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Toshiba's new LCD TVs look VERY promising!

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by leeb, Aug 25, 2003.

  1. leeb

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    Just discovered that Toshiba are releasing 2 widescreen lcd tvs as part of their new STASIA range, one 26" (26WL36) and the other 32" (32WL36). From their photos they look very nice and the specification sounds like they *could* be the best lcd currently available.

    Look at these specs:

    16ms response time (most are 25 I believe)
    600:1 contrast
    170 degree viewing angle
    WXGA Resolution (1280 x 768)
    Prog Scan
    2 component inputs (yes, 2!!)
    3 SCART (2 RGB)
    BBE Nicam 20watt sound

    Have a look on Toshiba's site for more info.

    Anyone seen/have any more info on them?
     
  2. Gregorski

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    Empire direct are already listing them as pre-order products. Their prices are £2057 for the 26" and £2469 for the 32".

    Look nice, but they give little more information than you do, although they do list a bit more about the tuner etc. Looks like the tuners are probably built in as their is no sign of a media box in any of the note/pictures
     
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    It sure looks like a nice set, would really like to know if PC compatible means DVI or not.

    One thing i noticed though, was that they use same measurement standards as for CRTs, their 32" means 76 cm (same as 30" philips, lg etc), not 82 cm as the new Samsung set. Too bad the same standards aren't used by all manufacturers. This might seem like knitpicking, but there's actually a 15% difference in screen size between 30" and 32"
     
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    Hmm, well spotted Redmeat. So really the 32" is 30" and the 26" about 24" :confused:

    Gregorski, yes I read that the tuners are built in. Spotted the 26WL36 at RGB Direct for £1979.99 and the 32WL36 for £2373.89. Still quite expensive though I guess.
     
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    square pixel hi-def for this money sounds good to me. it can definitely tempt me over plasma although an extra few inches wouldn't hurt.

    would like to see it head to head though. anyone finds it on the high street pls shout.
     
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    Very interesting, I am glad to see that more manufacturers are putting component connections on LCD tv's. Hope they can accept a progressive signal as well....
    They are very expensive though, the 26" which is actually a 24" is like 800 pounds more than the Philips 23" which is a 23" also has got two component inputs, one interlaced and one progressive, plus DCDi from faroudja for the interlaced inputs.....
    I am certain that the Toshiba's should be available as discounted prices soon after launch....
     
  7. leeb

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    Just had a look at the user manual (available to download from Toshiba's support site) and there is a standard analogue vga input for pc, so sadly no DVI).
     
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    has there been any more info on these.

    need to get a set for everyday viewing of news etc. and it looks just the job if there are ok.
     
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    Sadly also this is not a square pixel set, that would be 1280x720, or 1366x768
     
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    http://www.hienergyshop.co.uk/sse/indexentry.asp is selling the 32" for £2321, while http://www.robertsons-online.co.uk/ the 32" for £2374.

    To add some specs
    450cd/m2 Brightness
    Resolution 1280x768 lines
    HDTV ready (1125i/750p)
    Crystalline Image Technology
    Colour Detail Enhancer, Comb filter, Super Real Transient, Super scene control
    Weight 21kg
    Dimensions (mm): 820(w) x 470(h) x 170(d)

    I think we have covered the specs for the Toshiba.

    But I reckon Samsung's new sets should be a straw better.

    Samsung LW32A23W – 32inch LCD
    Weight 20kg
    Dimensions (mm): 801(w) x 597(h) x 87(d)
    Resolution 1280x768lines
    HDTV ready (1125i/750p)
    Brightness 500cd/m2
    Contrast 600:1
    2 RGB scarts, 2component, 1composite, 1 s-video, DVI input (HDCP)
    16ms response time
    2x 20watts speakers
    Dolby digital, DTS and Dolby pro logic II sound
    New Digital Natural Image engine (DNIe™) technique (detail enhance + contrast enhance + color optimize + 3d motion optimize) and progressive scan
    2 tuners + PIP (picture in picture)

    Most of the specs matches or beats the Toshiba, and notice it has DVI (HDCP) input, 2 DTS/DD/DPLII and PIP to top it off.

    At only £2099 at http://www.be-direct.co.uk/productDetails.asp?id=12894 it is quite a bargain.

    For general info see http://www.samsung.com/ifa/

    Wasabi
     
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    I know aesthetics shouldn't be a driving factor, but ugh... i could never pay £2k for that Samsung! (unless it looks completely different in real life!)
     
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    yeah, i agree. the tv is super sexy+sleek:smoke: :laugh:
     
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    If the same dept writes Samsung TV LCD specs as the monitors spec I would be abit wary. The long awaited 173x (I may have the letter wrong), but still to be seen in real life, has not had good reviews
     
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    I've never seen a samsung product I've liked.
     
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    If the same dept writes Samsung TV LCD specs as the monitors spec I would be abit wary. The long awaited 173x (I may have the letter wrong), but still to be seen in real life, has not had good reviews
     
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    Samsung makes some great products.
     

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