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32C3030D Operation & Control

by Colin Tang
10 April 2007

On screen menus in the Toshiba 32C3030DBuy this for £0.00 at Dixons
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are well laid out and relatively thorough. All submenus take centre stage and are non-transparent, but accessing some individual controls hides the submenu and allow you to make adjustments without obstructing menus.

Main Menu

From the remote control you can select 3 picture presets, but we recommend that you calibrate the Toshiba as far as possible. You can start by accessing the Picture Menu and discover a range of picture processing options apart from the standard Contrast, Brightness, Colour and Sharpness controls. You also get a backlight control, which should be standard in LCD HDTV nowadays. I'll explain the options in our Technology section.

Unfortunately, the Toshiba 32C3030DBuy this for £0.00 at Dixons
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is hindered by the lack of independent memory inputs for different sources. Fiddling around with controls shows that MPEG NR and DNR can be stored as per input, but everything else is pretty much shared. The PC input does have a separate memory storage for basic PQ settings though.

Picture Menu
Picture Menu 1/2
Picture Menu
Picture Menu 2/2
Color Menu
Color Menu

When you enable the 3D colour management system, you get some additional options for altering hue and saturation for the primary and secondary colours. Curiously there is also a brightness control for them. Unless you are an expert at eyeballing natural colours, you should avoid making changes in this system without some basic calibration discs, colour filter and/or a colorimeter.

Setup Menu
Setup Menu
Function Menu
Function Menu

You can find the picture position controls in the setup submenu. This will be useful when you need to use the PC VGA connection. The function menu allows side panel (pillarboxing) adjustment and turning the no input blue screen off or on.

Remote Control

The remote has budget written all over it. The rubber buttons doesn't have a great tactile feedback and feels poorer than most remotes we've got our grubby little hands on. I don't like the arrow ring because it isn't as responsive as some and the standard player buttons are placed too far from the arrow ring. It's not all bad...buttons are decently sized and the remote was light and slim bodied. From the remote you can select a wide range of aspect ratios making it perfect for most occasions. (PC, Wide, Super Live 2, Cinema 2, 4:3, Super Live 1, Cinema 1, Subtitle and 14:9).

A few months ago, there were anecdotal reports of the Toshiba WLT66 series having buzzing problems at low backlight settings. Now, higher backlight settings can give brighter pictures but this is usually done at the cost of a poorer black level (higher black luminance). Thankfully, at least with our review model, there wasn't any significant buzzing from the panel at normal sitting distance even when the backlight was below 50. But, if you listen real closely at the back, the `buzz' does get louder at lower backlights (below 80-85).


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