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Operating The Toshiba 42X3030D

by Vincent Teoh & Colin Tang
17 May 2007

The menu system of the Toshiba 42X3030DBuy this for £712.49 at Dixons
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mirrors the capabilities and range of the controls found in the earlier C3030D series. As they say, don't fix something if it ain't broke. The menu is quite responsive to remote orders, making submenu surfing an easy exercise.

General
General Picture Menu
Picture Settings 1
Picture Settings 1
Picture Settings 2
Picture Settings 2
The most advanced LCD colour system?

We missed the greyscale controls on this model, hoping that Toshiba might have corrected this omission since the introduction of the C series. Not everyone will happily venture into the service menu and mess around with hexadecimal values or hire a ISF calibrator. However, service menu calibration will allow users to squeeze a little more juice from this TV, making improvements in color temperature, black luminance and contrast ratio. Apart from that, the picture controls are as extensive and complete as they get. You have control over cinema mode (3:2 detection), dynamic dimming (backlight control), black stretch and noise reduction methods in addition to standard adjustments.

This is our second meeting with the 3D colour management system, which allows fine adjustments over the main primary and secondary colours on three axes; hue, saturation (purity) and intensity. As far as we are aware, there are no standard test images that will allow accurate calibration with these controls. However, with some help and a little ingenuity, our colour calibration turned out a pretty impressive result.

Set up
Setup Menu
Timer
Timer Menu...does anybody actually use this?
Function
Function Menu

If you have a PC connected the 42X3030D, you can fine-tune the desktop image position and clock tracking/phase settings in the setup menu.

EPG
EPG
Aspect Ratio

The EPG on Toshiba is functional and bog-standard as far as programming guides go. It could have been a little more endearing with a picture-in-menu and short summary located in the same screen with channel selection.

Remote Remote
Remote Control (zoom)
 
Side profile (zoom)

The Toshiba 42X3030DBuy this for £712.49 at Dixons
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remote is the same one from the C3030D series. The rubber buttons doesn't have a great tactile feedback and the arrow ring is not as responsive as other remotes that we have become familiar with. 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. (Exact Scan, PC, Wide, Super Live 2, Cinema 2, 4:3, Super Live 1, Cinema 1, Subtitle and 14:9). Exactscan is Toshiba's version of 1:1 mapping that is only available with 1080 input on HDMI and component.

Operation on the Toshiba 42X3030DBuy this for £712.49 at Dixons
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is smooth and quiet, with no significant head-splitting buzz or annoying high-pitched whine that afflicts some LCD panels.


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