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I've been looking and looking to find the right plasma and have basically decided on the Panasonic 42px500u but then in September 2005 issue of Sound & Vision they had a little blurb on the Toshiba 42HPX95. I did a couple of price searches and they're coming up very close to the cost of the Panasonic. The Toshiba does something that I haven't seen any other plasma do, hook up to a ethernet port to stream pictures and music from a PC.
Has anyone seen this TV or had any experience using it? Thanks.

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Just answered my own question, seems like it's starting shipping next week.
Thanks.

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I've been looking and looking to find the right plasma and have basically decided on the Panasonic 42px500u but then in September 2005 issue of Sound & Vision they had a little blurb on the Toshiba 42HPX95. I did a couple of price searches and they're coming up very close to the cost of the Panasonic. The Toshiba does something that I haven't seen any other plasma do, hook up to a ethernet port to stream pictures and music from a PC.
Has anyone seen this TV or had any experience using it? Thanks.

-Jody
I could be totally wrong on this but I'm almost 100% sure I read that Toshiba buys their screens and most of the internal boards from Panasonic anyway. So basically when your buying a Toshiba plasma, it's basically 99% panasonic components. Anyone else have any more info on this?
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The Toshiba 42HPX95 is on the top of my list (1st plasma purchase) but I prefer to read the manual before buying. The 42HPX95 owner's manual is not available on Toshiba's US site but it can be found on the Canadian site (ca instead of com). Navigate to the 42HPX95 page and click on downloads.

The TV has some impressive features including the ability to email the TV to start recording (if you have a DVR) and PC connectivity. I was disappointed to see that the POP feature will not work with both Antennas at the same time but work-rounds are possible using the other Video inputs.

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I didn't wait for the 42HPX95 but went with the 42HP95 from a local BB. I've had it for almost 3 weeks and love it.
The differences between the two are the HPX has 2 HDMI inputs as well as THINC which is the network ability of the TV, to use your TV to play MP3 and JPGs on networked PCs. Oh well I figured those two features weren't at the top of my needs list.

Currently I have the 42HP95 hooked up to a Scientific America 8300 HD DVR but should my cable company ever come through with a cablecard I'll probably get one of the Toshiba Symbio HD DVRs which hook directly into the TV via firewire. I've seen the DVR online for around $250.

I've tried to spread the word about this TV but no one seems to be asking about the new Toshiba plasmas. I don't know what quality the older models were but again I couldn't be happier.

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I noticed on the HP v Panny thread that the 42HP95 seems to be comparable to the Panny 42px500u and the 42HPX95 equates to the 500U. Does that seem to be the way that these Toshibas are configured?
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Did you mean the 42HP95 vs Panasonic 42px50u and the 42HPX95 vs Panasonic 42px500u?
Not really.
If you look at the specs of the Panny 42px500u it is very similar to the 42HP95. Both have the standard inputs and screen design, but also have PIP/Split Screen, cablecard access, TV Guide, and VGA input (all of which the Panny 42px50u does not have).
So basically I would compare the Toshiba 42hp95 to the 500u and the 42hpx95 really is on it's own with its network capabilites (and duel HDMI input which i'm not sure if the Panny has)

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The panel on the Toshiba 42HPX95 is made by Panasonic. The internal components are still Toshiba. This is a good unit. I say it's better than the Samsung and LG plasma sets.
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Did you mean the 42HP95 vs Panasonic 42px50u and the 42HPX95 vs Panasonic 42px500u?
Not really.
If you look at the specs of the Panny 42px500u it is very similar to the 42HP95. Both have the standard inputs and screen design, but also have PIP/Split Screen, cablecard access, TV Guide, and VGA input (all of which the Panny 42px50u does not have).
So basically I would compare the Toshiba 42hp95 to the 500u and the 42hpx95 really is on it's own with its network capabilites (and duel HDMI input which i'm not sure if the Panny has)

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Sorry about the mixup with the Panasonic nomenclature but you hit the nail right on the head.
It would appear then that the 42HPX95 is indeed a step up on the Panny 500U. I suppose thats added value if you want/need the network feature.
Interesting dilema, Toshiba v Panasonic.
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The panel on the Toshiba 42HPX95 is made by Panasonic. The internal components are still Toshiba. This is a good unit. I say it's better than the Samsung and LG plasma sets.
Would that be the same scenario for the 42HP95 as well do you think?
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The one item I wish I would have been able to test with the Panny 500u is the sound quality. I wasn't impressed with the sound of the 50u which I saw at BB. But the 500u does have 6 speakers and I believe is 24w of power compared to the Toshiba's 20w. That said I've been more than impressed with the sound of the Toshiba speaker, which are somewhat hidden below the screen. The artificial 3-d surround sound has been particularly surprising at times.
Unfortunately none of the local retailers near me had a 500u to compare this with.
All water under the bridge now though.

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Oh yeah one more thing. In the Toshiba 42HP95 vs Toshiba 42HPX95 debate, the HP95 is a sort of grey/silver combination where the HPX95 is primarily black finish. This can be seen on Crutchfield's site.

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Could this be why Panny is out of stock? Selling the panels to Toshiba? :confused:

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All Toshiba panels are made by Panasonic.
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In addition to Jodeus, does anyone have any viewing time or comments on picture quality of the Toshiba 42HP95/42HPX95 versus the Panny 42PX50U? A local store is offering both the 42HPX95 and the 42PX50U at nearly the same price. I like the extra features on the Toshiba but everyone raves about Panny picture and I don't want to sacifice PQ for bells and whistles. In the store they both look great, but.... Any comments?
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Hi all, a noob at AVS here. A friend of mine told me about this great site! Reading up in the past few days, it's time to post some specific questions ;)

This thread is asking the very same question I am now facing! I have finally decided it's time to pull the trigger on a HD plasma set. 42" 1024x768 sets are the screen size I am set on.

I have been defaulting on the Panny TH-42PX50 because of all the great things I read/hear about Panny's PQ. But a local store gives me the exact same price quote on this and the Toshiba 42HPX95. I realize the panel on these both are same and built by Panny. The Toshiba has more "extras" which are hard to ignore.

So really I am just repeating the question techNOtim asked... how is the PQ on the Toshiba compared to the Panny?

I am hoping Toshiba has done a good enough job on the internals dealing with the scaling/interpolating, etc. to make the PQ as good (or almost as good) as the Panny. :D
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The panels might be the same but I've noticed that the Toshiba has a bit more video noise and does not handle SD content nearly as well as the Panasonic. If PQ isn't your top priority, the Toshiba's offer a whole lot of other things at a very competitive price. Check out DTV City.
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The panels might be the same but I've noticed that the Toshiba has a bit more video noise and does not handle SD content nearly as well as the Panasonic. If PQ isn't your top priority, the Toshiba's offer a whole lot of other things at a very competitive price. Check out DTV City.
Thanks for the input. I have expected there to be difference... but if the PQ on the Panny is the "100%" mark, how much % would you rate the Toshiba PQ at?


I know the best way is to view both units in action in person to judge for myself... I don't have picky eyes, so if the difference is not dramatic, I should probably go for the Toshiba... the extras are high priority, but always nice to have...
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... Check out DTV City.
oh forgot to ask... is DTV City a website? I am such a noob :D
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I've tried to spread the word about this TV but no one seems to be asking about the new Toshiba plasmas. I don't know what quality the older models were but again I couldn't be happier.

-Jody
I too have tried to spread the word about Toshibas in the past. I have the 42HP84 (one year old) and it is wonderful. A good plasma to be sure. I believe its screen was made by NEC, so this newer model with its Pany glass should be even better. Too bad so many on this forum have "tunnel-vision", and see only the Panasonic nameplate. There are so many other very good plasmas out there.

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oh forgot to ask... is DTV City a website? I am such a noob :D
Yeah it's a website.
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How would the Toshiba 42HPX95 do if I plugged a computer into the HDMI and tried playing Doom, World of Warcraft, etc on it? Also XBOX 360, would it handle these without any issues?
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Yeah it's a website.
Thanks just checked it out...

The spec listed on DTV City for this Toshiba 42HPX95 says 16.7Million colors!? But the Panny is 8.58Billion... can the internals of the Toshiba make less use of the panel and be able to display less colors??

Also, how's the display mode options on the Toshiba for 4:3 input? Does it have something like the "Just" mode on the Panny?

Thanks all!
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Oh yeah one more thing. In the Toshiba 42HP95 vs Toshiba 42HPX95 debate, the HP95 is a sort of grey/silver combination where the HPX95 is primarily black finish. This can be seen on Crutchfield's site.

-Jody
I have a question about the Toshiba 42HPX95 black finish... as I have yet to be able to see one in person :(

Is the frame (bezel) around the screen a glossy black? I know the Panny 42PX50 has a somewhat matte finish on the frame. I hope the Toshiba one is a bit on the glossy side. Please advise.
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I haven't found a store that has the 42HPX95 in stock so I can't comment on the black finish. But on Crutchfield's site they do say "The Toshiba 42HPX95 has a classy high-gloss black finish". Would seem to me that it's not a matte finish then.

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I haven't found a store that has the 42HPX95 in stock so I can't comment on the black finish. But on Crutchfield's site they do say "The Toshiba 42HPX95 has a classy high-gloss black finish". Would seem to me that it's not a matte finish then.

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Oh, I thought they would already have the 42HPX95 in the US well before in Canada...

Thanks for the input. I have Googled up a bunch of sites and have seen that wordings on Crutchfield as well. In addition, I saw the Toshiba press release dated back in May, 2005 posted on several different sites, the wordings seem to indicate they do have a high-gloss black finish on all the Cinema Series (which HPX95 IS) and the LCD-DVD TVs.

I guess I could be one of the first to see the 42HPX95 in person... I will report on what I see ;)

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What's interesting is the last time I went to Toshiba's Canada website they only had the 42HPX95 listed and not the HP95. When you think you'll take delivery? Can't wait for someone else on this board to get this TV.

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What's interesting is the last time I went to Toshiba's Canada website they only had the 42HPX95 listed and not the HP95. When you think you'll take delivery? Can't wait for someone else on this board to get this TV.

-Jody
That is interesting... well, I just started my serious plasma shopping research last week so both HPX95 and HP95 are already on the Toshiba Canada site. Not that I started my research on the manufacturer's sites though ;)

Another thing I find interesting is that from the Toshiba press release (dated back May'05 as mentioned earlier), it's mentioned that the 42HPX95 would be available around Aug'05... then how come they won't be in showrooms until maybe this week? Is it because these are all made in Japan and shipped by boats across the Pacific?

By the way Jody, you have the HP95 instead of the HPX95, right? I know the diff is really small between these two. Is your unit made in Japan?

Oh to answer your question, I am planning to actually buy it 3-4 weeks from now.
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My parents TV was ruined by Hurricane Rita. They were going to buy the Phillips plasma with "ambi lighting" (is that actually a cool thing or is it annoying?) but the BB didn't have it in stock. The only one they had in stock was the Toshiba 50HP95 but it was not on display. Needless to say that is what they purchased.

They are not picky about things but just liked the thin factor of the Plasma. After getting the set home and hooking up a DVD via RGB cables the picture seemed "grainy" on the "Chicago" DVD we used and a slightly grainy on the "Terminal" DVD. (These are the only things available to watch as they are displaced because of Hurricane Rita and the Dish Network hasn't come to hook up the service yet)

So my questions are:
1) Is this picture supposed to be "grainy" on the set or specifically that movie?

2) We set the display on the DVD to 16:9 and 480p but the set still put the bars on the left and right. We changed the display to Full and that filled the screen. Is that the correct setting? Does this set not automatically switch like my Samsung DLP?

I'm just worried because the set doesn't look as clean and crisp as the ones on display did. The display ones shouldn't look better with customers messing with them and all being split from the same feed. Once again, they bought the Toshiba sight unseen.
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