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Toshiba 57WH36 for 8ft Viewing Distance

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  1. RumbleBee

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    Hi,
    I'm looking into buying a new TV shortly. I was initially going to go for the Hitachi 36ZP38 CRT, but for a little more I can get a Hitachi 57WH36 RPTV.

    I've a read a few forum reviews for both and unlike 2 weeks ago I'm now leaning towards the RPTV. The main reason for this is as I have a huge collection of Hong Kong DVD's with a 2:40 aspect ratio so I think this will benifit them more. I struggle to enjoy watching them much on my current 32" widescreen.

    My main viewing will be Sky TV/DVDs with occasional XBOX usage.

    My main concern now is the viewing distance.
    I've just measured my current viewing distance at 8 feet. Is this enough for a 57" TV. Viewing angles are okay as I have a 5 seat Sofa facing the TV.
    Bearing in mind the distance will I be better off with the 51" model

    Thanks,
    Andy
     
  2. Mikeg247

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    Hi there,
    I have a 57WH36 and my viewing distance is about 8feet. I find it fine.
    It's a great tv.
    Mike
     
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    Yes, i sit at around 8ft as well with my 57", it's perfect.

    I run it in "progressive" mode and there are no scanlines.
     
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    Thanks for your replies.

    Sorry to be a pain, but I have a few more questions.

    Does the hight of the TV cause a problem for anyone. When I sit on my Sofa I'm looking directly towards the upper middle of my current 32" TV.
    After looking at the measurements of the Toshiba 57WH36 the top of the screen will be way higher than me when sat down.
    I assume this is not really a problem, as everybody's got similar Sofa sizes.

    One final thing.
    Is this the best RPTV for under £2000, or is there another model I can look into. It's a lot of money and I'm not looking at changing again for some years, so I want the very best I can afford now.
     
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    The height of the set doesn't cause me any problems, while sat on the sofa my eye's are pretty much central to the screen.
    I have no idea if it's the 'best set for your money' but it is a cracking tv.
    Where abouts are you in the country? If your anywhere near me (Northants) your more than welcome to come and see mine. It'll give you more idea what it might look like in your room and check out the performance.
    Mike
     
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    Hi,
    Thanks for your kind offer, but I'm Teesside.
    Is the picture on yours excellent by default, or did you have to open the TV up and change things. I don't mind going through the Service menu, but I here some people have gone that bit further.

    Thanks,
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    When I got the TV I was amazed by the picture. In my opinion it was fantastic. Having said that I did do a service menu convergance, but only because I'd read in these forums how to do it. This was very simple to do and produced a much better image. I was so impressed I then decided to open the set up and focused it (again very easy and decribed in these forums). The result is a pin sharp amazing picture.
    I only did these because I read on here how to and knew I may not be getting the best picture that I could (and I love to play). If I'd never seen the post I would obviously not have done it but I'm sure I would still have been very happy.
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    Actually the Toshiba 57" would cost around £4000 if it wasn't for the very hard competition from cheap plasmas.

    It's excellent value if you want big screen, nothing beats the picture when fully tweaked.
     
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    Thanks for those replies Mikeg247 and Lizzard.
    Looks very impressive in your room. I'm now certain I'll buy one of these TV's.
    Will it be the 51" or 57" though. I can afford the bigger TV.

    As for tweaking it. I think I'll see how things are when I get the TV and go from there. It's nice to know that there is an excellent guide on this very forum.

    Thanks,
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    Here is my 57"

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    This set looks really great but do they do a smaller screen size? thanks
     
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    They have 42" 51" and the 57" of that model.
     
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    Well i`ll be out and about tomorrow on the look out for one of these i think :)
     
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    Thanks for continuing this excellent post everyone.
    Few more things before I commit to this purchase next week.

    Picture quality on Sky TV
    I'm fully expecting an excellent picture from a DVD, but how does this monster TV perform with Sky (or Sky+ for the future)
    Besides BBC, ITV and C4, I mostly watch sports and discovery (the whole documentary range), but also the cartoon & music channels too.
     
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    Most channels on sky are very good. I too watch a fair amount of discovery and the majority of the programs are very good. My kids watch a lot of cartoons and Nickelodeon and the quality on these channels seems good too.
    I cant comment on sports as I dont really watch any.
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    So to sum it up members with this set would have no problem recommending it and if you where in the market for another rptv you would buy this one again? and one last thing ( i hope lol ) does anyone know how this compares to the Sony KP44PX2U? many thanks for your time and help :)
     
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    I upgraded to this set from a Panasonic 36PF10 (which we still have in another room). The picture on the Panasonic was exceptional so the Toshiba had a lot to live upto. It didn't disappiont! Dont get me wrong the picture is not as good as the 36" CRT but seeing as it's over 50% bigger it's still bloody good. I prefer watching the Toshiba to the Panasonic.
    When I first brought It I had doubt's that I had made a mistake as in the first few weeks the convergance was forever in need of correcting. This however settled down and I never need to touch it anymore.
    I would recommend this set to anyone in the market for a RPTV.
    Would I buy it again .... No. Only because I have now brought a Sanyo Projector thats gives me 92" of sexual cinematic pleasure :D which has taken movie detail away from the RPTV. A plasma would now be more suited to my needs.
    Hmmm ... upgrade time again me thinks :suicide:
    Toshiba 57WH36 anyone?
    Mike
     
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    Colonel Burton,
    If your thinking of buying a RPTV and wish to see mine (calibrated and setup correctly , I hope :rolleyes: ) your more than welcome to come and view mine. Sheffiled to my house is 100 minutes by car (know this as I done it last night).
    It's a lot of money to shell out purely on recommendations and dodgey viewing in large stores.
    Mike
     
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    Well i`m back from a 5 hour tv searching session couldn`t find the tosh wh36 anywhere :( and the RPTV`s i did see didn`t impress me much but i did see some very nice plasmas though this one looked really nice
     
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    What about this picture from my 57" and DVD :)

    Beats any plasma or TV on the market today, period!

    [​IMG]
     
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    Like i say i can`t say as i didn`t see that model in action i can only comment on the ones i did see which didn`t impress me at all maybe that was due to the stores not setting them up or what i don`t know, but to tell you the truth this choosing a tv thing is really starting to stress me out lol just when i think right i`m going that way something comes along to make me change me mind :(
     
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    Actually it stressed me out as well when i was in your situation.

    It really makes you crazy not knowing what to choose, specially when you are on a budget.

    At first i wanted a 42" Panasonic HD plasma, but for £3,800 which it costed was too much for me knowing they will cost £2,000 in short time.

    Also at the same time i wanted a bigger screen which the Toshiba 57" is giving me, not to mention the great price for this kinda technology.

    So there i was in choice hell, a was choosing between the Sony KV-36HQ100, Panasonic 36PD30, Toshiba 51WH36P, Toshiba 57WH36P and Sony KP-51PX3.

    There i was, all TVs had there positive and negative sides.

    I ended up with the Toshiba 57WH36P and i do not regret it as i will now keep this TV for a couple of years until the 50" HD plasmas come down to the £3,000 price range or lower or even a 50" LCD.
     
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    Thanks for your excellent replies. Same for Lizzard.
    I promise this will be my last questions before I purchase a TV.

    As above you mentioned having to setup the convergance more than once. Does this mean you spend time setting it up to discover it needs doing again the next morning. Is this not a fault where the settings are not remembered.
    How does this fault/lost settings wear off after a few weeks.

    Where would you recommend I purchase the TV from. Local stores are way to expensive. TV & Video Direct perhaps?

    and Finally....
    Would you recommend the new Sagem Axium over this Tosh. It's a 50" DLP thats will be retailing for about £2800 in Comet only. I've checked my local comet and they have advised they are not getting one in, however the review in home cinema was very good.
     
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    Sagem seems nice, but it's ugly like hell, looks like something from the 70's.

    For £2,800 you get a nice 42" plasma like Panasonic or Pioneer.

    I wouldn't buy a Toshiba or Sagem if i had a budget around £3,000
     
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    No it's not that the set is not remembering the setting's. I think it's due to the tv being new and when things heat/cool and expand/contract stuff inside is moving about and throwing the convergance out (just my opinion). I think it takes a couple of weeks for everything to settle down into it's final resting place. Rest assured it does settle down quite quickly.
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    Sorry didn't see your other question. I brought from here but they dont list them anymore.
    Not as cheap as you can get them but I they have a local store to me and I wanted that peace of mind of being able to go into the store should I have any problems.
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