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Toshiba 30HF85 or Samsung TX-P3071WH Time to Decide!

06-30-2005, 08:29 AM

I've read a number of posts about both of these sets and hope I'm not annoying y'all with another thread! Still, here it is time to pull the trigger on one of these and I just can't decide. I'm going to buy at either BestBuy or Circuit City. BestBuy has the Toshiba for $759 and the Samsung for $799, so price is not at issue. I'm just new to the HDTV market (I've been getting on fine with a 15-year old 25" RCA!), so I really don't know what I should be looking for other than good picture quality. I'll be watching mostly basic cable channels and DVDs about 5-7 hours a week.

I am leaning toward the Toshiba, although some comments about it being manufactured by a low-end manufacturer did worry me. Samsung, though, has a built-in tuner (which I understand is not that important as I'll have HDTV coming through the cable box, but is it a drawback?) The on-screen menu on the Samsung is more appealing as well. Which, though, is easier to tune? I'm no expert and don't want to spend hours working on my TV each week.

So, if you want to chime in with a vote on one or the other, and perhaps a short explanation of why, I'd be very appreciative! Of course, if you think can think of another 30" wide HDTV for $800 or less that is still better, let me know.

Thanks for all your help.


06-30-2005, 10:31 AM
You might want to check on the Samsung whether you can loose the black side bars when watching HD programmes. Many HD stations still show 4:3 programmes expanded to 16:9 with black bars to fill the screen - if you watch a lot of this you could suffer burn-in.

I'm not sure about the 30", but on my 34" Toshiba you can use all the picture stretches and zooms regardless of the input signal - I have read on this forum that some types of widescreen do not allow picture stretch in HD mode - this to me would be a drawback. Stretching a digital HD 4:3 picture still gives a very good picture due to the purity of the signal even if the original source was not produced in HD. TBS HD, for example, shows everything in 4:3 at present. Also the picture stretch on the Toshibas is generally acknowledged to be one of the best in terms of minimal distortion.

06-30-2005, 05:40 PM
I agree with above. I would go with the Toshiba. Orion makes this set for Toshiba but still have to adhere to the rigorous Toshiba specs. I have to admit that the Samsung does have a beautiful sharp picture as well as is more of an aesthetically pleasing set. However, the speakers on the Toshiba are at the bottom, thus appears less bulky. About the only thing I would buy that is Samsung would be their cellphones. If you don't mind paying a little more, I would also look at the Panasonic and SONY 30" HDTV CRT.