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Toshiba 32HL95

32" TheaterWide® high-definition LCD TV

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by Steve Kindig
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High-quality flat-panel LCDs are improving faster than almost any other type of TV display. Toshiba's high-performance LCD models employ a combination of video processing technologies to deliver a picture that blends the eye-pleasing qualities of top-notch tube TVs with the advantages of mega-pixel digital precision.

The 32" 32HL95 has a high-definition screen and two built-in HDTV tuners — one for over-the-air broadcasts, and one for cable TV signals. To get the most from the cable tuner, request a CableCARD from your local service provider. The CableCARD actually fits into a rear-panel slot on the TV and replaces your set-top box. You won't miss your cable box's on-screen program guide because the 32HL95 includes TV Guide On Screen, a subscription-free guide that's smart and customizable, yet easy to use.

Since we don't live in a 24/7 HDTV world yet, you'll probably still be watching some regular (non-HD) programs. Toshiba's sophisticated digital video processing circuitry "upconverts" standard signals for a smoother, more natural look. Regular broadcast and cable TV signals also benefit from Toshiba's adjustable CableClear noise reduction. CableClear monitors signal quality and applies noise reduction and sharpness adjustment to reduce graininess and ghosting and keep the picture clear.

This 32" TV is compact enough for an office or den, yet the picture is big enough for satisfying home theater in a space-challenged apartment or bedroom. It has a versatile set of audio/video connections, including composite, S-video, and component video jacks, plus an HDMI digital input for use with the growing number of HDMI-equipped components (DVD players, HDTV tuners, and A/V receivers). A standard computer input makes it easy to connect your laptop PC so you can have a bigger view for gaming or web-surfing.

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Highlights:

  • high-definition TV — receives and decodes digital standard-definition and HDTV signals from over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required) and cable TV service (CableCARD™ required)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • 1366 x 768 pixels
  • fast pixel response time (12 milliseconds)
  • 800:1 contrast ratio
  • 170°(H) x 170°(V) viewing angle
  • PixelPure AT™ digital video processing (upconverts non-HD signals)
  • CableClear™ video noise reduction
  • TV Guide On Screen® 8-day program guide
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • illuminated multibrand remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 6 A/V inputs, including:
    • 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 1 S-video
    • 2 component video (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • 1 HDMI digital audio/video input
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • 2 RF inputs for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • detachable swivel stand (stand "footprint" is 14-5/8"W x 11-3/4"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 31-3/16"W x 22-1/8"H x 3-7/8"D (24-3/4"H x 11-3/4"D on stand)
  • weight: 40.8 lbs. (without stand)
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Contact your local cable TV provider for details regarding the availability and costs of CableCARD-related services.

Tip: To find out if HDTV signals are available in your area, visit this helpful site and punch in your zip code.

Note: Sorry, we can only ship Toshiba products to the 49 continental United States and Washington D.C.; we cannot ship them to Hawaii or U.S. Territories.

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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Size
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32"
Screen Design
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Flat
Aspect Ratio
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16:9
Screen Resolution (pixels)
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1366 x 768
Screen Refresh Rate
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Backlighting Type
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3D
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Features
Instant Internet Movie Streaming
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Wi-Fi
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MHL-compatible
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Picture In Picture
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No
Parts Warranty
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1 Year
Labor Warranty
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1 Year
Type of Warranty Service
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In-home
Connections
Total Video Inputs
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6
HDMI Inputs
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1
Component Video Inputs
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2
Composite Video Inputs
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3
RF Inputs
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2
PC Input
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Yes
Ethernet Port
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Yes
USB Port
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Yes
Optical Digital Audio Output
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1 Rear
Coaxial Digital Audio Output
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None
Analog Audio Output
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1 Rear
Power Consumption
Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide)
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Not Given
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)
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Dimensions & Mounting Information
Width (inches)
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31-1/4
Height with Stand (inches)
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24-3/4
Height without Stand (inches)
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22-1/8
Depth with Stand (inches)
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11-3/4
Depth without Stand (inches)
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3-7/8
Stand Width (inches)
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14-5/8
Weight with Stand
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49.4 lbs
Weight without Stand
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Not available
Wall Mountable
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Yes
Wall Bracket Included
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No
Pedestal Stand
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Y
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  • 32" Widescreen LCD television
  • Wireless remote control (CT-90235)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 9.75' Dual IR blaster/G-Link cable
  • 2 Self-adhesive foam strips
  • Cable clamp
  • Owner's Manual
  • Product Registration Card

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Features

PixelPure AT: The 32HL95 features Toshiba's latest video processing system: Pixel Pure AT with Adaptive Technology. This advanced adaptive video processing constantly monitors changes in signal quality, content, and movement to enhance sharpness, contrast and color reproduction.

Native Resolution: The TV has a display resolution of 1366 x 768. The HDMI and component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals, and will display them as 1366 x 768. All other input signals will also be displayed as 1366 x 768.

Integrated Digital Tuning: In addition to the 181-channel NTSC analog tuner, this TV has built-in 8VSB ATSC and QAM digital tuners, eliminating the need for a separate DTV digital set-top box in most cases.

Digital CableCARD Slot: For encrypting digital Cable TV programs, this unit has a Digital CableCARD slot. Certain advanced and interactive digital cable services (such as video-on-demand, enhanced program guides, and data-enhanced television services) will not work with the use of the CableCARD, and may require the use of a separate set-top box.

4MB, 10-bit 3D Digital Comb Filter: This advanced filter analyzes sequential fields of information to eliminate dot crawl and color bleed. Additionally, the filter significantly reduces detail noise, seen as shimmering or flicker, in complex or intricately detailed scenes. Most video noise normally seen in RF and composite video signals is eliminated.

TV Guide On Screen: The included TV Guide On Screen system is a free, interactive, on-screen program guide that lists schedules and information for TV programs in your area. Features of TV Guide On Screen include:

  • Assisted Setup: Using on-screen prompts, you can quickly and easily customize the system.
  • Program Listings and Info: System provides eight days of TV listings
  • Video Window: A small video window lets you watch your TV program while the TV Guide On Screen information is displayed.
  • Custom Channel Lineup: You can customize your channel listings so your favorites are listed first.
  • Direct Tuning: You can directly tune to a current program you want to watch by selecting it in the program guide.
  • Reminders: Schedule show reminders that will either display an on-screen notification banner or automatically tune the TV to the channel of the show for which you set the reminder.
  • Recording Assistance: You can easily schedule recordings of one or more programs. The supplied G-LINK cable can automatically start and stop connected recording devices.
  • Search: You can search for programs by category, keyword, or alphabetically.
  • On Screen Help: The TV Guide On Screen system contains on-screen feature definitions and navigation instructions.

Favorite Channels: This feature allows you to store a total of 27 channels into three Favorite Channel sets (9 from Antenna 1 input, 9 from Antenna 2 input, and 9 from Cable Box input). Once stored, you can scan through only your favorite channels, skipping other channels you normally do not watch.

SurfLock: The SurfLock feature temporarily memorizes one channel under the Channel Return button, so you can return to that channel quickly from any other channel.

Channel Browser: The Channel Browser allows you to browse and view channels by storing your recently viewed channels in channel history. You can surf back to channels you viewed prior to your current channel, and surf forward from previous channels up to your current channel. Up to 32 previously viewed channels can be stored in history. You can set a single channel as the Home channel for up to 3 inputs.

Picture Size: When viewing a 1080i, 480i, or 480p signal source, you can choose one of the following picture sizes:

  • Natural: image is displayed close to its originally formatted proportion
  • Full: This mode is designed for 16:9 480i or 480p programs. When a 16:9 program is received, the picture is stretched taller to fill the screen without distorting the main portion of the image. If a 4:3 program is sensed, the picture is stretched wider to fill the screen, but not taller. In each case, none of the picture is hidden.
  • Theater Wide 1 (for 4:3 programs): picture is non-uniformly enlarged; the center of the picture remains close to its true proportion, but the left and right edges are stretched wider to fill the screen
  • Theater Wide 2 (for letterbox programs): entire picture is uniformly enlarged
  • Theater Wide 3 (for letterbox programs with subtitles): picture is non-uniformly enlarged; the picture is stretched wider to fill the width of the screen and stretched slightly taller

Picture Modes: You can select one of the following picture modes:

  • Sports: bright and dynamic picture
  • Standard: standard picture setting
  • Movie: lower contrast for darkened room
  • Preference: allows you to adjust and store the following settings: contrast, brightness, color, tint, and sharpness

CableClear DNR: Designed to optimize poor NTSC signals (480i signals only) from antenna or cable, this noise reduction system eliminates video noise ("snow") for a clean crisp image. This system detects the quality of the incoming video signal, and automatically applies the needed amount of video optimization. In the Picture Settings menu, you can select Low, Middle, High, Auto, or off.

Stable Sound: When the signal source is changed, this feature limits the highest volume level to prevent extreme changes in volume.

Muting: The TV has a 2-stage muting function, allowing you to partially reduce (1/2 mute) or completely turn off (mute) the sound. If the closed caption mode is set to Off when you select "mute", the closed caption feature is automatically activated.

SRS WOW: WOW is a special combination of SRS Labs audio technologies that creates a surround sound experience with deep, rich bass from stereo sound sources, making the TV audio sound fuller, richer, and wider. WOW consists of three features:

  • SRS 3D: turns on/off the surround sound effect
  • FOCUS: turns on/off the vocal emphasis effect
  • TruBass: selects the desired bass expansion level (High, Low, or Off)

On/Off Timer: The on/off timer lets you turn the television on at a preset time on a recurring basis. The TV stays on for a preset duration, then automatically turns itself off.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be adjusted from 10 minutes to 3 hours in 10-minute increments.

G-LINK: The TV comes with a dual-wand IR transmitter/G-LINK cable for use with video devices with IR remote control. This cable connects to the G-LINK terminal on the back panel to enable TV Guide On Screen recording features. The 3.5mm minijack G-LINK input is located on the lower back panel.

Locks: The TV provides a Locks menu to allow you to restrict access to certain programs, channels, controls, or inputs. The restrictions are protected by a 4-digit PIN code. In addition, you can restrict the amount of time for playing a video game.

Mounting Options

Detachable Stand: The TV comes with a stand for easy placement on top of a counter or table. On the stand, the TV can be swiveled 15° in either direction. It cannot be tilted forward or backward on the stand. A safety strap and two clamps are provided on the back of the base for use with a sturdy tie to prevent the TV from tipping forward.

Wall Mounting Option: For wall mounting, the optional FWB3250 wall-mount bracket is available from Toshiba. Additionally, the TV can be wall-mounted using universal wall-mount brackets. There are 4 threaded inserts on the back of the TV to accommodate wall mount brackets. The inserts have a hole spacing of 23-3/4" (horizontal) x 12-7/8" (vertical), and accept M6 screws.

Remote Control

Multibrand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on other brands of components, including VCRs, cable boxes, TV/VCR combos, DVD/VCR combos, HTIB (Home Theater In a Box), DVD players (including portables), and satellite receivers. A "Light" button allows you to illuminate all the buttons for five seconds, making for easy operation in the dark.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

TV Connections: The TV features input and output connections in three separate locations:

  • Lower Back Panel: The two RF antenna connections (ANT 1 and ANT 2), HDMI, PC Input (15-pin), G-LINK, Optical Digital Audio, and CableCARD connections are vertically mounted to the lower back panel. The connections are protected by a panel cover. Clamps are provided for cable management.
  • Upper Back Panel: The A/V inputs, ColorStream HD component inputs, A/V Output, and Audio Input are sideways-mounted to the upper back panel. A panel cover protects and hides the connections. A vertical slot is provided below the panel for cable routing.
  • Side Panel: The Video 2 A/V input and headphone output are in a recessed area behind the left side of the screen. This input is easily accessible to allow you to quickly connect a video game console or camcorder, or plug in headphones.

HDMI Input: This input consists of a single HDMI jack which can accommodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) to other devices (such as DVD players or digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. The HDMI jack is compliant with the EIA/CEA-861/861B standard and is not intended for use with personal computers. If you want to connect a DVI-compatible device, you will need an HDMI-to-DVI adapter cable. Since DVI does not carry audio signals, one set of stereo audio inputs is provided on the upper back panel for use with the HDMI input or the PC input. In addition to the HDMI-to-DVI adapter cable, you will also need stereo audio cables. Note: The HDMI jacks will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

RGB/PC Input: This connection allows you to view the image of a personal computer on the TV screen. When connecting the PC to the TV, you will need a 15-pin RGB computer cable and a PC audio cable. The PC's monitor output resolution should be set to VGA (640 x 480, 60Hz), SVGA (800 x 600, 60Hz), or XGA (1024 x 768, 60Hz). Note: The audio input for the PC is also used for the HDMI input when connected to a DVI-equipped component. They cannot be used simultaneously.

ColorStream HD High-resolution Component Video Inputs: The component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

Optical Digital Audio Output: The TV can output digital audio in Dolby Digital or PCM format through the TosLink optical digital output. The TV can be connected to an external Dolby Digital decoder, amplifier, A/V receiver, or home theater system with an optical audio input.

Headphone Jack: For personal listening, a 3.5mm (1/8") minijack headphone output is located on the left side of the screen. The TV's speakers automatically mute when headphones are plugged in.

Dimensions

Dimensions:

  • TV On Stand: W=31.1875", H=24.75", D=11.75"
  • TV Without Stand: W=31.1875", H=22.125", D=3.875"
  • Stand Footprint: W=14.5625", D=11.75"
  • Weight: 49.4 pounds including stand, 40.8 pounds without stand
 
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Great LCD TV, worth the price

Written By Jason, USA on Sunday, January 15, 2006
 
This TV has great picture quality in both HD and SD modes. The sound quality is good, and the dual HDTV tuners are awesome. The cable card slot is another plus, as well as the sleek design, swivel stand, and TV guide feature.

If you are considering buying an LCD TV, then remember that the picture quality in SD (Standard cable picture) will not be as good as on a CRT television. It is pretty darn good on this TV, and I find it comparable to my other TV sets, and it blows rear-projection TV's out of the water. The HD picture is amamzing, the colors are rich and you can adjust them with the flexible tools offered in the menu. Buy high quality cables with your TV, and you will find that the quality of the picture improves dramatically.

Worth the price! Comparable to Sharp and Sony, but without the sticker shock.
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