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Toshiba 56HM195

56" TheaterWide® high-definition 1080p rear-projection DLP TV

9 Reviews

Item # 05256HM195

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The 56" 56HM195 is part of Toshiba's exciting new generation of big-screen HDTVs with 1080p resolution. 1080p is the biggest TV technology story these days, and TV makers are including it in their best-performing models. Compared to more typical 720p sets, 1080p puts twice as many pixels on the screen for pinpoint clarity. A 1080p display is a pixel-perfect match for 1080i high-definition programs, so you'll see every detail.

The 56" 56HM195 is part of Toshiba's exciting new generation of big-screen HDTVs with 1080p resolution. 1080p is the biggest TV technology story these days, and TV makers are including it in their best-performing models. Compared to more typical 720p sets, 1080p puts twice as many pixels on the screen for pinpoint clarity. A 1080p display is a pixel-perfect match for 1080i high-definition programs, so you'll see every detail.

The 56HM195 uses a Toshiba-designed "light engine" based on DLP™ (Digital Light Processing). All non-HD signals are upconverted and enhanced by Toshiba's multi-step digital video processing system, which improves resolution, contrast, and color.

Once you have the highest resolution available, the next step is optimizing picture brightness and contrast, and Toshiba uses two innovative approaches. First, a circuit samples the brightness level of the video signal, and controls a "dynamic iris," opening and closing it instantaneously to achieve deeper blacks and higher contrast. It can reduce light output up to 75% when necessary. Also, Toshiba's new lamp design is 25% brighter than than on previous models, creating brilliant images that will draw you in. The picture is plenty bright for daytime viewing, too.

The 56HM195 is a "Digital Cable Ready" TV, with built-in HD tuners for both over-the-air and cable TV signals (to take full advantage of the built-in cable tuner, ask your service provider about a CableCARD). You have access to lots of channels, and you'll always know what's on thanks to the subscription-free TV Guide On Screen program guide. It simplifies sorting through and selecting programs to watch, as well as scheduling recordings to a separate VCR, DVR, or DVD recorder.

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

Large Item Special Shipping: This item will be delivered and placed in any accessible room in your home. 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.

Product Highlights:

  • high-definition TV — receives and decodes digital standard-definition and HDTV signals from over-the-air broadcasts (antenna required) and cable TV service (CableCARD required)
  • widescreen 16:9 aspect ratio
  • Texas Instruments SmoothPicture™ DLP chip (1920 x 1080 pixels)
  • TALEN™ X 1080p Light Engine with DEEP Picture™ (Digitally Enhanced Engine Performance) for enhanced sharpness and color saturation
  • Xtreme BLAC™ (Black Level Aperture Control) dynamic iris for deeper blacks and better contrast
  • 5000:1 contrast ratio
  • PixelPure AT™ digital video processing (upconverts all video signals to 1080p)
  • Radiance™ 150 Hi-Bright Lamp with high/low brightness settings
  • TV Guide On Screen® 8-day program guide
  • 1-tuner Picture-in-Picture (split-screen)
  • built-in stereo speakers (15 watts x 2)
  • illuminated multibrand remote control
  • picture settings memory for each input
  • 9 A/V inputs, including:
    • 3 composite video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 3 S-video (2 rear, 1 side)
    • 2 component video (accepts 1080i/720p/480p/480i signals)
    • 2 HDMI digital audio/video inputs (accepts signals up to 1080i)
    • 2 IEEE 1394 "DTVLink" ports for HD record/play with digital video recorders like Toshiba's Symbio™
  • 2 RF inputs for antenna/cable signals
  • optical digital audio output for Dolby® Digital
  • memory card slot for viewing digital photos and playing MP3 files
  • 51-7/8"W x 36-1/8"H x 17-1/4"D
  • weight: 90 lbs.
  • warranty: 1 year parts & labor — in-home service
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
  • Contact your local cable provider for details regarding the availability and costs of CableCARD-related services

What's in the Box:

  • 56" Rear-projection DLP TV
  • CT-90233 Wireless remote control
  • 2 "AA" batteries
  • 2 Dual-wand IR blasters with attached 9.75' cables (both IR blasters share a single minijack mono connector)
  • 4 Self-adhesive foam strips (for mounting the IR blasters)
  • Owner's Manual
  • Product Registration Card (stapled to Owner's Manual)

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Toshiba 56HM195 Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(9 Reviews)

Beware of Toshiba

Jeff from Florida on 10/11/2008

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Have had nothing but problems with this set. First it was the bulb less than six months after purchase. Now it is the Light Engine. The Light Engine is on back order with no ETA. I have been doing some research and I found out that there is a KNOWN problem with their Light Engines. Toshiba is no help and has no answer, but to say "It is out of Warranty". I will never buy any Toshiba products again.



Great Picture, and great for gaming

ddaryl from Washington on 6/8/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this HDTV so I could be a part of the HDTV revolution, and I am really enjoying my purchase. I also bought a DirecTV High Def reciever with Tivo. Once you go HD you'll never go back !!!<BR><BR>I mainly bought this HDTV to coincicde with my Xbox 360 purchase and to also have ready for the Playstation 3. Gaming on this HDTV has been a pleasure. <BR><BR>My only complaint was that my 1st bulb blew out after 3 months, but Toshiba had announced some flaws with a set of these coming out of thier manufacturer, and replaced the bulb for free and extended my bulb warranty as well.<BR><BR>Setup was very simple, and the delivery guys took it out of the box for me. Crutchfields customer service was also quite excellent.<BR><BR>I've had this tv for 7 months now and I am still very hppy with it. I do recommend that this HDTV be one of the ones you consider when buying your set<BR>



Toshiba 56HM195

Sean from poughkeepsie, NY on 3/22/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I bought this TV in Sept 2005 and had nothing but problems ever since. First thing was the cablecard interface didn't work and Toshiba said it was the cable company's problem. After 2 Toshiba software fixes, that problem was fixed in march 2006 . In the meantime in Jan 06 the TV had a problem with the color wheel. So I was out a TV until the technician could get a new light engine and replace it last week. After one week the TV is broke again(they think color wheel again)and im asking Toshiba for a new one or my money back. BTW the tech told me the light engine would cost $1000.00 if it was not under warranty, and to get the Toshiba service tech on the phone took a 20 min wait.



Not Pleased

Fred from Wading River, New York on 2/15/2006

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

TV was delivered December 2005. HD picture was great for a while. Lamp unit failed Feb 7, 2006. On the average, the TV was on 4 hrs a day. After being on hold for 40 minutes with Toshiba(2/8), I was told the lamp unit was out of stock. I called again today(2/15)and was told it's still out of stock. It's expected in the warehouse in another 7-10 days with another 10-15 days for delivery. Maybe it's just my bad luck, but I'll never buy another Toshiba product again.




dpaint from Strasburg, VA on 1/10/2006

I bought this TV after doing extensive online research on big screens. On the day I bought it, I also spent over 2 hrs. in the showroom at the Harrisonburg store comparing TV models and asking questions. The guys at the store couldn't have been more helpful. They were topnotch about answering questions, no matter how trivial they may have seemed.<BR><BR>When I got it home and started working with it, I really found out what it could do and am still learning about it. The JVC DVD player I had could only do 480p hooked up to the component jacks, so I quickly bought a Sony DVD with "upconversion". That did the trick. THE DIFFERENCE IS AMAZING in 1080i. I can't say much for the picture with my Dish Satellite receiver hooked up via S-Video, so I'll just have to get an HD Sat receiver in the future. I then started playing around with the HD signals out of DC. When I found out how to pull them, some of them are amazing. Quite a few of them are twice as good as my sat signals and I'm over 60 miles away from DC.<BR><BR>I wouldn't hesitate to recommend this to anyone. Like I said, Im still learning.



Stunning Picture

darold from Olive Branch, MS on 12/27/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

I ordered the Toshiba 56HM195 earlier this month and was very impressed with the delivery to my new home. The picture in high def is second to none. After using a demo dvd to tweek the settings, it is nothing less than stunning. This is the center piece of my home theater and everyone who has seen it is amazed at the picture quality. Playing DVDs is like being at the theatre.<BR><BR>I would highly recommend this set to anyone. Be sure to get the matching stand, which not only looks great, but puts the picture at eye level. This is my second high def TV made by Toshiba and would buy another one in the future. Toshiba really knows high def. Also a plus is that the remote lights-up.




Tazz from Ohio on 11/20/2005

This big screen DLP is simply stunning. I was in the market for an HDTV and narrowed down my choices to Toshiba and Samsung. I ultimately decided to go with the Toshiba after Consumer Reports mentioned that Toshiba TVs are more reliable (when it comes to first year repairs) than other manufacturers. To top it off, this TV upconverts 1080i signals to 1080p, the best of the best. HD channels look unbelievable, DVDs look great, and video games are pretty good too. If you get this TV, get the matching stand with it. It looks great and lifts the TV to perfect eye level if you're sitting on the couch.<BR><BR>If I had to pick any weakness in this TV, it would be displaying analog cable signals. The picture looks a bit fuzzy unless you are sitting far away. If you buy this TV, you simply must get digital cable/satellite and HD channels to take advantage of the features of this TV. Also, get an upconverting progressive scan DVD player. Overall, the price for the 56HM195 might be a bit high, but it is worth every penny.<BR><BR>One last thing to note: this TV has HDMI inputs. DVI signals could be converted to HDMI via adapters, so you might think you could hook up your computer to this. Be warned though: the product manual explicitly states not to hook up a computer to this TV. You could probably still do it anyway, but it might cause problems. To be safe, if you must hook up a computer to an HDTV, I would suggest buying something else.




Jeremiah from Fargo, ND on 11/12/2005

It's 1080p, has 2 hdmi inputs, picture in picture and is very affordable in my opinion. I would have to say these were the deciding factor in my purchase (free stand and shipping didn't hurt either). The picture quality is overall great. Sound appears to be average and nothing special. The remote is really cool and all buttons light up in a soothing blue color. <BR>I am sitting about 12 feet away (eye to screen) and it looks great. I guess it looks alright 10 feet away but can be dizzying and losses some picture quality in my opinion. 11-14ft looks best. Regular satellite is not so great but not terrible. HD channels look better than real life. Upconversion dvd looks great. Xbox games look better than ever.<BR>I noticed it makes a humming noise like a pc but I suspect this is normal for a dlp. I have found articals claiming toshiba dlp's are very reliable so hopefully this is the case with this one. <BR>If your looking for something in the 50+ screen size and want cutting edge technology and features for the time give this tv a look. <BR>Crutchfield as always made the transaction a pleasure. Great job!



Monster TV

Steve from Lakeville, MN on 11/10/2005

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

For my first dive into HDTV, I was a little nervous and did major research on my TV purchase. I decided on this model in large part to resolution, size, price and Crutchfield deal (free 3 yr warranty). The delivery service was great! They unpacked and placed the TV for me. <BR>Now onto the TV itself, I don't have HDTV cable, but I do have an LG DVD player with HD upconversion to 1080i connected to the TV by Monster HDMI cable. Talk about clarity in the TV!! I was able to watch Star Wars III in 480p, then again in 1080i. What a difference. My DVD player allows me to pause the movie and then change between 480p, 720p and 1080i. It is easy to see the difference when being able to compare a screen shot against each other. <BR>The only drawback of the TV so far is using it as a central source for sound. I can not seem to be able to send all video and audio to the TV then send the audio to my receiver (Yamaha) through the digital optical out. The Toshiba owner's manual says that this is a better option to avoid delay between sight and sound. I have only had the TV for a week or two, so there is still some tweaking yet to be done. I haven't called Crutchfield's tech suport yet, either.<BR>I ordered the AVIA set up disc to complete the picture. We'll see how it goes!!




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Features and Specs

Screen Type DLP
Screen Size 56"
Aspect Ratio 16:9
Resolution (pixels) 1920 x 1080
Picture In Picture Yes
1080i Compatible Yes
720p Compatible Yes
CableCard Compatible ---
Audio Output Power 15 watts x 2
Parts Warranty 1 Year
Labor Warranty 1 Year
Type of Warranty Service In-home
Power Consumption
Power On (Manufacturer) Not Given
Standby (Manufacturer) Not Given
Width (inches) 51-7/8
Height (inches) 36-1/8
Depth (inches) 17-1/4
Footprint Width (inches) 48
Footprint Depth (inches) 15-5/8
Weight 90 lbs
Analog Inputs & Outputs
RF Inputs 2
Total Video Inputs 9
Digital Inputs & Outputs
System Link TheaterNet (IR)

Product Research

Remote Control
Inputs and Outputs Notes


HDTV (ATSC) Tuner: The TV has a built-in over-the-air HDTV (ATSC) tuner, so you don't have to purchase a separate digital set-top box to receive and decode over-the-air HDTV/SDTV signals.

CableCARD Slot: This TV has a back panel CableCARD slot that allows digital cable reception without a set-top box. CableCARDs will be available from your local cable provider.

XHD 2x Resolution ("Exceeds HD"): This advanced 1080p display produces about 2 million pixels on screen, which is more than two times that of a conventional 720p display. This allows 1920 x 1080i signals to be displayed without scaling down the image to 1280 x 720. By simply de-interlacing the full 1080i signal, this display keeps the full image detail.

TALEN X 1080p Light Engine: Toshiba's 1080p DLP engine utilizes Texas Instruments' higher resolution xHD4 1080p DMD chip. This engine uses a higher resolution chip, an enhanced lens system, and superior processing to create higher resolution images on screen. 

DEEP Picture (Digitally Enhanced Engine Performance): Toshiba's TALEN X 1080p engine features DEEP Picture technology. The DEEP system employs two picture quality algorithms that dramatically improve engine performance. By enhancing both sharpness and color saturation, the DEEP system helps create sharper, deeper, more realistic images.

Xtreme BLAC (Black Level Aperture Control): This system increases the electronic gain to utilize the full dynamic range of the TALEN engine. A dynamic aperture then reduces the black level by up to 75% where needed.

Native Resolution: The 56HM195 has a display resolution of 1920 x 1080. The HDMI and component video inputs will accept 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i signals, and will display them as 1920 x 1080. All other input signals will also be displayed as 1920 x 1080.

PixelPure AT (Adaptive Technology) Digital Video Processing: Toshiba's next generation PixelPure video processing system includes new Adaptive Technology. This advanced adaptive video processing constantly monitors changes in signal quality, content, and movement to enhance sharpness, contrast, and color reproduction.

TheaterFine DFP: This TV features TheaterFine DFP Screen technology with a Digital Fine Pitch and Anti-Glare Coating that results in incredible detail and noticeably deeper blacks.

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.

TheaterNet: TheaterNet allows you to control many brands of IEEE 1394 and/or infrared-controlled A/V devices through your TV using on-screen control icons and the TV's remote control. You can use the TV's remote control (programmed to operate the device), or the device's remote control. The signal passes from the remote control, through the TV to the device via the supplied TheaterNet IR cables. The TheaterNet's infrared eye can be attached to the device using the supplied double-sided tape.

Picture-Out-Picture (POP): The picture-out-picture feature splits the screen into a double window that allows you to watch two programs at the same time. You can switch the audio from the main to the POP picture as desired. The double window features each picture according to its input signal aspect ratio, allowing you to view two 4:3, two 16:9 or one 4:3 and one 16:9 picture simultaneously.

Note: Since the TV does not have 2-tuner picture-in-picture, you cannot view two antenna sources simultaneously. You can view an antenna source in one window and a video source in the other window.

Channel Browser: The Channel Browser stores the most recently viewed channels (up to 32) in the channel history. This feature allows you to:

  • Keep a separate, temporary history of the last 32 channels tuned from each of three inputs: Ant 1, Ant 2, and Cable Box.
  • Quickly surf and tune your recently viewed channels from the Channel Browser banner.
  • Surf via Browse mode (to immediately tune channels as you highlight them in the Channel Browser banner) or Select mode (to surf over channels in the browser banner before you select one).
  • Set a "Home" channel for the Ant 1, Ant 2, and Cable Box inputs.

Favorite Channels: This feature allows you to store 27 of your favorite channels.

Favorite Channel Search Function:This function lets you quickly scan your favorite channels. The TV automatically enters multi-window mode, and begins a nine picture scan of your favorite channels. In each small window, there is a still picture of the program on that channel.

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: picture is non-uniformly enlarged; the center of the picture remains close to its true proportion, but the left and right edges are stretched wider to fill the screen
  • Theater Wide 2: entire picture is uniformly enlarged
  • 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: This mode is mainly designed for 16:9 programs. When a 16:9 program is received, the picture is stretched taller to fill the screen without distorting the main portion of the image. If a 4:3 program is sensed, the picture is stretched wider to fill the screen, but not taller. In each case, none of the picture is hidden.
    • Note: Full cannot be used with 1080i and 720p signals.

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

  • 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, and sharpness, and color temperature

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

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

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 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)

Sub-bass System: The sub-bass system allows you to enhance bass performance, even when the volume is low.

On Timer: The on timer switches the television on for a specified amount of time. The on timer can be set to 30 minutes, 1 hour, 2 hours, 4 hours, 8 hours, or 12 hours.

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.

Quick Restart: With the Quick Restart feature set to On, the TV stays in standby mode for several minutes after the TV is turned off. If the TV is turned on from standby mode, the full picture appears immediately.

Lamp Mode: You can select either the Hi Bright or Low Power mode. The Hi Bright mode is useful for situations where additional picture brightness is desired (such as in a room with bright lighting). The Low Power mode reduces wear on the projection lamp and using it should result in longer lamp life.

Memory Card Slots: The side panel of the TV has two separate memory card slots. One slot can only play CompactFlash Cards, while the other slot allows you to use the following media: xD-Picture cards, SD memory cards, MultiMediaCards, and Memory Sticks (Pro). Compatible memory cards must have the following specifications:

  • Maximum Memory Card Capacity: 512 MB
  • Maximum Displayable JPEG Image Size: 8 MB
  • Maximum Displayable JPEG Image Resolution: 6000 x 4000
  • Maximum MP3 File Size: 50 MB
  • Maximum Number of Files Per Memory Card: JPEG=1000, MP3=200

JPEG Picture Viewer: The Picture Viewer lets you display JPEG images recorded on media inserted into the memory card slots. When the media is inserted into the slot, the images automatically display on the screen, with one as a large picture and six in thumbnail format. The following functions are available during playback: slideshow and image rotation, which allows you to rotate the current image 90-degrees clockwise or counterclockwise. During slideshow playback, you can choose one of the following interval settings: 2, 5, 10, 15, or 20 seconds.

MP3 Audio Player: The Audio Player lets you play MP3 files recorded on media inserted into the memory card slots.

TV Guide On Screen System: The TV Guide On Screen system is a free, interactive, on-screen program guide built into the TV that lists schedules and information for TV programs in your area. The TV Guide On Screen system includes the following features:

  • Streamlines On-screen Assisted Setup: allows you to quickly and easily set up the TV Guide On Screen system using the on-screen prompts
  • Program Listings and INFO Windows: allows you to scroll through eight days of TV listings and view program information
  • Channel Lineup Customization: allows you to customize your channel lineup so your favorite stations are listed first
  • Direct Tuning: allows you to directly tune the TV to a current program you want to watch by selecting it in the program guide
  • Reminders: allows you to schedule show reminders that will either display an on-screen notification banner or automatically tune the TV to the channel of the show for which you set the reminder
  • Recording: allows you to easily schedule recording for one or more programs
  • Search: allows you to search for shows by category, keyword, or alphabetically
  • On-screen Help: system contains on-screen feature definitions and navigation instructions

Remote Control

Multibrand Remote: The supplied remote is pre-programmed to operate this unit and a number of functions on other brands of components, including VCRs, personal video recorders, cable boxes, CD players, receivers, laserdisc players, DVD players, and  satellite receivers. A "Light" button allows you to illuminate all the buttons for five seconds, making for easy operation in the dark.

Inputs and Outputs Notes

i.LINK: The TV has two rear-panel i.LINK inputs that allow the display to be used with compatible i.LINK-equipped A/V components, such as D-VHS decks and the Toshiba Symbio Audio/Video Hard Driver Recorder.

Note: These terminals are not intended for use with personal computers.

HDMI Inputs: Each input consists of a single HDMI jack. The HDMI jack can accommodate a copy-protected digital connection (HDCP) to other devices (such as digital set-top boxes) that have compatible interfaces. The HDMI jack is compliant with the EIA/CEA-861/861B standard and is not intended for use with personal computers. If you want to connect a DVI-compatible device, you will need an HDMI-to-DVI adapter cable. Since DVI does not carry audio signals, a stereo audio input is provided for each HDMI input. In addition to the HDMI-to-DVI adapter cable, you will also need stereo audio cables.

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

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

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