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Buy Toshiba 32WL56, or wait for 32WLT58?

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by ns666, Jul 26, 2005.

  1. ns666

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    Since my son "borrowed our 28" CRT widescreen to go to Uni with, we're struggling on a 14" portable. I reckoned I'd get a thin-screen, but hadn't reckoned with the complexity and choice. At the moment, for price and other reasons, I've been looking at the Toshiba and Philips (32PF5520). I've been a little torn between deciding upon a 32" and a 37". I'd love the latter, but they're just more expensive and I suspect I'd need to sit further away than the 7-12 feet likely.

    I was then poised to go for the Toshiba 32WL56, as that can be had with free DVD player for under £850. i.e. some £550 under the 37" version. I note though the problems with the YUV, though it seems that at least Toshiba now have some kind of ownership and plan to resolve when prompted.

    What I really want to decide is whether to wit for the new WLT58. Toshiba today claimed it would be end-Sep or early October before it would be available. I'm not worried about the Freeview, as I have Sky+. But the better connectivity and Dolby virtual sound would be nice?

    What is the likely situation re pricing when released? Is the 32WL56 at it's current mark due to the impending new model? Is that new model likely to be higher price for some while. Even given TV shelf-lives, it seems odd that the WL56 has only been around 2 months, and is still advertised as new . Some sites are already claiming it's discontinued. How useful will a second HDMI slot be? I know one can use the component to VGA, but will hopefully have a Sky HD box, and HD DVD player within a year, and see HDMI switchers in the USA are at least $200.

    Neil
     
  2. reklor

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    Well as a new 32WL56 owner I can saftley say if you buy one you will be over the moon with it. As you say its under £900 and an absolute steal.........the 32WLT58 will come out around the £1200 mark and if you dont need a digi tuner (like me) it would be a bit of a waste of money. Dont let the YUV issue put you off however......if you buy a WL56 today it wont be affected....all the models have been replaced. I have all my equipment hooked up via component and the images are breathtaking.......ive had a lot of TVs in the last 5 or 6 years and this one tops the lot......even my missus agrees!

    any more questions feel free to ask mate :thumbsup:
     
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    What is this LCD like with PAL signals?most of my viewing will be via SKY or terestrial TV. The 37" of this LCD is on my short list, however sharp are launching a PAL optimised 37" next month.

    Any advise would be good. Thanx
     
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    if your ONLY going to be using sky etc I would probably go for the sharp..........but the Toshiba is still a very good performer with sky too. If your going to be using a multitude of sockets I would go for the tosh...
     
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    can I jump in here and add a question or two.

    Was always going to get the WL48 when it first came out having always owed a fab Tosh CRT. Then when you couldn't buy it for love or money, thought about the Hitachi 32LD7200 (know this does all I need), then decided to wait for the WLT58 (due to the number of connectors). Given how much cheaper the WL56 now is, and that the WLT58 keeps getting put back!!, it does seem crazy not to get the WL56 (sure it must be as good a picture as the award winning WL48). However -

    Q - is the resolution 1366x768? have seen may contradicting posts saying yes and no.

    Q - can you run a PC to it and get 1:1?

    Q - I have a DVD recorder (component), Sky+(SCART will change to HD), PS2 & XBox (SCART may get XBOX360) - I dont mind getting a splitter to increase the connections at the back, but know nothing about them. Are they expensive and do they change as you change to TV? Would hate having to get up every time you want to change.

    Q - can you get component to HDMI cables?

    Cheers for reading my endless post
     
  6. reklor

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    andrew - go for the tosh you wont be disappointed.

    The res is 1366x768 for the 32WL56/37WL56 and 1280x720 for 27WL56

    I havent connected a PC to mine but I think I read on this thread that someone got 1360x768 out of it.

    I wouldnt bother with a splitter box.....havent you got a home cinema reciever?......most of the good ones do component switching........and the expensive ones do hdmi switching.

    you cant buy a comp-hdmi cable........one is digital and the other is anologue...
     
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    cheers for the quick reply - just spent the last half hour reading the YUV problem thread 'phew'. does sound a cracker though no-one as yet seems to have tested beyong 720p via the VGA.

    re comp-hdmi cable - of course - never was one to pay close attention to what I was saying! :) actually asked about the cable cause I didn't realise I could go thru the PC input

    have got a home cinema receiver - full set up, but have always connected everything directly from source to TV - current Tosh has 3 SCART, and 1 component ya see. wont change it for some time as it was expensive and cant see me being able to afford an HDMI one for years after buying the TV
     
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    if you get this set, just wack everything into the reciever via component (if yours has component switching) then all you have is 1 lead going to the tv!.........well 2 if you count RGB scart for sky+.......thats what ive done and I couldnt be happier :thumbsup:

    I just need to try out some 720p stuff now...... :D
     
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    going to go and look at one on the way home - franky if I think I can do without the extra SCART, component and HDMI on the 58, then I can spend the £400 saved on an HDMI DVD player - not that I've looked into these yet :)
     
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    go for it.......let us now how you get on :smashin:
     
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    Anyway, back to my original thread.... ;-)

    I've decided to order the Toshiba 32WL56, and should get delivery on Friday.
    Ringing around a few of the cheaper - but well rated - web companies, all seemed well appraised of the YUV issue, and believed their current stocks didn't have it (but would support fully if they did).

    Went for a dealer who was including the SD150 DVD too "free", but they like one or two others were out of stock, so they offered I could have the brand-new SD350 with HDMI socket for an extra but offset charge. Made the hopefully not too rash decision to do that.

    A couple of people I spoke with mentioned the What HiFi review has seemed to generate quite a few new sales.

    Two questions.....
    1) Are there any sources of HD DVD discs I'd be able to get, even just as a HD "demo" on the HDMI to HDMI connection?

    2) I need to get now a decent HDMI/HDMI lead, and a component to VGA lead. What recommendations on leads or suppliers are there? I hear that Monster or QED are good, though extortionate in retail stores.

    Neil
     
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    Glad you made the right choice in this baby ;)

    1, I dont think so mate.......just a regular DVD in the 350 will upscale via HDMI to hi def resolutions...

    2, The QED hdmi cable is great value for money apparently. Try www.beststuff.co.uk for the VGA-Component cable.....cant praise them highly enough.......a few of us on here have had the cable off them and they are ace.
     
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    I'm with THED - this is a fantastic screen, once set up properly. The out-of-box set-up is too bright and over-saturated. I have four lights sources in my room at night and a bay window behind the tv during the day. These settings have worked best for me, so far.

    Try this:

    Back light: 45
    Contrast: 42 - 50 (higher for dvd)
    Brightness: 35
    Colour: 45
    Tint: 0
    Sharpness: 0
    Black stretch: off (on produces good results but the loss of detail is too much)
    MPEG NR: low
    DNR: low
    Colour Temperature: cool

    These settings produce consistently good results across sources.

    Enjoy a good purchase, and look out for the growing number of 5 star reviews...
     
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    This is loosely related.

    I have been on Toshiba's technical website this morning and the product manual for the new 32 LT58 is available for download now!
     
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    Could anyone recommend some good options for suitable receivers to use with the Tosh (I'm leaning towards getting the 37" model.)

    Is there perhaps something suitable for £100 or so from the likes of Richer Sounds, or do I need to set my sights higher? :confused:
     
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    hello i see you have all equipment hooked up via component how and by what means have you done this ie i take it you have a hdmi dvd player hooked up to hdmi and 2 auto leads at side of tv for sound i have sky+ and a pioneer dvd and are hooked up by scart to scart for both . i am looking at buying a denon hdmi dvd in next couple of month what would you reccomend as best set up . any tips would be welcome . :smashin:
     
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    Hi Thed

    are you talking about http://www.beststuff.co.uk/specialist_rgb_leads.htm , the 1.5m £18.99 lead? :)
     
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    have been calling all the places that have this advertised but no stock, anyone in uk have TOSHIBS 32WLT58

    I WANT ONE NOW
     
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    They're not available yet. End Sept, early Oct so says Tosh. And I have pink wings and can fly backwards .....

    Mind you, Tosh not as bad as Pana...
     
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    tvandvideodirect claim 19th sept , so just placed my order for 32wlt58, comes with stand
    :thumbsup:
     
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    Well I phoned up Toshiba to find out when the 32wlt58 might be coming out and they said around September 5. Does anybody have the OFICIAL release date, bacause I have waited since April and are getting very impatient! :mad:
     
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    Yes, thats what the "T" in WLT58 stands for. The European models are referred to as xxWL58 and as such don't have a digital tuner.
     

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