Moving from Rogers Cable to OTA TV necessitated the purchase of a new digital TV. We chose the 32″ Toshiba 32L1350UC because it was big enough and still able to fit into our existing multimedia cabinet.Overall the TV works remarkably well and is of high quality. There are a couple odd glitches that I have noticed.
I really wanted to get a larger TV, as the 32″ ones looked quite small in the showroom. I measured the distance from our couch to the TV and brought a measuring tape to the showroom. We measured out this distance to the TV. Surprisingly my kids said a 32″ was big enough, and there was no need to spend more money.
I found there is no economic “sweet spot” for TV sizes. Simply put the larger the TV the higher the price. Name brands cost more than unknown brands. Everything seems to be made in China. There was no savings to be had by going larger.
The Little Weed insisted on a VGA input from a PC so that we had the option of doing a Home Theatre PC, or HTPC now, and not requiring any HDMI output to the TV. The VGA input was legacy but has come in very handy. We set up an XP box and have used it for multi-kid video games with multiple game controllers and a 7 port USB hub. With a largeish disk we can download movies and TV clips and play them at our leisure, or stream them to other PCs in the house. The TV makes a great PC monitor, no doubt. Stereo output to our stereo was critical for me and has made a huge difference in fidelity. Not only is it easy to do but our stereo is in the living room quite close to the TV, so why not put them together.
We contemplated getting a Roku or other box but as with Netflix, the bandwidth issues quickly arise. Bandwidth costs money. We decided against any streaming video ad-ons, opting for an HTPC instead. This gives us a lot of flexibility. If and when out bandwidth gets cheaper we can reconsider. Being Canadian the Roku offerings are scant when compared to the embarrassment of riches offered to our neighbours in Buffalo, of which we watch their local stations.
The Toshiba 32L1350UC has some intermittent software glitches. You can save up to 5 favourite channels on the TV. I save four, but the first two listed on the TV often reset themselves to non-favourite channels you are currently watching. You need to flick to these non-favourite channels, delete them from your favourites, then add your favourites over again. This happens about once a month and is somewhat annoying.
Another annoying glitch is when I am moving channels from channel 47 using the up channel on the remote, the next channel is often channel 17 rather than the expected channel 49. Why this happens I do not know, and the problem is intermittent. This problem only happens after channel 47 and no other.
The TVs firmware is version 1.1.12 July 2013, while the Toshiba site lists the most current firmware as 1.0.8 May 2013, so I seem to have a more current firmware than is listed. Updates can be found on the Toshiba site.
Another “concern” has to do with the dropped audio after you change a channel. This happens pretty often and is annoying. You have audio on your station, then change to another station and the audio is dropped. The solution is to go back to your previous station, get your audio back, then change to your new station. I am unsure if this issue has to do with the TV or the TV broadcasting station.
Apart from these three minor problems I can recommend this TV. The 32″ is just the right size for our living room and fits into our AV cabinet, allowing us to lock it away. A digital TV does not dominate our living space. I prefer it this way.
Addendum: Dec 24 2015: The TV is reliable, but there still persists these problems: dropped audio, saving favourite channels that somehow get deleted or mixed up, and the occasional removal of some scanned channels. These issues are intermittent.
Addendum: Dec 31 2016: I’ve been getting an intermittent error on the tv. After viewing my last channel, CITY 57, I get this very odd tv station error, which usually freezes the tv. The remote does not work and I then need to unplug the tv before it will recover. here I the tv error: channel 47899-10
Toshiba 32L1350UC error switches to channel 47899-10, which does not exist. The remote stops working and I must them unplug the tv to reset. Toronto, Canada, photo by Don Tai
Toshiba 32L1350UC error switches to channel 47899-10, which does not exist. The remote stops working and I must them unplug the tv to reset. Toronto, Canada, photo2 by Don Tai