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Comparison of Toshiba 19-inch Television with Samsung and Insignia Models
on May 7, 2012
After twelve years of loyal service, our Sony 13-inch Trinitron analog television died of picture tube failure. After proper burial rites, we researched all the new small televisions that would fit into our kitchen. We first brought home a Samsung 19-inch LED TV (UN19D4003) because Consumer Reports said it had the best picture in its class. It was rated at the top along with Toshiba. Its sound was muffled, low volume and incomprehensible. The speakers face backwards, towards the wall. The Samsung was immediately returned to the store. We needed good auditory qualities in a noisy kitchen.
Next we listened to a side-by-side comparison of Insignia's 19-inch LED TV (NS-19E320A13) with Toshiba's 19-inch LED TV (19L4200U). The Toshiba was by far louder and clearer with larger amplifiers. The Toshiba's picture has less glare than the Samsung, easier on the eyes. Toshiba has the Dynalight backlight. We bought the Toshiba.
The only drawback is the need for two remotes. Our DIRECTV remote is needed to change channels, and the volume control is on the Toshiba remote.
The Toshiba is not bad as a computer monitor, large size screen but limited in that you cannot use the high refresh rates of better screens. This one only has 60 hertz. It will support an input of 1024 lines but not with the full accuracy/resolution. Tested it on an Acer laptop with a VGA cable.
Update 9/20/12: Remote control problem solved. A telephone call to technical support got us through the steps of synchronizing the DirecTV remote with the new Toshiba television. We didn't even need a technician to come to our house.
Update 10/15/12: Closed Captions option available for the hearing impaired: Every time I use the mute button to turn the sound off, the captions automatically come on the screen. This is a convenient way to follow a program even when someone receives a phone call. Usually, there is no Closed Captions button on a TV remote.