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Toshiba ET20 - Home Cinema Projector - With DVD & Short Throw Lens

by Toshiba
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

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  • Built-in DVD player
  • Extreme Short Throw Projections lens
  • Built-in Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound
  • 18.5W RMS audio output
  • HDMI connection
  • True 16:9 widescreen
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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 32.2 x 34.4 x 15.5 cm ; 5 Kg
  • Boxed-product Weight: 8 Kg
  • Item model number: TDPET20UK
  • ASIN: B000EQICG4
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 31 Aug 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 191,923 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)


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Manufacturer's Description


Toshiba ET20 You can place the projector on a coffee table between you and the screen for a completely unobstructed view.

A compact high-end amplifier and Dolby® Digital 5.1 surround
sound system are built into the projection unit, keeping your
home cinema system totally compact and portable. The
ET20 also boasts an integral DVD player for the ultimate
all-in-one solution.

Toshiba ET20


A new concept in projector technology, Extreme Short
Throw Projection is transforming home cinema. Thanks to
the ultra-short focus lense, the ET20 can project
an image up to 2.5m (100 inches) in diagonal, from a distance
of just 1.3m.


The ET20 is the definitive ‘plug-and-play’ one stop home
entertainment system.
Not simply a projector, the ET20 also features an integral DVD
player, amplifier and Dolby® Digital
5.1 surround sound system.

Image quality on the ET20 and ET10 models is astonishing
thanks to HQV (Hollywood Quality Video), an award-winning,
state-of-the-art processing chip from Silicon Optix.

Traditionally used only in high-end professional video equipment

Toshiba ET20

such as movie studios and broadcasting because of its size and
high cost, the HQV processor has evolved, bringing the benefits
to home cinema.

The HQV chip processes individual pixels in the signal to produce
incredibly sharp images with minimal jagged edges, fine noise
reduction and precise colour tuning.

Product Description

Toshiba TDP-ET20 DLP Projector 2500:11200 ANSI 854 x 480 4.8kg.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great for first projector 22 Oct 2007
This is a great projector for people who just want a plug and go device. Does exactlly what is say on the box, with a built in DVD , fantasic connection options, everything you ever likely to need and more. The built in 5.1 surround sound is great from the small speakers that are in the unit, of course if you plug it into a external AV unit you will get an even better experience. I have found the picture is not amazing however is certainly impressive enough on my 100 inch screen to make most people who see it go WOW! Try playing a Wii on a 100inch screen I think going back to my 42inch plasma is now so boring! 4 stars because picture not the best
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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I bought this unit with a little trepidation. I'd wanted a projector for a long time and was looking at the high end of the spectrum and full HD projectors costing around £3k.

However, this was a bit too steep and there simply wasn't the space to have a permanent home theatre in the house with everything that goes with that - a suitably placed screen, DVD, sound system, etc.

So, this unit, and the Optoma DV11, caught my eye and after much research I took the plunge on the Toshiba, mainly because of general brand reliability, the fact that the Tosh has a built in subwoofer, it plays DIVX files from CDs/DVDs and, most importantly, the short throw lens means it can go almost right in front of the wall, being so close to the massive picture that you can associate the sound with the image, something which I felt would be a problem with the Optoma DV11 where the unit has to be placed much further back from the wall.

It really is a fantastic unit. The picture is amazing. Yes, I'm sure there's much better and HD must be awesome but this picture is great. Perhaps my expectations of projectors were too low but I get such a buzz from seeing how clear, bright and accurately coloured the picture is. For the technical people amongst you, although the lumens (brightness) rating isn't that impressive, it is brighter than on a standard projector because the unit stands so close to the wall/screen. Watching movies in daylight is certainly possible, but you'd be better with the curtains closed. The only area where the picture is not wonderful is with computer inputs. You would not want to use this for powerpoint presentations, etc.

The sound is certainly acceptable, if not brilliant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
This product is fabulous, Toshiba as ever have invented a great push forward in the home entertainment market. I can hook up my Freeview box, Nintendo Wii and use the integral DVD player to watch bigger than life images just like being in the cinema.

Why would you want a poxy 60 inch LCD TV at about £2,500 when you can get 100 inches easily for £600. It's a complete wonderbox. Design is even stylish in a black lacquer casing with blue LED function buttons.

Only had the product for 2 days but i must say i'm well impressed. Just waiting for remastered Star Trek films to really test the image quality and enjoy some real film and sound extravaganza in my mini home cinema.

The only annoying thing will be that in 3 or 4 months time Toshiba will probably bring out an HD DVD version. But i'll be enjjoying this projector for home use for a good few years.

Get one you won't regret it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Firstly I'm naturally annoyed that in the week after I buy this the price drops by nearly 50 quid, but what can you do?

Now, there are many reviews on the Net about the machine itself so I'll just boil it down to laymans terms.
The built-in DVD player can play DVDs from practically anywhere in the world (this includes my pirated DVDs I brought back from China) and as long as you crank the sound up the noise from the machines' cooling fans won't bother you.
The picture quality is good, I would say about 1.8 times better than your normal telly, as long as you keep the screen size down. This projector may be capable of projecting a 10ft-square image but it wasn't designed for that so the result is very blocky-looking/pixellated. Keep the screen size at a max of 2.5 metres (enough for anyone really and it's hard to get projector screens much bigger than that) and you won't notice any difference. Whilst this has an HDMI port for use with future HD products the built-in DVD player is, as far as I know, an HD one. Keep in mind that this is a compromise-based projector, or a jack-of-all-trades master-of-none, so even High Definition won't look as good as it could be.
My PC games look great on this thanks to the computer port (the blue one) but in order to hook up consoles you'll need extra leads.

As far as console gaming goes, BUY ANOTHER PROJECTOR! This projector suffers from something called 'gaming-lag'. If you don't want to Google that term it basically means that most PS2, Xbox and many Gamecube games have a delay similar to that you get with online games like World Of Warcraft when the servers get busy. With a CONSTANT lag of up to half-a-second this makes games totally unplayable, especially ones like Guitar Hero.
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