If you want to experience a stunning cinematic experience right in your living room, then one of the biggest investments you have to make is to get an HDTV. Don’t settle for cheap alternatives.

Only an HDTV as good as the Toshiba 42HL196 42″ LCD TV can appease the demands of the serious home theater enthusiast in you. Here we have an HDTV that is all set to redefine visual bliss.

Get your High Definition Home Theater Ready for 1080p Resolution

The Toshiba 42HL196 42″ LCD TV can and will impress you. As a whole, this HDTV is about as modern as it gets. Its frames are polished to a high shine, with a piano black finish that speaks of grandeur and grace. Its narrow bezels make the unit look undeniably attractive.

Even more eye-catching is its 42-inch Widescreen 16:9 LCD screen. You will not have any problems trying to find a place for this HDTV as it is very compact in design. Even its base stand complements its slim form factor.

Taking control of the Toshiba 42HL196 42″ LCD TV is rarely a difficult task. Let’s put it this way: you will never be distracted while watching your favorite show thanks to the clearly-labeled and well laid out buttons on the included remote control. The same could be said for the control interface on the HDTV itself. But not only that, this HDTV also features a TV Guide On-Screen Interactive Program Guide and a CableCARD slot. The former is exactly what it is: a ready-to-view program listing service. The latter gives you the option to insert a CableCARD. This allows you to receive applicable cable channels without the use of a cable box anymore. Truly, the convenience these features bring is quite endearing. That being said, I advise you to go ahead, push the power button and get ready for an engrossing visual trip.

Furthermore, you’ll love this Toshiba 42HL196 42″ LCD TV for the amazingly clear and detailed images it produces. Cinespeed XHD 1080p technology makes it capable of displaying images at 1080p resolution—the best resolution available today. Trust me, at this resolution, images are seemingly ready to jump right out of the HDTV.

Toshiba 42HL196 42 The same technology also gives you a response time of 8ms—fast enough to virtually eliminate image ghosting when watching movies or games. And thanks to PixelPure Hi-Bit 12-Bit Digital Video processing, this HDTV is able to produce more shades of colors and grays. Needless to say, this translates to an incredibly satisfying viewing experience.

The audio is spine tingling as well. It takes full advantage of SRS WOW and StableSound technology. Comprised of SRS 3D, TruBass, and FOCUS, the SRS WOW audio system gives you sheer listening pleasure by creating a three-dimensional sound field and extracting buried highs and lows. StableSound, on the other hand, keeps the volume stable the whole way through. All in all, these features translate to a quality listening experience.

On the whole, the Toshiba 42HL196 42″ LCD TV gets the two thumbs up. It is a primetime performer; and once you set your eyes on it and the images it produces, you’ll have a hard time looking away.

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Contributed by Daniel Gonzales, Product Reviewer