Hitachi 42 Inch Full HD 1080p Digital LCD TV - 4 Series £399.99 @ Argos - HotUKDeals
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LCD TV:

* Less than 1 watt standby power consumption.

* Full connectivity including PC input.


Television picture quality:

* Full HD (1080p).

* Freeview digital tuner.

* 42in (106cm) widescreen TV with 106cm visible screen size.

* Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels.

* 50Hz.

* Brightness 500cd/m2.

* Contrast ratio 1400:1.

* Viewing angle 178/178 degrees.

* Progressive scan.


Connectivity:

* 2 HDMI sockets.

* 2 SCART sockets.

* PC input socket.

* Component video socket.

* Composite.

* Optical connection.

* Headphone socket.

* AV socket (side).


Sound quality:

* NICAM stereo sound system.

* 2 x 8 watts RMS power output.


Digital features:

* Digitally interactive.

* Digital text.

* Digital video broadcasting (DVB) subtitles available.

* Auto setup.

* Now and next programme guide.

* 7 day electronic programme guide (EPG).

* Top up TV compatible.

* CI slot.

* Audio description compatible.


Additional features:

* UHF/VHF tuner.

* Sleep timer.

* Child lock.

* Picture in picture (PIP).

* Picture and picture (PAP).

* Picture and text.

* Remote control batteries required 2 x AAA (included).

* Size of TV H65, W101, D10cm.

* Weight of TV 18kg (unpackaged).

* Complete with tabletop stand.

* Size of TV with stand H68.8, W101, D24.6cm.

* Weight of TV with stand 18.8kg.

* Suitable for wall mounting with a VESA 400 x 200mm bracket (bracket not included).


Energy efficiency information:

* Standby power consumption 0.9 watt.

* Energy Saving Trust recommended.
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#1
Argos had a Hitachi 42inch last year at this price i think?
Also HomeBase had a Hitachi 42inch for £340 in January.
#2
Thanks for this post. Only spotted it at 16:35 which gave me 25 mins to reserve one and collect it, which I've now done :)

Cheers
2 Likes #3
schizoboy
Argos had a Hitachi 42inch last year at this price i think?
Also HomeBase had a Hitachi 42inch for £340 in January.


You're right. You could buy a Lloydtron 14" black and white for £49 in 1980. Anyone else got any irrelevant TV prices to post in this deal?

:w00t:
#4
Lakeside;8774139
You're right. You could buy a Lloydtron 14" black and white for £49 in 1980. Anyone else got any irrelevant TV prices to post in this deal?

:w00t:



Just providing some historical pricing context given Hitachi HDTV deals on HUKD in the last 12months.

The Argos one was very popular, given that imo, this looks a little poor in comparison especially given all the £400ish other 1080p/40inchish deals from Toshiba/Samsung/LG
#5
Nice tele
#6
own brand rebadged kack.
cheap LCDs are terrible.
#7
Anyone got the exact model number for this tv?
#8
Pretty poor brightness and contrast ratio levels.
#9
slackrat77;8774326
own brand rebadged kack.
cheap LCDs are terrible.


You know it, I know it... but someone on here will argue black is white and how wonderful Hitachi is, when of course it isn't REAL Hitachi!
#10
This was on offer a week or two back and I was weighing it up against the hd ready 720p Plasma LG 42" at Comet. In the end I bought the LG as it was £366 (after voucher and quidco) and given I sit 14 foot from my tv and my only hd source is Sky HD, 1080p was not really a consideration, the LG looked much better too with it's razor frame.
#11
nihcaj
You know it, I know it... but someone on here will argue black is white and how wonderful Hitachi is, when of course it isn't REAL Hitachi!


which is why you can see the same TV at er....homebase?
Even when Currys sold Hitachi TVs a few years back they were still bottom of the pile god awful quality.
#12
cold when you see the deal above.
#13
Bristle Hound
Anyone got the exact model number for this tv?


My box says "L42VC04U H"
#14
COLD - you can get a better TV the same size for less/same
#15
This is a very poor looking tv, the plasma lg at 399 looks ten times better than this model...viewed them both side by side last week in argos. I went the bit extra and bought the panasonic at 499 though with a £50 voucher.
#16
Don't be tricked into buying a "branded" TV - this isn't one. The Home Retail Group (aka. Argos) has used the Hitachi brand under license and stuck it onto a generic TV their buyers were able to buy for the cheapest price!

Shame that Hitachi doesn't have a mass sales channel in the UK as their "geniune" stuff is pretty good. They never really pushed their Ultra Thin line of TV's - IPS-A screen as thin as current LED backlit models.

Page 45 of the link to the manual...... very suspicious!
http://www.hitachiserviceeu.com/scripts/userguide.php/L42VC04U_EN.pdf
#17
schizoboy
Argos had a Hitachi 42inch last year at this price i think?
Also HomeBase had a Hitachi 42inch for £340 in January.


Yeah but in the LEd's aren't there different series'. There's a chance that they could be the older series therefore not as good.
There's also a fair to middling chance that I'm talking out of my arse. :oops:
#18
Loudmouth;8775273
Yeah but in the LEd's aren't there different series'. There's a chance that they could be the older series therefore not as good.
There's also a fair to middling chance that I'm talking out of my arse. :oops:


As could i, but some people take the internet far too seriously :)
#19
so any good then ???
#20
dshake
so any good then ???


50Hz.

* Brightness 500cd/m2.

* Contrast ratio 1400:1.


For £400 there are better TV's available-just by searching this site alone you will find one.
#21
Hitachi have been known to put their branding on low cost vestel sets both for CRT in the past and now LCD. Its not a safe brand to buy unless the product has received rave reviews from multiple sources as it could be just another set like the wharfedales, bush, goodmans, alba etc.
#22
I'll probably buy the LG plasma for the same price. Im more than happy with my 42" PQ6000.

Hitcachi - no thanks, LCD - nah thanks
1 Like #23
Lakeside
You could buy a Lloydtron 14" black and white for £49 in 1980.


link?
#24
The Toshiba 42" Full HD deal at Sainsbury's is better.
#25
I bought the Hitachi on offer in January for £346. it was a very good solid TV wirh excellent HD picture, good SD freeview and good sound. It lasted 4 months until the screen went into negative effect. Argos told me it was beyond commercial repair. Gutted. Had a refund. Bought this one now listed last month for £399 plus a free HD freview box. The quality was poor in my humble opinion. I got it home and the reception was poor, the screen was loose in the frame. Took it back and blue ray player within an hour for a refund. Different quality to the first one altogether. I noticed this Hitachi was much lighter as well. Have since bought a Panasonic(the comet deal about 2 weeks ago with free blueray player and photo frame). So far very impressed. Much better than the last Hitachi I owned for an hour. Picture superb. Too early to say about reliability at the moment though. For some reason I was very unlucky with the 2 Hitachi's.
#26
meuswills;8776512
I bought the Hitachi on offer in January for £346. it was a very good solid TV wirh excellent HD picture, good SD freeview and good sound. It lasted 4 months until the screen went into negative effect. Argos told me it was beyond commercial repair. Gutted. Had a refund. Bought this one now listed last month for £399 plus a free HD freview box. The quality was poor in my humble opinion. I got it home and the reception was poor, the screen was loose in the frame. Took it back and blue ray player within an hour for a refund. Different quality to the first one altogether. I noticed this Hitachi was much lighter as well. Have since bought a Panasonic(the comet deal about 2 weeks ago with free blueray player and photo frame). So far very impressed. Much better than the last Hitachi I owned for an hour. Picture superb. Too early to say about reliability at the moment though. For some reason I was very unlucky with the 2 Hitachi's.


Hitachi quality, or lack thereof is #1 reason I didn't get the previous £400/£340 offers.
#27
schizoboy
Hitachi quality, or lack thereof is #1 reason I didn't get the previous £400/£340 offers.


I tend to second this now that I have had the experience.
#28
bonzobanana
Hitachi have been known to put their branding on low cost vestel sets both for CRT in the past and now LCD. Its not a safe brand to buy unless the product has received rave reviews from multiple sources as it could be just another set like the wharfedales, bush, goodmans, alba etc.


They're worse. As a TV engineer, Vestel set's are terrible unit's.
#29
I bought the £400 Hitachi 42" that was on offer last June. it has great SD quality, fantastic HD quality and I've had no problems whatsoever with it (touch wood!) . Sounds like the newer ones may of cheaper quality though.

Mind you, at the time there was nothing similar at £400 and it was a good £150 less than anything comparable.
#30
Gumpy Joe
They're worse. As a TV engineer, Vestel set's are terrible unit's.

Thank's for your thought's.
#31
bought one at this price in January. blew up after 2 days.
#32
Shambles
My box says "L42VC04U H"


How is the TV? Can you give us a brief update on things, olike if you're happy with it/picture.etc
#33
I've had this tele a couple of weeks and i'm no expert but its fine to me.And more than happy for the price.
#34
jadis1970
This was on offer a week or two back and I was weighing it up against the hd ready 720p Plasma LG 42" at Comet. In the end I bought the LG as it was £366 (after voucher and quidco) and given I sit 14 foot from my tv and my only hd source is Sky HD, 1080p was not really a consideration, the LG looked much better too with it's razor frame.


Me too! And am VERY happy with the TV, the razor frame is great. Beautiful :thumbsup:
#35
Vestel tv's probably have the best performance/price raitio in the LCD TV market. Also VESTEL is the biggest TV manufacturer of Turkey and EU. Vestel is a OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), of Hitachi, JVC, Toshiba, Sharp amongst many others. I bet many of the people slagging off Vestel will almost certainly own something made by them and be very happy with it but it'll have a different name on it.

About Vestel Group

Vestel Group is comprised of twenty-two companies operating in manufacturing, technology development, marketing, and distribution fields in the consumer electronics, digital technologies, and white goods. Offering a variety of products to its customers, the range of the company includes: Flat Panel Displays, CRT Televisions, Integrated Digital Televisions, DVD Recorders, DVD-AV Receivers, DVD players, DVB-T and DVB-S set-top boxes, wireless products, notebook PCs, and Household Appliances. Since its establishment in 1984, Vestel has been pioneering development of the electronics industry in Turkey with innovative, high quality products at internationally competitive prices. The Group has been continually incorporating the latest technological developments in its production processes, increasing its capacity, and expanding its production flexibility to meet the demands of its international clients.
#36
MDL199
Vestel tv's probably have the best performance/price raitio in the LCD TV market. Also VESTEL is the biggest TV manufacturer of Turkey and EU. Vestel is a OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), of Hitachi, JVC, Toshiba, Sharp amongst many others. I bet many of the people slagging off Vestel will almost certainly own something made by them and be very happy with it but it'll have a different name on it.

About Vestel Group

Vestel Group is comprised of twenty-two companies operating in manufacturing, technology development, marketing, and distribution fields in the consumer electronics, digital technologies, and white goods. Offering a variety of products to its customers, the range of the company includes: Flat Panel Displays, CRT Televisions, Integrated Digital Televisions, DVD Recorders, DVD-AV Receivers, DVD players, DVB-T and DVB-S set-top boxes, wireless products, notebook PCs, and Household Appliances. Since its establishment in 1984, Vestel has been pioneering development of the electronics industry in Turkey with innovative, high quality products at internationally competitive prices. The Group has been continually incorporating the latest technological developments in its production processes, increasing its capacity, and expanding its production flexibility to meet the demands of its international clients.


Surely you must work for them. Vestel are best described as mediocre. You mention all the top brands who have rebranded vestel sets (sometimes as their budget entry models) but there is also the albas, goodmans, wharfedales, bush, techwood, proline, matsui etc.

I'm not knocking vestel and think some of their stuff is pretty good but the tvs are a bit mediocre most of the time and build quality isn't as good. I have good experience of vestel dvd recorders and the psu boards in them are pretty iffy. Their freeview pvrs in comparision seem very reliable. I had a Bush 14" dvd combi. It failed in about 18 months are wasn't worth repair. I have a basic 21" hitachi CRT and still going strong but the tube is very low res. Its a product designed to be made as cheaply as possible but get the job done. Lots of compromises which can effect both performance and reliability. I would recommend a vestel set if there is a considerable saving but some fo their large lcd sets are selling close to the price of decent brands and products. Sometimes even more.

If you can buy a Panasonic 32" LCD for £350 then a vestel model should be £200 or less whatever the brand on it.
#37
MDL199
Vestel tv's probably have the best performance/price raitio in the LCD TV market. Also VESTEL is the biggest TV manufacturer of Turkey and EU. Vestel is a OEM (Original Equipment Manufacturer), of Hitachi, JVC, Toshiba, Sharp amongst many others. I bet many of the people slagging off Vestel will almost certainly own something made by them and be very happy with it but it'll have a different name on it.

About Vestel Group

Vestel Group is comprised of twenty-two companies operating in manufacturing, technology development, marketing, and distribution fields in the consumer electronics, digital technologies, and white goods. Offering a variety of products to its customers, the range of the company includes: Flat Panel Displays, CRT Televisions, Integrated Digital Televisions, DVD Recorders, DVD-AV Receivers, DVD players, DVB-T and DVB-S set-top boxes, wireless products, notebook PCs, and Household Appliances. Since its establishment in 1984, Vestel has been pioneering development of the electronics industry in Turkey with innovative, high quality products at internationally competitive prices. The Group has been continually incorporating the latest technological developments in its production processes, increasing its capacity, and expanding its production flexibility to meet the demands of its international clients.


They are s***. Terribly put together PCB's with terrible soldering and glue all over the place. PSU's which are badly designed with bad heat output.

Please do not tell me that they have the best price/performance ratio when you don't really have a clue.
1 Like #38
Gumpy Joe
They are s***. Terribly put together PCB's with terrible soldering and glue all over the place. PSU's which are badly designed with bad heat output.

Please do not tell me that they have the best price/performance ratio when you don't really have a clue.


Oh sorry I guess my opinion is not as valid as yours!

I actually own one of their tv's and it's superb with a great picture and better sound than any Samsung for instance. SRS Labs provide the audio enhancement for their tv's and their best models have incredible sound right up there with the best.

Some of the cheaper branded models might not be as good as the Hitachi, Sharp, Toshiba and Sanyo models but everyone i've seen has been good for the money.

Vestel own 24% of the Lcd European market so they are obviously doing something right. I bet virtuaally everyone at one time or another has owned some of their products and not realised it.
#39
MDL199
Oh sorry I guess my opinion is not as valid as yours!

I actually own one of their tv's and it's superb with a great picture and better sound than any Samsung for instance. SRS Labs provide the audio enhancement for their tv's and their best models have incredible sound right up there with the best.

Some of the cheaper branded models might not be as good as the Hitachi, Sharp, Toshiba and Sanyo models but everyone i've seen has been good for the money.

Vestel own 24% of the Lcd European market so they are obviously doing something right. I bet virtuaally everyone at one time or another has owned some of their products and not realised it.


Any TV brand on the market beats Samsung's LCD TV's for sound. I like how you used Samsung though.:whistling:

Yeah, building sh**y TV's for low cost and making a massive profit.
#40
Samsung HDTV here for over 4 years, albeit I've had a surround amp for many years now, getting a big widescreen TV and using it's built in audio is very silly.

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