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40" REGZA® 1080p LCD HDTV

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Our take on the Toshiba 40RF350U

by Steve Kindig
Toshiba

The sharp, clear picture of the Toshiba 40RF350U seems to float in the air. That visual effect is created in part by Toshiba's "Super Narrow Bezel" — at under one inch wide, it's the world's thinnest. This 40" TV actually has about the same dimensions as typical 37" models.

The latest LCD design for outstanding picture quality
Whether you watch over-the-air stations, satellite or cable TV, most high-definition programs are in 1080i, and the only way to see every detail in a 1080i signal is with a 1080p TV. The 40RF350U's built-in tuners pull in all types of local over-the-air broadcasts, from ordinary analog to digital high-definition (antenna required). And a "QAM" cable tuner enables cable subscribers to watch unscrambled channels, including HD in many areas.

Toshiba employs a "wide color gamut" backlight to provide a 25% wider color range than their previous LCDs. You'll primarily notice deeper reds and greens. The 40RF350U is also one of Toshiba's first LCDs to use a 10-bit panel, which quadruples the number of possible color shades for each color primary (red, green, and blue). The bottom line is that the number of possible hues goes from millions to over a billion, for colors that are nuanced and natural.

The right inputs to keep you entertained — now and in the future
The generous array of audio/video connections includes two HD-capable component video jacks, plus three HDMI digital inputs for use with the growing number of HDMI-equipped components (like HD satellite receivers and upconverting DVD players). The 40RF350U belongs to the new breed of HDTVs that not only displays 1080p video, but also accepts 1080p signals. Feed a 1080p signal from a compatible high-definition disc player and select the TV's "Native Mode" to see a pixel-perfect 1080p picture with no unnecessary processing.

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Highlights:

  • 40" widescreen HDTV (16:9 aspect ratio)
  • high-gloss black finish with chrome trim
  • 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)
  • CineSpeed™ LCD panel (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • 8-millisecond pixel response time
  • 176°(H) x 176°(V) viewing angle
  • 10-bit display panel for up to one billion possible colors
  • ColorBurst™ wide-range fluorescent backlight for extended color range
  • DynaLight™ dynamic backlighting for improved contrast and black level
  • PixelPure™ 3G 14-bit digital video processing
  • Colormaster™ color adjustment
  • x.v.Color compatibility
  • built-in stereo speakers (10 watts x 2)
  • multibrand remote control
  • CE-LINK™ remote control networking system (HDMI-CEC)
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 7 A/V inputs, including:
    • 2 composite video (1 rear, 1 side)
    • 1 S-video
    • 2 component video (accepts signals up to 1080i)
    • 3 HDMI v1.3 (accepts signals up to 1080p — 60Hz, 24Hz)
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • Energy Star® compliant
  • detachable swivel stand (stand "footprint" is 18-3/8"W x 12"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 36-7/8"W x 22-3/4"H x 5-1/2"D (24-7/8"H x 12"D on stand)
  • weight: 59.1 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

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FREE scheduled delivery to your door: 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.

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Features and Specs
Display
Screen Size
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40"
Screen Design
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Flat
Aspect Ratio
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16:9
Screen Resolution (pixels)
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1920 x 1080
Screen Refresh Rate
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60 Hz
Backlighting Type
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Wide-Range Fluorescent
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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7
HDMI Inputs
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3
Component Video Inputs
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2
Composite Video Inputs
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2
RF Inputs
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1
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
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Not Given
Estimated Yearly Energy Cost (EnergyGuide)
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Dimensions & Mounting Information
Width (inches)
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36-7/8
Height with Stand (inches)
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24-7/8
Height without Stand (inches)
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22-3/4
Depth with Stand (inches)
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12
Depth without Stand (inches)
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5-1/2
Stand Width (inches)
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18-3/8
Weight with Stand
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59.1 lbs
Weight without Stand
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Not available
Wall Mountable
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Wall Bracket Included
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Pedestal Stand
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Assembly required
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What's in the box?

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  • 40" Widescreen LCD TV
  • Wireless remote control (CT-90276)
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • Pedestal base
  • Pedestal shaft
  • 4 Large allen-head bolts with installed flat and lock washers
  • 5 Small allen-head bolts with installed flat and lock washers
  • Allen wrench
  • Cable clamp
  • Screen cleaning cloth
  • Owner's Manual (English/French)
  • Stand Assembly Instructions (English/French)
  • Product Registration Card

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TV Features
PC Compatible
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.

Full HD Resolution: The 40RF350 displays all inputs at a resolution of 1080p (1920 x 1080). The 3 HDMI inputs will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i and VGA signals while the component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i.

High 10-Bit LCD Panel: Toshiba's 10-bit LCD panel provides 64 times more colors than a standard 8-bit panel, offering smoother transitions between color changes and during subtle shade transitions.

Cinespeed: Toshiba's REGZA Premium LCD Hi-Speed Cinespeed panels offer fast response times of 8ms or faster for an ultra sharp picture, especially when displaying fast-moving action scenes, and demanding video games. A wide 176-degree viewing angle ensures that you can enjoy this TV from any seat in your room.

PixelPure 3G 14-Bit Digital Video Processing: Toshiba's 3rd generation PixelPure video processing system uses a 14-bit video DAC and constantly monitors changes in signal quality, content, and movement to enhance sharpness, contrast, and color reproduction. This advanced third-generation digital video processing system runs at a fast 333Mhz and is capable of producing 4,096 levels of gradation (16 times greater than a standard 8-bit processor) for a smooth, natural-looking picture without image banding.

DynaLight Back-Light Control: Toshiba's DynaLight Back-Light Control creates superior black levels for deeper, more lifelike images, even in low light environments.

ColorBurst: ColorBurst utilizes enhanced CCFL back-light technology to expand the TV's color range to 90%+ of the NTSC color gamut. This significantly improves both color purity and color saturation, and combined with superior processing and a superior back-light, creates colors that are vibrant and natural.

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.

CE-Link: CE-Link allows you to control the basic functions of HDMI connected Toshiba CE-Link compatible audio/video devices using the TV's remote control for simpler operation of your system.

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 [480i, 480p] 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
  • 4:3 HD: provides a 4:3 aspect ratio of a 720p, 1080i or 1080p signal; sidebars fill the empty vertical spaces while not distorting the picture from its original size
  • Native: when receiving a 720p, 1080i or 1080p signal program, Native Mode restores the size of the picture by the 3-5% that is generally lost during the normal over-scanning that occurs on traditional sets. It also avoids unnecessary scaling of HD signals that can reduce overall image resolution and picture quality.

TheaterWide Scrolling: You can set separate scroll settings for the Theater Wide 2 and TheaterWide 3 modes for each input. You can adjust the scroll of the picture up and down as needed form -10 to +20.

Auto Aspect Ratio: The Auto Aspect Ratio feature will automatically select the picture size when one of the following inputs sources is received - a 480i signal from the Video 1 or 2 inputs or the Component Video 1 or 2 inputs or a 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i, 1080p, or VGA signal from any of the HDMI inputs. The aspect ratio will automatically adjust as follows.

Aspect Ratio Of Signal Source Automatic Aspect Size Selected
4:3 normal Natural (with sidebars)
4:3 letter box TheaterWide 2
16:9 full Full

Note: When the TV cannot identify the aspect ratio of the signal source, the aspect ratio of the TV will be adjusted to your "Picture Size" selection in the TV's menu

Cinema Mode: When you view a DVD (3:2 pulldown processed) from a DVD player connected to the Video 1/2, Component Video 1/2, or any of the HDMI inputs on the TV, smoother motion can be obtained by setting the Cinema Mode to Film from Video.

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
  • Document: designed for viewing of table/documents from a PC
  • Preference: allows you to adjust and store contrast, back light, DynaLight, brightness, color, tint, and sharpness

TheaterLock: The TheaterLock feature allows you to lock all items that affect the picture mode setting to help prevent anyone from changing your settings.

Color Temperature: You can change the quality of the picture by selecting from three preset color temperatures - Cool (bluish), Medium (neutral), or Warm (reddish). You can also adjust the levels of greens and blues in each preset temperature.

ColorMaster: The ColorMaster feature allows you to adjust the television's standard colors. You can adjust the Hue, Saturation, Brightness for the following colors - Red, Green, Blue, Yellow, Magenta, and Cyan.

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

xvYCC: This feature allows an HDMI source to increase available color bits within the boundaries defined by the RGB or YCbCr color spacing providing you with a deep, richer color gamete.

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.

Static Gamma Adjustment: The Static Gamma feature allows you to adjust the levels of black in the picture. The adjustment range is with +/-5 from center.

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. This mode if more effective for 480i and 1080 input signals.

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

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 Home source for an Ant 1 channel or TV input.

Favorite Browser: Within the Channel Browser you can preview preset Favorite Channels via thumbnails along the bottom of the screen.

Channel Return: The Channel Return feature allows you to switch between two channels without entering an actual channel number each time

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.

Freeze: This feature freezes a motion picture on the TV screen. If the TV is left in Freeze mode for more than 15 minutes, the Free mode will automatically be released and the TV will return to a moving picture.

Channel Label: A list of common channel labels (logos) for various channels such as ABC, CBS, etc. are programmed into the TV. You are able to view and assign these logos to your incoming stations. If the desired channel label is not provided, you are able to manually enter and edit labels using the TV's on-screen keyboard.

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, HDMI Switch, 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.

Note: The PC input can only use the default "Blank" or "Hide" label.

Closed Captions: The TVs closed caption mode has two options.

  • Captions: an on-screen display of the dialog, narration, and sound effects of TV programs and video that are closed captioned
  • Text: an on-screen display of information not related to the current program, such as weather or stock data when provide by individual stations

Digital CC: You can customize the closed caption display characteristics by changing the background color, text size, type, edge and color.

SoundStrip Speaker System: The SoundStrip Speaker System utilizes a thin-line speaker design with enhanced dynamic range. This eliminates the big round speakers, without losing any of the big home theater sound.

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)

Audio Adjustment: You can adjust the audio quality by adjusting the TV's bass, treble and balance.

Dolby Digital Dynamic Range Control: This dynamic range control feature causes the ATSC dynamic range to be further compressed, allowing you to switch from ATSC to analog broadcast at the same dynamic range.

Mute: The TV mutes the volume half-way when the Mute button is pressed once on the remote; when pressed a second time the TV will mute the volume completely and when pressed a third time the volume will resume as normal.

Digital Audio Selector: You can use the TV's Digital Audio Selector to conveniently switch between audio tracks on a digital channel for those digital channels with multiple audio tracks.

Lip-Sync Latency: This feature activates an auto audio/video display timing adjustment function that allows HDMI source devices to accurately perform synchronization automatically.

GameTimer: You can use the GameTimer function to se a time limit for playing a video game from 30 to 120 minutes. When the GameTimer expires, the TV enters Input Lock mode and locks out the input source for the video game device.

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.

Lock System: The TV's Lock Menu includes ratings blocking, channel blocking, input locking and a side panel control lock which are all protected by the same user customized 4 digit password.

Power-On Mode: You can select between a Power-Saving or Fast mode.

  • Power-Saving: keeps power consumption in standby mode to below 3W; as a result, it takes a bit longer to turn on
  • Fast Mode: increases power consumption in standby mode to allow the TV to turn on quicker; while in Fast mode the yellow LED on the TV front panel will be lit

Last Mode Memory: If the power is cut off while you are viewing the TV, the Last Mode Memory feature automatically turns on the TV when the power is re-supplied.

Note: You should unplug the TV's power cord if it is probable that you will be away from the TV for an extended period of time after the power is restored.

Auto Power Off: In ANT mode the TV will automatically turn itself off after approximately 15 minutes if it is turned to a vacant channel or a station that completes it broadcast for the day.

PC Compatible

PC Connection: You can view images from your PC on the TV screen by using the unit's 15-pin D-sub RGB input or HDMI 1 input.

PC Settings: When your PC is connected to the TV's 15-pin D-sub RGB terminal, you can use the TV's PC Settings features to make adjustments to the image such as picture horizontal and vertical position, clock phase (helps reduce noise and sharpens picture) and sampling clock (helps reduce noise and minimize periodic vertical stripes on-screen).

PC Audio: This function allows you to output the sound from your PC through the TV's speakers via the PC stereo RCA input on back of the TV.

Mounting Options

Pedestal Stand: The TV is shipped with the pedestal stand unattached. The pedestal stand consists of  two pieces: the base and the shaft. The shaft attaches to the base with four supplied Allen-head bolts and then attaches to the TV with 5 Allen-head bolts. An Allen wrench is provided for installation. The stand adds approximately 2.125" to the overall height of the TV.

Wall Mounting: The TV has four threaded inserts on the back for use with an optional wall-mount bracket. The spacing of the mounting holes is VESA 200 x 200 (200mm horizontal x 200mm vertical), in accordance with the industry standards set by the Video Electronics Standards Association. The threaded inserts require 6mm machine screws (not supplied).

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, DVD-recorders, DVD/VCR combos, VCRs, PVRs, CD players, and audio receivers.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

3 HDMI Inputs: The three HDMI inputs consists of a single type-A connector HDMI jack. The HDMI jacks 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 E-EDID (Enhanced-Extended Display Identification) standards. 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 audio input is provided for the HDMI 1 input. In addition to the HDMI-to-DVI adapter cable, you will also need stereo audio cables. The HDMI 1 input can also be used to connect the TV to your PC along with the shared PC stereo RCA audio jacks.

Note: The HDMI jack will accept 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals.

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 D-sub RGB computer cable and a PC audio cable.

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

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.

IR Out: You can use the TV's IR Out terminal (infrared pass-through) to remotely operate (through the TV) many infrared remote-controlled devices, such as Toshiba infrared remote controlled VCRs or DVD players, enclosed with an entertainment center or audio cabinet.

Side Panel AV Input: The television features a composite video input along with a set of stereo RCA audio inputs.

 
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2 out of 5

Bad Quality, doesn't last long

Written By Erica, Toronto, Ontario- CA on Sunday, August 19, 2012
 
Bought this TV just under two years ago. Today, multicolored vertical stripes took over 3/4 of my screen- the LCD panel is fried. To me , this constitutes a manufacturers defect and of course the manufacture conveniently disagrees, as if I and thousands of other consumers who seem to have the very same complaint broke our own purchases. Check on lines reviews to verify, this same complaint is on every review- I suspect that any good reviews you see occurred when the TV was relatively new. Of course, I did not buy the extended warranty because when I already spent $$$ for a product I expect it to last beyond the one year manufacturer's warranty such that I don't need to be extorted out of additional money incase the product breaks next year-wtf? Naturally, because I have no warranty I must pay for the repair out of pocket , cost of which greater than the price of the TV. Of course Toshiba does not make this model any more so this review is moot, but hopefully it's enough to turn you off of Toshiba products- Just b/c yours luckily happens to work fine, does not a quality product make for the rest of us. Recommend not to buy Toshiba unless you're a sucker for punishment and have lots of disposable income to burn money .
Pros:
Looks good on the TV stand.
Cons:
Takes 30 seconds to turn on, and longer over time. Lasts only two years LCD panel burns out-vertical lines take over the screen
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4 out of 5

Resolution of 40RF350U problems

Written By KBCOLE, Greenville, SC on Saturday, November 27, 2010
 
I'm a fan of Toshiba, but was disappointed with the problems that surfaced.
I bought the 40RF350U expecting the same quality with other Toshiba products,
including my laptop, and heard great reviews on Toshiba's customer service and
reliability. Then my unit experienced the same defects:
1) ½ of the screen flickered out and became sporatic
2) a 4 inch margin on one side of the screen that altered the viewing
My LCD screen became unusable - I was most upset! I contacted Toshiba and first
was told there was no known defects, and no resolution. I researched the
problems and found other post with the same issues. I took 30+ photos of my
LCD. Contacting Toshiba's customer service again, I got a hold of the correct
person and submitted the photos of the malfunctioned screen.
The end result was Toshiba stood by their quality and repaired my LCD. The
panel was fixed and resolved all issues, and the image looks even crisper than
before. Submitting documentation and photos of my defective unit was the key to
getting a fix.
I was amazed by Toshiba's customer service. Toshiba proved their quality and
reliability. Although it was a hassle and inconvenient, the experience proved
Toshiba is an outstanding company with great quality and customer service.
Afterwards, a service manager even called for a final check on my satisfaction.
Toshiba is still excellent and I will continue buying their quality products.
1 out of 3 people found this helpful
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1 out of 5

Do not buy

Written By Marty, Castro Valley, CA on Wednesday, August 05, 2009
 
Brought this TV about a year and a half ago. About 3 months ago a small line appeared on the left side of the TV a couple of inches from the side. Annoying, but watchable. Toshiba has issued a extended warranty for the 46 inch version, but not for the 40inch, so they will do nothing about the issue. To top it off, a couple weeks ago the tv started having vertical lines appear on the whole left hand side of the screen, which basically makes the tv unwatchable. They of course will not do anything about this issue either, though it seems related.... customer service staff not helpful at all, just kept repeating that they "were sorry", even though from searching online, this model seems to have a lot of issues with it. I will never buy another Toshiba again.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great Service and Product

Written By Ken, Madison, AL on Wednesday, April 02, 2008
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It is difficult to imagine how my shopping experience could have been better. The phone rep was friendly, knowledgeable, and flexible on price. The Toshiba fits perfectly in our den cabinet and provides an excellent picture, particularly for higher resolution video content. This is my fourth Crutchfield purchase; why even get in your car to shop?
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5 out of 5

great looking tv

Written By liveoak, san diego county on Friday, March 14, 2008
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i bought this tv because of space requirements, although i read many reviews first. this tv is awesome, the standard def is as good as i've ever seen on a lcd and of course hd is great. i use dish network. this is a good value w/3 hdmi inputs and i would recommend it to anyone looking for a stylish tv. the thin frame makes the tv look better than any other in this category. the speakers are the only shortfall, they sound ok, but the tv was designed to be compact and big speakers would would ruin the appeal. i want to use surround sound anyway. get this tv, you'll be happy.
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4 out of 5

Toshiba 40RF350U

Written By Westie1, La Grande, OR on Thursday, February 14, 2008
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At the outset, we did not want a large HDTV as we did not want to have to replace our DVDs down the road with HD or Blu-Ray discs and player. So a 40"-42" was our size with a requirement for HDMI 1.3 and at least 3 HDMI or more connections. We also wanted at least a 10,000 contrast ratio, a great picture, 1080P, and we liked the very small bezel (becoming a trend). The 40RF350U has met all of these criteria.



However, one area that this set completely fails at is the NTSC (analog) tuner. Our previous portable Sharp 13" TV received 7 channels (many very clear) over the air (OTA) while the same rabbit ears (50 db) in the same location yielded 1 unwatchable station on the 40RF350U. Calls to Crutchfield and Toshiba indicated that our long distance to transmitters and probable less importance of manufacturing an equivalent NTSC tuner was the problem (most viewers use satellite, cable, or fiber). So the tuner is not recommended, but it will become obsolete within 12 months anyway when the spectrum is shutdown for digital or one can install a roof/attic antenna and hopefully solve this problem.



The other weak area has to with Crutchfield delivery. Although we were quoted 7-10 days (5-7 business days) the reality was 15 days (12 business days). However, Crutchfield support has been excellent and is highly recommended.
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Fantastic HDTV for tight spaces

Written By Mark, Sumter, SC on Sunday, January 20, 2008
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This was my first HDTV and I primary selected this TV based on my existing entertainment center dimensions, recommendation for Toshiba's, and specifications. This replaced a 32" Sharp CRT TV, which was a bear to move. I bought this TV from Crutchfield, and the buying and delivery process was very easy. Their price was not only competitive, but I was willing to pay slightly more for their trouble free reputation. It turned out there were no problems at all.



CON: SD DirecTV via component connections was actually disappointing--it just does not look as good as the tube TV it replaced. Of course, I think some of this is the source flaws being magnified by the new HDTV's size and resolution capabilities. Still, I've seen some better HDTVs in terms of SD appearance, but usually the very most top end ones look slightly better. But, judging from looking at many HDTVs before making this purchase, I would say the SD quality is average (and the reason I gave it 4 stars overall).



Also, there is some "flashlighting" in the top corners of the screen, but is only noticeable when all-dark screens are shown with no or low quality signals. I've never noticed this while watching a DVD/HD-DVD----even in a darkened room. Usually it is seen when a DVD/HD-DVD is getting started before the Top Menu. If you are a type AAA personality, it may bug you some (but then again, doesn't everything bug you?). The pros for this TV outweigh this small flaw.



PRO: Setup and install was fairly painless. It took about 30 minutes to get it out of the box, install the pedestal and get it in place. It is MUCH easier to move than the TV it replaced. The appearance was really excellent---beautiful TV with a shockingly small bezel. It squeezed into my existing TV space with about 1/8" to spare on each side! The calibration via the Monster CD was easy and took just minutes. Recommend the forums to get the latest and greatest settings for this TV--it will save you loads of time and frustration, and there is a dedicated topic just on this TV.



BUT! The HD-DVD (Toshiba HD-A30) via HDMI is simply eye watering--amazing. It looks more like a sharp photograph than a movie. Everything about the HD quality is tops: colors, saturation, sharpness, motion, etc, etc. Take a gander at the movie 300 in HD-DVD and you'll know what I mean. Not that you want to, but you can see pores on the actor's faces and individual strands of hair. Awesome. I am switching to HD DirecTV just for this reason--so my "regular" TV shows will look this good. It blows my older tube TV away.
All in all, I am very glad I bought this TV. We will get many years of satisfaction from it. In a few years I plan to move this easily into my bedroom and then get a new entertainment center and larger HDTV. For now, this Toshiba was a huge step up and is very enjoyable--highly recommended.

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5 out of 5

Thanks for your recommendation, Crutchfield

Written By Joel, Naples, Florida on Sunday, December 30, 2007
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I've owned Toshiba products since 1987 and have confidence in the brand. Toshiba has all the right connections in the right places and is reliable. I bought this TV to supplement my 120" home theater setup and serve as an upscale PC/gaming monitor. I first bought a TV locally but the brand I chose proved defective so I called Crutchfield. I took Crutchfield's recommendation. They also suggested an articulating wall mount that is excellent. Amazingly Crutchfield's price is lower than our local 'sale' prices. I thought I'd get to spend more time with the installation than I have, but other family members spend hours using it. High praise indeed!
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5 out of 5

Exactly what I was looking for

Written By Mike, Solon, Ohio on Wednesday, December 19, 2007
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When I decided to purchase an HDTV, I knew I was limited by the size of the cabinet that we had. One of the sales associates from Crutchfield informed me that two brands had a thin bezel design that would allow me to fit a 40" set in a 38" opening. I did some further research and I was very impressed by this Toshiba Flat screen.

In addition to fitting in the cabinet it looks wonderful. I did change the Picture Mode to standard from the factory setting of Sports. The Sports setting is nice for a sporting event but a bit too bright for normal viewing. This is very easily handled with the remote; there is a button for PIC MODE.

The Toshiba also contains all of the inputs I need as well as a few extras for future expansion. I also like the ability to easily change the INPUT. There is a button on the remote that give you a selection of the available options (which are customizable, Cable, VCR, Game System and etc.).

I need to also mention that the delivery was and easy process.
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3 out of 5

Toshiba 40RF350U

Written By dave, Swarthmore PA on Sunday, December 09, 2007
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Just got my TV today - this will be my third Toshiba LCD - The picture quality is awesome and 1080P looks great. I'm sad to say that this is my first Toshiba that I recieved with the "ghosting or Backlight Bleeding" artifacts. Two of the four corners have a good amount of backlight bleeding that is just unacceptable. I will be contacting Crutchfield to exchage this set and keep my fingers crossed that the new one doesn't have the same defect.
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5 out of 5

Great TV Geat service

Written By Jim, Putnam Valley, Ny on Monday, December 03, 2007
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First off let me say that if every store had employees as nice and helpful as Crutchfield the world would be a much better place.
This TV is my first LCD and I am very pleased. The blacks are as black as I have seen on plasma sets. The set up is easy. The stand is solid and the thin bezel feels like it is well made. I have a older Toshiba CRT HDTV and this LCD is just as clear and sharp even on standard channels. The menus are easy to read and use. The colors are as true as I have seen on the others LCDs I've looked at Sony, Samsung, and Sharp. The picture is clearer then Sony,Samsug, and Sharp on standard channels.
Don't thick twice, stop looking around and buy this set. You will be pleased.
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5 out of 5

Great TV

Written By Thomas, New Hampshire on Saturday, December 01, 2007
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We purchased this set a month ago after having done a lot of research on plasma vs LCD, 60 hz vs 120 hz refresh, 1080p vs 720p, etc. We finally bought this set to put in an armoir that used to house a Mitsubishi 35" CRT set that failed. The set fits perfectly into the armoir and right out of the box, with no adjustments, displays a terrific picture from both signal sources - Comcast HD cable and a Toshiba HD-DVD XA2. Standard definition television pictures look as expected - good but not great compared to HD. High-definition pictures looked outstanding. The anti-reflective screen works well in our brightly lit room. There is very little loss of picture quality when viewing from extreme side angles - only noticable at all if you go to almost 180 degrees to either side. Sound quality is pretty good but I have this hooked up to a surround sound set. Crutchfield's support, service, and delivery process were fantastic. I would buy the set again and I would buy it from Crutchfield.
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4 out of 5

Very Nice

Written By hobbes99, Chicago on Thursday, November 29, 2007
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Just got this TV and the HD looks great right out of the box (though prob do some tweeking). SD sources look about as expected, prob no better or worse than most LCDs. There was some bleeding in the top corners that was only noticeable in the dark with black screen, but went away in one corner already and hopefully will go away completely. I haven't noticed the infamous "green push" associated with other Toshiba LCDs, but I'm still watching for any problems. So far, I would say this was a great buy and I'm keeping my fingers crossed.
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4 out of 5

Stunning

Written By Tim, Olympia, WA on Sunday, November 25, 2007
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This TV looks as good turned off as it does turned on! I "upgraded" to this TV from a 32" HDTV tube, because tubes are pretty much unbeatable as far as image quality goes, this TV is not QUITE as sharp as my tube, I must say it is about as close as I have ever seen to tube quality in an LCD. Fast motion is no problem for this set so sports channels look amazing!

Build quality is outstanding, I have 0 dead pixels, stand is sturdy and accentuates that gloss black bezel nicely (my surround speakers are also gloss black which is awesome), connections are very easy to get to even when the TV is tucked into an entertainment center.

Crutchfield is an awesome place to do business with, their shipping is quick and they use freight instead of UPS or FedEX so your stuff will arrive in one piece. They even have these cool "drop sensors" on the shipping boxes so you can tell if your new beauty has been mishandled immediately! HIGHLY recommend shopping here.
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5 out of 5

Good Fit

Written By Eric, Maryland on Sunday, November 11, 2007
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Good stuff!!! Easy to buy, easy to fit in furniture, easy to set up, easy to use. User friendly. Best of all - great picture.
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5 out of 5

ABSOLUTELY SUPERB

Written By William, New England on Saturday, November 10, 2007
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I'm so pleased with this TV, I bought it here from Crutch, first-time buyer.

Wow, what a nice company, and TV shipped free with trucking company called Eagle, and they made personal appointment just to deliver it to my house. Pretty cool.

I use this Toshiba as a combination "Gaming panel & PC monitor".
I run it at 1080P resolution (which is 1920x1080@60Hz) and I never use a lower resolution. (NOTE: I dont use this Tosh for TV or movie watching).

I came from a 30" LCD Monitor which was real fine at high resolutions. So, I was pretty worried about shifting to a TV.
But I wanted a "bigger screen", so I bit the bullet and the gamble has paid off. And my faithful 30" LCD has a new owner.

Yhis new 40" Toshiba "sweetheart" is absolutely superb in PC games, like for example "Oblivion" Using a hi-quality video card at 1920x1080 rez (called "1080P") I find the sharp graphics and the lush colors are Awesome. Stunning.

The PC video card's DVI connector is hooked to TV's HDMI connector, using a "Dual Link DVI-to-HDMI" cable.
For use as PC monitor, I adjusted the Text (in WindowsXP / Control Panel / Display / Appearance / Advanced) .... and result is crisp clear Text, easily-readable.

I game and read text at roughly 4-ft from screen, this works fine for me.
This 40" LCD-TV, thanx to its sleek, tiny (piano-black) Bezel-----is as narrow in total Width as any typical 37" LCD-TV. And in Height it's slightly-lower than height of 37" JVC 688.
Which is, wow ! very nice !------because its a great benefit if you want a 40" TV, but you only have room for a 37".

I predict in next 12 months, you will see a massive Industry change away from today's "Fat wide Bezels" to Toshiba's "tiny thin Bezel". ("Thin Is In" will be the new TV motto).

I see no "glitches" or "artifacts" or any other defects in the screen's graphics or text. And, no "bleeding" of colors" or other wierd behavior.
The TV swivels smoothly on its sleek oiano-black Pedestal. There are tons of adjustments to the Picture in the Remote Control. Its logically laid out.
The quality workmanship, the "fit n' finish" of this TV is a credit to the Mexicans who are building it in Mexico.

I looked for 8 months before buying, visited forums of couple of websites, and asked many questions, read hundreds of posts by owners of all the major TVs. I finally settled on this, and am so happy I did.
Good luck and "happy gaming" and/or "PC-monitor work".
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4 out of 5

Pleased

Written By Jeff, Houston, Tx on Friday, November 02, 2007
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I bought this set to replace a 26" LCD (1366 x 768). I had no other experience with 1080p, so I wasn't sure quite what to expect. I am very pleased with the size, the thin bezel, the brightness of the picture, and the overall build quality. However, I guess I thought 1080p would blow me away. I should note that I haven't seen anything from a 1080p source yet. I know, "duh". But somehow I thought 1920 X 1080 would change my life even for 1080i and 720p sources...it won't.



That aside, I'll get back to the praise. I love the the soft matte screen which does not reflect much ambient light. The tiny bezel is very reflective, but you won't notice cause it's so darn small. It literally blends into the armoire that the tv is sitting in and becomes a non-factor, unlike my old LCD which is all ears (so to speak).



The base is substantial and easy to install with some hex key bolts. The tv's swivel feature ensures that I won't get in trouble for scratching the armoire anymore when I need to reach behind the set. No complaints on connection options or location either. I literally had this set up and running in about 20 minutes, including about 10 minutes of skimming the literature.



I bought aftermarket HDMI cable (6' 24awg gold-plated) for less than $20, which seems to work great; but admittedly there's a chance that I'd get better picture from the $100 cables??? I'm just not there yet with spending that kind of cash for a cable...seriously. I see artifacts if I sit within 6', but from 13' on the edge of the couch, I'm in sports heaven. And from 19' I can still read the sports tickers on most news channels (HD at least).



All in all, this is a great tv, and a steal for the features and 1080p.
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