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Toshiba 65HT2U LCD HDTV Reviewed

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Toshiba_65ht2u_LCD_HDTV_review.jpgToshiba recently introduced a value-oriented 65-inch LCD TV, priced at just $1,699.99 (with a street price closer to $1,500). We have not performed a hands-on review of the 65HT2U, but here is an overview of its features. This 1080p LCD uses a traditional CCFL backlight, as opposed to LED lighting, and it includes Toshiba's ClearFrame 120Hz technology to reduce motion blur and film judder. The 65HT2U is not 3D-capable, nor does it offer access to Toshiba's NET TV Web platform.

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The connection panel includes three HDMI inputs (one is side-facing for easier access), plus one component video input, one PC input, and one RF input to access the internal ATSC and Clear-QAM tuners. The side panel also includes a USB port that supports JPEG and MP3 playback. The TV lacks network connectivity, and it does not include an RS-232 or IR port for integration into an advanced control system.

The 65HT2U is, not surprisingly, a tad lean in its picture adjustments, but it does include a few options we don't expect to see in the budget category. You get five picture modes, as well basic adjustments for contrast, brightness, color, tint, sharpness, backlight, and DynaLight (a dynamic black control). Advanced options include three color-temperature presets, plus Blue and Green Drive adjustments that provide some ability to fine-tune the TV's white balance; an 11-step Static Gamma adjustment; dynamic contrast; noise reduction; and a game mode to reduce lag. The ClearFrame 120Hz technology includes two parts: ClearFrame (on/off) specifically addresses motion blur by increasing the number of frames, while Film Stabilization (off/standard/smooth) adds varying degrees of frame interpolation to reduce judder and produce smoother motion with film sources. The TV has eight aspect-ratio options, including a Native mode and a Dot by Dot mode.

The audio setup menu lacks preset sound modes but includes bass, treble, and balance controls, as well as dynamic range control. This model omits the advanced Audyssey audio options you'll find in other new Toshiba models. As for its aesthetic, the 65HT2U has a fairly straightforward glossy-black design with a rounded, swiveling stand. Without the stand attached, it has a depth of 4.09 inches and a weight of 91.25 pounds.

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