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Toshiba 56H80 - Good? Bad? Ugly?


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#1 of 25 dpippel

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Posted June 18 2001 - 02:15 AM

Best Buy is currently offering a great deal on this set ($2850) and I'm considering taking the plunge. I'd be using it primarily for DVD viewing with some satellite as well. What is the general consensus on this set? Any information would be appreciated. Thanks.

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#2 of 25 Josh O

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Posted June 18 2001 - 02:28 AM

I wouldn't say that $2850 is such a great deal.
I found it online a few weeks ago for about $2300 shipped.
Granted, you could probably expect to pay a bit more if you want to purchase from a B&M, but $2850 seems a little excessive.
Here is the 65H80 for $2650 shipped:http://www.continent...s6565inthe.html

I don't own one of these (yet), so I can't offer too much information about it's performance other than to say that when I have seen it calibrated properly (i.e. NOT at Best Buy) it can be stunning.
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Posted June 18 2001 - 03:13 AM

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I wouldn't say that $2850 is such a great deal.
I found it online a few weeks ago for about $2300 shipped.
Granted, you could probably expect to pay a bit more if you want to purchase from a B&M, but $2850 seems a little excessive.
Here is the 65H80 for $2650 shipped:http://www.continent...s6565inthe.html
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Thanks for the info, but I'm not going to purchase a 300+ pound television at anything other than a B&M. *IF* something is wrong and the set needs to be returned or exchanged, there goes your savings.

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Posted June 18 2001 - 03:27 AM

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Here is the 65H80 for $2650 shipped:http://www.continent...s6565inthe.html
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I checked this business out. They're operating out of a suite number in Brooklyn, NY, there's no information whatsoever about return policies on their website and they use an AOL email address. Gray market? Probably.

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#5 of 25 Gregg Loewen

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Posted June 18 2001 - 04:36 AM

Costco has been selling the 65" for around $2800. Im sure their customer service will surpass any brick and mortar.

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Posted June 18 2001 - 04:54 AM

Of course, no one has answered the original question... Posted Image

As an owner of the 56H80 myself, I can tell you this set rocks! I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending this set to anyone.

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Posted June 18 2001 - 05:32 AM

here's the link to the 65" toshiba at costco.com. online purchases can be returned to any local costco. they have a very liberal return policy.

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Posted June 18 2001 - 07:02 AM

I picked up a 56H80 about four weeks ago. I was able to talk our local vendor down to $2700 out the door. That's including tax, delivery, a 30 exchange policy, and a one year warranty.

I'm not sure if they've come down in price since then, but you can work pretty good deals because they're trying to make room for the new models.

By the way, the 56H0 is glorious ... wish I got the 65HO Posted Image

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Posted June 18 2001 - 01:33 PM

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Thanks for the info, but I'm not going to purchase a 300+ pound television at anything other than a B&M. *IF* something is wrong and the set needs to be returned or exchanged, there goes your savings.
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I agree, a point which I aknowledged in my first post.
I was trying to point out that $2850 was not a very good price. Since you seemed to think it was a "great deal," I suspected that you hadn't looked around much and I was hoping to point out that you defnitely had some bargaining power with the B&M's.

As pointed out by someone else's post, Costco is one of the best B&M deals on these sets right now.
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Posted June 18 2001 - 01:51 PM

just to clarify, the 65H80 is only available at costco.com, not at your local costco store (not at my local costco, anyway.) you must order it from them online and have it shipped. you can, however return any item purchased online at any of their B&M stores.

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Posted June 19 2001 - 02:50 AM

I've had my 56h80 for almost 2 months now, also purchased from BB. I still have ComCrap cable, but a satellite system is in the works (tax check, July!) The cable picture is not that great most of the time, but DVD's (non-progressive DVD player) are great!

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Posted June 19 2001 - 07:00 AM

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I've had my 56h80 for almost 2 months now, also purchased from BB. I still have ComCrap cable, but a satellite system is in the works (tax check, July!) The cable picture is not that great most of the time, but DVD's (non-progressive DVD player) are great!

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Regarding this DVD picture. How does the picture look on non-amphomorphic DVD's. How is the zoom mode on this set for those movies?

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Posted June 19 2001 - 11:21 AM

My Best Buy (Huntsville, AL) had the 65H80 for $2999 last week (haven't been in since)! At this price, get the 65"! If it's not on sale anymore, it will be again. I had a 56" Panaonic widescreen, returned it. I now have a 65" Mitsubishi and am actually glad the Panasonic failed now!

BTW, I second buying from a B&M. I bought the Panasonic online and it took 5 months (I had already bought the Mits and disputed the charge through the credit company after 3) to finally determine that they couldn't fix it. A total of 6 months before they refunded my money (and this was through OneCall)!
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Posted June 19 2001 - 03:38 PM

If you do decide to go with the set, get a progressive scan DVD player to take full advantage of it. The progressive scan image on the set is incredibly film like. I'm still amazed at how good stuff looks on my TW65X81 via an SD-5109.

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Posted June 20 2001 - 08:41 AM

I have been satisfied with the 2 or 3 non-anamorphic discs that I have seen, using Theaterwide2 for stretching.

I am so used to watching regular 4:3 TV stretched with Theaterwide1 so much that it everything looks strange in Normal mode if I switch to that.

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Posted June 22 2001 - 06:34 AM

Craig wrote: the link to the 65" toshiba at costco.com. online purchases can be returned to any local costco. they have a very liberal return policy.


If you wanted to get an extended warranty, where/whom would you go to get one? I don't think Costco sells them. Does Toshiba directly sell one?

#17 of 25 Mark Zimmer

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Posted June 22 2001 - 07:58 AM

Yes, Toshiba does sell one. There was literature on it with my 65H80. I'm still tossing around the idea, but you have a year after purchase to decide.

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Posted June 22 2001 - 08:10 AM

Well I finally did it the Toshiba TW65H80 from Costco is on it's way for 2,499 you can't beat the price or return policy.

#19 of 25 Craig Robertson

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Posted June 22 2001 - 11:27 AM

as Aaron noted above, costco.com has dropped the price of the 65H80 to $2499. here's the link:http://www.costco.co....=10011031&log=


ps: this is the 65H80, not the pevious years TW65H80

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Posted July 17 2001 - 06:09 AM

Can someone provide me with more information on the extended warranty option that Toshiba provides? I was unable to find anything about it on their website, and I was wondering if they still offer this service and what the details are.