Toshiba's TV-DVD combos have usually scored well with their owners, and reviews find that the 19-inch Toshiba 19CV100U reliably follows suit. Users say this TV-DVD combo is a breeze to operate and delivers great picture quality. While it isn't long on features, it does include some nice extras such as a backlight sensor that automatically adjusts picture brightness to the correct levels for each frame. The built-in QAM-compatible tuner means you won't need a separate cable box to watch unencrypted programming from your cable provider. And for your standard DVDs, an integrated slot-loading player handles your discs as well as MP3 and WMA audio files. In addition, the Toshiba 19CV100U's compact size and 720p HDTV resolution make it well suited for double duty as a computer monitor. But users say this combo's anemic three-watt speakers don't produce enough sound. If you're looking for a TV-DVD combo that has stronger audio, the 22-inch Coby TFDVD2295 (*Est. $235) is a modestly priced option worth considering. While the 19CV100U remains available in retail, it's soon to be replaced by the similar Toshiba 19SLV411 (*Est. $250). The chief difference between the two combos is that the latter replaces the conventional CCFL backlight with an edge-lit LED backlight for greater energy efficiency and a slimmer profile.
Professional coverage of TV-DVD combos is scarce, but the most helpful reviews of the Toshiba 19CV100U come from owners posting at retail and user-review sites such as Amazon.com and Buzzillions.com. The Toshiba 19CV100U also receives noteworthy mention at About.com.
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About 40 users weigh in on the Toshiba 19CV100U, giving it a solid 4.4-star rating. Most owners are pleased with the unit's picture quality, easy operation and compact size. But low speaker volume and a few defective DVD players are noted downsides.
Review: Toshiba 19CV100U, Contributors to Amazon.com
Aside from earning an impressive 4.5-star overall rating, the Toshiba 19CV100U nabs the website's Reviewers' Choice Award for Best TV/DVD combo. Drawing feedback from lots of smaller and some not-so-small retailer websites, over two dozen users praise this combo's picture clarity and resolution. Flawless DVD operation and easy setup are additional pluses, but the unit's low audio is a drawback.
Review: Toshiba 19" 720p LCD HDTV with Built-In DVD Player (Model #19CV100U), Contributors to Buzzillions.com
Noting its compact size and features, Robert Silva labels the Toshiba 19CV100U a "great little LCD TV/DVD combo." Along with its larger screen siblings, the Toshiba 19CV100U makes Silva's list of favorite LCD TV-DVD combo units, though not much is stated beyond the combo's specs and it's not clear whether it was tested. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 7 LCD Flat Panel Television - DVD Player Combinations, Robert Silva