in 1080i completely blows me away. i got to watch the NBA Finals in HD. any sports you can watch in HD, this tv makes it feel like you're right there. HD, it is so beautiful. the colors are so vibrant, so gorgeous, i'm still in awe 3 months later. bottom line.....this tv is amazing. gorgeous colors, razor sharp picture, and 1080p. everything looks good on it. you have to get this tv. you will not be disappointed. i promise!I would recommend this to a friend