Product Type: Toshiba 3D LCD TV
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Great picture, easy to use - shame about the sound and questionable reliability
Member Name: Neenawneenaw
Advantages: Good visuals, full HD, easy to use and looks pretty good
Disadvantages: Disappointing sound quality, reliability questionable in our case
I have extremely mixed feelings on our Toshiba TV. It has some very good features and yet is disappointing in others.
Now I must confess I'm not the most technical TV user so I'm not going to give you too many technical specifications and stats - I'm sure there's loads of websites you can go to for that. This is more about how I've found the TV as a reasonably savvy but non expert user!
Basic specs: It's a 32" screen, LCD HDTV.
Set up/installation: My husband did this. He's pretty tech-savvy but by no means an engineer and he said it was pretty simple and straightforward, so I'll take his work for it.
The look: It's black, with nice smooth lines and an unfussy, stylish look. Sits nicely in the corner of our living room.
Visual quality: no complaints here. The screen quality is very good, and yes you really do notice the difference with HD when you stick a blu-ray disc on!
Sound: quite disappointing here. We notice a real lack of clarity on certain broadcasts, particularly films. I know there can be a big variation in sound clarity in some productions but the speakers just aren't too great and can result in a muffled sound making it hard to distinguish some dialogue. This is my biggest everyday complaint with this TV.
Ease of use: nice and simple. Pretty much everything is by remote control, which I find very intuitive and easy. There's an off switch on the TV itself, so no excuse for just dumping it on stand by!
Connections: now this is another area I don't really get involved in. However, we currently have an X box, a PS3 and a Wii (gadget freaks, surely not!) with no problems.
Reliability: another issue here. We've only had the TV a couple of years and had a problem with it a couple of months back. I don't know exactly what caused it but the screen went black and needed fixing (cost us £50 from a man round the corner!)
All in all we're reasonably pleased with our TV, I think it was good value for the price we paid. But next time I'll be looking a bit more at sound quality too - whether that's the TV speakers themselves or a bit of home cinema action!
Summary: A decent value HDTV - if only the sound matched up to the picture quality
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