I really wanted this TV as it's small size will fit in my armoir in my bedroom perfectly. I like the picture on Toshibas as well as I have a 56H80 in the family room fed with Directv and HD and really "tuned up". Well after reading the horror stories here I decided to pay the extra $100 and get it from the Best Buy so I could take it back if need be. They had the Sony, Samsung, Philips & Toshiba 30" all in row; nice for comparison. Personally I think the Toshiba is the best looking from a cosmetic standpoint; very small cabinet surrounding the tube. They only feed them RF so you really can't judge picture quality there anyway.
I get the thing home and it's the same July build series as some of the others here. But, it looks really good! I guess I got lucky. I fed it progressive scan DVD through component as well as HD and it has a pretty impressive picture. I can see what some of you mean when watching SD in 4:3 mode as the edge of the gray bar isn't perfect, but I stretch everything in TW1 mode anyway. Kind of paranoid about CRT burn in. That's one of the beauties of Toshibas stretch modes. I think it upconverts SD as well as any of the other HD sets I've looked at.
So it's time for the Avia disk, so I can check geometry. I did this in Full mode only so far. The grid was a little left and pushed up a bit, but nothing that couldn't be corrected in SM. Oversan was about 8-10%, so I put that back to about 4%. News channel tickers are nice and straight.
So I think this one is a keeper. I took the time to document all the SM values and you can see the changes I made in the attachment. As long as you document your settings and stay away from the chroma oriented settings you shouldn't get into any trouble and hopefully you can straighten out your geometry issues. Maybe, I'll take a look at 4:3 mode tonight and see if I can clean that up as well.
I feel for those of you who got bad sets and appreciate the heads up, but I don't think we can write Toshiba off just yet.