Hitachi 42in FHD1080P Digital LCD TV - £399 inc. delivery @ Homebase - HotUKDeals
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Using the voucher code provided by Edi, the total price is £399

(1.5% Quidco available)

Television Picture Quality.

* High Definition Ready.
* Integrated digital (freeview).
* 42in (106.7cm) widescreen TV with 106.7cm visible screen size.
* Resolution 1920 x 1080.
* Brightness 500cd/m2.
* Contrast ratio 1300:1.
* Progressive scan.

Connectivity.

* 2 HDMI sockets.
* 2 SCART sockets.
* PC input socket.
* Component video socket.
* Composite.
* Headphone socket.


Sound Quality.

* Nicam.
* 2 x 8w RMS power output.
* Digital sound processor.

Freeview Features.

* Digitally interactive.
* Digital text.
* Auto setup.
* Now and Next electronic programme guide.
* 7 day electronic programme guide.
* Top up TV compatible.

Thanks to Edi for the voucher code and rkrk for the Argos post
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#1
hot...very cheap
#2
Great price. Heat added
banned#3
was about to leave for argos but well i can not get it at my home. amazing thx
#4
Since when did Homebase sell tvs?
#5
Same at Argos but collect in store only. Good price
[admin]#6
Nice find, thanks :)
#7
why is this so cheap... is it the contrast ratio, or are all 42" 1080p's gonna eventually become this cheap?
#8
Good price ! Most 32" 1080p tv's are more than this.

Having said that, the contrast ratio's not so good. It's a lot of tv for the money though. ! Hot.
#9
What model is this? i can't seem to find that bit?

Any reviews?
#10
axxxr
What model is this? i can't seem to find that bit?

Any reviews?


Some from Argos customers here: http://reviews.argos.co.uk/1493-en_gb/5365692/reviews.htm

The sound's not up to much by the looks of it. You could say that about most Samsung tv's aswell though.
#11
Thanks!

And the Contrast Ratio is rather poor as well.
#12
great for a weeks wage....hot hot hot
#13
axxxr
What model is this? i can't seem to find that bit?

Any reviews?


Just picked one up from argos and mine was L42VP01
http://www.trustedreviews.com/tvs/review/2007/12/11/Hitachi-L42VP01U-42in-LCD-TV/p1
#14
This BUSH one for £40 more has a better contrast ratio!
#15
according to the specs its a whooping 28cm deep without stand :O
#16
Word on contrast ratios a 13000:1 ratio is same as a 1300:1 DYNAMIC ratio which some companys use in specs although it looks poor its good
#17
peterjmay
hot...very cheap


Contrast ratio 1300:1.
That's why.
#18
axxxr
This BUSH one for £40 more has a better contrast ratio!


But it is a Bush! Then again Hitachi are not that great. You need to see the TV in operation contrast does not mean anything in isolation.
#19
Very good price but the review seems to think it aint too good for SD stuff which is a shame as my dad wants one but has onlt standard sky so may look a bit poor, what you think?
#20
waj1234
Very good price but the review seems to think it aint too good for SD stuff which is a shame as my dad wants one but has onlt standard sky so may look a bit poor, what you think?


Thats what im worried about, because my primary use will be Sky on SD.
#21
I know my dad will be dissapointed if it does not look as good as my old 6 series panasonic plasma which still looks as good as many new hd panels in my opinion. Even with bbc hd too with my freesat box. Though the humax foxsat hd box gives a better pic than my sky+ ever did by a long way!
#22
sourcelives
why is this so cheap... is it the contrast ratio, or are all 42" 1080p's gonna eventually become this cheap?


Its cheap because its rubbish, avoid this television. :x

Voted cold.
#23
Boxrick;5515247
Its cheap because its rubbish, avoid this television. :x

Voted cold.


Care to elaborate as to why it is so bad? You had one?
#24
waj1234
I know my dad will be dissapointed if it does not look as good as my old 6 series panasonic plasma which still looks as good as many new hd panels in my opinion. Even with bbc hd too with my freesat box. Though the humax foxsat hd box gives a better pic than my sky+ ever did by a long way!


A series 6 panasonic will walk all over this television particurly for freeview / satellite. Keep the panny its an excellent screen. :thumbsup:
#25
Great price...wish I had the dosh right now as would be perfect for a gaming tv!
#26
Boxrick;5515262
A series 6 panasonic will walk all over this television particurly for freeview / satellite. Keep the panny its an excellent screen. :thumbsup:


It walks over many new ones in my opinion but it never was gonna replace my panny. It is 5 years old and cost 1500 quid and is still as good as it was when new so not gonna change it till it fails. My dad wants one but is tight and dont like spending too much:thumbsup:
#27
waj1234
Very good price but the review seems to think it aint too good for SD stuff which is a shame as my dad wants one but has onlt standard sky so may look a bit poor, what you think?


axxxr
Thats what im worried about, because my primary use will be Sky on SD.


If you want to use your TV mainly for SD TV then get a lower resolution. But if you are going to use it for HD TV, upscaled DVD, BLurays, HD-DVD or as a PC monitor then it should be very nice.
#28
waj1234
Care to elaborate as to why it is so bad? You had one?


Well its a budget 1080p set which is never a good thing for starters... :oops:. Each set is going to have a budget towards creating it... in this case £400... imagine the profit margin on this set is 20% by the retailer and 20% by the manufacturor, which leaves approx £250 to make this television factor in that higher resolution panels are more expensive to make this leaves not much left for the important things:
Scaling / processing tech.
Finish and overall quality of the screen.
Filters / Backlight.

Ive seen this set in person and what i notice is :
But it has poor contrast meaning grey blacks. Black "crush" meaning that the detail in dark scenes is lost and it all becomes a big mush of grey.

Poor viewing angles meaning that anything other than straight on will produce a washed out picture.

Poor scaling and deinterlacing basically meaning anything other than 1080p blu rays will look fuzzy and poor.

Finally overscan cannot be disabled on this set which basically means that its only real use ( a pc monitor ) is also made useless since it will be zoomed in around 5% all the way round.
#29
waj1234
It walks over many new ones in my opinion but it never was gonna replace my panny. It is 5 years old and cost 1500 quid and is still as good as it was when new so not gonna change it till it fails. My dad wants one but is tight and dont like spending too much:thumbsup:


Look at a new "hd ready" panasonic / lg plasma if you want to improve on the current panasonic.

If hes not willing to spend at least £500 then don't bother its going to be a downgrade.
#30
Boxrick;5515335
Look at a new "hd ready" panasonic / lg plasma if you want to improve on the current panasonic.

If hes not willing to spend at least £500 then don't bother its going to be a downgrade.


I have been pointing in the direction of the new panny plasmas with freesat hd built in so hopefully that is what he will get. My next screen will be a 50 inch panny too.

One to avoid for me then.
#31
waj1234
I have been pointing in the direction of the new panny plasmas with freesat hd built in so hopefully that is what he will get. My next screen will be a 50 inch panny too.

One to avoid for me then.


Look at the Panasonic TXP42X10 or the LG 42PQ3000 ( both for £500-600 ish )
#32
Boxrick
Look at the Panasonic TXP42X10 or the LG 42PQ3000 ( both for £500-600 ish )


Would those be good for watching standard Sky? I was really considering the Hitachi at Argos, but we will mainly watch standard Sky and standard dvd on it (well, we have an upscaling dvd player). We want something around 40-42 inches, and cheaper is better. But 500 quid is doable, especially since we're in no rush and will wait until we find a good set at the price we want.
#33
Tightmartin
But it is a Bush! Then again Hitachi are not that great. You need to see the TV in operation contrast does not mean anything in isolation.


Exactly.... Bush says it all:p:whistling:
#34
cracking price, shame about the contrast ratio though - will give it a miss.
1 Like #35
Skibster
Would those be good for watching standard Sky? I was really considering the Hitachi at Argos, but we will mainly watch standard Sky and standard dvd on it (well, we have an upscaling dvd player). We want something around 40-42 inches, and cheaper is better. But 500 quid is doable, especially since we're in no rush and will wait until we find a good set at the price we want.


Certainly would be! LG is excellent in this department.
#36
This will be a decent set as long as you have High Definition to feed it!!

As Boxrick mentions above if you are only planning on watching Freeview and upscaled DVD's then go for the more natural Plasma look as things will look as good as your old CRTV. The LG42PQ6000 can be had for around £500 and will quite frankly blow this out the water although it is only 720p - people seem obsessed with 1080p as they see it being superior but a good 720p set will walk all over a poor/mid range 1080p set every day of the week ... where the 1080p will show up the sets and sources weaknesses.
#37
engrharv


If this one is the same as the one in argos the model you get L42VP01U which has a 1500:1 ratio not 1300:1. I reserved mine and picked it up today and the picture is excellent very pleased especially feed from ps3 and pc at full 1080p.
http://www.trustedreviews.com/images/article/inline/6220-specs.gif
#38
Just to remind everyone the free delivery code can't be used until tomorrow.
#39
Wow this is hot!
#40
axxxr
Thats what im worried about, because my primary use will be Sky on SD.


SD - get plasma. For a few quid more the 42PQ6000 will cane this on SD. No, it's not full HD but nor are SD sources. Plus it's prettier. Otherwise this is a great deal, even if it's a tad bland looking.

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