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Toshiba 42X3030D Setup & Design

by Vincent Teoh & Colin Tang
17 May 2007

Setup

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Mistress of Babylon... (zoom)
 
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Setting up the Toshiba 42X3030DBuy this for £712.49 at Dixons
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was a breeze as it came with the swivel pedestal stand readily attached out of the box... all that we needed to do was to lift it up and place it on our TV stand. Even the power cable was already fixed and tucked up neatly behind the panel, a change from the kettle power lead usually packaged separately with HDTVs of this size.

Design

Toshiba 42X3030D

The 42-inch matte screen on Toshiba 42X3030DBuy this for £712.49 at Dixons
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is framed by a polished black bezel of equal spacing on all sides. Thankfully you won't find any boastful labels of technological proclamations on the bezel... the only clues hinting at the origins of this LCD are the "Regza" inscription on the top right, and "Toshiba" centrally on the bottom border.

Below the bottom border runs a strip of slightly recessed perforated black grille which spans the entire width of the panel, housing the internal speakers. A further level of indentation underneath this brings us to another strip sporting the LED power and timer indicators. The grey colour of this area subtly smoothens the transition from the blacks of the bezel and speaker grille to the silver of the stand.

The swivel pedestal stand is shaped like a crescent, similar to the older WLT68 LCD and the more recent 32C3030D. The small surface area taken up by this unorthodox stand did not hamper the stability of the set in the slightest bit despite my best efforts to tilt it over. As a whole the Toshiba 42X3030DBuy this for £712.49 at Dixons
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felt sturdily built, with the uncluttered frame and discreet speakers lending an air of understated elegance to the unit even when switched off.

Connections

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Main connection panel ( zoom)
 
HDMI, PC, antenna and CI interface

The connection interfaces located at the back of the Toshiba 42X3030DBuy this for £712.49 at Dixons
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are segregated into 2 compartments. The twin HDMI ports and VGA connection are found on the compartment facing downwards (more difficult to access) alongside digital optical audio output, RF aerial input and Common Interface slot. Bizarrely the analogue audio input has not been included here but is exiled to the other compartment, so if you wish to accept analogue audio signal from your computer when using DVI-HDMI or VGA you'd better budget for some extra cable length.

The other compartment at the rear is a recess with the connections opening backwards, where you can find SCART (x2), component, subwoofer output, and analogue audio input and output.

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On the right side of the panel yet another compartment exists, which accommodates some control buttons (rendered superfluous by the bundled infrared remote), composite A/V ports and a well-placed headphone jack.

HDMI accepts the full range of consumer formats, up to 1080p at 50/60 Hz. The Toshiba 42X3030DBuy this for £712.49 at Dixons
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includes 24FPS processing, but until we get a 24fps device, we are unable to verify this at the present. There is no mention whether the final output will be in 60Hz (this is most likely) or a multiple of 24Hz.

The maximum supported resolution for VGA is 1360x768 WXGA. Using the [PC] aspect ratio mode, we are able to correct the overscanned image on our Toshiba. Of course the image won't be 1:1 mapped. On our ATI Radeon 9600 card, we could output a significantly overcropped 1080p desktop image. Although it's something we can't pursue at the moment, HTPC experts may be able to use Powerstrip to rectify this.

With our Toshiba HDE1, the panel will accept 1080i image that can be `exactscanned'. With DVD material, the component video interface restriction prevents upscaling on our Toshiba player. (Use HDMI instead to bypass this)

As a standard feature, a digital freeview tuner is included; it's something that no TV should be without. If the BBC and ITV pact to offer a HD capable satelite service materialises in one or two years, we could see the introduction of HD tuners instead.


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