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Toshiba 26HF85 26" Widescreen HD-Ready Flat Screen TV

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  • 26-inch flat widescreen CRT, HD-ready TV; measures 27.5 x 19.5 x 19.6 inches (WxHxD)
  • 16:9 widescreen picture aspect ratio
  • Flat tube design delivers increased viewing angles, picture linearity and reduced light reflections
  • Includes 3 composite, 3 S-Video, 2 component, and 1 HDMI inputs
  • Two stereo speakers, 5 watts apiece (10 watts total)
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Technical Details
Brand NameToshiba
Item Weight79.4 pounds
Product Dimensions27.5 x 19.5 x 19.6 inches
Item model number26HF85
  
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Additional Information
ASINB000816XK2
Best Sellers Rank #367,362 in Electronics (See top 100)
Shipping Weight95.3 pounds
ShippingThis item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
Date First AvailableOctober 2, 2001
  
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Toshiba
  • Model: 26HF85
  • Display Size: 26 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9

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Product Description

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Get ready for high-def now with Toshiba's sleek, silvery, and amazingly affordable 26HF85 widescreen HDTV-ready CRT television. The set houses bottom-mounted stereo speakers and a FST PURE flat picture tube, which looks great while minimizing image-degrading ambient light reflections. The 26-inch set offers an image 1 inch wider than you'd get from a 27-inch standard 4:3 aspect-ratio TV. It's as loaded with image technologies as it is with connections and conveniences, simplifying and enriching your home-theater experience.

DFine high-speed velocity-scan modulation improves 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 wideband video amplifier minimizes noise and distortion.

A 3D Y/C (4 MB, 10-bit) digital comb filter with Vertical Contour Correction processes RF and composite-video signals for a sharp, clean picture. This advanced filter significantly reduces detail noise, seen as shimmering or flicker, in complex or intricate scenes.

And, since not everything you watch will be high-definition in origin (wouldn't that be nice), CrystalScan HDSC upconverts all video signals (including 480i/p) to 1080i HD. This significantly reduces jagged-line artifacts for a smoother, more natural image. (Selectable 540p, for those who want a progressive-scan image from a progressive-scan source, is available through the onscreen menu.) CableClear DNR+ Digital Noise Reduction circuitry--selectable by input--optimizes poor NTSC signals from antenna or cable by eliminating video noise (snow).

The 26HF85 is loaded with connections of all stripes, including a HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) HDTV input, which gives you a pure, uncompressed video connection with your DTV receiver or set-top box (not included). HDMI supports standard-definition (SD), enhanced definition (ED), or high-definition (HD) video, plus multi-channel digital audio--all using a single cable. It transmits all ATSC HDTV standards and supports up to 8-channel digital audio, with bandwidth to spare to accommodate future enhancements and requirements.

BBE sound improves speech intelligibility and restores the dynamic range of compressed musical passages. The set comes with a 4-device illuminated universal remote control capable of operating DVD players.

What's in the Box
TV, remote control, batteries, a user's manual, and warranty information.

Product Description

From trusted makers Toshiba, this high-quality wide screen will make you feel like you are in a theater.

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

It works great. The picture is clear, and with a little work, the colors look great. I did have to use some of the service menus to perfect the picture, but nothing too major. Read more ›
I originally bought this because I thought that a $400 HD unit was too good to pass up, but it turns out it really is too good to be true. There are a lot of problems with… Read more ›
I've read these complaints online repeatedly. Toshiba should be ashamed of such poor quality. Supposedly, Toshiba didn't even make these - Orion did, if what people say is… Read more ›
I've read these complaints online repeatedly. Toshiba should be ashamed of such poor quality. Supposedly, Toshiba didn't even make these - Orion did, if what people say is… Read more ›
According to Consummer Reports CRT set still gives the best picture quality and requires less repair. If you don't need to fill up half a wall to entertain yourself and… Read more ›
An excellent starter HDTV. It is not what one would describe as a "big screen TV" but for those of us who don't want a giant appliance in their living room, this Toshiba… Read more ›
I have this 26" model, which is compact and easily carried by one person using the handles that are literally part of the cabinet. This set fits nicely into a medium-sized… Read more ›
This set fits nicely into a medium-sized armoire. It's the perfect size for bedrooms, although I'm sure the 30" model is great. Read more ›
The speakers are fine unless you want to get rocked by a surround system while relaxing in bed. There's also a nice optional feature that calms down the loud parts of movies. Read more ›
It also allows you to fit standard sized pictures into the widescreen format in about 3 different ways... then you can actually move the picture up or down a…Great feature. Read more ›
The menu system is fairly easy to use and offers plenty of options, but the on-screen graphics are low-quality and are hideous compared to the gorgeous menus in the newer… Read more ›
It didn't bother me that much, but it WILL drive some people crazy. It looks like bad backlight leakage on a LCD; that's the only thing I can compare it too. Read more ›
Now, everybody should know ALL CRT HDTV sets don't have full lines of resolution. They have a physical limitation on scanlines, and they do their best to look high-def. Read more ›
If all you can afford is a cheapo HD set like this one, don't bother. Go into debt if you have to and get a decent LCD like a Samsung or a Sharp. The 26HF85 is a poor… Read more ›
I bought the 26HF85, knowing Toshiba had a good reputation and the price was very good. The first thing I realized when I did research (this was after I had ordered the TV)… Read more ›
The biggest complaint I have is that over…It works and wasn't a bad price for a HDTV at the time, but I wish I could have seen the picture before actually buying the unit. Read more ›
I purchased this set from Amazon, who offered the lowest price and delivered it within a week. Highly recommended. Read more ›
To summarize... where technology stands right now, this type of TV offers the BEST picture and the LOWEST price. It's the only way to go. Read more ›
The menu system is fairly easy to use and offers plenty of options, but the on-screen graphics are low-quality and are hideous compared to the gorgeous menus in the newer… Read more ›
Pros: beautiful picture that can be fine tuned to your tastes, good sound (I just use the tv, I don't have separate speakers), nice remote control features like - favorite… Read more ›
I have a satellite receiver connected via the standard jacks, which provide great picture and sound. Just a note: I had problems with some faulty cables. Read more ›
Pros: beautiful picture that can be fine tuned to your tastes, good sound (I just use the tv, I don't have separate speakers), nice remote control features like - favorite… Read more ›
Excellent value, easy to set up. Picture clarity, depth and color Read more ›
Pros: beautiful picture that can be fine tuned to your tastes, good sound (I just use the tv, I don't have separate speakers), nice remote control features like - favorite… Read more ›
Very simple to use on screen menus, took 2 minutes to figure them out. Read more ›
The menu system is fairly easy to use and offers plenty of options, but the on-screen graphics are low-quality and are hideous compared to the gorgeous menus in the newer… Read more ›
The widescreen is a definite bonus whether I'm gaming or enjoying a movie. The picture is sharp and colorful. Read more ›
i wanted a little more so i hook up a indoor HDTV Terk antenna to my SAT. box then on to the Toshiba and it was worth every penny ... i recorded off the antenna the Macy's… Read more ›
This set fits nicely into a medium-sized armoire. It's the perfect size for bedrooms, although I'm sure the 30" model is great. Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

62 of 64 people found the following review helpful By T. Russell on September 8, 2005
I purchased this set from Amazon, who offered the lowest price and delivered it within a week. Highly recommended.

I have a satellite receiver connected via the standard jacks, which provide great picture and sound. Just a note: I had problems with some faulty cables. After switching them out, it fixed some odd stripes across the screen.

I have a DVD player connected via the HDMI input, which provides SUPURB picture and sound. I don't think this picture can be beat, especially with the new flat screens that are so expensive. I still can't believe people are paying for those slim sets when they have grainy pictures... even chunky pixels, with grayish blacks, etc.

I have this 26" model, which is compact and easily carried by one person using the handles that are literally part of the cabinet. This set fits nicely into a medium-sized armoire. It's the perfect size for bedrooms, although I'm sure the 30" model is great.

The speakers are fine unless you want to get rocked by a surround system while relaxing in bed. There's also a nice optional feature that calms down the loud parts of movies.

I have another Toshiba 32" TV that I purchased about 11 years ago, and it still works great with minor picture degradation. I believe this set will last too, as I think Toshiba makes durable products.

There are a lot of adjustments you can make to video and audio. This is especially important with HDTV as the high resolution can highlight both good and bad contrast, warmth, etc. It may take you a couple weeks to get it tweaked just right. It also allows you to fit standard sized pictures into the widescreen format in about 3 different ways... then you can actually move the picture up or down a little. Great feature.
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55 of 58 people found the following review helpful By Galley on May 24, 2005
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The Toshiba 26HF85 is my first HDTV set. My criteria were 1080i support, HDMI and dual HD component inputs, in a small cabinet. With its speakers on the bottom, this set is very compact. At only 27.5" wide, it is small enough to fit on an extra nightstand in my bedroom. I have a DirecTV H10 Hi-Def receiver hooked to it via HDMI, along with a PlayStation 2 via component. The picture quality is superb, although I am certainly no expert in that area.

This set has a well-designed and attractive remote control with buttons that glow in the dark. The cabinet has nice styling as well, and even has built-in handles like the smaller Toshibas. The menu system is fairly easy to use and offers plenty of options, but the on-screen graphics are low-quality and are hideous compared to the gorgeous menus in the newer Samsungs. This set does have auto aspect ratio sensing, but I don't feel that it works as well as it could.

The 26HF85 is an attractively-priced HDTV if you don't require an on-board ATSC tuner.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By John on September 10, 2005
This is an excellent HDTV at a price one third to one half of a LCD or Plasma HDTV. If you have room for the cabinet, these TV's are extraordinary values with pictures that have better blacks and truer colors than many LCD or plasma sets. The picture is astounding, even off a conventional air antenna. The set adjusts to obtain the best picture from the signal and the analog signal can hardly be distinguished from the HDTV image.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By T. Coutant on March 7, 2006
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Let me start off by stating my own blatant bias. I am a fan of CRT TV's (tube TV's) over Plasma, LCD, DLP, etc. I know everyone will be screaming in an uproar, but to each their own. For me, it's CRT for now. Keep in mind, studios still use CRT's for editing purposes (There's a reason for that! It's called picture quality!) This is our second CRT HD TV. Our first is Sony's unsurpassed KD-34XBR960. For pure picture quality, the Sony is absolutely the best picture in standard or HD format of any TV on the market period. Don't even argue. Read the reviews here and elsewhere to find out for yourself. Then see for yourself at a local store. End of discussion. Sony wins. We recently added the Toshiba 26HF85 to our home. HD-Ready, 16:9, etc. Lotsa bells & whistles for the money. Surprisingly good picture quality. HDMI inputs (hard to find in this price class!). Plenty of extra inputs as well. Amazon killed Best Buy on the price by $150. Negs - Dated cabinet is very vanilla. Remote suffers from same 1980's identity crisis. Annoying pop-up of sleep timer countdown every 10 minutes. Sound not bad, but only ok. Poor color contrast for setup & display menu makes it difficult to read. Menu not intuitive, but plenty of adjustments to suit individual viewing tastes. Get your money's worth, read the manual and fine-tune the display for your own preferences. You'll be glad you did. Overall, this TV is all about value. You're gonna be hard-pressed to find a better picture & more features for this kind of money. Most of my gripes are with the setup & menu functions anyways, and you won't even care about that while enjoying TV in all of its' HD glory for under 400 bucks!
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By C. L. Hunnefield on December 7, 2005
I'm just an average person that sometimes watches tv, so I'm no expert, but I do love this tv. I just bought it about 2 weeks ago, so it's still new for me. It did take some tweaking of the picture to get it the way I like it, but I've never owned a tv that I didn't want to fine tune the picture. I think the picture is beautiful - nice and bright and clearly defined. There are a lot of settings, but after 5-10 minutes you'll have the tv exactly the way you like it. To be honest one of my favorite features is the Favorite channels! You can program your favorites and then if you just want to peek at what's on one of them, you just click the left-right arrows on the remote (separate from the channel up and down buttons) and you can quickly switch over to them. I also like that the tv has 2 inputs in the back, so if you have 2 video gaming consoles, like me, you can have them plugged in without buying a separate splitter and you can switch to either of them with the remote. This tv has 5 different viewing settings, so if you don't like how the tv picture comes out on one of them, you can switch - same for video games - I sample each view before I decide for games (1:natural 2,3,4:theater settings 5:full screen). I was also happy to know that it can support 1080i HDTv. I don't have HDTv now, but I like knowing that if I get it in the future, I will be able to get the best picture with it (my friend told me 1080 is the highest). I have this tv about 7 feet or so from my sofa and that seems like a great viewing distance, but I can also see it from across a second smaller room at about maybe 25-30 feet away and it still looks great from there. I haven't had any problems with it so far and I'm not an electronics expert - I just expect to turn things on and they should work - and this tv definitely does that!Read more ›
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