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Toshiba TACP TDP-MT500 User Reviews

Toshiba TACP TDP-MT500 Projector

Toshiba TACP TDP-MT500

WSVGA (1024x576), 700 ANSI Lumens,
7.1 lbs, $3,499 (MSRP)
View Specs
4.5 out of 5
10 User Ratings
Image Quality 4.5
Features 4.4
Construction 4.4
Ease of Use 4.7
Reliability 4.3
Value for Money 4.5

User Reviews

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Review by MARK

I am very pleased with the Toshiba MT500. I'm projecting on a 92" white screen with my Denon 2910 dvd and the picture quality is amazing. I definately would recommend this projector..

Any Problems: No!!

Review by Trevor

I bought this projector for it's "true 16:9" aspect ratio and the 5 speed clour wheel to project onto my white living room wall, replacing my much-loved PTAE 100. I'd read about the toshiba's 4:3 chip used to display a 16:9 image and assumed that the "deactivated" pixels would be dead. Turned off. Masked. This isn't the case. They display black and still allow light to pass through causing grey bars top and bottom of the image. On my unit, there's also a diagonal shadow cast across the top portion of the 4:3 area, making the framing of the picture look terrible when viewing a dark scene. I can't see how this can be described as a "true 16:9" display. It is a 4:3 disply with the 4:3 functionality disabled. In other words, we have all the disadvantages of projecting a 16:9 aspect with a 4:3 projector (light spill) with all the advatages removed. According to Toshiba's service department, the machine is within spec. None of this would be a problem if you were projecting onto a screen with black boarders, but if you intend to use the machine on a wall, then buy something else.

Any Problems: Horrible lightspill and ragged framing. I'm sure it's excellent when used with a black boardered screen. Alas, I can't have one.

Review by MARTIN

I HAVE THE MT500 FOR ABOUT A MONTH AND I AM VERY PLEASED.THE PICTURE QUALITY via HDMI-DVI CONECTION FROM MY PIONEER DVD IS OUTSTANDING,LIKE A GIANT PLASMA OR EVEN BETTER.SO,IF YOU ARE LOOKING FOR HOME THEATRE PROJECTOR AND YOU HAVE LIGHT CONTROLED ROOM,THE MT500 IS ONE TO CONSIDER.

Any Problems: NONE YET.

Review by korre

Toshiba mt500 is an excellent home theater projector. I love it, the image quality is superb and it´s value for money.

Any Problems: No problem at all.

Review by Captain

Im projecting on a 106" widescreen and getting a superb picture with very natural colors. Easy setup thats more or less plug and play out of the box. Getting cheaper nowadays and is a real value if your looking for a high resolution DLP. Needs some installment due to lack of lens-shift.

Any Problems: Is a little bit noisy but acceptable. Produces some heat so spacing should be in mind. Greatest disadvantage is lack of lens shift.

Review by Menelaos

I was confused comparing projectors so I decided to buy Benq 7220 (lumence 2500, contrast 2000:1, 1024X768) By accident I bought Toshiba MT500 (lumence 700, contrast 2000:1, 1024X576) This projector is perfect. Everyone who come and see stays amazed. I recommend it

Any Problems: No problems yet

Review by Azalin

I originally ordered the hitachi pjt-x100 but since it took about a month for the hitachi to arrive, the store from which i bought gave me the toshiba's tdp mt500 for a "meanwhile use". the projector is realy easy to use and you don't get messed up with the setup menus while installing it. The image quality is nice but at this price I've seen much better. It produces huge amount of heat and even more noise, if you don't set a realy high volume in you're reciever you will hear this pesky noise the whole movie. overall its nice projector if you're setting up a mid-low home theater but at this price you realy should check out hitachi's pjt-x100 I had those two projecting in the same room at the same time, conclusion: If your making a purchase decision based on comparing these two models the Hitachi wins hands down. I have used both and the Hitachi is a clear winner at almoust the same price.

Any Problems: Look Above

Review by Zippy21

The projector is ceiling mounted approx. 12' back projecting on a 110" 16:9.The source units are a Integra 8.4 DVD player and HD Charter Cable through a Motorola converter box both are hooked up through Component Monster 2 video Cables. The unit in my opinion has a picture quality that rivals most plasma TVs. The colors are amazing and there is no visible “rainbow affect” that my wife or I can detect. Calibration was almost dead on out of the box and minimal configuration was needed. I looked at many other units (SIM2, Sharp, Mitsubishi) costing up to double the price but the Toshiba still had the best value. This is a great unit for someone who is setting up a “mid level” dedicated home theater room. The only opportunity as with most projectors is ambient light, it needs to be minimized if not eliminated for optimal viewing. I would highly recommend this unit to any person looking to create a dedicated viewing room with a 80”-110” screen and a projector budget under $6,000.

Any Problems: as stated in other reviews, this unit is not for PC or 4:3 use.

Review by Brien J

I have a 106" diagnol screen and the toshiba puts out and image quality that is comparable to a plasma. The ease of use is considerable and the value for the money is perfect.

Any Problems: The projector produces alot of heat

Review by homungus

nearly perfect, but it suffers the ability to display native resolution via vga or dvi-d at 50Hz. thats quite not good for a "pal-optimized machine"

Any Problems: see above...