As rear projection sets continue falling in price, and high definition becomes standard, Toshiba wisely introduces the Cinema Series lineup. Each of the five models boasts a high-quality picture, clean sound, and uncluttered styling in a relatively compact chassis that blends well into many home theater environments.
The 50HX81 model, a 16:9 HD rear projection display, distinguishes itself from other Toshiba rear projection sets through enhanced picture quality and higher-end audio.
At slightly more than 46-inches wide and 50- inches high, yet less than 22-inches deep, the 50HX81 is ideal for a dedicated home theater. However, weighing in at just under 200 pounds and sitting on easy-to-roll casters, the 50-inch Cinema Series is also quite easy to position and handle and won't dominate your living or family room either. The 50HX81 is understated in appearance -- the soft gray trim, brushed aluminum panel and smooth black grille do not draw attention to themselves. With straight sides and a smooth face and speaker panel, the 50HX81 integrates well into home theater cabinetry as well. This is a feature that's easy to overlook when shopping for a new TV. While the Toshiba may look a bit boring on the retail floor beside some of its flashier peers, its simple, clean look lets the viewer focus on what's most important. . . the superbly bright, clear picture it delivers.
In order to achieve this enhanced picture quality, Toshiba utilizes PowerFocus HD Plus CRTs.
The remote control offers a selectable cool blue backlighting and is programmable for five additional devices. Other nice features include: a 1/2-mute that functions as an interim step between full volume and mute, adjustable picture size, and the ability to scan through your favorite channels in a 9-picture multi-window.
Toshiba's 2-way speaker system utilities SRS WOW surround sound. WOW consists of three features: SRS 3D, FOCUS and TruBass. SRS 3D provides a surround sound effect, FOCUS selects a vocal emphasis, and TruBass selects bass expansion, either high, low or off.
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