I bought this Toshiba for a second set at another store not Wall Mart , wmart did not have it available in the store Feb 13/2012 . I found it in stock for the same price at a local BB store with a proper display for comparison . The Toshiba has a very good picture IMO it is plenty good enough for a first set .
Excellent performance to price value. I can tell you when you take it out of store mode (torch mode when you first get it adjust it decently or calibrate it and set the back light (very important) it has a very bright picture good color,detail and contrast . *****First and most important ****** After you exit store mode go** immediately** into the preference menu keep scrolling down down until the energy saving setting appears it's hidden and last on that menu / Turn energy saving to off /also set automatic power down to off .Like this : Menu/preference(third from left icon) /scroll down/energy saver off **auto power off** if nothing else at least do that.
******warning ***** if you leave the energy saver( default setting)on you will have a dim picture no matter what it is **only **there so they could get the energy saver govt. certification thoughtfully they provided an off setting . Even if you Just turn the energy saver and dynalight off and set the back light to 80~ or so (Dynalight and back light are in picture menu)that is the key you will get a bright vivid picture with excellent color ,detail, good blacks,bright whites I also have a brand new 50 inch Plasma I bought the same day .Plasmas even though old newly updated tech (the new panels are quite good) are still the benchmark for picture quality over LCD and LED although TOTL read expensive LCD/ LED's are right there The Toshiba compares very well with the Plasma set picture wise. I use Dish HD via HDMI , DVD's PS3 and Blue rays also . Standard def signal does not begin to show it's capabilities. You must have HD service or OTA signal to realize it's capabilities it displays std DVD's well also. You tube and Netflix are good on this fun for web surfing on A PC via the VGA in or 2nd hdmi input although a dedicated PC monitor is better for productivity .
Good fun as a big bright colorful second PC monitor for web content consumption or casual gaming ,hard core gamers might want a faster panel. Compared it side by side to similar 32" Insignia,Vizio,Sony,RCA, Panasonic
LG and Samsung models LCD and LED Some costing $100.00 + more all were 720p sets except one of the Insignia and Sceptre TV's . The Scepter 1080p and some of the other 32" sets I saw at w mart IMO with the exception of a 720p Sony did not have near as good color, brightness detail or contrast could be because it was in a bright store and maybe not adjusted but all in all the Toshiba seemed better quality than most. In my In my opinion The Toshiba P.Q.bested (color and detail) all except The Samsung and Sony. IMO the Toshiba and Sammy were equal or very close though. Not to say the LG and Vizeo were bad they were very good however IMO the Toshiba had a slight edge on P.Q..color and detail over all but the Sammy and Sony. The Insignia 's while good couldn't quite match the LG,Sammy,Vizeo, Sony,Panasonic or Toshiba for picture quality The insignia's were decent good features and priced well though. I have a 26" Dynex 720p that only lasted 3 yrs before the LCD inverter board failed so I have the board on order simple fix . With that in mind even though it had an OK picture I would be reluctant to buy an Insignia as they are the same mfr. as Dynex I personally would stay away from any second or third tier brand even most of the re badged formerly American brand names however YMMV. One exception IMO are the newer RCA's they have good specs decent pictures ,features and look OK the brand is licensed to On corp.
ON changed the ODM mfr. recently to improve design and quality they source some parts ,some boards and some panels from Samsung. ON corp long term strategy is to position RCA once again as a first tier brand time will tell. IMO LG, Panasonic ,Sammy, Vizeo , Sony ,Sharp and Toshiba are all definitely first tier brands .
the Sansui brand is owned by Panasonic and reportedly pretty reliable In perspective the picture on the Toshiba is great for what it is within it's limitations . A good buy in my opinion . A steal at at $ 228.00/$250.00 or so at factory list $359.00 I would consider the Sony Bravia . I have owned 2 Sony's picture quality and longevity
were never an issue same can be said of a Toshiba and anything Panasonic I owned also. IMO the Toshiba 32C120U beat the comparable Vizeo,LG,Insignias,W house. and
others and it equaled the Sammy. IMO the Sony was out front over all
in color ,detail and smoothness . Keep in mind these were at store settings however I did adjust some picture settings on a few of the sets when allowed YMMV. F.W.I.W. Television info .com web site measured post calibration on the nearly identical 2011 Toshiba 32C110 model Max peak white on the Toshiba was at 361.48 cd/m2 and black at 0.08 cd/m2 potentials arriving at static contrast measure of 4519 that makes it able to provide a very bright decent picture in daylight if needed. cnet gave this set a very favorable review after comparison, laboratory calibration and evaluation they also published their recommended calibration settings .
head over to cnet go look Google cnet Toshiba 32C120U review
other sites rate it a good very buy as well, here are cnet calibrated settings keep in mind they adjust for a dimly lit room so for a bright room . Using cnet settings to start I screwed my back light to 80 works well good color good detail.
I prefer a bright picture YMMV. The c net settings are a good starting point. Cnet calibrated settings : Picture Menu:
Picture mode: Preference
-- Picture settings menu:
Back light: 47 note: I set mine at 80 for bright room/daylight
Dynalight: On note: turned mine off for net results in daylight.
Sharpness: 0 Advanced Picture Settings sub menu:
Dynamic Contrast: Off
Static Gamma: 3
Color Temperature: Warm
-- B Drive: -12 note: set mine at -2
-- G Drive: -2
Cinema Mode: [grayed out] Noise reduction menu:
MPEG Noise Reduction: Off Game Mode: Off Theater Settings menu:
Picture Size: Native
Picture Scroll: [grayed out]
Auto Aspect Ratio: Off
Picture settings credit : Cnet Tosiba 32C120U review
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