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Toshiba 30HF84 30" TheaterWide HD-Ready Flat-Screen TV

3.0 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

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  • 30-inch HD-compatible 16:9 aspect-ratio television; 31 15/16 x 21 5/8 x 22 3/16 inches (WxHxD)
  • CrystalScan HDSC, which upconverts all signals to 1080i or 540p resolution
  • Accepts 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i inputs and offers 1 HDMI direct digital HD connection
  • 3D Y/C digital comb filter with Vertical Contour Correction accurately processes RF and composite-video signals
  • Cinema Mode 3:2 pulldown reversal corrects frame rate for viewing film-based sources; 10 watts per channel x 2 speakers
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Toshiba
  • Model Number: 30HF84
  • Display Size: 30 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
  • Image Contrast Ratio: 600:1
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Product Description

Bring the movie theater experience home with this exceptional widescreen HD-ready TV from Toshiba. The set has 2 component inputs and an HDMI direct-digital connection for hookup to a DTV set-top box and HD satellite receiver so you'll be ready for high definition TV. The FST PURE fine-pitch flat screen minimizes unwanted reflections from room light. Cutting-edge technologies like DFine high-speed VSM (velocity-scan modulation), Cinema Mode (3:2 pull-down reversal) circuitry and a 3D digital comb filter work behind the scenes to deliver a crisp and vivid picture. The 2-speaker stereo sound system is fueled by 20 watts of power and features 3D simulated surround sound and voice and bass enhancement. Imported. 21-5/8Hx31-15/16Wx22-3/16D".

Note: The Toshiba 30HF84 30" TheaterWide HD-Ready Flat-Screen TV is no longer being manufactured. You may want to consider purchasing the newer Toshiba 30HF85 30" Widescreen HD-Ready Flat Screen TV instead.

With its widescreen dimension and wealth of picture-enhancing technologies, Toshiba's remarkably affordable 30HF84 is set to bring you into the digital future. The set sports 2 high-definition component-video inputs and an HDMI direct-digital connection for hookup with a DTV set-top box or HD satellite receiver. What's more, the 30-inch set's FST PURE fine-pitch flat picture tube not only looks great, it minimizes unwanted reflections from room light and increases viewing angles while enhancing picture linearity.

Improving upon standard interlaced signals (like those from DVD player, cable box, and VCR composite-video outputs), Toshiba's CrystalScan HDSC upconverts all signals to 1080i resolution. A 3D Y/C (4 MB, 10-bit) digital comb filter with Vertical Contour Correction ensures sharp, clean pictures from RF (older VCR, laserdisc) and composite-video signals.

DFine high-speed VSM (velocity-scan modulation) also improves definition at picture edges by slowing the CRT (cathode-ray tube) beam's horizontal scanning during demanding work and speeding it up when scanning easily rendered sections, like broad dark areas. Finally, Cinema Mode (3:2 pulldown reversal) circuitry identifies original film-based content from DVDs, then reassembles the frame sequence to more accurately reproduce the original 24-frame-per-second material.

As standard video amplifiers increase the gain of the video signal, video bandwidth tends to decrease. This eliminates the higher frequencies, reducing resolution. The 30HF84's wideband video amplifier maintains the higher frequencies, enabling higher resolution and greater sharpness and detail.

Dual ColorStream HD component-video inputs (Y, Pr, Pb) provide the ultimate picture quality from high-resolution component-video signals (as from compatible DVD players or satellite receivers). And, with direct video input selection, you can directly select inputs from the remote's numbered keypad instead of having to scroll through all of them.

Two sets of rear AV inputs and a set of front AV inputs (all including S-video) foster easy connection with a camcorder or gaming console, and a rear AV output lets you hook the set up with a surround receiver.

The set's stereo speakers are powered by 10 watts per channel, and SRS WOW processing combines 3D Sound (simulated surround sound from any stereo audio) with TruBass low-frequency enhancement, and Focus (which clarifies voices).

HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) 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 television. 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.

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Television, remote control, batteries, user's manual, warranty information.

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Technical Details

Brand Name Toshiba
Item Weight 128.5 pounds
Product Dimensions 32 x 22.5 x 21.6 inches
Item model number 30HF84
Color Name Gray

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ASIN B0002UT248
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3.0 out of 5 stars 32 customer reviews

3.0 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #970,175 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#8,509 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions
Shipping Weight 129 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 August 24, 2004

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By Brandon Conover on September 16, 2004
I initially purchased this hdtv on the first of september, simply due to the fact it was an outstanding deal and I was happy with previous toshiba products. When the tv arrived two weeks later, however, I was deeply dismayed. Picture quality is terrible. Sources fed through the colorstream component inputs are full of grain and poor coloration. The geometry of the set is so bad that any vertical lines in the middle of the screen bend around. Anytime a window, building, or doorframe appears in a DVD, it curves at the center of the screen. I have calibrated the set with DVE to no avail. Even the service menu does not seem to contain a way to fix the poor geometry.

Whatever you do, do not purchase this set from They will not accept returns on tv's larger than 27". Speaking to other members at the AVS forum, many other people have 30hf84's with the exact same problems I do. Adding to this is the fact Toshiba completely denies any problems with this set and shows no level of caring or support for the consumer.

Buy this set at your own risk only from a store with a good return policy. Don't be fooled by the cheap price on amazon which is obviously too good to be true. I hope not everyone has the same negative experiences with this set that I have.

I also hope someone from Toshiba reads this review because they do not seem to want to reply to my emails. Thanks Toshiba.
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Anybody who is still interested in this TV, PLEASE, PLEASE, take a look at Brandon Conover's comment below. Remember: amazon does not take return for TV with a size > 27 inch. If anything is wrong with your TV, your only hope is Toshiba's warranty service or the God.
I purchased the 30HF84 at early Sept. from amazon and I am in my deepest regret right now. My TV's problems are as follows:
1.Serious geometry problem. Just like Brandon Conover's descriptioin, I can hardly find any straight lines on the screen when I use grid test pattern in Avia.
2. The more serious problem is the picture quality of this tube. Excessive grains and out of focus problems when showing the progressive DVDs. Sometimes I can see the shadows to the right of the characters on the screen. I have used Avia to tune the brightness, contrast, sharpness and they helped little. My Xbox and PS2 games all look jaggy and grainy and like craps.
3. Toshiba's service is terrible. Since the first day I received this TV, I called to request a service. Now two weeks passed, I am still waiting and might still need to wait another 1-2 weeks because the service manual is even not available for this TV. Toshiba couldn't care about less about my situation. After multiple calls to them, what they can do for me is to tell me wait patiently. That's what they call customer satisfaction!!!
I learned this lesson hard: Never buy a TV from a place that doesn't allow the return and Never buy a TV blindly just because you think the brank is good. I have made this mistake and Please don't repeat my experience.
If by any situation, after reading both Brandon Conover's and my experience, you still want to purchase this TV. PLEASE, PLEASE, do yourself a favor and buy this TV from a store can accept the return.
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For anyone considering this unit, consider our experience:

We selected this unit because it was the best fit for our existing TV cabinet.

Apr.29, 2005- Ordered the TV via the internet from a very reliable supplier.

May 2- TV delivered and installed, and tested out OK, but within a couple of days, only the green image appeared at first, and it took several minutes for the red and blue to come up. It took longer to stabilize each time it was turned on.

May 5- Checked Toshiba website and located nearest authorized service...approimately 75 miles away. The service center advised that we would have to obtain special authorization for service from Toshiba, because of the traveling distance.

May 6- Faxed all necessary information to Toshiba, and were advised that authorization was being sent to service center.

May 9- Service center advised us that servicemen would come May 12.

May 12-Two servicemen came, checked out the TV, and decided they would have to take it back to their shop.

May 28- Checked with service center and were advised that the picture tube was faulty, that a replacement had been ordered and was expected following week.

June 7- Checked with service center and were advised that the replacement tube was also faulty, and that another was on order, and expected in 10 to 15 days.

At the moment it would appear that at very best, we are unlikely to have our TV back before June 17, and more likely well onto the next week...and that is assuming that Toshiba can come up with a picture tube that works!

Edgar L. Parks

March 2012--- It did get repaired and now 7 years later the TV still works fine.
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Ordering this TV from Amazon is a risky venture. The Toshiba model has a spotty reliability history. Amazon will not accept returns or assist in resolving problems. Toshiba is uncooperative in fixing any defects.

My experience: I purchased this TV from Amazon thinking I had gotten a good deal on a good TV. After turning the set on, the picture became erratic before completely failing soon after. The next day I contacted Amazon and was told there was nothing they could do and I needed to contact Toshiba.

Toshiba was slightly more helpful. They had a factory authorized service center pick up the TV. The TV has now been gone for six weeks and I still know nothing about its status. My calls to the repair shop go unanswered. My calls to Toshiba are equally unhelpful. Toshiba verifies that the repair shop is a factory authorized outlet and that they pay them for their work, yet Toshiba says they also cannot contact the shop.

No one is able to tell me when or if I can expect the return of my set. It could be days, weeks, or months, or even longer. If the set still doesn't work correctly, I get to go through this experience again. This is standard acceptable customer service for both Amazon and Toshiba.

If you are considering purchasing a TV from Amazon, you would be wise to ask yourself a very important question- "do I feel lucky?"
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