Toshiba 37LX96

37" Cinema Series® high-definition LCD TV with built-in DVD player

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Item #: 05237LX96

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by Steve Kindig
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Toshiba's 37" 37LX96 is so versatile. Its screen is big enough to command your attention in a home theater setup, yet it's compact enough to be a terrific bedroom TV. It has a built-in tuner for reception of digital and analog over-the-air broadcasts, plus a built-in DVD player. The high-res screen gives you a clear window into the pinpoint detail and rich colors of high-definition programs and DVD movies. With a DVD player built in, the 37LX96 saves space and reduces cable clutter.

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The slot-loading DVD player can also play regular music CDs, plus MP3 discs. Built-in speakers below the screen provide sound that's adequate for casual listening, and whenever you want to crank up the volume, just connect the TV's audio output to your stereo system.

An array of inputs makes it easy to expand your viewing options by plugging in a VCR or video game console. With both component video and HDMI jacks, the 37LX96 won't be left behind as new video gear becomes available. There's also a PC input so the 37LX96 can pull double duty as a computer monitor. Operating both the TV and DVD player is easy and intuitive thanks to the well-designed remote control.

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    LCD TV:
    • 37" widescreen HDTV (16:9 aspect ratio)
    • built-in digital (ATSC) and analog (NTSC) tuners for over-the-air TV broadcasts (antenna required)
    • built-in QAM cable TV tuner receives unscrambled programs without a set-top box (cable service required)
    • 1366 x 768 pixels
    • 8-millisecond pixel response time
    • 800:1 contrast ratio
    • 176°(H) x 176°(V) viewing angle
    • PixelPure Hi-Bit™ 12-bit digital video processing (upconverts non-HD signals)
    • adjustable backlight for contrast/brightness control
    • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
    • illuminated multibrand remote control
    • picture settings memory for each video input
    • 6 A/V inputs, including:
      • 2 composite video (1 rear, 1 side)
      • 1 S-video
      • 2 component video (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
      • 2 HDMI digital audio/video inputs
    • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
    • RF input for antenna/cable signals
    • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
    • THINC™ (Toshiba Home Interactive Network Connection) Ethernet port for accessing music files and digital photos stored on a compatible PC
    • Energy Star® compliant
    • detachable swivel stand (stand "footprint" is 14-5/8"W x 11-7/8"D)
    • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
    • 36"W x 24-1/4"H x 4-7/8"D (26-5/8"H x 11-7/8"D on stand)
    • weight: 51.8 lbs. (without stand)
    • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
    • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
    • Note: If placing TV in an enclosed cabinet, be sure there is enough space on the side for loading and unloading discs
    DVD Player:
    • plays DVD-Video, DVD-R & DVD-RW, and Video CD
    • plays CD, CD-R & CD-RW, and MP3 CD-R & CD-RW
    • DVD video upconverted to 720p
    • optical digital audio output for Dolby Digital/DTS®/PCM
    • designed for use with "Region 1" coded DVDs

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    Large Item Special Shipping: This item will be delivered to the door of your house or apartment. Available to physical addresses in 50 United States only. Limited delivery available to Alaska and Hawaii for $99 per item — call 1-888-955-6000 for more details. Sorry, we can't ship to P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders. Delivery takes 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. Extra charges may apply to items that must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs. Allow extra time for delivery to remote addresses. Free return shipping not available with this model.

    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. (Solamente es posible enviar productos de la Toshiba dentro los 49 estados unidos continentales y Washington D.C.)

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    Features and Specs
    Screen Size 37"
    Screen Design Flat
    Aspect Ratio 16:9
    Screen Resolution (pixels) 1366 x 768
    Screen Refresh Rate ---
    Backlighting Type ---
    3D ---
    Instant Internet Movie Streaming ---
    MHL-compatible ---
    Picture In Picture No
    Parts Warranty 1 Year
    Labor Warranty 1 Year
    Type of Warranty Service In-home
    Total Video Inputs 6
    HDMI Inputs 2
    Component Video Inputs 2
    Composite Video Inputs 2
    RF Inputs 1
    PC Input Yes
    Ethernet Port Yes
    USB Port Yes
    Optical Digital Audio Output 1 Rear
    Coaxial Digital Audio Output None
    Analog Audio Output 2 Rear
    Power Consumption
    Estimated Yearly Electricity Use (EnergyGuide) Not Given
    Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide) Not Given
    Dimensions & Mounting Information
    Width (inches) 36
    Height with Stand (inches) 26-5/8
    Height without Stand (inches) 24-1/4
    Depth with Stand (inches) 11-7/8
    Depth without Stand (inches) 4-7/8
    Stand Width (inches) 14-5/8
    Weight with Stand 65.3 lbs
    Weight without Stand Not available
    Wall Mountable Yes
    Wall Bracket Included No
    Pedestal Stand Y
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    What's in the box?

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    • 37" LCD TV
    • Wireless remote control (CT-90257)
    • 2 "AA" batteries
    • Cable clamp
    • Operating Guide (English/French)
    • Installation Guide (English/French)
    • Product Registration Card

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    TV Features
    DVD Features
    Mounting Options
    Remote Control
    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    TV Features

    HDTV Tuner: The TV has built-in over-the-air HDTV (ATSC) and Digital Cable (QAM) tuners, so you don't need a separate set-top box to receive and decode over-the-air HDTV/SDTV or unencrypted Digital Cable signals.

    Cinespeed: Toshiba's REGZA Premium LCD Hi-Speed Cinespeed panels offer fast response times of 8ms or less for an ultra sharp picture, especially when displaying fast-moving action scenes, and demanding video games.

    PixelPure Hi-Bit Digital Video Processing: Toshiba's PixelPure video processing system uses a 12-bit video DAC and constantly monitors changes in signal quality, content, and movement to enhance sharpness, contrast, and color reproduction.

    Native Resolution: The 37LX96 displays all inputs at a resolution of 1366 x 768. The HDMI and component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

    CableClear DNR: Designed to optimize poor NTSC signals 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.

    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 or forward to channels you viewed prior to your current channel. Up to 32 previously viewed channels, along with picture snapshots of the previously viewed channels and inputs, can be stored in history. The Favorite Browser allows you to quickly set up a favorite channel/inputs list that is integrated into the Channel Browser.

    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.

    Picture Size: When viewing a source, you can choose one of the following picture sizes:

    • Natural: image is displayed close to its originally formatted proportion
    • Theater Wide 1: the 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, used primarily with a 4:3 source
    • Theater Wide 2: entire picture is uniformly enlarged, used primarily with a widescreen source
    • Theater Wide 3: picture is non-uniformly enlarged; the picture is stretched wider to fill the width of the screen and stretched slightly taller
    • Full: mainly designed for receiving a squeezed 4:3 signal (a 16:9 programs squeezed into a 4:3 transmission), the picture is stretched wider to fill the screen, but not taller, none of the picture is hidden
      • Note: Full cannot be used with 1080i and 720p signals.

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

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

    Game Mode: When playing a video game requiring split-second timing (high-action games, music creation, etc.), the Game Mode shortens the frame delays between the on-screen display and the input from the controller.

    Note: The Game Mode can only be used on the Video 1, Video 2, ColorStream HD1, ColorStream HD2, HDMI 1 or HDMI 2 inputs.

    MPEG Noise Reduction: The MPEG noise reduction feature allows you to reduce visible interference caused by MPEG compression. You can choose High, Medium, Low, or Off.

    Dynamic Contrast: When dynamic contrast is set to On, the TV will detect when changes in picture quality that affect the appearance of your contrast settings and adjust the video automatically.

    Vertical Edge Enhancer: This feature strengthens video contour by correcting the edges of the horizontal bars. The Vertical Edge Enhancer to High, Middle, Low, or Off.

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

    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 these 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)

    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.

    Front Panel Lock: You can lock the control panel to prevent your settings from being changed accidentally (by children, for example). When the lock is On, only the power button will operate.

    Input Lock: You can use the Input Lock feature to lock the video inputs so that they cannot be viewed. Input Lock works for Video 1, Video 2, ColorStream HD-1, ColorStream HD-2, HDMI 1, HDMI 2, and PC, as well as channels 3 and 4.

    Input Label: You can label each input according to the connected source. The preset list of labels includes: Cable, DTV, Satellite/DSS, VCR, Laser Disc, DVD, HD-DVD, Audio Receiver, Compact Disc, Video Recorder, Game Console, Hide (so you don't have to toggle through an input you're not using), and the default label is blank.

    THINC: The Toshiba Home Interactive Network Connection (THINC) feature allows you to connect the TV to your home network which will enable access to file sharing and e-mail scheduling features. You can access JPEG and MP3 files stored on your network or home PC and play them on the TV. You can also schedule recordings and reminders by sending an e-mail from any PC. This feature requires Windows XP Home or Professional (Service Pack 1 or 2) or Windows 2000 Operating systems.

    Note: You cannot access or browse the Internet through the TV.

    DVD Features

    DVD Slot: The 37LX96 has a built-in DVD/CD slot on the left side. The controls for the DVD player are located beside the slot, and have the following buttons: Play, Stop, >>|Skip, |<<Skip, and Open/Close.

    Playback Options: The built-in DVD player features fast forward and fast reverse speeds of 2x to 64x for DVDs, 2x to 16x for VCD/CDs. Slow motion playback is available in either direction at speeds of 1/2x to 1/8x for DVDs and up to 1/3x for VCDs. When the unit is paused, you can play back the video frame-by-frame in forward direction.

    A-B Repeat Play: The DVD player's A-B Repeat playback feature allows you to repeat material between two selected points. A-B repeat works when playing DVDs, VCDs, and CDs, but not for MP3/JPEG discs and interactive DVDs.

    Mounting Options

    Detachable Stand: The TV comes mounted on a pedestal stand for easy placement on top of a counter or table. On the pedestal stand, the TV can swivel 15° left or right for best viewing angle.

    Wall Mounting: The TV has 4 threaded inserts on the back for use with an optional wall-mount bracket. The spacing of the mounting holes is VESA 200 (200mm x 200mm) in accordance with the industry standards set by the Video Electronics Standards Association. The threaded inserts require M6 (6mm) machine screws.

    Remote Control

    Multibrand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on many other brand components; including cable boxes, satellite receivers, DVD players (including portables), VCRs, PVRs, Cable/PVR combos, DBS/PVR combos, Audio Amps, CD players, and A/V receivers.

    Inputs and Outputs Notes

    HDMI Inputs: This TV is equipped with two HDMI jacks which can accommodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) from other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. The HDMI jacks are compliant with the EIA/CEA-861/861B standard and are 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, a stereo RCA audio input is provided for the HDMI input (shared by the PC input).

    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 monitor output resolution of the PC can be set to VGA (640x480), SVGA (800x600), or XGA (1024x768).

    Note: The PC input shares the audio input with the HDMI/DVI input, so if you are connecting a device using an HDMI/DVI adapter, you will not be able to plug in the PC audio cable.

    THINC (Ethernet) Port: An RJ-45 jack is provided for connecting the TV to your home network for file sharing and e-mail.

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

    A/V Output: Standard composite video and analog audio outputs are provided for connecting a VCR for editing and dubbing. The A/V OUT terminals will output audio only when the TV's input mode is HDMI, Component Video, or PC, or when the MP3 Audio player is active.

    Audio Output: An additional analog audio output (left and right RCA jacks) is provided for connecting the TV to a receiver or amplifier. When using this output, the TV's built-in speakers must be turned off. Because this is a variable output, the TV's remote control can control the volume of the external speakers.

    Digital Audio Output: An optical digital output is provided to allow you to connect the unit to a surround processor. The format can be set to Dolby Digital or PCM.

    Antenna Input: There is a single RF coaxial input for analog or digital cable/antenna connections.

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    Written By Jeff, Panama City, FL on Friday, April 20, 2007
    This TV has an excellent picture. I am only using analog (cheap) cable. I have yet to try my over-the-air HD antenna to see the picture.
    The upconverting internal DVD player looks excellent--BUT ONLY WHEN IT WORKS! Mine is defective, but Crutchfield is sending me a new one. They have EXCELLENT customer service!!! Bottom line--I love the TV. Five stars had the DVD player worked the first time.
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    Written By Debi, Norman, OK on Friday, April 20, 2007
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    First order from Cruthfield who is #1 with me. Service and delivery was awesome. This TV has great picture (both standard and HD), great sound and the no wasted space front panel design was perfect for what we needed. We used HDMI with cable box. TV went in an armoir so had to fit in 38 inch closed cabinet. The cinema series sound is the best I've heard. It was an easy install and best price anywhere. We only have to pull it out a little and swivel the stand to utilize the dvd. Very user friendly TV menus. We researched, visited all the "big stores", checked out the new 1080's and came right back to order this TV from Crutchfield.
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    Written By Rex, Connecticut on Friday, April 06, 2007
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    Terrific TV. I also bought it based on #1 rating from the big consumer products magazine, and am not disappointed in any way. Built-in VCR is very handy. With that and an HDMI cable to your cable box, there is very minimal clutter. TV is very smart about auto-adjusting to whatever signal it's getting.

    Crutchfield had a great price, and was very professional to deal with.
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    Excellent LCD television

    Written By james, Milwaukee, WI on Monday, March 05, 2007
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    This LCD won't disappoint. I bought it based on its' #1 rating and am more impressed than I expected. Clearly the best picture that I have seen. I don't have digital cable but you would never be able to tell. This LCD enchances the picture beyond expectations. The on screen set up is very simple and fast. The package was adaquate and the delivery was 5 days from order day counting the weekend. Crutchfield is the real deal, this is my second major purchase and they are professional all the way.
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