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post #121 of 1295
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Originally Posted by jeremy30 View Post

Thanks, I appreciate it. An employee at Colders said I should use a signal spliiter with my DVD/VCR and DVR box if I want to record DVR to VCR, is this true? Does it make a difference with using a splitter?

I don't have a VCR anymore, so I'm not real sure, but you could either use a splitter or I think that you can run the cable to your DVR and then from there to your VCR and then to the TV. I'm not sure how much that would degrade the signal, though. If you are not going to be recording directly from the TV to the VCR you could run the cable direct to your DVR and from the DVR to the TV via HDMI. That would give the least amount of signal loss. Then from the DVR's S video output connect it to the VCR (if the VCR accepts it) if you only want to transfer what you recorded on the DVR (not HD content, though) to the VCR. Hope that's confusing enough cause my head's spinning now!
post #122 of 1295
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Originally Posted by preludejtstyle View Post

does anyone know if the 56hm66 does this?

No, I don't know. My Pioneer is a CRT so maybe the microdisplays are different in that respect. Guess you'd have to try it to be sure.
post #123 of 1295
WOW! Thanks, I am going to try that and I'll let you know.
post #124 of 1295
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Originally Posted by jeremy30 View Post

WOW! Thanks, I am going to try that and I'll let you know.

If you go S video out from the DVR to the VCR/DVD, don't forget you have to connect the VCR/DVD player directly to your TV as well.
post #125 of 1295
I have had my 56HM66 for about 2 days now and I love it! However, when I first received it, I noticed quite a bit of "artifacts". What I mean is, I noticed some black spots and what looked like a dark crescent moon shaped black artifact. It was consistent in whatever input I was on, so I didn't think it was anything having to do with my feeds. I opened it up through the front screen protector and to my surprise found alot of pieces of plastic. Very small but they were clinging to the screen protector. I removed these with an anti-static cloth and voila! No more artifacts! I wish I would have taken a picture to better describe what I mean, but didn't think about it at the time. I'm using an Explorer 3250 HD receiver from Time Warner with component connections. I also have my Phillips Divx/DVD player connected via component and I must say that the PQ is great. HD is drop dead gorgeous. Haven't had the time to calibrate the color on the different inputs but what comes in default seems pretty good. I noticed the slightest amount of lag on my HD feeds. My friends could not notice it, but I seem to be particularly susceptible to these things. I turned on game mode and the lag disappeared. 480P DVD is great, I put on Star Wars Ep 3 and the beginning space battle scene is jaw dropping on this set. I was extremely impressed with the PQ from the 480i feed on the digital channels (ex. non-HD HBO). The 480i feed on the non-digital channels left something to be desired, but since I don't watch those anyway, I could care less. I will try some of the settings you guys recommended for video calibration and see how it goes. If not I will probably use the Monster/ISF Calibration DVD from a friend and go at it. So far so good.
post #126 of 1295
I have been impressed with the Toshiba DLPs for a couple years now and have waited to pull the trigger. I really like the 50hm66 (finally got rid of those big speakers on the side) but have a couple questions for anyone who can help.

1) How bad is the fan noise?? Is it very audible while the TV is on? I will not be using a cable card and we have a fairly small room. The 50" is about as big as we can go.

2) I saw that a few people said the TV looks really good with the 480p on DVD. Isn't the TV supposed to be 720?? Does this have more to do with the DVD player than the set? (Excuse my ignorance with this)

3) I have also been looking at the Tosh 50hp66 (Plasma) but like the look of the DLP slightly better. (I compare the plasma to a glossy look and the DLP to more of matte finish). Is one considered a better investment than the other??

Thanks in advance for your time. I have been doing so much research and I am finally ready to buy just need to try and clear up a few things for myself.

Does anyone have another recommendation to compare the Tosh 50hm66 to?? Any 1080's with as bright and clear pic??

Thanks again
post #127 of 1295
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Originally Posted by jaxxson View Post

I have been impressed with the Toshiba DLPs for a couple years now and have waited to pull the trigger. I really like the 50hm66 (finally got rid of those big speakers on the side) but have a couple questions for anyone who can help.

1) How bad is the fan noise?? Is it very audible while the TV is on? I will not be using a cable card and we have a fairly small room. The 50" is about as big as we can go.

2) I saw that a few people said the TV looks really good with the 480p on DVD. Isn't the TV supposed to be 720?? Does this have more to do with the DVD player than the set? (Excuse my ignorance with this)

3) I have also been looking at the Tosh 50hp66 (Plasma) but like the look of the DLP slightly better. (I compare the plasma to a glossy look and the DLP to more of matte finish). Is one considered a better investment than the other??

Thanks in advance for your time. I have been doing so much research and I am finally ready to buy just need to try and clear up a few things for myself.

Does anyone have another recommendation to compare the Tosh 50hm66 to?? Any 1080's with as bright and clear pic??

Thanks again

1) I've never noticed the fan when watching TV. Only when it's off and I go close to the TV do I notice it.

2) 720p is the resolution that the TV displays HD in. Also, if you have a DVD player that upconverts a 480p signal to 720p the TV displays it at 720p.

3) I don't know about whether one is a better investment than the other. Never looked at it that way. The different technologies are a matter of taste, I guess.

4) Samsung makes a nice TV and the new Mitsubishi's are getting good reviews, but they don't make a 50" model.
post #128 of 1295
Has anyone found out what the contrast ratio is for this display?
post #129 of 1295
Hello everyone i am new to this forum, I have owned the 50hm66 for about a month now. I am very pleased with the performance of my unit. To hook up your pc to any high def tv with an hdmi is very simple. You need to get a video card with a DVI output for your pc, and then buy an hdmi to dvi cable. This connection is much better than your analog vga hook up, because you can get the full useage of the resolution. No picture in picture on this unit. low profile cabinet. less noise, in a head to head comparison with the 5087, hands down brighter than the A-10. I have my unit hooked up via hdmi to the toshiba sd-4990 up convert, there latest one and it looks absolutely amazing. If you have any questions about this unit let me know. I work at a bestbuy so i tested this unit, the A-10, 5087 and an rca 50 till they threw up. I liked this unit (50hm66) the most, hopefully the longevity is good.
post #130 of 1295
Has anyone seen the new 42hm66 toshiba dlp? Does it use the same light engine and lamp that the 50hm66 does?
post #131 of 1295
I was just about ready to buy this set from FS but two things stopped me.

1. Toshiba Canada confirmed the lamp cost at $226.57 Good compared to other Toshiba lamp costs $319-371 (local dealer). I tried to confirm lamp life of 6-8000hrs but was told a more realistic number was 3-4000hrs.

2. If I watch 4:3 programming in "natural" (sidebars) the picture will be no larger than my current 36" toshiba tube tv.

Does the manual give a life guideline for the lamp? My current tv is on for about 3650hrs/year so the reps hrs kills the deal for me.
post #132 of 1295
Hello all, I am a long time viewer but this is my first post. I have been reviewing and had made up my mind on the Samsung HLS Series of DLP TV's. Since I live in Canada they wont make it to BB and FS until the later part of August. I went into BB yesterday and saw the Toshiba 50HM66. I was very impressed with this set, from price to PQ I found a new winner. I have a few questions though. The BB Salesman said that this TV was LED Driven and had no moving parts (Color Wheel), which I do not understand, I thought Samsung was having the first LED DLP TV. This is not a deal breaker to me though, I dont really care if it has a Lamp vs. LED's. One other quesetion, does this TV really have an internal tuner (meaning [to me] that if I would like OTA HD, all I need is a antenna?). Anyway just a few questions before I go and buy this TV.

Thanks,

Simkins.
post #133 of 1295
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Originally Posted by Simkins View Post

Hello all, I am a long time viewer but this is my first post. I have been reviewing and had made up my mind on the Samsung HLS Series of DLP TV's. Since I live in Canada they wont make it to BB and FS until the later part of August. I went into BB yesterday and saw the Toshiba 50HM66. I was very impressed with this set, from price to PQ I found a new winner. I have a few questions though. The BB Salesman said that this TV was LED Driven and had no moving parts (Color Wheel), which I do not understand, I thought Samsung was having the first LED DLP TV. This is not a deal breaker to me though, I dont really care if it has a Lamp vs. LED's. One other quesetion, does this TV really have an internal tuner (meaning [to me] that if I would like OTA HD, all I need is a antenna?). Anyway just a few questions before I go and buy this TV.

Thanks,

Simkins.

This is not an LED TV and you can receive HD signals via antenna OTA:

http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....=1138087698106
post #134 of 1295
Going to but it tomorrow from FS. Thanks.
post #135 of 1295
Someone asked about seating distance for this set. The best article I have come across is found at: (cannot post address)

1. soundandvisionmag web site
2. goto "archives"
3. goto "maxing out resolution"

If you are restricted by viewing distace or size you might be able to save some money and go with 720p rather than 1080p

Nobody has had a chance to look up rated lamp hrs in the manual yet, or maybe tosh no longer rates it ? I would greatly appreciate some help.

thanks
stephen
post #136 of 1295
Has anyone seen the 42hm66?
post #137 of 1295
I was all set to go purchase this TV tonight (50HM66), but... The more I read about the HM series, the more I have issues with this TV. I am very worried about the bulb life, I really dont want to be replacing every 18months. Please give me some insight, this TV is on sale until July 13th 2006. Thanks.
post #138 of 1295
For my 2 cents worth, I own the 50hm66 and the 46hm95 and am Very pleased with both.

Mike, not worried about bulbs.

You read here of the few people that have problems and not all that do not.


There is nothing perfect in life.

Mike
post #139 of 1295
i agree you can only hear the fan noise when the set is off and you are right next to the set, if you have enough space for a 50, which most likely means you sit at least 10ft. away from it you are fine, you wont hear a thing.
post #140 of 1295
I bought the Toshiba 50HM66 in April of 06 from Best Buy. It developed a blue line across the top in less than a month. BB replaced it. It is now July 06 and the exact same problem has happened. I had purchased a plan so hopefully it will be fixed......but there seems to be some major flaw for the same problem to happen to me in just over two months.. BTW talking to Toshiba's CS Dept is a whole 'nother issue. Whew!!
........al44
post #141 of 1295
I just bought the tosiba 50hm66 and when i switch channels through my cable my picture jumps. Can anyone help me out with this?
post #142 of 1295
Here in our store we've had a 50HM66 on display with no bulb issues what so ever. We've also yet to have our first service call on the new line this year. Crossing our fingers but since the lamp issues were sorted out Toshiba's DLP's once again are giving Samsung a run for the money!

Viewing them all on a daily basis I am very partial to the new 50HMX96, and am thinking about making it my new living room set.
post #143 of 1295
Anyone know where I can download a pdf manual for the 56HM66? It's not on Toshiba's site.

Thanks.
post #144 of 1295
^^Yeah its on their website, I've already downloaded it.

However, now I can't find it. I will try and put it on my server and send you a link
post #145 of 1295
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Originally Posted by preludejtstyle View Post

^^Yeah its on their website, I've already downloaded it.

However, now I can't find it. I will try and put it on my server and send you a link

Yeah, I checked their site first. I emailed customer service and they promptly emailed it to me. Here's a copy for others looking for it: 56HM66 Manual
post #146 of 1295
Does anyone know that part number for the replacement bulb for the 50hm66?

Thanks in advance.

Mike
post #147 of 1295
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Originally Posted by german72 View Post

Does anyone know that part number for the replacement bulb for the 50hm66?

Thanks in advance.

Mike

Please tell me that your bulb has not already blown! I've had the 50HM66 since May, and I'm loving it. I'd just hate to hear of any bulb problems like last year's Toshiba dlp sets. Anyway...unfortunately, I don't have an answer for your question on the part number.
post #148 of 1295
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Originally Posted by pexley View Post

Please tell me that your bulb has not already blown! I've had the 50HM66 since May, and I'm loving it. I'd just hate to hear of any bulb problems like last year's Toshiba dlp sets. Anyway...unfortunately, I don't have an answer for your question on the part number.

We purchased it 5/9/06 and it went out several days ago. I was told to send Toshiba proof of purchase and that they would send a replacement.
Each day I call and am informed that they did not receive the fax yet.
I am going to try again today.

On another note, we have the Toshiba 46hm95, the one that had bulb problems and have No problems yet.

Mike
post #149 of 1295
All input on the new 42hm66 would be appreciated.
post #150 of 1295
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Originally Posted by german72 View Post

We purchased it 5/9/06 and it went out several days ago. I was told to send Toshiba proof of purchase and that they would send a replacement.
Each day I call and am informed that they did not receive the fax yet.
I am going to try again today.

On another note, we have the Toshiba 46hm95, the one that had bulb problems and have No problems yet.

Mike

Man, that sucks! I'm sure I don't have to tell you this, but keep on bugging Toshiba CS so that they take care of you with a new bulb. Ironically, I purchased my 50HM66 on May 9th as well!
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