First look: Toshiba TDP-ET20 DVD projector

The TDP-ET20 is a standard-definition player with a 16:9 resolution

Toshiba has shown off its new home cinema projector - the TDP-ET20 - in an exclusive demonstration to It has a built-in DVD player and 5.1 surround sound speakers.

It's a standard definition projector (854 x 480 pixels), supporting a 16:9 resolution - but the image was impressively sharp nonetheless. The built-in speakers, however, weren't so impressive, although external ones can be attached.

The TDP-ET20 uses 'extreme short throw' technology, meaning the projector can sit relatively close to the wall and still produce a huge, sharp image. Sitting just 1.3m away, it impressively produced an image 2.5m wide; traditional projectors have to sit some distance from the wall to achieve the same effect.

Specifications-wise, the projector has a contrast ratio of 2500:1 and 1200 lumens brightness from a 230W lamp.


Despite not being HD, the ET20 has an HDMI port - these are usually found exclusively on high-definition devices. It also has RCA ports, S-video, an RGB input and supports PAL, NTSC and SECAM video standards.

We were even surprised to learn it supports DivX - a popular format for internet videos. More details can be found on Toshiba's website.

Given its wide range of ports, as well as a built-in DVD player, 5.1 surround sound speakers and 'short throw' ability, the TDP-ET20 is clearly geared towards people with small rooms. And for those who want an all-in-one solution to home theatre.

It's out now and can be found online for around £1,000. Expect the high-street price to be slightly more, though. Richard Preston was the former name of Its staff were at the forefront of the digital publishing revolution, and spearheaded the move to bring consumer technology journalism to its natural home – online. Many of the current TechRadar staff started life a staff writer, covering everything from the emerging smartphone market to the evolving market of personal computers. Think of it as the building blocks of the TechRadar you love today.