Toshiba CN32V71 32" CRT Television

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The honeymoon is over

Jun 23, 2000
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Pros:Awesome for home theater; great picture and sound.

Cons:Skimps on practical features and opts for "fluff" features instead.

I found a good price on this one at Tweeter for $685.00 (floor model), which is about the same price as the non-Cinema Series model (CZ32V61) at Best Buy and other stores.

Initially I was blown away by the TV's sheer power. When connected to my audio system and DVD, the room shook like never before. The Sub-Bass system--which is the most significant difference between the CZ32V71 and the CZ32V61--delivers a tremendous amount of power.

Now that I've had the TV for four weeks, I've got some complaints. First off, the TV has no clock. I hadn't realized it when I bought it because all my televisions in the past have had clocks (silly me). This means the television also does not have an Auto On/Off feature (don't let the Timer feature fool you).

As an aside, although I've never used the V-Chip feature, I had always thought that it could be used not only to block channels, but also use the clock to block out during designated times of the day. Anyway, the point is moot with this TV.

The Channel Labeling feature is also disappointing. The TV designates only enough memory to label 25-30 channels. This is only enough to label about one half of my cable channels, and probably less. This feature could have been wonderful. Instead, it is of very little use for those who have cable--which is, ironically, what most folks who would buy this model probably have.

I've always been a fan of 2-Tuner PIP, and along with this the TV features 2 preview modes: the 6-Box Mode which allows a continuous preview of all your channels along the bottom of the screen, and the 9-Box mode which allows you to view your favorite channels (preset) in Tic-Tac-Toe formation. It also allows you to Strobe Freeze live action in a 9-Box Tic-Tac-Toe formation as well. Honestly I found all but the regular PIP to be too indulgent and of little convenience to use.

The universal remote control looks nice and luxurious at first glance. It has a Back-Lit Keypad, and it is capable of "learning" functions from other remote controls. You can also switch from TV to Cable, VCR, and AUX. But it won't control your DVD player or your audio system!! The "learning" ability of the remote will not compensate for this, since you can store only nine functions with the feature.

Other quirks I don't like about the remote: on most other universals, the VCR functions (play, FF, REV) are on separate buttons, and they work while your remote is on TV mode. But on this model they've cut corners and coupled them with other TV function buttons. While the controls let you easily flip through PIP-displayed channels, it does not allow you to directly enter the channel number.

In summary, the CN32V71 is absolutely awesome for its Home Theater capabilities. Toshiba's Picture Tube is as good as any other, and the audio system is the best you are going to find on a 32" model. However, for normal, everyday television viewing Toshiba could have done a better job on this one. They added razzle-dazzle to their preview modes while skimping on the practical features--namely a clock, limited capacity for labeling channels, and a less than great remote.

I had upgraded from a 27" Zenith (similar to the http://www.zenith.com/prod_b27a34z.html ) It was incredibly practical, having clock features, soft mute and full mute, and something called XDS which displays program information contained in the TV broadcast signal. It also has an even better universal remote than the Toshiba. Now that I've seen Zenith's website, I've found a 32" model that I would have preferred to the Toshiba had I known about it earlier: (http://www.zenith.com/prod_iqb32b44w.html). Unfortunately most stores choose to carry low-end Zenith models, and the high-end ones are hard to find. If I do ever get a chance to get a look at this model, I'll submit a review for it.



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Amount Paid (US$): 685.00 + tax

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