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Toshiba 19AV500U


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Our take on the Toshiba 19AV500U

For a great deal on a reliable, well-built HDTV, skip the no-name brands and play it smart with the Toshiba 19AV500U. This HDTV delivers a vibrant picture with smooth motion handling and a wide viewing angle. The glossy black bezel adds a touch of elegance that's unexpected in this price range. The well-designed multibrand remote control is another pleasant surprise.

For a great deal on a reliable, well-built HDTV, skip the no-name brands and play it smart with the Toshiba 19AV500U. This HDTV delivers a vibrant picture with smooth motion handling and a wide viewing angle. The glossy black bezel adds a touch of elegance that's unexpected in this price range. The well-designed multibrand remote control is another pleasant surprise.

Crisp, clear HD reception is only the beginning
The 19AV500U gives you so many ways to enjoy a great picture. Its built-in tuners pull in all types of local over-the-air broadcasts, from ordinary analog to digital high-definition (antenna required). And a built-in "QAM" tuner lets cable TV subscribers watch unscrambled channels — including your local network HD channels in most areas — without the added hassle and expense of a set-top box.

Versatile, future-ready connections
The 19AV500U's audio/video connections include an HDMI input for connecting the growing number of HDMI-equipped components (HD cable and satellite receivers, high-def video game consoles, etc.). A standard computer input makes it easy to connect your laptop PC for working, gaming or web-surfing.

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Note: Sorry, we can only ship Toshiba products to the 49 continental United States and Washington D.C.; we can't 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.)

Product Highlights:

  • 19" widescreen HDTV (16:10 aspect ratio)
  • high-gloss black finish
  • 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)
  • 1440 x 900 pixels
  • 10-bit digital video processing
  • DynaLight™ dynamic backlight control for improved contrast and black level
  • built-in stereo speakers (3 watts x 2)
  • multibrand remote control
  • picture settings memory for each video input
  • 3 A/V inputs, including:
    • 1 composite video
    • 1 S-video
    • 1 component video (accepts signals up to 1080i)
    • 1 HDMI (accepts signals up to 1080i)
  • PC input: analog RGB (D-Sub 15-pin)
  • RF input for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • Energy Star® compliant (new standard) — see our article on TV power consumption for more info about this and other testing standards
  • detachable stand (stand "footprint" is 8-7/8"W x 8-1/8"D)
  • wall-mountable (bracket not included)
  • 18-1/2"W x 14-1/8"H x 3"D (15-3/8"H x 8-1/8"D on stand)
  • weight: 13.6 lbs. with stand; 11.8 lbs. without stand
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — carry-in service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee

Good picture, sound leaves much to be desired. I am considering adding a small sterweo amp and speakers to it.

sliderule38, Sebring, Florida

What's in the Box:

  • 19" Widescreen LCD TV with attached stand
  • 59" AC cord
  • Wireless remote control (CT-90275)
  • 2 "AAA" batteries
  • Screen cleaning cloth
  • Owner's Manual (English/French)
  • Stand removal instructions (English/French)
  • Product Registration Card

Energy Guide:

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Toshiba 19AV500U Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(9 Reviews)

Great TV for small location!

Jay from Fir Island, WA on 9/20/2008

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This set was purchased to replace a Kitchen TV. It had to be reasonably small and this one fits perfectly. The Picture and Color are great. The sound is good considering its coming from a 19 inch set. My only regret is that I didn't think to buy a good Monster HDMI cable to ship with the set. Live and learn, I guess.



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sliderule38 from Sebring, Florida on 9/18/2008

Good picture, sound leaves much to be desired. I am considering adding a small sterweo amp and speakers to it.



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watkinswn from FL. on 9/18/2008

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Nice clear picture. Thumbs up.



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BILL from Buffalo, New York on 9/14/2008

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The big problem I have with this TV is the limited viewing range. If you are not directly in front of the screen, the quality of the image is poor. Also, sound was below average!!! But I guess i can't complain too much!!!!!



Nice TV

Ted from Nebraska on 9/10/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I got this tv with my order of a Toshiba 42" so the price was great for me. I think it has everything a 19" should have and it works great. I love the easy setup and I haven't had any problems with it yet.



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Jim from Denver, CO on 8/12/2008

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Excellent project especially for its size.



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John from Hamburg, NY on 8/4/2008

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Very good product, excellent service and shipping and great price. Thanks./




eddie from spring valley ny on 7/9/2008

my son has ps3 n he had it hook up to non hdtv it look soso ,but when i got this toshiba 19' tv n when he hook it to this tv it looks wonderful and movies too.i and my son loves this hdtv.hd stuff on the tv looks wondeful with hdmi hook this hdtv .crutchfield has best prices too.i am going buy again from crutchfield.BUY THIS HDTV.



Good choice for small TV

stressman from Los Angeles on 5/1/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Actually tried the Samsung and Sharp 19" HDTVs. Both were disappointing. Samsung couldn't get enough brightness, Sharp had puny sound. The Toshiba does great in both areas. The audio is more powerful than the others and the picture is great. On its stand it's a little taller than the others. All in all, perfect for a small area. I've never been unhappy with a Toshiba product.




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TV Features
PC Compatible
Mounting Options
Remote Control
Input and Output 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.

LCD Panel: The LCD TV features a 10-bit video processor, 60Hz refresh rate, and wide viewing angle for clear high-action home theater images.

DynaLight Dynamic Back-Light Control: Toshiba's DynaLight Back-Light Control utilizes advanced image processing to monitor the brightness of each video frame, and adjust the backlight intensity accordingly. This precision creates seamless transitions with deep blacks for increased detail and depth analysis.

Native Resolution: The LCD television displays all inputs at a resolution of 720p (1366 x 768). The HDMI inputs will accept  1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i, VGA, SVGA and XGA signals while the component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i.

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.

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
  • TheaterWide 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
  • TheaterWide 2: entire picture is uniformly enlarged, used primarily with a letter box source
  • TheaterWide 3: picture is non-uniformly enlarged; the picture is stretched wider to fill the width of the screen and stretched slightly taller, used primarily with letter box programs with subtitles
  • Full: mainly designed for receiving a squeezed 4:3 signal (a 480i or 480p16:9 program squeezed into a 4:3 transmission), the picture is stretched wider to fill the screen, but not taller, none of the picture is hidden

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 and 2 inputs or a 480i, 480p, 720p, 1080i signal from the HDMI 1 and 2 inputs. The aspect ratio will automatically adjust as follows.

Aspect Ratio Of Signal SourceAutomatic Aspect Size Selected
4:3 normalNatural (with sidebars)
16:9 fullFull

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

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, DynaLight, Dynamic Contrast, brightness, color, tint, and sharpness

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.

Backlight Adjustment: The television features a Backlight Adjustment function which lets you adjust the TV's screen backlight for better visibility.

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

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.

Favorite Browser: The Favorites Browser function allows you to quickly set up a favorite channels list so you can jump to a preferred channel easily.

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

Channel Label: A list of common channel labels 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.

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 tot the current program, such as weather or stock data when provided 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.

Audio Adjustments: The television features independent bass and treble controls that are adjustable from 0 to 20. The television's built-in speakers also can be balanced from left to right.

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.

Sleep Timer: The sleep timer switches the television off after a specified amount of time. The sleep timer can be set to 30 minutes, 60 minutes, 190 minutes or Off.

Parental Control: Some TV programs and movies include signals that classify the content of the program (violence, dialogue, language, etc). The V-Chip feature in this television detect the signals and blocks the programs according to the ratings you select. Your rating setting is protected by a custom-user 4-digit password. 

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 the image from your PC on the TV screen by the unit's 15-pin D-sub RGB input or HDMI  input. The television supports the following PC resolutions through its PC input.

  • VGA: 640 x 480 (60Hz)
  • SVGA: 800 x 600 (60Hz)
  • XGA: 1024 x 768 (60Hz)
  • WXGA: 1280 x 768 (60Hz) or 1360 x 768 (60Hz)

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 3.5mm input on back of the TV.

Mounting Options

Pedestal Stand: The 19AV500U comes with a pedestal stand attached to the TV. The stand adds approximately 1.25" to the height of the TV panel. The pedestal stand can be removed to wall mount the LCD television.

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 100 x 100 (100mm horizontal x 100mm vertical) in accordance with the industry standards set by the Video Electronics Standards Association. The threaded inserts require M4 (4mm) machine screws (not supplied).

Remote Control

Multi-brand 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, DVD/VCR combos, HTIBs (Home Theater In a Box), and TV/VCR combos.

Input and Output Notes

HDMI Input: The HDMI input consist of a single type-A connector HDMI jack. The HDMI jack can accommodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) from other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. The HDMI jack is 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 3.5mm audio input is provided for the HDMI input. In addition to the HDMI-to-DVI adapter cable, you will also need a 3.5mm audio cable. The HDMI  input can also be used to connect the TV to your PC along with the shared PC stereo 3.5mm audio jack.

Note: The HDMI input will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i video signals. The HDMI inputs will support Linear PCM (sampling rate 32/44.1/48kHz) audio format.

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 D-sub RGB computer cable and a PC audio cable. The PC input shares the same 3.5mm audio input as the HDMI  input.

Component Video Input: The ColorStream HD Component video input 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.

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