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1080p Full HD doesn't get any better value than this! Coming complete with a 1920 x 1080 resolution screen, the L37V01 is fully compatible with the highest resolution video - 1080p. This means that whether you have a Play Station 3, Blu-ray or HD-DVD player, this Hitachi 37" LCD will allow you to enjoy it to its full potential. Fed with a 1080p signal, the L37V01u offers amazing levels of detail due to the 2.6x extra pixels. Depth and realism of image are also greatly improved.

Thanks to a wide range of sockets, inputting both your standard and high definition sources is easy with the L37VO1u. Twin HDMI sockets look after HD sources, whilst Component, 2 SCARTs, S-Video and composite see to the standard sources. For added flexibility there's also a PC input for your home computer.

As you'd expect from a fully equipped 1080p LCD TV, a Freeview digital tuner is standard. This combines with an Electronic Program Guide and Common Interface Slot to make digital channels both accessible and easy to enjoy.

Finished to Hitachi's usual high standards, the L37V01 makes a mockery of similarly priced unbranded 37" 1080p LCDs, and offers a quality and detail of picture never before seen at this price level.

If you've been thinking about taking the 1080p plunge, now is the time!
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#1
[FONT=Century Gothic]awesome deal and great find. voted hot![/FONT]
#2
....are Hitachi any good though ?
[HUKD Blog Network]#3
Monkeybumcheeks
....are Hitachi any good though ?


I dont have a clue lol (looking to buy a new tv tho) The one customer review looks pretty grim tho- maybe just unlucky???
#4
karri123
I dont have a clue lol (looking to buy a new tv tho) The one customer review looks pretty grim tho- maybe just unlucky???


wouldnt buy this one personally
Tbh a tv that has 800:1 contrast is pretty ****
Just because it says 1080p doesnt mean it is
And its about the contrast and colour of the tv
800:1 is awful
min 5000:1
[HUKD Blog Network]#5
dandoc2
wouldnt buy this one personally
Tbh a tv that has 800:1 contrast is pretty ****
Just because it says 1080p doesnt mean it is
And its about the contrast and colour of the tv
800:1 is awful
min 5000:1


Thanks dandoc, think im going to order that one you mentioned on the other thread-thanks again...:)
#6
I bought one of these before christmas at Richer sounds in Newcastle for £399 and the picture quality is great for Blu-Ray and PS3 games.
#7
Monkeybumcheeks
....are Hitachi any good though ?


looking on google , hitachi are just another one of the many rebadged vestel tv's

not saying it's a bad tv because ive never seen it , and amazon are good for returns if it is a lemon.

voted hot
#8
Some comments here:

http://www.avforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=675582&highlight=L37V01U

And of course, here:-

http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/129820/hitachi-l37v01u-37-widescreen-lcd-t/ (which is what I based my post on). Got a high heat before...

D
#10
Thumbs down for this. Poor contrast ratio and adverse feedbacks/reviews - also check avforums.
#11
My parents have just sent back two of these to Amazon, bad screen quality, in their words "fuzzy."

So wouldn't recommend it. A non-Amazon engineer reckoned it could be a dodgy batch.

Be warned.
#12
dandoc2
wouldnt buy this one personally
Tbh a tv that has 800:1 contrast is pretty ****
Just because it says 1080p doesnt mean it is
And its about the contrast and colour of the tv
800:1 is awful
min 5000:1


No LCD TV actually has a 5000:1 contrast ratio - consumers are just obsessed with techinical specs which the manufacturers feed us - which is why we buy them. The 800:1 contrast ratio will be the static (or native) contrast ratio and not the dynamic contrast ratio ( http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=935 ). The Dynamic Contrast Ratio of this set will be more like 7500:1 when using the dynamic contrast system. Manufactuers will mostly quote the dynamic (Samsung in particular), just like they will state the responce time in terms of grey to grey rather than the change from fully active (black) to fully inactive (white). This makes their specs look better to the consumer, which in turns leads us to believe its better. And yes it is a full 1080p TV (resolution of 1920x1080).

This is a good TV for the price. It is Hitachi's V series which is the model below the top X series. I believe the X series has a better panel and Movie FRC technology. The 37" X series does suffer from average black levels but is great at HD content. I would assume that the TV in question would perform around the same. On the whole - a good deal at £499 for a 1080p TV - however not sure if you would see the difference between a 1080p TV at only 37".
#13
chandelirius
My parents have just sent back two of these to Amazon, bad screen quality, in their words "fuzzy."

So wouldn't recommend it. A non-Amazon engineer reckoned it could be a dodgy batch.

Be warned.


Standard Definition TV will look a bit fuzzy on a 1080p set (or even a 720p set)

Scalers that aren't quite up to snuff produce video artifacts that ultimately make the picture appear fuzzy or soft on screen. This is the phenomenon that you're seeing when you walk into an electronics store and see the news or any non-high definition image being shown on a high definition TV. Not only does the low-resolution content have to be scaled up to the hi-definition TV's resolution, it also has to be stretched left and right to account for the different size, or aspect ratio, of the image if the viewer does not want to see black side bars.

Non-native HD content and resultant scaling demands comprise the crux of the challenge behind 1080p.

The better the TV the better the scaling. And at £499.95 for a Full HD TV I would only expect the scaling to be average. Im sure HD footage (such as Sky HD, Xbox, PS3, Blu ray etc) would look very good.
#14
contrast ratio only tells you how black the screen can go, and plasma screens will always 'win' on that.

This is not terribly important in normal viewing conditions - it would only be visible in a darkened room.

Its a bit like MegaPixels in camera's. Better camera's do usually have more pixels, but sometimes a good 4MP camera will take much better shots than a poor 10MP camera.
Contrast ratio is important - but does not define a good or bad screen.

Sounds like this one is average?
#15
Monkeybumcheeks;1628776
....are Hitachi any good though ?


no
#16
dandoc2;1628887
wouldnt buy this one personally
Tbh a tv that has 800:1 contrast is pretty ****
Just because it says 1080p doesnt mean it is
And its about the contrast and colour of the tv
800:1 is awful
min 5000:1


800:1 is a joke...my plasma is 16000:1 (pioneer)
#17
guv;1629305
Pannys are 10,000:1

Are there any LCDs that can match that?

some samsungs claim to have a contrast ratio like this one at 15000:1...ive seen it i can tell that is total bull....no way.....was thining of buying it until i saw it and opted for a pioneer kuro 42in instead which is miles better
sasumng LE46M87BDX
#18
djryansm;1629375
No LCD TV actually has a 5000:1 contrast ratio - consumers are just obsessed with techinical specs which the manufacturers feed us - which is why we buy them. The 800:1 contrast ratio will be the static (or native) contrast ratio and not the dynamic contrast ratio ( http://blogs.zdnet.com/Ou/?p=935 ). The Dynamic Contrast Ratio of this set will be more like 7500:1 when using the dynamic contrast system. Manufactuers will mostly quote the dynamic (Samsung in particular), just like they will state the responce time in terms of grey to grey rather than the change from fully active (black) to fully inactive (white). This makes their specs look better to the consumer, which in turns leads us to believe its better. And yes it is a full 1080p TV (resolution of 1920x1080).
This is a good TV for the price. It is Hitachi's V series which is the model below the top X series. I believe the X series has a better panel and Movie FRC technology. The 37" X series does suffer from average black levels but is great at HD content. I would assume that the TV in question would perform around the same. On the whole - a good deal at £499 for a 1080p TV - however not sure if you would see the difference between a 1080p TV at only 37".

agreed re: the last comment especially...i compared the panny 37in lcd against the 37in px70 plasma side-by side showing the same source - the plasma had deeper colours for blu ray and was miles better for SD.....the LCD was good tho for an LCD....however the LCD was 1080p and the plasma was 1024x720, so 720p max....not that you notice on a screen this size!!
agreed re: other comments....people get hung up on the stats..someone said plasmas dont last as long which is rubbish...lcd's and plasma's should last about the same up to 60000 hours......which is about 60 years normal use @ 3hrs/day
and i admit that at one stage i nearly fell into the marketing trap.....if you buy a tv...remember you likely to keep it for a long time and get alot of use from it, so buy the best you can...i chose the pioneer kuro 42in which is awesome....would have preferred the 50in 1080p pioneer kuro plasma but couldnt justify the £2K extra than the £1.4K i paid for the pioneer last month
#19
stapsell;1629492
contrast ratio only tells you how black the screen can go, and plasma screens will always 'win' on that.

This is not terribly important in normal viewing conditions - it would only be visible in a darkened room.

Its a bit like MegaPixels in camera's. Better camera's do usually have more pixels, but sometimes a good 4MP camera will take much better shots than a poor 10MP camera.
Contrast ratio is important - but does not define a good or bad screen.

Sounds like this one is average?


it defines the amount of gradients in terms of scale between white and black.....depends how important it is.....for films that use a lot of black eg dark scenes eg 300, aliens v predator, alien, aliens, etc...it will be important...lcd's are poor at blacks due to the way the panel is light (backlight, so lots of bleed)...they are getting a little better tho
#20
I have had a Hitachi set for approx. 18 months now and I think that Hitachi are extremely good. It is not the set in this thread but I was dissapointed to see the comments against Hitachi. I spent quite some time looking at various TVs before I decided on the Hitachi. Bottom line is that you can look at the specs as much as you want but it is a personal choice at the end of the day. Personally, I thought the Hitachi's DVD playback was exceptional and better than the equivalent Pioneers and Panasonics (which were very highly thought of) at the time. It really depends on how youe are going to use it i.e. Watching films or tv, are you going to use the built in speakers with the tv? Are you using a standard definition feed or HD? Blue-ray or not?

In summary, reviews are a guideline - the real test is sitting through demonstrations where the only varying factor is the TV. Don't dismiss a TV purely due to a (sometimes biased) review.
#21
There is no use of contrast ratio in lcd tv's. Basically contrast ratio only for birghtness of white colour in lcd's which is harmful for kids and old peoples, Where the contrast ratio is high the details of the pictures will be dimmed and will not be visible.All Japanese companies like sony , toshiba gives low contrast ratio but their picture quality is superb , where the korean companies gives high contrast ratio but compare to toshiba and sony their product is no where. One more thing i want to explain except toshiba all companies using four base colour black , white , red and white , while toshiba using all seven basic colours , toshiba is the best LCD in the market right now.
#22
has anyone read the review yet? : http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&u=http://www.erenumerique.fr/televiseurs_lcd_37_pouces_le_choix_de_la_raison_-art-1775-14.html&prev=/search%3Fq%3DHitachi%2BL37V01%26start%3D50%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26sa%3DN

i am tempted but not sure. considering you can get a 37" 1080p samsung LE37M86BD from dixons for 629 using a discount code, yes the samsung has issues (see avforums), but for another 129 you can get it, doesn't make this deal that impressive as the samsung wipes the floor with it, or does it?
#23
I have one of these, i had the model before this untill my m8 decided to throw the Wii remote at the screen lol! Anyway insurance paid out on this model as the other was obselete, at the time it was £800 whilst the other was £439. Sky looks the same, and yeah it does look slighty fuzzy but thats probably Skys reception. On my XBOX360 its fantastic and looks the same as my Samsung 32" LCD TV LE32R88BDX/XEU in terms of quality of picture.

For the price its a bargain as its 1080p, theres no other tv your going to get at that price and it being a 37", the only other option would be a 32" 1080p.
#24
As has been said before, Hitachi do not actually make TV's these days, they are just re-badged items, mainly Vestel from Turkey.

You may as well buy a non branded TV for less money.
#25
Inactive
As has been said before, Hitachi do not actually make TV's these days, they are just re-badged items, mainly Vestel from Turkey.

You may as well buy a non branded TV for less money.


true say, but can you find a non branded 1080p 37" telly for under 500 squid? no doubt they will be common place in 6 months time, but at this moment in time, i haven't seen any 1080p as cheap as this.
#26
iliko
One more thing i want to explain except toshiba all companies using four base colour black , white , red and white , while toshiba using all seven basic colours , toshiba is the best LCD in the market right now.


can you explain that one again?
#27
csf
true say, but can you find a non branded 1080p 37" telly for under 500 squid? no doubt they will be common place in 6 months time, but at this moment in time, i haven't seen any 1080p as cheap as this.


http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/143944/37-1080p-lcd-only-399-inc-delivered/
#28
Hi

I purchased this television from Richer Sounds in Belfast on 8th January 2008 and at the beginning I had a slight picture problem. I got in touch withRicher Sounds and they said out of all they had sold in the Belfast Store none had been returned. I actually caused the problem myself.
Because I was running a splitter aerial for Sky and my video was also zapping energy my picture was not as clear as it should have been.

I bought a gold scart lead and did away with my video recorder which I haven't used for ages anyway and now my picture is crystal clear. I always use sky plus for recording.For £500 I think it is a brilliant television. Richer Sounds also charge £50.00 for a five year guarantee so I am happy enough (though this probably doesn't cover throwing remote at it) :):)
#29


tv is discontinued at dabs dude, love yr picture dude lol
#30
csf
tv is discontinued at dabs dude, love yr picture dude lol


no way, already! a lot can happen in 2 weeks it seems. and that review was so promising too , orangey colours and randomly switching off. It's a shame but we may never get to read the rest of his story . did he ever resolve the mysterious switching off tv? enquiring minds want to know...

thanks about pic :D
#31
We bought this about 4 weeks ago and don't know how to activate the 1080p facility.

Anyone with any suggestions pleas-particularly iwth the XBOX 360?

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