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Hitachi 42" Model Number: L42VP01

Full HD 1080p with built in Freeview

Email says plasma but link says LCD TV
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#2
How do you get it for £499 ?

And is it REALLY £60 for delivery :?
#3
Yeah, £60 for delivery, unless you go into a store and pick it up, lol!

To get it for that price, you either phone up, or go to your local store, and just quote that you've received an email saying its available for £500, through the 'VIP Club'.

Thats it, totally hassle free! :)
#4
R0N4LD
Yeah, £60 for delivery, unless you go into a store and pick it up, lol!

To get it for that price, you either phone up, or go to your local store, and just quote that you've received an email saying its available for £500, through the 'VIP Club'.

Thats it, totally hassle free! :)

lightning101 : As above really :)

I wasn't on the list for a long time and never had a problem.

Get it from the store, RS staff are good and it helps build a rapport with them. They will sometimes sort things out, AV wise, if you need some help and give them a call
#5
Any good if I just use standard Sky or Cable? Not ready for HD satellite or cable just yet
#6
#7
And possibly the most important line in the review is

"If good old standard definition Freeview is still your main TV source, though, you're probably best advised to look elsewhere."

I would imagine that most people are still watching most of their material in SD.
#8
Searcher2
And possibly the most important line in the review is

"If good old standard definition Freeview is still your main TV source, though, you're probably best advised to look elsewhere."

I would imagine that most people are still watching most of their material in SD.

that unfortunately is a problem with the high end telly's as well.

the Sony £2500 sets receive same sort of criticism.
#9
theyiddo

lol. did check it if it was posted before but it didn't come up :(
#10
alchemistkevin;3387299
that unfortunately is a problem with the high end telly's as well.

the Sony £2500 sets receive same sort of criticism.


For £700 ish you would be looking at a decent 42" Panasonic plasma which has great SD. That's what I got. If I was looking for game playing or HD material viewing I would maybe consider this Hitachi. There's not a great deal of point spending £500 on a set which has poor SD if it is SD you watch most of the time.
#11
Searcher2
For £700 ish you would be looking at a decent 42" Panasonic plasma which has great SD. That's what I got. If I was looking for game playing or HD material viewing I would maybe consider this Hitachi. There's not a great deal of point spending £500 on a set which has poor SD if it is SD you watch most of the time.

fair enough! It's just that the £2500 sony's and £1700 samsung's can't achieve that!
#12
alchemistkevin;3387623
fair enough! It's just that the £2500 sony's and £1700 samsung's can't achieve that!


It is all relative. The bloke who did the review has provided numerous reviews of TVs on that site and therefore has a great deal of experience.... so I was taking his view as being poor SD compared to other LCDs.

For example one of the highly regarded Sonys - the 40W4000 the same reviewer says :

"It's important to stress following our problems with the 46W3000 that the 40W4000 is also unusually accomplished with standard definition"

http://www.trustedreviews.com/tvs/review/2008/05/22/Sony-Bravia-KDL-40W4000-Full-HD-40in-LCD-TV/p3

This comes in comfortably under the £1K mark.

Unfortunately we have to take reviewers opinions into consideration as it is near impossible to get a retailer to display 2 sets side by side with an SD feed in normal lighting conditions. Forums (such as AVForums) are another good way of getting second hand experiences.
#13
I'm assuming this is in-store @ RicherSounds? Added to title.
#14
emmajk42
I'm assuming this is in-store @ RicherSounds? Added to title.

yes it is ;. thank you
#15
alchemistkevin;3387306
lol. did check it if it was posted before but it didn't come up :(


...I find that myself a lot when I do searches! Although in this case I knew it had been posted before (being the OP!) :thumbsup:
#16
This TV is garbage, don't even bother :/
#17
Boxrick
This TV is garbage, don't even bother :/

and your very knowledgeable post is based on?
#18
Boxrick;3403023
This TV is garbage, don't even bother :/


Very well written argument that...how could anyone disagree with you after a post like that! :whistling:
#19
Boxrick
This TV is garbage, don't even bother :/


Probably true, however it might help us all if you explained why.

I know that Hitachi do not actually make TV's any more, they just " badge " stuff.
#20
£550 including 5 years warranty.

Hot from me :)
#21
Title should say 1080p Full HD as HD Ready means 720p only and many 720p sets accept a 1080p signal and downscale it, which the title might imply this set does at first glance.

Hitachi don't fire out as many great screens as Sony, Panasonic etc. do so try and demo it first but £500 is a good price for a 42" @ 1080p (for the spec-obsessed).
#22
i have had one of these tvs for months, well the tv is brilliant, includes 2 hdmi, component, vga, etc.

we have it connected to virgin v+ excellent picture in hd and standard.

but we have a ps3, and what can i say but stunning at 1080p.

when a friend saw my set and after i told him the price he went stright out and bought one himself.

great set, i also got mine from richer sounds with the 5 year warranty only 10% of the tv price.

p.s it was actually 599 when i got ours and worth every penny.
#23
these were the recommended setting on avforum :posted by sinky1958 and what i use:

mode-natural
contrast-46
brightness-20
sharpness-31
colour-53
colour temp-normal
noise reduction-off
film mode-off
#24
Pls dont expire this thread as the price is valid [COLOR=red]in-store[/COLOR] only :)
#25
I thnk it's prob been expired as it's been available at this price for 5 months (and posted previously)!!!...should poss be spammed instead...
#26
Does this come with a wall mount?

A friend of mine may have bought this model from John Lewis 12 months ago. Addition of a wall mount in the box was a ++ for me. Looked great at 1080p on his ps3.
#27
Inactive
Probably true, however it might help us all if you explained why.

I know that Hitachi do not actually make TV's any more, they just " badge " stuff.


You'll find that most manufacturers badge stuff there are or 3 or 4 companies that acutually make the lcd panels.
#28
tyddynroger
You'll find that most manufacturers badge stuff there are or 3 or 4 companies that acutually make the lcd panels.


I wasn't talking about the " panels " I was talking about the actual TV's themselves.;-)
#29
what goes inside the tvs? the lcd panels! companies buy the lcd panels of other manufacturers like samsung and stick them in there tvs and whack there badge on it! so you might buy a matsui tv that has a samsung lcd panel. Some manufacturers actually state they've got another manufacturers panel in there tvs.

In my opinion this tv has a poor contrast ratio pay an extra £35 with delivery and get this SHARP LC37D65EBK, ok its 37" but the quality will be a lot better!
#31
I'd prefer this TV to the Hitachi:

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/271035/showthread.php?t=271035&page=2

especially if you know someone that could get you staff discount 10% also quidco should be available on the LG from Currys :thumbsup:

Has 3 HDMI's as opposed to the Hitachi's 2 HDMI too.

This Hitachi is also £499 @ Currys: http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/store/cur_page.jsp?BV_SessionID=@@@@1254187226.1226313689@@@@&BV_EngineID=ccfdadefjfmifdicflgceggdhhmdgmk.0&page=Product&sku=419234

edit: Sorry, just realised this is a 42" LCD :oops: I'd still prefer the 37" LG tho' ;-)
#32
tyddynroger
what goes inside the tvs? the lcd panels! companies buy the lcd panels of other manufacturers like samsung and stick them in there tvs and whack there badge on it! so you might buy a matsui tv that has a samsung lcd panel. Some manufacturers actually state they've got another manufacturers panel in there tvs.



Agreed, I am aware of that, but the build quality and the electronics will vary from maker to maker, personally I would avoid Hitachi and get a proper brand of TV, one that actually makes it's own sets.
#33
Inactive
Agreed, I am aware of that, but the build quality and the electronics will vary from maker to maker, personally I would avoid Hitachi and get a proper brand of TV, one that actually makes it's own sets.


I would also agree with that, like the sharp metioned above also some companies put better technology and features than budget brands.
#34
tyddynroger
I would also agree with that, like the sharp metioned above also some companies put better technology and features than budget brands.


Can anyone recommend a 50” LCD or Plasma with full HD, but also good for watching in SD most of the time:thumbsup:
#35
Inactive
Agreed, I am aware of that, but the build quality and the electronics will vary from maker to maker, personally I would avoid Hitachi and get a proper brand of TV, one that actually makes it's own sets.


Also, Matsui's for example, although they might contain a Samsung panel, it's likely to be last years model. A bit like in Formula 1 where Red Bull Racing may use Ferrari's engine from last season, Whilst Ferrari move on to the latest engine. Nice analogy i thought :-D
#36
NinjaBaz
Also, Matsui's for example, although they might contain a Samsung panel, it's likely to be last years model. A bit like in Formula 1 where Red Bull Racing may use Ferrari's engine from last season, Whilst Ferrari move on to the latest engine. Nice analogy i thought :-D


Good analogy!!
#37
Geemac
Can anyone recommend a 50” LCD or Plasma with full HD, but also good for watching in SD most of the time:thumbsup:


How much do you want to spend? if your not going to get hd usage out of it your better off sticking with what you've got until you get sky hd or a ps3.
#38
tyddynroger
How much do you want to spend? if your not going to get hd usage out of it your better off sticking with what you've got until you get sky hd or a ps3.


As little as possible:whistling: won’t get Sky HD till its free and I can’t abide games consoles :w00t:
#39
then i would wait until then, im guessing you've got your sky box hooked up via scart the only way you would get an improvement in picture is if the signal is transcoded into a digital one using an av amp then your talking more cost. Wait until you get sky hd then start looking, remeber you do get what you pay for, you want somthing with a high contrast ratio . I bought my sky hd box off ebay i can recieve bbc hd and channel 4 hd for free, im not tied into a contract and as the standard channels are going through a digital signal (hdmi) the look better then through a scart.
#40
tyddynroger
then i would wait until then, im guessing you've got your sky box hooked up via scart the only way you would get an improvement in picture is if the signal is transcoded into a digital one using an av amp then your talking more cost. Wait until you get sky hd then start looking, remeber you do get what you pay for, you want somthing with a high contrast ratio . I bought my sky hd box off ebay i can recieve bbc hd and channel 4 hd for free, im not tied into a contract and as the standard channels are going through a digital signal (hdmi) the look better then through a scart.


Thanks for the info:thumbsup: I currently have a 32” CRT and I just want something bigger and was hoping to future proof @ the same time. Also I’m thinking of getting a HD video camera

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