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post #61 of 850
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Originally Posted by 05_TSX_GP
Thanks for the info... so cablecard pretty much works the way as I thought it does, except I didn't know about it missing the 'on demand' or 'ppv' ability. Wonder why that is...

Without 'ppv' support, I am surprised any cable company would even consider providing cablecard support (unless it's mandated by regulation?)... I hardly ever do 'ppv' (maybe once/twice a year for the special English Premier League matches), so I can live with cablecard for sure, just hope my cable company provides it sooner or later...
You can still order PPV if you have a cablecard, the old fashioned way......telephone.
post #62 of 850
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Originally Posted by lipcrkr
You can still order PPV if you have a cablecard, the old fashioned way......telephone.
Good point!!! Thanks.
post #63 of 850
Thread Starter 
To be honest I don't think I've ever ordered Pay-Per-View so that's why I never looked into it. Hey if you can order the old fashion way, that's good to know!

-Jody
post #64 of 850
Thread Starter 
Arcade

Did you ever test any changes on your parent's 50HP95? I watched a DVD of 'Team America: World Police" last night on the 42HP95 and it looked awesome. I have my DVD player connected via Component cables.

Jody
post #65 of 850
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Originally Posted by Jodeus
Arcade

Did you ever test any changes on your parent's 50HP95? I watched a DVD of 'Team America: World Police" last night on the 42HP95 and it looked awesome. I have my DVD player connected via Component cables.

Jody
So Arcade, any update on your parent's set? Hope it's resolved... let us know ;)
post #66 of 850
I purchased the Toshiba 42 HP95 a little over two months ago from our local Best Buy. I compared it quite extensively to all the other 42" plasma sets they had available at the time (Panasonic, Sony, LG, Samsung, Pioneer) and at least a couple of others I've forgotten. All the sets were showing the same HD movie and honestly, every one of them looked great. But, for some reason, the Toshiba just stood out to me personally. I can defintely say that the picture quality on the movie being shown on the Toshiba was second to none. After a couple months of use, I can make several observations about the Toshiba which I think would be helpful to anyone looking for a plasma. First, the sound on the Toshiba is very good. I don't mean to suggest that it is on par with a stereo speaker set up, but the speaker strip and virtual surround sound technology on the Toshiba make it much more than adequate, especially in our relatively small living room. If you want to crank the sound up in movies, it will give you a near "theatre like" experience. Secondly, all the programs shown in HD by Comcast through their provided cable box are excellent. I have noticed that, in my opinion, some channels do a slightly better job than others with their HD programming, but all of them are outstanding. Thirdly, not all analog (non HD) channels are equal in their broadcasting. We have some analog channels that their programs they are are very, very good. And we have a couple of analog channels that are barely passable (fuzzy, out of focus). I honestly don't think this is a deficiency in the Toshiba because when I watch the bad analog channels on our "regular" television in our bedroom, they look crummy on that set. And, as you would expect, the good analog channels on the Toshiba look much better on our "regular" television set in the bedroom. Bottom line, I think the large screen and better clarity of the Toshiba simply magnify both the good analog broadcasts and the bad ones. Fortunately, there are only a couple of channels with Comast that look bad and most of the analog channels look good to very, very good. But, don't get me wrong, the HD programs are in a league of their own. Lastly, we have watched 20-25 movies on our Toshiba using a pretty good JVC progressive scan DVD and the good composite video cables and the movies look outstanding. Even an older movie I watched the other night, Das Boot (an old German submarine movie), looked very good, although not quite as good as some of the newer movies on DVD. I plan to buy one of the newer DVD players that hooks up with the HDMI cable and "upcoverts" the DVDs to near HD quality in the near future. But, I honestly doubt it will provide a signifcant upgrade over what I've been watching. I know this post has been a little lengthy but I hope I was able to provide some help for those looking to purchase a plasma and who are considering the Toshiba. After watching TV/movies on this Toshiba for the past couple of months, I can tell you it is a totally different viewing experience that watching them on our 27" tv. It would be hard to go back.
post #67 of 850
I saw this set at Sears and loved it.
post #68 of 850
Thread Starter 
GoinGoinGone

Wow finally someone on this board that has the Toshiba besides me!
I was away for business this week and was so happy to get home to watch the Florida v Georgia game on the TV today.
Every movie I've watched has been incredible. Not one negative so far.

-Jody
post #69 of 850
You guys aren't helping me with the wait for my 42HPX95! :rolleyes:

lol
post #70 of 850
I saw the 50" Toshiba at BB. The 50" Panny was around the corner, so I couldn't compare the 2, but the 50" Pio was nearby. The Toshiba was not as sharp as the Pio and showed a bit more noise. On the other hand, the Tosh was crisper than any of the other plasmas (again not counting the Panny) sets around it. I coiuldn't play with the settings so I was unable to judge colors. By how they were set up in the store, the Tosh looked quite good. So, for top quality, I would say the Pio had the edge, but for value (the Tosh was less), the Tosh is hard to beat.
post #71 of 850
Thanx for some reviews. I praised this TV a while back comparing it side by side with the Panny 500U. I was very impressed.
post #72 of 850
Anyone able to access the service menu of the Toshiba 42HPX95 and can you adjust overscan (horizontal/vertical size and position)?
post #73 of 850
We were planning on getting a plasma for Christmas figuring that it would be a good time for deals. The 42HPX95 was on the top of the list so we have been following these discussions and checking out the local B&M stores regularly waiting to see this panel. We stopped into a local B&M yesterday just to see if they had the 42hpx95 on display yet and I told my wife on the way in that I didn't plan to buy from these guys due to high prices. Well, they had it and the price was very good (well under MSRP). Long story short, they delivered it 2 hours later.

This is our first plasma and we have only had a few hours watching it (some cable SD and 1 movie: The Incredibles) but my initial impressions are that the set is incredible (using uncalibrated, factory settings).

Setup was very easy although we are not using most of the inputs (a DVR and a HD antenna are the next purchases, and a network connection is waiting for me to finish some cabling). I was not able to figure out how to use the TV speaker as the center channel from the receiver so if that is important to you look into it before buying. We ended up remounting our old CC speaker in a different location.

The plasma panel itself is not that heavy but together with the stand it is a beast. I was surprised to find out it weighed more than my old 32" CRT.

The SD content is not as good as my 8 year old CRT but I expected that and as GoinGoinGong pointed out some of the SD channels are very good and some are quite bad. Eventually, we will probably get digital cable which should help some.

The set has just about everything you could want (at least today). I haven't played with the POP feature much yet but the TV only has 1 tuner so you can not view two antenna sources at the same time unless you route 1 source through an external tuner like a VCR plugged into one of the Video connections. I am a bit surprised at this since my old inexpensive CRT had 2 tuners.

The users manual is quite nice (138 pages in all) and seems to be translated well. I have not found any reference to the service menu or adjusting overscan on the set though.

It looks like you can change your pictures settings (contract, brightness, etc.) and save them for each source. Speaking of contrast, there is no mention in the manual about a "break in" period. I have read here and other places that for the 1st 100 hours or so the panel should be viewed with lower contrast. Can someone with more experience say more about this?

As we discover things I will post additional updates. If you have a specific question ask and I will try to answer it.

Bryant
post #74 of 850
hi guys, im a newbie on plasmas so bear with me....do plasmas exhibit any audible noise or are they known to produce any unwanted sounds/noises? I used to have a Toshiba DLP but returned it due to loud / buzzing sound from the fans that cool the lamps. it can be dead silent in our family room, maybe thats y im very sensitive to sounds...Im now considering plasmas instead because of this and would not like to make the same mistake twice. are there any fans or moving mechanical parts in a plasma that make noises? i believe plasmas tend to get very hot...how do they cool the thing down? also are there any plasmas out there that have an anti-glare screen? i noticed that all plasmas have a reflective glass surface, which will be a big problem coz i have two huge windows behind my couch. thanks in advance for your insights!=)
post #75 of 850
Thread Starter 
Zeicht

If you read through some of the threads in this forum you'll notice there have been some buzzing problems with the Dell 42" plasma and even some the mighty Panasonic panels have had issues with that.

That said, I have not heard any buzzing coming from my Toshiba 42hp95 ever.


-Jody
post #76 of 850
Even standing up with my ear right next to our Toshiba 42 HP95, I can hear no fan noise or noise of any other type. The set does get slightly warm to the touch (not hot) in a few places on the back, but as instructed in the manual, our set is located several inches from the wall so that a free flow of air can occur to help it keep cool. Gotta go.....Fixing to watch the releatively new DVD release of Batman Begins on our Toshiba :-)
post #77 of 850
i see, thats good to hear...thanks for your feedback guys!=)
post #78 of 850
On our 42hpx95 you can hear fan(s) running IF you stand right next to the set and the sound volume is turned all the way down (or on mute). The "noise" is very quiet though and impossible to hear with normal use. We have been running the set with the volume down even when we are not watching it to speed up the break in period.

Bryant
post #79 of 850
The wait is KILLING me!!!! I am overseas on business these past few days, I emailed a retailer back home to ask if they have the 42HPX95 in stock yet... hoping I could go check it out and even buy it the very day I get back in town (like tomorrow!!) but doesn't seem like that's gonna happen :(

The rep said Toshiba is having trouble getting them the shipment... what does that mean? Toshiba having production problems? Packaging problems? Not passing QC? What the hell is the problem?!?
post #80 of 850
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Originally Posted by bry999
On our 42hpx95 you can hear fan(s) running IF you stand right next to the set and the sound volume is turned all the way down (or on mute). The "noise" is very quiet though and impossible to hear with normal use. We have been running the set with the volume down even when we are not watching it to speed up the break in period.

Bryant
Hi bry999, glad to hear you are impressed with this set.

I am gonna ask you the same question I've asked everyone who's seen the HPX in person. How is the black bezel like? Is it glossy? I don't need it to be super reflective high gloss... just hoping it is not dull/matte, that's all.


Another question specific for you... but it's about your old 32" CRT... what brand/model was it? I am pretty sure the HPX plasma, even with the stand, is much lighter than my current 32" 4:3 CRT. So just wondering what your old 32" was...
post #81 of 850
05_TSX_GP,

Yes, the bezel (~1.5 inches) is glossy black (shows finger prints from moving nicely). However, the outer most frame of the set is silver which I think detracts from the look a little. I only notice it when the TV is not on though. The Toshiba website has a pretty good picture of it.

My old CRT is a JVC AV-32950 with a weight of 112.2 lbs, while the 42HPX95 is 116.8 lbs, but a lot of that is in the stand. If you were going to hang it on the wall it would be quite a bit less.

Bryant
post #82 of 850
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Originally Posted by bry999
05_TSX_GP,

...the bezel (~1.5 inches) is glossy black (shows finger prints from moving nicely)...

Bryant
I spent about 1/2 hr sitting in front of one of theses at a local shop (Bernie's in Auburn,MA) and that glossy frame was actually very distracting. Not only did it have fingerprints all over it, but it was not dead flat so it showed odd reflections. Whatever process they are using to make that part is not yielding a flat part. I found that it distracted from the picture actually as imperceptible shifts in sunlight, or people moving past lights behind me caused the gloss black to reflect different amounts of light.

Between the real glossy black and not seeing the value of some of the other "upgrades" from the 42HP95. I ended up buying a 42HP95. it will be here Friday (cross fingers).
post #83 of 850
Thread Starter 
Genericdvd

When you get your TV let us know what you think.
I know after I got my 42HP95 I saw the TV on Crutchfield's site and then the link for the 42HPX95 and realized I didn't know the HPX was black. Then I looked at my TV in the livingroom and said "who cares?"

Just sit back, put on an HD channel or a good DVD and enjoy the great picture. Panasonic...who?

-Jody
post #84 of 850
Does anyone know if the 50HPX95 is a panny glass?
post #85 of 850
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Originally Posted by wabkab
Does anyone know if the 50HPX95 is a panny glass?
Yes, it is.
post #86 of 850
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Originally Posted by slider33
Yes, it is.
Same case for the 42HPX95 then?

Hey slider33, any update from the AVU guy you deal with?
post #87 of 850
Just curious... it actually appears that in Canada (who else besides me and slider33 is in Canada?) we only get the 42HPX95 and NOT the HP model.

I checked with another local retailer yesterday and they pointed that fact out to me as I asked them for a quote for both the HPX and HP.

Then I went back to www.toshiba.ca (Canada) site and see that under plasma they do only list the 50HPX95, 42HPX95 and the 42DPC85 (which isn't even HD).

I went to www.toshiba.com (US) and it lists the three above plus the 42HP95 and 50HP95.

Just thought to share this little detail with everyone...
post #88 of 850
Thread Starter 
I looked at the Canadian site about a month ago and noticed that they only had the manuals for the HPX models as well as showing them on the Plasma page. At the time I just figured they hadn't updated the site yet, when I got my 42HP95 it wasn't even listed on the US site yet.

-Jody
post #89 of 850
No update yet... been about 10 days. I'll probably go in there middle of next week and see what is up if I haven't heard anything.

I don't know if the HP95's will be available in Canada or not, I know the guy at AVU did not have the HP95's in his computer, only the X's.
post #90 of 850
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Originally Posted by Jodeus
Genericdvd

When you get your TV let us know what you think.

-Jody

I like it. Only been in the house for a few hours but a few things I have noticed:
1. The OTA HD Tuner is great. Works better than a fusion 3 I have and better than a Samsung OTA box I used to have.
2. Watching SWIII right now. The first scene in space was beautiful, full CG looked wonderful. (Just a 3 year old 480P panasonic dvd player BTW). Looked like my DLP when it was new, except the blacks were blacker. I do wish I could run it through the HTPC and FFDSHOW to upsample it. But I don't have a and HDMI to DVI yet.
3. I hooked it up to the VGA on the HTPC for 1024X768. It worked I would like to find some way to stretch it though (need to spend more time on it). Easiest will just be to hook up DFI-HDMI I think.
4. Heh cool Wookies!!!!
5... OK more review stuff. It is a heavy mother. The DLP I have (hlm507w) is crazy light compared to this.
6. It comes with two additional ferrite cores. Anyone know where I should be using these?
7. The red power on LED in the front of the unit is VERY bright in a dark room, stupid.
8. Tuner picked up many encrypted stations. My cable card install was supposed to be tomorrow so I could, have watched that encrytpted stuff. Of course Charter Worcester called at noon telling me that they would not be here tomorrow because they did not do cablecards on the weekends. I can't believe I have to deal with them, they ALWAYS disappoint.
9. uhhh more later but so far it is nice

Ohh BTW the HLM507W decided to break today. Screeching colorwheel started after I plugged in the new set. The new set is for the bedroom guess I should have told the DLP so it did not get mad and crap out.

Well off to search the forums for a DLP fix
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