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Toshiba 32HL66

At a Glance
  • Generic Company Place Holder 32HL66

    TechHive Rating

    This stellar performer loffers vivid colors but lacks the range of connectors that you'd expect for the high price.

The Toshiba 32HL66 earned the highest image-quality score among the 32-inch LCD TVs (as of 12/8/06) that we've reviewed to date. But it comes at a high $1600 street price, and its performance was only marginally better than that of several other lower-priced models.

The 32HL66 excelled at displaying high-definition programming. Colors were vivid and saturated. In a motion shot of the countryside, background trees and foreground grass looked rich and detailed. Our test unit easily passed muster in standard-definition viewings as well. Though one juror noted "turf pixilation" in a baseball scene, our group was generally impressed.

The 32HL66's design is clean and simple, but unexciting. The 32HL66 sports a black cabinet with silver accents. Speakers are integrated into the bottom of the TV, which itself rests on a black trapezoidal base, which doesn't swivel. Our test unit's set of connectors seemed skimpy for the price but adequate for most home-theater situations. They include one HDMI, two composite, and two component inputs. The 32HL66 comes with ATSC and NTSC tuners for receiving digital and analog over-the-air signals; it has no CableCard slot.

SRS surround-sound settings in the on-screen menus help fortify the audio, but the speakers on the TV are still capable only of average quality and loudness for the TV's size and category.

A black multifunction remote with a gray back cover controls the TV's on-screen display as well as other devices such as a DVD player and cable or satellite guides. The buttons on the remote and the on-screen menu are well organized and easy to use.

One quibble about the controls on the TV: Two labels named "power" sit next to each other. One label is for the power button, and the other is for the power indicator. I would have preferred having the power button itself be the power indicator.

The installation guide is a generic one, covering eight models, and the manual covers three TV models.

The Toshiba 32HL66 is a simply designed TV set with superior performance. However, TV shoppers on a budget can go elsewhere for a set that provides almost-as-good image quality and costs hundreds of dollars less.

This story, "Toshiba 32HL66" was originally published by PCWorld.

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At a Glance
  • TechHive Rating

    This stellar performer loffers vivid colors but lacks the range of connectors that you'd expect for the high price.

    Pros

    • Very good image quality

    Cons

    • High price
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