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Toshiba SD-V55HT DVD/VCR Home Theater System (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

by Toshiba
3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews

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  • Features combo unit with progressive-scan DVD player, 4-head stereo VCR, AM/FM tuner
  • Plays DVD, CD, VCD, DVD-R, DVD-RW, CD-R, CD-RW, WMA, MP3, and JPEG discs
  • Composite and S-video inputs, coaxial digital audio output
  • Full surround-sound package with 5 speakers (60 watts per channel) and subwoofer
  • Main component measures 17 x 3.5 x 14.25 inches (W x H x D)
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Product Specifications

Brand NameToshiba
Output Wattage400
Built In DecodersDolby Digital, Dolby Pro Logic II, DTS decoder

Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Toshiba
  • Model Number: SD-V55HT
  • Output Wattage: 400
  • Component Type: Home theater system
  • Audio Output Mode: Surround Sound
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Product Description

Product Description

Now there is no need to leave the comfort of you own living room to watch your favorite movies. This Toshiba DVD/VHS home theater system delivers 400 watts of total power and an endless list of features, all from one box. The 6-channel audio/video receiver (60-watts x 5 + 100-watt subwoofer) has a digital AM/FM tuner with 30 station presets, front A/V inputs, auxiliary A/V input with optical digital, and is equipped with Dolby Digital, Dolby ProLogic II, and DTS. The ColorStream Pro component video outputs are compatible with today's finest analog and digital televisions for delivery of stunning color images. Also features simultaneous DVD playback and VHS Hi-Fi stereo record for watching a DVD while recording a TV program, and is DVD-R/CD-R/CD-RW compatible; four 2-way satellites; one center speaker; and a 7" subwoofer. Includes universal remote control and an AM/FM radio antenna. 3-1/2Hx17Wx14-1/4D".

The SD-V55HT from Toshiba is a powerful home theater in a box, featuring a combined high-end DVD/VCR/receiver component and six speakers ready to plug in and play. Enjoy movies in multichannel surround sound, record your favorite shows, play CDs, and listen to the radio with the SD-V55HT. All you need is a TV to complete your home theater setup.

The SD-V55HT's main component is a complete audio/video receiver, a progressive-scan DVD player, a high-fidelity stereo VCR, and an AM/FM tuner with a total output of 400 watts. Each of the five individual speakers cranks out 60 watts per channel and the subwoofer features 100 watts of power.

The DVD player in the SD-V55HT utilizes Toshiba's ColorStream Pro progressive-scan video technology to yield vivid colors, clean resolution, and reduced onscreen distortion. Digital cinema progressive scanning, or 3:2 pulldown, reproduces your DVDs in theaterlike clarity.

The versatile digital picture zoom option lets you can take full advantage of that picture clarity through the ability to magnify a portion of the picture onscreen while in freeze-frame mode or even while watching a DVD in real time. The feature is great for spotting details in movies or even adjusting letterboxed movies to fill your screen. The SD-V55HT also features a wide array of DVD features, including multiple angle selection, a fast-scan option that allows you to fly through DVDs at up to 20 times the regular speed, and three slow motion speeds.

In addition to playing a full range of DVDs, the SD-V55HT plays CDs and MP3 audio files, so you can enjoy your favorite music. You can also view digital JPEG photos from CDs created in your computer with the SD-V55HT.

The VCR provides a wealth of features as well, including high-fidelity stereo sound playback and four-head recording. You can play regular VHS tapes as well as high-resolution S-VHS cassettes as well. You won't have to miss a favorite TV show on movie night, because the SD-V55HT lets you record television programs on the VCR while watching a DVD. You can also copy non-copy-protected DVDs onto VHS tapes.

The VCR in the SD-V55HT is very user-friendly. Its clock automatically sets itself to the local time, and it also logs all available channels into memory the first time you hook it up.

Make the most of your music and movies with clear, clean sound. The SD-V55HT features pure digital reproduction and includes Dolby Digital, Dolby ProLogic II, and DTS decoders to supply the SD-V55HT's six speakers with a rich, realistic surround-sound experience.

The SD-5915 features rear-panel composite audio and video inputs, as well as a S-video connection. The front-panel A/V composite input makes it easy for you to hook up a video game, camcorder, or other components.

What's in the Box
Home theater component, five speakers, one subwoofer, remote control, owner's manual.

Product Details

Data Sheet [161kb PDF]
  • Product Dimensions: 17 x 3.5 x 14.2 inches ; 35 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 44 pounds
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  • ASIN: B0001W01M4
  • Item model number: SD-V55HT
  • Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
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  • Date first available at March 23, 2004
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Customer Reviews

Top Customer Reviews

I have been shopping for a new stereo for the past 10 years. I have since moved into a house, acquired multiple televisions, VCRs, DVD players, but no home theatre system. Instead, everything ran through my television speakers. My shelf was loaded with an Xbox game console, a cable box, a low-end DVD player and an unreliable VCR. Spanning 5 shelves, there is no room for much else.
Then this system came along. My initial budget was $1,200 (About $500 for the receiver and the rest for speakers.) The Toshiba SD-V55HT is an out-of-the box home theater system packed with features to free up my shelf and upgrade my audio life. Priced at less than $300, this was an easy buy. I have had the system now for 2 months and I'm very happy with it.
The system comes with a VCR and DVD player and stereo receiver housed in one unit. The receiver has 5 different sound modes including Dolby Prologic II, Movie, Music, Matrix and 3-D Surround. In addition, there is also By-Pass which determines the type of audio is being received and handles it accordingly. It has one additional input in the back for my Xbox and another in front for the occasion when I want to hook up my video camera which I haven't tried yet.
The speakers are lightweight. At 60w each for the 3 front speakers and 2 rear speakers and 100w for the subwoofer, this system is ideal for a small room which I have.
The setup was a breeze. This is "stereos for dummies". Each of the speakers is color coded with a matching speaker wire. The manual helps you figure out how to get everything in the right place. The trickiest part is probably was getting my TV and cable box wired up properly, but essentially, its standard fare.
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I bought and received this unit and have had it about a week. It is OK for the price and a very entry level system. However, any video or audio buff will be very disappointed. This unit is average all the way around. The DVD player is a DVD player, nothing amazaing, the VCR works, the AM/FM radio works but the antennae and reception is way below average these days, the sound is OK and possibly a bit below average for this low end unit. Overall, for a 2nd system, a very small room, a child, etc this is a reasonable unit. For you main system there are many better options - seperating the VCR from the DVD home theater would get you a much better unit and then just pick up a low cost VCR. Nothing impresses me about this Toshiba. Its barely average all the way around. Owning a higher end Toshiba, this was a disappointment. The remote control color scheme and reflectiveness makes it very difficult to read, small buttons, confusing menu system, non-lighted remote. I give it 2 stars because it does play DVDs and videos fine. However, its radio, sound, remote, and menu's are way below average. Better off with a cheapie end Koss, Audiovox, etc unit.

This Toshiba replaces an older broken GO VIDEO unit for someone who required DVD/VCR. The GO VIDEO unit was several years old and was considered entry level low end at the time. However, it performed better than the Toshiba. The GO VIDEO lacked the CDRW, MP3, AM/FM, etc features common on today's current models though.

To sum it up, I would pass this unit by and either look at the lower priced units or seperate components and spend more money on a better overall setup.
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Worked okay for about 18 months. Audio performance is weak but video was okay. Now nothing works, it just died. When you turn it on, it goes into "protection mode" and shuts down by itself. Even when it did run, it made a loud sweaking noise. Complete piece of crap.
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