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Toshiba 50HP66 50-Inch Plasma HDTV

by Toshiba
3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

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  • Sleek, black 50-inch Plasma HDTV with bottom-mounted speakers; measures 49.5 x 34.25 x 16.2 inches (WxHxD) with included stand
  • Integrated NTSC, ATSC tuners; QAM tuner compatible with unscrambled HDTV cable reception
  • 1366 x 768-pixel resolution, 1000 cd/m2 brightness, 10,000:1 contrast ratio
  • Inputs: 3 composite (1 front), 3 S-Video (1 front), 2 component, 2 HDMI, 1 PC VGA, 1 RF
  • Two stereo speakers, 10 watts apiece (20 watts total); SRS WOW virtual surround sound
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Toshiba
  • Model Number: 50HP66
  • Display Technology: Plasma
  • Display Size: 50 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Product Description

Product Description


Step into the future with the 50-inch Toshiba 50HM66 plasma screen HDTV, which features a stylishly contemporary black cabinet and space-saving bottom mounted speaker system.The set's built-in ATSC (DTV) tuner pulls HD signals (480p/720p/1080i) right from the airwaves, and its QAM tuner is fully compatible with unscrambled HDTV cable reception. A standard analog NTSC tuner receives standard-definition (SD) programming. It comes with a tabletop stand that can be removed for wall mounting (with optional hardware).

This plasma set features Toshiba's CableClear DNR+ technology, which optimizes poor NTSC signals from antenna or cable sources to eliminate video noise ("snow") for a clean crisp image. It utilizes the digital 3D/YC comb filter to compare frames and determine the existence and extent of video noise. It then applies the needed amount of digital video noise reduction, and the appropriate sharpness adjustment to keep the picture clear. This feature now works on RF, composite and S-Video inputs, and can be selected by input.

The aforementioned 3D Y/C comb filter separates brightness and color signals better in 3D domain to eliminate cross-color, cross-luminance and dot-crawl distortion. It performs field-by-field comparisons of the television image to accurately separate the color from the black-and-white information and remove both horizontally and vertically hanging dots, as well as dot crawl, resulting in a razor sharp image. The Cinema Mode feature performs 3:2 pulldown detection and reversal, too--a handy feature for watching progressive-scan movie programs in their native 24-frame format. To adapt 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video, frames in the original movie must be duplicated; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this duplication by removing the redundant information to display a frame-accurate picture. This set also offers five TheaterWide modes that expand letterboxed images--which is particularly useful when watching narrow letterboxed Panavision or CinemaScope films.

The 50HM66 has a 1366 x 768-pixel resolution (XGA), a peak 1000 cd/m2 (candela per square meter) brightness rating, and an amazing 10,000:1 contrast ratio. (The higher the contrast ratio, the greater a TV's ability to display subtle color details and not get washed out by ambient room light.)

The GameTimer feature allows parents to set the television to shut off after a specified period of time and stay off until a lockout key code is entered. For optimum display of each type of input source, the Individual AV Settings by Input function allows you to make video adjustments for each type of input, such as RF, composite, S-Video, and each component video input. Other convenience features include color temperature control, closed captioning on mute, sleep timer, tri-lingual on-screen display, video input labeling, channel labeling, channel/video lock, and V-Chip parental controls.

This set has two stereo speakers that provide 10 watts of power per channel (for 20 watts of total power) and SRS WOW virtual surround sound. The StableSound feature maintains television volume within a preset range regardless of the source signal. This helps to eliminate the annoyance of normal program volume being followed immediately by extremely loud commercial messages or drastic volume fluctuations while changing channels.

It's easy to connect to brilliant imagery with the component and HDMI connections--the latter offering pure digital audio/video performance with no degradation of signal from just one convenient cable. This set offers the following connection options:

  • Composite A/V: 3 (1 front) in, 1 out
  • S-Video: 3 (1 front) in
  • Component Video: 2 in
  • HDMI: 2 in
  • RF: 1 in
  • PC VGA: 1 in
  • PC audio in: 1
  • Digital audio out: 1 coaxial, 1 optical

Tech Talk
HDMI is a lossless, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface to link any audio/video source (such as a set-top box, DVD player, or AV receiver) with your TV--all over a single cable. HDMI supports standard, enhanced or high definition video, plus multi-channel digital audio on a single cable. It supports all ATSC formats--standard (SDTV), enhanced (EDTV), and high (HDTV).

SRS WOW virtual surround sound processing technology consists of three separate sound expanding systems, which work together to extract "buried" highs and lows. The three systems are, SRS 3D, TruBass, and FOCUS. SRS 3D creates a three dimensional sound field from just two speakers, thus giving the listener the feeling of hearing a multi speaker surround sound system. TruBass produces a powerful, yet low, frequency sound by utilizing a process called psychoacoustics. From only two small speakers, TruBass will give the effect of an expensive sub bass woofer that will leave the listener amazed by the quality of the sound. FOCUS was added to direct the energy from the speakers of the television set in a vertical direction up towards the listenerÕs ears. The addition of FOCUS means that there is virtually no loss of sound from the speakerÕs position on the bottom panel near the floor, which achieves a clear, undistorted range of audio.

What's in the Box
Plasma HDTV, remote control (with batteries), power cable, tabletop stand, printed operating instructions

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Technical Details

Brand Name Toshiba
Item Weight 106.9 pounds
Product Dimensions 49.5 x 16.2 x 34.3 inches
Item model number 50HP66

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Customer Reviews
3 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews

3 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #441 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions > Plasma TVs
Shipping Weight 136 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
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Date First Available March 28, 2005

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we looked long and hard to find the best "value" and not price, meaning we were not interested in the lowest cost solution. In fact our focus was on the top 42" &43" Panasonics and Pioneers (based on Consumer Reports and Plasma TV until comparing the Toshiba 50HP66 side by side with Panasonic at Video Only in Bellevue. (Toshiba was superior in every category!) The sales rep included "free delivery" so we are now into a 50" Plasma HD which has tranformed our tv experience where we can watch an excellent picture, sound and are more engaged. You should include Toshiba in your search also they are the first on the market with HD DVD recorder.
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This TV has brilliant depth to its colors, and watching sports in HD is amazing. The detail that the TV gives is truly great. The TV has 2 HMDI plugs for your cable box and DVD player, which even if you don't want to spend 1,000 on a HD player, you can get an upconverter DVD player with HDMI out for only 100 bucks. Its like watching movies in a theater.
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Neither one of us are tremendously technical, but we wanted a nice tv to mount over our fireplace. We researched online as well as visited a couple stores and decided on this one. We've only had it a few days, but I'm very pleased. It is very user friendly - meaning I don't have to get the manual out every time I want to make an adjustment! I did have to hire somebody to mount it and run the wiring, but I would have to do that with any of them. It's a great buy!
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We purchased this TV in July of 2006 when it just hit the market. Overall we are quite pleased with the TV. We compared it with the Panasonics, Pioneers, Philips, LG, Samsung, Vizio and Maxent TVs on the market. Overall it compares favorably with the top tier brands (e.g., Panasonic, Pioneer) in picture quality, but the price is midway between the second tier brands (e.g., Maxent) and the top tier brands.


1. 2 HDMI inputs - High Definition Media Interface (HDMI) is the wave of the future. One cable carries both audio and video feeds and is the standard for the next generation of HD DVD players, cable boxes and satellite boxes. Having 2 HDMI interfaces allows you to connect a DVD player and a cable or satellite box. I have my TV hooked up to a Toshiba upconverting DVD player using the HDMI input. The cable is connected via analog input to the TV.

2. HD Picture Clarity - Toshiba is using a Philips / LG panel, which is ubiquitous in the industry (e.g., Maxent, Vizio, LG, Philips and others all use the panels from this joint venture). However, Toshiba sets the panel resolution at a native 720 progressive (i.e., it paints the picture line by line), rather than a 1080 interlace (i.e., it paints alternate lines). Whatever signal it is fed, it will be converted to a 720P. I believe that this results in a smoother image. The HD picture quality is sharp and vibrant. Standard picture quality (e.g., from cable) is pretty good - the picture is definitely softer than HD, but definitely watchable. Our cable provider is Time Warner and their cable box does a great job of stretching a standard picture for the screen.
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I purchased this TV in Sept. '06. On April 8th, 2007 while watching the last holes of the Masters, I heard a loud whine and then POOF, the TV was off. Then it tried to start itself over and over again. TV was gone. I called customer service next morning(9th). They referred me to a repair company that didn't get to my house until the 13th. He could not fix it. He had to order a part.several weeks went by and no one was giving me an answer other than, " the part is on backorder". Well needless to say, yesterday (29 may 07) 51 days after my TV went down, Toshiba called and said that I can continue to hold on the backorder or get my money back. I choose the money, but, it will take 4 to 6 weeks to get it. They said they will send someone in 5 to 7 Business days to pick the unit up! 5 to 7 days to get thier broke tv but 4 to 6 wks for the consumer who spent good money in the first place to get his money back. Way to go Toshiba. I will never buy a Toshiba product again. Horrible and I mean horrible customer service.

The Tv was not all that either. My friends 50" Panasonic is far superior.
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I bought this 50" TV, a 42 " panasonic and a 50" vizio plasma TVs around the same time (2006 holiday season, all new from either bestbuy or circuitcity). I also have a sony 65" HDTV projection TV. I would not recommend anyone to buy this Toshiba. The unit works OK but have several disadvantages

a) change a channel takes five to seven seconds for the new channel program to show up - which is not tolerable when you want to just go through channels to see what's on. (my feeling is that the technology/chip used is way to old than that in the competing models).

b) digital channel and analog channels are not separated and it is impossible to to use "previous channel" function to go between digital channels.

c) the picture quality (color and pixels) is the worst among all of the models mentioned above, espeacilly for the night sceans (for example, sony will show very smooth pictures of a DVD movie while the toshiba shows a lot of wavering small pixels when you get a little closer to the screen - say five feet).

I actually had bestbuy exchange for a new unit as I first thought these issues might be related to the unit I had.

I keep this new 50" plamsa in basement and only occasionally watch it (may be once in a month) so it is not a big deal for me. But I am surprise to see those good reviews from cnet/amazon. I'd recommend people to stay away from this model.

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