42in Hitachi LCD TV with Full HD and Freeview for £700 delivered @ Electrical Discount UK - HotUKDeals
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Seems like a good price when you consider the High street price is: £1,049.99

Also, don't forget you can gain 4% cashback using Quidco!

Features:

106cmV (42inch) Widescreen LCD

Full HD1080

Integrated Built-in Digital FREEVIEW

Full HD 1920x1080 Pixels

Remote Control

2 x HDMi Connections

10,000:1 Dynamic Contrast Ratio

2 x SCART Connections

1000-Page Teletext

Multi Picture Modes

Hitachi L42VP01
106cmV LCD - Full 1080HD - Built-in FREEVIEW - Full HD - Remote Control

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#1
http://www.electricaldiscountuk.co.uk/product_zoom/L42VP01.jpg
#2
Any reviews? Any reason why I should ditch my first choice of Panasonic for Hitachi?
#3
hambrook
Any reviews? Any reason why I should ditch my first choice of Panasonic for Hitachi?


[url]www.google.co.uk[/url] is your friend.
#4
hambrook
Any reviews? Any reason why I should ditch my first choice of Panasonic for Hitachi?


Maybe price??

Panasonics are superb tele's though and hard to beat!!
#5
Who are Electrical Discount UK deals, I've never heard of them.

Panasonic plasmas are better that Hitachi in my opinion.
1 Like #6
1) This is LCD , not Plasma
2) You can get it cheaper elsewhere
3) The reviews are average
#7
hambrook
Any reason why I should ditch my first choice of Panasonic for Hitachi?


Nope.
#8
hambrook
Any reviews? Any reason why I should ditch my first choice of Panasonic for Hitachi?


Would you change to 'Rola-Cola' instead of Coke?

:whistling:
#9
smashed
1) This is LCD , not Plasma
2) You can get it cheaper elsewhere
3) The reviews are average


Heat given re Clear and Concise statements !? :thumbsup:

K
#10
MMMMMM Rola - Cola
#11
I say Go for a Panasonic NOT Hitachi.
That is just my opinion i guess its all down to preference & price
#12
£674 at PRC direct here:

http://www.prcdirect.co.uk/showproduct.php?cda=showproduct&pid=L42VP01

Came up as free delivery too for my postcode. Looks like a good TV though.
#13
Not bad for the price, tech heads are so sensitive about technology - this set is more than fine for an average viewer..
#14
Talking about techheads, any techheads explain why when I go into John Lewis, I see all teh LCDs and Plasmas on display, and the picture on most of them isn't great. fuzzy and pixelated?
#15
Their "technology experts" probably have them all hooked up to a less than optimal mode of connection, most likely if all the tv's are displaying the same image.
#16
thecount
Talking about techheads, any techheads explain why when I go into John Lewis, I see all teh LCDs and Plasmas on display, and the picture on most of them isn't great. fuzzy and pixelated?



It's because the people selling TVs in John Lewis, like Dixons/Comet etc, don't know a great deal about TVs, unfortunately.

The set-up in JL is usually a shared feed going through a composite cable - which I think is possibly the worst method available. They have the odd set running blu-ray direct to the panel.

You will seriously struggle to compare and contrast when going into the aforementioned shops, as all the sets are showing displays of pictures from sometimes differing sources/shared sources.

An example being Comet. They set up their Samsung TVs with a very good source - such as upscaled DVD via an HDMI cable - this makes people think the Samsungs are far better than other panels, as the other sets have poor quality feeds going through them. Comet have a 'special arrangement' with Samsung, and get more commission selling their panels than other manufacturers.

Quite simply, it's nearly impossible to find a retailer showing panels on a level playing field, which is bad for the consumer.

One possible exception to the above would be Robert Whyte in Glasgow - they have a decent display set-up, it's just a shame their CS ain't great.
#17
I have a Hitachi plasma and its great.
A few years ago they were rated very highly, alongside panasonic and pioneer.

no idea today, but i would always go for plasma over LCD. LCDs have aweful contrast ratios and give me a headache with their poor reproduction of motion. They are good for static pictures though if you want a big digital photo frame :)
#18
thecount;1613412
Talking about techheads, any techheads explain why when I go into John Lewis, I see all teh LCDs and Plasmas on display, and the picture on most of them isn't great. fuzzy and pixelated?


That's because they're all being fed from the same amplified aerial or digital source. So the signal is being split out and weakened for every TV it goes too. If they had any sense, they'd buy a handful of Toshiba HD-DVD players which by tomorrow will be 6 shillings each and show what the picture really can look like.
#19
.... and the truth is 90% of plasmas/lcd TVs look bloody awful unless rigged up to a HD source. Watching SD transmission on anything over a 26in panel is almost always dodgy.
#20
nordberg
.... and the truth is 90% of plasmas/lcd TVs look bloody awful unless rigged up to a HD source. Watching SD transmission on anything over a 26in panel is almost always dodgy.


You've been looking at the wrong panels in the wrong places. Go to a proper AV store where the panels are set up correctly and take a look at the Panasonic/Pioneer/Fujitsu plasma panels with SD material and then rethink your statement.
#21
sideysid
You've been looking at the wrong panels in the wrong places. Go to a proper AV store where the panels are set up correctly and take a look at the Panasonic/Pioneer/Fujitsu plasma panels with SD material and then rethink your statement.



Come on. You can't possibly be suggesting that your bog standard SD transmission looks as good on a panel as it does on a traditional CRT? I fully accept that, with the right source, HD panels can be stunning if set up correctly. Sadly, not everyone has got a HD sources available to them as yet.
#22
Hitachi do not actually make TV's any more, ( nor camera's ) they are just re-badged cheapies.

Living off of their name.:x
#23
Pay a bit more and get a real TV you will never regret or find a flaw in:-)

Samsung LE40M87BDX
http://www.hdtvorg.co.uk/reviews/lcd/samsung_le40m87bdx.htm
price ~£800

samsung LE40F86BD
http://www.hdtvorg.co.uk/reviews/lcd/Samsung_LE40F86BD.htm
price ~£900

They are even cheaper with cashback and discount vouchers!

PS Samsung make the best LCD TVs, just as Pioneer make the best Plasmas.
#24
You can get this TV at Clearancebuys.co.uk for £599.99 delivered : http://www.clearancebuys.co.uk/Hitachi-P42T01-HD-Ready-42-Plasma-TV-with-Freeview-p-16707.html (although this is plasma NOT lcd)
I've just ordered the 50" version from there for £714.99
#25
nordberg
Come on. You can't possibly be suggesting that your bog standard SD transmission looks as good on a panel as it does on a traditional CRT? I fully accept that, with the right source, HD panels can be stunning if set up correctly. Sadly, not everyone has got a HD sources available to them as yet.


I know I can.

I moved from a Loewe 28" CRT to a Pana TH42PX70, and the Pana is stunning on a large number of Sd transmissions via Sky. Granted there are channels that transmit at a lower bitrate that are not that great, but anything on BBC/ITV/C4/SKY1 etc is amazing.
#26
moob
I know I can.

I moved from a Loewe 28" CRT to a Pana TH42PX70, and the Pana is stunning on a large number of Sd transmissions via Sky. Granted there are channels that transmit at a lower bitrate that are not that great, but anything on BBC/ITV/C4/SKY1 etc is amazing.


Fair enough. I still stand by my comments that 90% of panels look rubbish on SD transmission. You must be lucky.....or have a particularly good set that handles SD well.
#27
nordberg
Fair enough. I still stand by my comments that 90% of panels look rubbish on SD transmission. You must be lucky.....or have a particularly good set that handles SD well.



You're more or less correct, a lot of panels do look rubbish with an SD feed, LCDs in particular - they are perhaps too accurate, thereby showing all the imperfections in the broadcast.

The PX70 just seems to process the image really well in SD. At times it looks like a DVD in terms of picture quality.
#28
I have a £1000 Sony Bravia 40" D series LCD, that I watch with utter disdain and contempt most of the time.

Unless it's late in the evening and the 'theatre' mode is on (low brightness), EVERYTHING other than DVD looks rrrruuuubbish!

SD is dodgy 95% of the time, and colours don't ever look quite right. DVD's look fantastic though. Whoopdeedoo. I spend about 5% of my viewing time watching DVD's. And I don't have an HD source yet.

I wish I had gone with my gut instinct and bought a plasma. Friends persuaded me otherwise.

gutted....
#29
My Philips 42" Plasma handles SD material really well, most LCD's do not, from my experience.
#30
moob
It's because the people selling TVs in John Lewis, like Dixons/Comet etc, don't know a great deal about TVs, unfortunately.

The set-up in JL is usually a shared feed going through a composite cable - which I think is possibly the worst method available. They have the odd set running blu-ray direct to the panel.

You will seriously struggle to compare and contrast when going into the aforementioned shops, as all the sets are showing displays of pictures from sometimes differing sources/shared sources.

An example being Comet. They set up their Samsung TVs with a very good source - such as upscaled DVD via an HDMI cable - this makes people think the Samsungs are far better than other panels, as the other sets have poor quality feeds going through them. Comet have a 'special arrangement' with Samsung, and get more commission selling their panels than other manufacturers.

Quite simply, it's nearly impossible to find a retailer showing panels on a level playing field, which is bad for the consumer.

One possible exception to the above would be Robert Whyte in Glasgow - they have a decent display set-up, it's just a shame their CS ain't great.


I was in a Tesco's superstore a while back and for some odd reason all the HD LCD tv's were connected to BBC HD channel and a lot of the shoppers who were walking passed just stopped to watch them like they were all mesmerised. Have to admit there was little difference in quality between all the different makes, however, Samsung and LG models seem to stand out
#31
cowtc
I was in a Tesco's superstore a while back and for some odd reason all the HD LCD tv's were connected to BBC HD channel and a lot of the shoppers who were walking passed just stopped to watch them like they were all mesmerised. Have to admit there was little difference in quality between all the different makes, however, Samsung and LG models seem to stand out


Yeah, I've seen that in a Tesco Extra up my way, although they are all running off a split/shared feed, so some sets which are at the start of the split may potentially have a better quality of signal. Another factor to wonder about is who set them up, and what picture setting are they on.

Problem is some, in fact most manufacturers default their setting to what is commonly known as 'Dynamic' which basically has the contrast up to max, so that the set stands out.

It's not a bad environment to compare sets though, although they have a limited range of panels and some models are way out of date. They bizarrely don't even stock Panasonic plasmas anymore...
#32
For anyone interested, here's a review of the product. I usually use hdtv.org or hdtvtest, but couldn't find it there.

http://www.tech.co.uk/home-entertainment/tv/tvs-displays/lcd/review/hitachi-l42vp01-hcc

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