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Toshiba TACP TDP-MT800 User Reviews

Toshiba TACP TDP-MT800 Projector

Toshiba TACP TDP-MT800

HD 720 (1280x720), 1100 ANSI Lumens,
9.5 lbs, $8,999 (MSRP)
View Specs
4.8 out of 5
7 User Ratings
Image Quality 4.9
Features 4.9
Construction 4.7
Ease of Use 5.0
Reliability 4.4
Value for Money 4.9

User Reviews

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Review by frank caruso

AW SOME PICTURE RIGHT OUT OF THE BOX. I PURCHASED THIS UNIT IN FEB07 FOR $2000 BUCKS WITH 20 HRS ON IT. MY BOTHER LAW PURCHASED THIS SAME UNIT 2 YEARS AGO BUT HE PAID $6500.I REALLY GOT LUCKY TO GET THIS PROJECTOR.

Any Problems: FAN NOISE A LITTLE HIGH.YOU CAN HEAR THE FAN IN QUITE SCENES. BUT KNOW IT DOESN'T BOTHER ME.

Review by Schane

I bought the Mt-800 (7205 by toshiba) in October and man am I happy with it. I have a Pioneer DV-47Ai DVD player hooked up to it and I'm impressed. I've done a lot of looking around at different setups and such, but so far this is the best I've seen, and it's mine. The only thing I'm kinda bummed about is the fact there's no firmware update for the Toshiba model and there is for the InFocus. Anyways it looks great Make sure you send it a 480i signal though, the Deinterlace/scaler in the projector does a better job of image correction than any player I've seen so far.

Any Problems: No firmware updater for Mt-800 (toshiba model yet...

Review by JB

I purchased the MT800 to replace an InFocus 5000 (which I have also reviewed on this site). Having spent about 6 weeks with the MT800, I am satisfied that it is an excellent projector and worth what I paid for it. My dissatisfaction with the InFocus centered on two problems: the poor handling of motion with non-720p inputs, and the poor geometry of the projected image relative to a 16:9 screen. I am pleased to say that the MT800 (and by extension, the InFocus 7205) is an all-around excellent performer, including in these two areas. Like the 5000, the MT800 throws a bright enough picture on the screen post-calibration that I can be reasonably happy with it in a room with a few lights on. Not with dark source material, and it doesn't look as good as a CRT in that circumstance, but it's still a very bright picture which maintains OK contrast on a 0.8 gain screen. Turn the lights down and it's simply excellent. Color saturation is very good in the red and blue channels, slightly less so in the greens -- just as a number of measurements by professional reviewers have found. This does not appear to be a significant handicap with normal pictures, and grass in NFL games looks just fine. The MT800 does an outstanding job with deinterlacing and scaling, and if InFocus would have included these electronics in the 5000 and charged even half-again as much, I would probably still own a 5000 today. NFL games, the bane of that projector, rarely show motion artifacts when scaled from 480i to 720p -- and some of the time, I'm not sure if the fault isn't really with DirecTV instead of the projector. Anything less challenging than sports gets scaled without any notable artifacts as well (not to say they never happen, but they're quite minor). So my ratings break down like so: Image quality is very good, but the color saturation isn't as good as some other projectors based on the same HD2+ chip, so I don't feel it deserves an excellent. The projector can accomodate any modern video input, and has quite comprehensive controls for managing non-native resolution sources, so it gets an excellent for features. The picture comes out looking like it should, and there don't appear to be any cut corners in the physical package, so I'll give it an excellent there as well. The menu system is virtually identical to that of the InFocus 5000, which I gave an excellent to, so I have no changes to make in ease of use. Reliability can really only be judged much later in the product's life, but since it has not yet displayed any flaky behaviors (while the 5000 did in a much shorter evaluation period), I'll give it an excellent there, too. Finally, as value for money goes, it's a terrific projector, particularly at the rate Toshiba is asking for. I should note that I paid below MSRP for it, from an authorized dealer, and that if I had paid MSRP, I would have rated it only "good" value. If I had bought it as the InFocus 7205, it would have cost nearly twice as much, and would only be an "average" value when one considers the rapidly increasing range of HD2+ displays available.

Any Problems: None so far.

Review by John

I have used this device for 2 weeks now and I am continued to be blown away by how clear and crisp the images are. I use this projector in coordination with my new theater setup, this includes a Sony DVD changer, Yamaha RX-V2500 receiver. I have only used the component inputs and the VGA connector on the back of the projector. The VGA connector I've used with my laptop and with only minor off set adjustments on the video driver the screen output was centered as expected. The receiver up converts all input signal to component video output and I have consequently left all output from the DVD player to 480i to take advantage of the scaler on the projector. The screen is a painted on Screen Goo application that is 16x9 at 100" (H) x 56.25" (V). Room is a 12x22 and first row starts at about 8 ft and there is NO bad seat in the room. Excellent projector, I would recommend it to anyone that can afford the $4500 I paid for it new.

Any Problems: Image is not perfectly square: at the lower right corner I have a slight pull in of .5"-.75" from both the bottom and the right side. Keystone adjustments and mount adjustments could not correct, but deformity is not noticed when playing movies, only when using my laptop: Minor issue in my opinion.

Review by BigScreenFan

Great projector right out of the box. Installed in time for the Olympics, which were awesome. HD detail is spectacular on a 119" diagonal HDTV aspect screen.

Any Problems: Standard ATSC (digital) pictures vary in quality, depending on transmission. HDTV and DVD material is GREAT! No reliability problems so far.

Review by Mike Perkins

Update: Recieved a new unit from Tosbiba within a 10 days with no problems as of yet. I am giving a good for reliability because Toshiba looked after the problem. I am happy to get a new unit. Mike

Review by Mike P

I bought this unit to replace the MT-8. I should have learned a lesson from the model because I have nothing but problems with it, in the half a year it was in for repairs 3 times.The MT-800 with 2 hours on it will not light the lamp! but the 2 hours when it was working looked awsome!!

Any Problems: Owned MT-800 for 2 days, with 2 hours on the unit and the lamp will not light, I hope I am not going the go through the same BS as with the MT-8 I am dissapointed.