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36" TheaterView® HD HDTV-ready TV
Item # 05236HF73 | MFR # 36HF73
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Our take on the Toshiba 36HF73by Crutchfield's Steve Kindig
Toshiba's well-made TVs have impressed us for years at electronics shows, so we're pleased to be offering their latest TheaterView HD models. The 36" 36HF73 brings your viewing into the 21st century with vibrant, detailed images from all of your video sources. This stylish HDTV-ready model starts with Toshiba's FST PURE® flat picture tube. The 4:3 aspect ratio fits all your favorite standard TV shows, and the TV automatically detects widescreen sources (HDTV or DVD) and displays them in a 16:9 window.
Conventional interlaced signals (antenna/cable, VCR any source that connects to the TV via RF, composite, or S-video) are upconverted to 1080i by Toshiba's CrystalScan HDSC circuitry. Of course, you won't see the depth and dimensionality of a true 1080i HDTV signal, but you will enjoy a smoother, more natural image. For progressive-scan video sources (like a progressive-scan DVD player), you can choose 540p instead of 1080i via the on-screen menu. The result is an effortlessly filmlike image.
If you're the set-it-and-forget-it type, you'll love Toshiba's QuickConnect guide it automatically appears the first time you turn the TV on, and provides easy on-screen instructions to guide you through initial setup. If you prefer to fine-tune the picture, you'll find a full range of adjustments. Whichever type you are, you'll be pleasantly surprised by the well-written owner's manual, clearly labeled jacks, and illuminated multibrand remote control.
For hookup versatility, Toshiba provides 6 A/V inputs, including two HD-capable ColorStream® component video inputs, plus a high-res digital DVI input (increasingly popular for connecting an HDTV tuner). DVI makes this TV more future-proof, and can also provide a sharper picture. The 36HF73 offers two sets of rear A/V inputs and a set of front inputs (all with S-video) so you can easily connect a camcorder, VCR or video game console. With so many inputs, it's great to be able to select each one directly: hit the TV/Video button and all the TV's connections appear on screen just pick the one you want, without having to cycle through all of them!
- HDTV monitor (compatible with HDTV/SDTV formats when connected to a separate HDTV tuner and displays them at 1080i or 540p)
- FST PURE flat picture tube with Invar shadow mask
- 4:3 screen aspect ratio
- Auto Aspect Detection (widescreen mode for HDTV and anamorphic DVD)
- CrystalScan HDSC with 3-2 pulldown processing (upconverts NTSC sources to 1080i)
- wideband video amplifier
- 10-bit 3D digital comb filter
- CableClear digital noise reduction
- 2-tuner PIP (split-screen)
- SRS® 3D for more spacious sound from the TV's built-in speakers
- illuminated multibrand remote
- direct video input selection
- video input labeling
- 6 A/V inputs, including:
- 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 front)
- 3 S-video (2 rear, 1 front)
- 2 rear-panel HD-compatible component video
(accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
- 1 rear-panel DVI digital video input with HDCP copy protection
- 2 RF inputs for antenna/cable
- 10 wats x 2
- 38-3/16"W x 29-9/16"H x 24-1/4"D
- warranty: 1 year parts & labor (2 years parts on the picture tube)
Large Item Special Shipping: Because of its large size, the 36HF73 will be delivered and placed in any accessible room in your home. Delivery is available to physical addresses in the lower 48 states. (Sorry, no P.O. Boxes or freight forwarders.) Transit time is 5-7 business days once your order has been processed. In-home delivery for this model costs $29.99 each. Extra charges may apply for delivery after business hours or on a weekend, or if the TV must be carried up more than 5 flights of stairs.
Note: Free return shipping not available with this model.
Features and Specs
|Picture in Picture||2 Tuner|
|Audio Output Power||10 watts x 2|
|Parts Warranty||1 Year/2 Years for Tube|
|Labor Warranty||1 Year|
|Type of Warranty Service||---|
|Footprint Width (inches)||---|
|Footprint Depth (inches)||---|
|Inputs & Outputs|
|Side Panel Composite Inputs||---|
|Side Panel Component Video Inputs||---|
|Rear Composite Video Inputs||2|
|Rear Component Video Inputs||2|
|Total Video Inputs||6|
HDTV Monitor: Two ColorStream HD high-resolution component video inputs allow you to connect an optional HDTV receiver or a source with component video outputs. These inputs are capable of receiving 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i digital TV formats.
FST PURE Flat Picture Tube: This "purely flat" tube delivers increased viewing angle along with the enhanced picture linearity necessary to produce accurate life-like images. Additionally, unwanted reflections from room lighting are eliminated, compared to conventional tube designs. Finally, sharpness and brightness are both significantly improved. The result is the sharpest, brightest and most lifelike pictures ever produced by a Toshiba television.
Invar Shadow Mask: Most picture tubes use standard shadow masks made of steel, which can expand under intense heat. Expansion of the shadow mask causes picture discoloration, often called "doming." But Invar shadow masks are made of a compound of iron and nickel, rendering them extremely heat-resistant. This high thermal tolerance eliminates doming and allows the tube to operate at a higher voltage, producing brighter whites, higher contrast, and purer colors.
Dynamic Quadruple Focus: While most CRTs can create a fairly precise, round beam spot in the center of the picture, many create a less precise elliptical beam spot at the edges and corners. Dynamic Quadruple Focus utilizes both horizontal and vertical beam adjustment to ensure that even the edges and corners have a precise beam spot for a sharp, uniform picture from corner to corner.
CrystalScan HDSC with 3-2 Pulldown Processing (upconverts NTSC sources to 1080i): Conventional interlaced signals (like antenna, cable, VCR, etc.) are upconverted to 1080i by Toshiba's CrystalScan HDSC circuitry. For progressive-scan video sources (like a progressive-scan DVD player), you can choose 540p instead of 1080i via the on-screen menu. The result is an effortlessly filmlike image.
4MB, 10-bit 3D Digital Comb Filter with Vertical Contour Correction: 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.
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.
DFine Hi-Speed Velocity Scan Modulation: Velocity Scan Modulation adjusts the CRT scanning speed to create sharp, well defined edges. DFine increases the scanning speed by 80% for even greater detail.
Wide Band Video Amplifier: As standard video amplifiers increase the gain of the video signal, video bandwidth tends to decrease. This eliminates the higher frequencies, reducing resolution. A wide-band video amplifier maintains the higher frequencies, enabling higher resolution.
2-Tuner Picture-in-Picture: This feature splits the screen into a double window that allows you to watch two programs side-by-side. Using the Swap function, you can switch the programs. When the input signals of the main and secondary pictures are both 480i, you can adjust the size of each window. When one of the input signals is 1080i, 720p, or 480p, the size of each window is fixed.
Note: You cannot use the picture-in-picture feature when using the DVI input.
Programmed Channel Search Function: This function lets you quickly scan your programmed channels. The TV automatically enters a modified picture-in-picture mode, which includes the main program window and seven smaller windows. The smaller windows border the main window on the top and right side. In each smaller window, there is a still picture of the program on that channel. When you highlight one of the smaller windows, the still picture is replaced by full-motion video.
Favorite Channels: This feature allows you to store 7 of your favorite channels.
Favorite Channel Search Function: This function lets you quickly scan your favorite channels in the same way that you scan your programmed channels.
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.
Auto Aspect Detection: This system utilizes ID-1 detection to sense when an interlaced DVD player is sending a 16:9 signal, and automatically switches the TV to 16:9 Letterbox mode with vertical compression for superior picture quality.
Picture Modes: You can select one of the following picture mode:
- Sports: bright and dynamic picture
- Standard: standard picture setting
- Movie: movie-like picture setting
- Preference: allows you to adjust and store the following settings: contrast, brightness, color, tint, sharpness, flesh tone, noise reduction, and color temperature
Double Baffle Speaker Design: This side-mounted, front-firing speaker design delivers the most stereo sound reproduction available from a television's internal speaker system.
Stable Sound: When the signal source is changed, this feature limits the highest volume level to prevent extreme changes in volume.
SRS WOW: SRS WOW is a combination of three unique sound field enhancements. SRS 3D creates a wide three-dimensional sound field from two TV speakers. TruBass boosts bass frequency perception for more dramatic low frequency effects. And, FOCUS raises the sound image vertically to create clearer voices, even at lower volume levels. The combination of these features creates dramatically improved home theater sound.
Sub Bass System: The Sub Bass System allows you to enhance bass performance, even when the volume is low. When the feature is turned on, you can independently adjust the Sub Bass System level.
On Timer: The on timer switches the television on after a specified amount of time. The on timer can be adjusted from 10 minutes to 12 hours in 10-minute increments.
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.
Multibrand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on other brands of components, including cable boxes, satellite receivers, TV/VCR combos, DVD/VCR combos, DVD players, portable DVD players, and VCRs. A "Light" button allows you to illuminate all the buttons for five seconds, making for easy operation in the dark.
DVI/HDCP Input: This input consists of left and right RCA audio jacks and a DVI-D terminal. The DVI-D terminal can accommodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) to other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. The DVI-D terminal is compliant with the EIA-861 standard and is not intended for use with personal computers.
Note: The DVI-D input will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i.
ColorStream HD High-resolution Component Video Inputs: The component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p and 480i.
Audio Center Channel In: This input consists of a single RCA audio jack and an on/off switch. If your receiver has a center channel output, you can connect it to this input and use the TV speakers as your center channel. For this to work, the on/off switch must be in the on position.
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