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LATEST NEWS: Grids for 56" are available again! Read more ...
Note: Grid info for the X81 and H80 sets in the service manuals are the same. So info
below apply to both models.
What is it and why do
you need it?
In Convergence mode, the TV's current grid pattern for each of the guns will be
displayed. The grid pattern will be based on whatever viewing mode is selected
(Standard, Full, or TheaterWide Mode). The grid pattern for each mode, however, is
not necessarily accurate or true. Hence, the need to do convergence adjustments.
Want to see what the gride patterns look like? Click here.
People have been able to correct geometry and convergence by creating a grid pattern on
the screen by using strings. The big drawback is that it droops over time which
introduces errors to the pattern. No matter how taut one makes it, gravity will win
and produce sag on the strings.
Instead of using strings, there is an easier way: Convergence Grid templates!
Buy it or Make your own?
The template is a statically-charged sheet of plastic which is placed on top of the
screen. It has the true verticals and horizontals for whatever viewing mode the
template is for. No bowing or misaligned lines. With the template on top of
the screen (if carefully overlayed on the screen), it should help you see better whether
the tv gridlines are dead on or off. If off, then you use the convergence grid/template as
the reference to adjust the current settings to. It's like tracing a drawing. If you have
the template, then you can see where areas of your drawing are a bit off and how to
One can order these templates from www.pacparts.com or (800) 421-5080. They have the grids for
most Toshiba models.
Folks who have used the grid(s) which are reported to be set to 5% overscan highly recommend it.
They are amazed at how much easier and faster it is to do the periodic
tweaks on their TVs. Imagine having to string lines for each viewing mode every time
you do an adjustment. =0
Below are part numbers for just a few sets. Please check with them on your
For 40" systems,
- PSOL4001 for Full and TW1
- PS0L4002 for TW2 and TW3
For 56" systems,
- PSOL5601 for Full and TW1
- PS0L5602 for TW2 and TW3
For 65" systems,
- PSOL6501 includes two overlays: Full, TW1, TW2, & TW3
- PS0L6503 for Colorstream Pro picture sizes
More on Toshiba Templates
Tip from Sankar:
"For those who have struggled with strings to set geometry and convergence (and the
horizontal strings have a tendency to sag since we are not in outer space!) ...
Here are part #s for convergence overlays .. I had a tough time locating these, but
once you have the #s any parts supplier will sell them to you:
For 40" systems,
- PSOL4001 : PJTV OVERLAY 40"FULL/WIDE 1
- PSOL4002 : PJTV OVERLAY 40"WIDE 2/WIDE 3
For 43" systems,
- PSOL4301 : OVERLAY KIT FOR 43" PROJECTION
For 48" systems,
- PSOL4801 : 48" OVERLAY FOR PJTV E MODELS
For 50" systems,
- PSOL5001 : 50" PJTV OVERLAY
For 55" systems,
- PSOL5501 : 55" OVERLAY FOR PJTV E MODELS
For 56" systems,
- PSOL5601 : PJTV OVERLAY 56" -
- PSOL5602 : PJTV OVERLAY 56"-W
For 61" systems,
- PSOL6101 : 61" OVERLAY PJTV E MODELS
For 65" systems,
- PSOL6501 : OVERLAY FOR 65" PJTV (2 OVERLAY)
- PSOL6503 : OVERLAY FOR 65" PJ
For 71" systems,
- PSOL7101 : OVERLAY FOR 71" PJ
- PSOLKIT1 : OVERLAY KIT PJTV ALL E MODELS
- PSOLKIT2 : OVERLAY KIT FOR "F" MODELS
- PSOLKIT3 : OVERLAY KIT "G" SERIES CONVERG
PJTV, is I guess "Projection TV" .. and the description has not been cut
short by me ... I'm told that this is the way they show up on the computers !
Make your Own
If the grid for your TV is unavailable, you may want to simply make your
- Grids for your 56 inch widescreen
- Grids for your 40 inch widescreen
- More Toshiba Grids
provided by John Golitsis of NBT.
"I've created geometry/convergence templates for all Toshiba HD sets in CorelDraw
format. All templates are in one .zip file. Widescreen sets require 3 physical
templates (STD/TW1, TW2/TW3, HD), 4:3 sets require one."
Custom TW40 Grids ... made to order
to make it yourself!
Tip from Dael Stewart: A fellow
enthusiast has created one via one precisely stamped to ultimate precision using
sophisticated multimedia equipment:
" Thanks much for your HDTV site!! As a new TW40X81 owner I have found it
invaluable to help me tweak and to help me fix what I have tried to tweak:)
So, I was reading about making convergence grids for my set, and was about to sit down
and create some using vellum and fine tip technical pens with a ruler, when I thought of
something ... I run a multimedia development shop and have access to software that can
create the grids with ultimate precision after inputting the correct numbers, and can
print straight to transparent film, again with ultimate precision. Now there is a downside
to this, printing direct to film is expensive ... about 50 bucks for the proper size to
fit my screen. I am going to do that for the modes I want to align (Full,
Now, for the cost of the film and shipping I would be willing to send to others if they
want it, but a more realistic option would be for me to print direct to vellum and I can
send those to people for a small charge to cover shipping. I intend to make no money
off of this whatsoever, but thought that I would like to give something back to your site
and other viewers, as a way to give back a little of what I have learned.
Just wanted to let you know that I went ahead and ran the film for the
convergence grids.....the good news is that it worked...the bad news....hmm, none!
Precision lines guaranteed, and guaranteed forever, not like the string method.
Feel free to link this up on your site and if you want I can send you templates for users
to download in either illustrator format, quark format, or they can contact me and i can
run film or vellum for whatever the cost would be for them.
Source for Acetate for making your own Grid
Tip from Scott Moore: Acetate sheets can be
found at Diblick at www.dickblick.com
which is an online art store. It costs only $1.65 for a 25" x 40" sheet.
The catalog number is 55501-1313.
Convergence Grids are Available at PacParts
Tip from Randy Boecker: "The
current information on your site indicates that the Toshiba 56" convergence overlays
(part numbers PSOL5601 and PSOL5602) have been discontinued.
I wanted to let you know that I successfully ordered these two from Pacific Coast
Parts, so they are definitely available again.
They should be the same parts for both the TW56x81 and the 56h80. They have combined
both of these part numbers into one, so one would want to order PSOL5601 and would get two
overlays; one with Full and TW1, the other with TW2 and TW3.
I have also attempted to order PSOL5603 which should be for the 1080i and 520p grids.
However, I got a call yesterday from Pacific Coast Parts indicating that the price had
changed from $60 to $160!! My suspicion is that 5603 includes all three grids, but a call
to Toshiba cannot confirm that and Pacific Coast Parts doesn't know, either. I'm going to
go ahead and order the 5603 and see what comes with it. If I get extra grids I don't need,
I'm sure there's someone out there who'll buy them. If I don't get the 1080i and 520p
grids, I'll just send the whole thing back.
The upshot is that you CAN get the Full and TW convergence overlays from Pacific Coast
Parts by ordering part number PSOL5601."