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Toshiba 20AF44 20" FST Pure Flat Color TV with Stereo Sound
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- 20-inch CRT TV with standard 4:3 aspect ratio and high-contrast, low-distortion FST PURE flat tube; 24 x 18 x 19 inches (W x H x D)
- 3-line digital comb filter enhances color clarity; velocity scan modulation improves definition at screen edges
- Stereo reception with SAP, double-baffle speaker system; StableSound evens the audio from TV programs
- ColorStream component-video input offers optimal connection from a compatible DVD player or satellite receiver
- Front A/V input accommodates camcorder or gaming console; headphone jack; 1-year parts warranty (90 days labor)
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- Brand Name: Toshiba
- Model Number: 20AF44
- Display Technology: CRT
- Display Size: 20 inches
- Image Aspect Ratio: 4:3
Enliven your kitchen, bedroom, or living room with Toshiba's stylish, 20-inch 20AF44. The compact but versatile set is equipped to deliver vivid, high-contrast pictures via the FST PURE flat picture tube, which looks great and minimizes geometric distortions in the process. Generous connection options and parental controls let you and your kids use the set for a variety of applications.
The 20AF44's three-line digital comb filter further enhances resolution by removing blurred edges between colors and reducing dot crawl (tiny, moving dots of color along a sharp color separation in a vertical line, as in a depiction of a character's striped T-shirt). Meanwhile, velocity-scan modulation improves the definition at picture edges, creating sharper images by slowing the CRT (cathode-ray tube) beam's horizontal scanning during demanding work--say, when rendering transitions from light to dark parts of an image--and speeding it up when scanning easily rendered sections, like broad dark areas.
A shadow mask is a thin sheet of perforated metal behind the screen that restricts electron flow, each hole in the sheet corresponding to a single pixel. An Invar mask uses an alloy that's especially resistant to the high temperatures generated by the electron beam, allowing in a brighter, clearer picture.
The set receives stereo audio programming and SAP (second audio program), often used to broadcast an alternate-language track. The 20AF44 derives a heightened sense of stereo separation from its double-baffle speaker system, and BBE High-Definition Sound improves speech intelligibility and restores the dynamic range of compressed musical passages.
A ColorStream component-video input provides the ultimate picture quality from interlaced component-video signals; standard composite-video inputs accommodate all DVD players and most other video sources. You get two sets of rear A/V inputs (one of which has S-video) as well as one set of front A/V inputs for easy connection with a camcorder or gaming console. A rear A/V output lets you hook the set up with a surround receiver. The 20AF44 also features V-Chip parental controls, a sleep timer, and a glow-in-the-dark universal remote control.
What's in the Box
Television, remote control, remote batteries, a user's manual, and warranty information.
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First, like most inexpensive consumer TVs, this model's color decoder is extremely inaccurate. It's heavily biased towards red, to make it look "good" to the average buyer. You can try to correct it using Digital Essentials, but you won't get it even close to right. As Digital Essentials points out, this is usually done to compensate for a bluish white point, in order to create the illusion that the screen is brighter than competing models.
The 20AF44 also only has one memory setting, although it has 3 video inputs. If you use several different sources, such as cable TV, a DVD/VCR, and/or a game console, it's very hard to find a setting that looks correct for all, and since it only saves one setting, you'll either have to compromise or keep resetting it.
The most annoying aspect is the VSM (vertical scan modulation). Although it's touted as a positive "feature" by the literature, believe me, it's not. The effect on the picture is rather like turning the sharpness control all the way up, giving edges in the picture bright white outlines. It especially makes text (such as in video games) look awful. Unfortunately, even turning the sharpness control all the way down doesn't help matters. This set doesn't offer any way to turn VSM off (not even in the service menu). I can only imagine this was done to make the picture look "sharp" to the uneducated viewer.
Furthermore, the set is filled with consumer level gimmicks to make the screen look brighter, such as the presence of an invar shadow mask.Read more ›
Sound also is superb. I'm stumped by Robert Stewart's negative comments on his set. There's no buzz on my sample and the picture, as I said, is first rate. Perhaps he's got a line-noise problem with the his power source or one of the devices he has hooked up to the tv. If not, remember that sample defects like the ones he mentions can happen even with store-bought tv's, though in the latter case, making an exchange is a lot more straightforward.
The manual that came with this Toshiba is the best written and most thorough I've seen on an appliance in years, even perhaps a little too exhaustive ....like the complicated-looking remote, it might daunt some folks who like simplicity in their electronic gadgets. But both the manual and the remote are only as complicated as the set is versatile.
The lack of a TV/Video button on the front of set itself is a bit unusual, but a minor inconvenience, and it isn't true, as another poster writes in these reviews, that "you are out of luck" if you lose the Toshiba remote: Any programmable remote you can buy in a store will operate this tv, including the TV/Video function -- I've programmed a store-bought remote to work with this tv and it works all the basic functions, including TV/Video function fine.
Also, Toshiba offers replacement remotes for the AF series of tube tv's on its site under "accessories" for $10 each.Read more ›
Here is a little trick i learned selling TV's when you purchae a new set leave it on a few days non-stop ( yes I said non-stop! )
this will surely test the set, if there are any flaws they will happen right away, then you can bring it back within your warranty with the store. They will never tell you this at a retail chain!
Anyway I highly recommend the 20AF44 Toshiba, make sure you use Monster S-Video or Componet Video Cables when hooking up DVD and Cable Box for best picture qulaity!
Velocity Modulation (VM), sometimes called VCM, makes the picture sharper but also causes some distortion on vertical lines, especially with a white background. Most brands offer a way to reduce the VM or turn it off completely (Panasonic and SONY for instance) but for some odd reason Toshiba does not offer the choice.
I found the colors to be very vivid and the sound quality to be quite good. The set is also good looking except for the exposed front inputs which mar the look of the front end of the TV.
However, the VM ruins the TV. I am returning it for a Panasonic CT-20SL14, which does not have VM. I personally think VM is a bad addition to any TV and unnecessary. If you are interested in a SONY, their 20 inch Wega offers a way to reduce VM or turn it off completely.
If Toshiba offered this in their TVs I think they would rate the highest because of the good color saturation, fine audio quality, and attractive case.
Unfortunately for now I would recommend avoiding all Toshiba TVs until the VM can be adjusted or turned off.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Going strong for 10 years. what I can say. The image could be better.Published 14 months ago by Dust Roger
CHEAPLY MADE. POOR PICTURE. (ACTUALLY I ORDERED AND RECEIVED A 39" MODEL, NOT A 20."
MY 10 YEAR OLD TOSHIBA CRT TELEVISION SET PERFORMS BETTER BUT IS BULKIER, OF... Read more
I've owned this model for over three years and never had a single complaint until recently, after moving, started having trouble getting it to power up. Read morePublished on August 1, 2006 by M. B.
Honestly, this model is probably the best I have ever had! What I like most about it is the flat panel! Excellent quality! Read morePublished on November 6, 2005 by W. Lu
I bought this television and noticed from the first day that the colors tended to bleed into one another to the extent that it was a constant distraction. Read morePublished on February 12, 2005 by Brian C. Carver
I did a lot of research for the new TV I was getting ready to buy. I read the issues of Consumer Reports magazine where they reviewed televisions. Read morePublished on February 11, 2005 by Mark Stroming
After looking through several choices for a tv that would work in a smaller room or bedroom I chose this one. Read morePublished on December 2, 2004 by Braden Miller
I bought a 20AF44, excited as I was because I own a 20AF41 and a 14 inch 14AF42 (or 14AF43, I forgot the model number) and was very pleased with them. Read morePublished on September 14, 2004 by Marty