Hitachi L46VN05U 46 Inch Full HD 1080p LCD TV - £379.99 argos - HotUKDeals
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Found this while searching for a 46" TV this morning, pretty good value for what you get!

Specs:

This Hitachi 46 inch widescreen LCD TV has a Full HD 1080p resolution for improved picture quality.

Built in Freeview tuner.

Television picture quality:

Full HD 1080p.
Freeview digital tuner.
46in (117cm) widescreen TV with 117cm visible screen size.
Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels.
50Hz.
Brightness 450cd/m2.
Contrast ratio 4000:1 (native).
Response time 8ms.
Viewing angle 178/178 degrees.
Progressive scan.

Connectivity:

4 HDMI sockets.
2 SCART sockets.
PC input socket.
Component video socket.
Composite.
Headphone socket.
S-Video socket.
AV socket (side)
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2 Likes #1
good price for a big screen but not good spec TV.
Hitachi only deal through argos now...so basically own branded generic LCD.
#2
slackrat77
good price for a big screen but not good spec TV.

can you elaborate why? i'm looking to upgrade my creaking 32" LG, and this seems very attractive.. only 10cm thick, 1080p, etc..

only 2 x HDMI; more would be nice, but seeing as i'll only be connecting sky+hd (and occasionally the laptop) this should be fine for me.. might be connecting a WiiU in future, but even so that still means 2 x HDMI will be plenty..

my sister works for argos so i get 10% discount, making this even more attractive.. any specific reasons i should be put off this (or other) hitachi models?

thanks :)
#3
says 4x hdmi in the spec above....
#4
Thanks
1 Like #5
Not a bad price, its listed on hitachi website and some models are listed for sale directly through amazon,but decided to go for the amazon 46 inch deal below.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-LE46C530-46-inch-Widescreen-Freeview/dp/B003EEM1LA/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1308495938&sr=1-2
#6
dirtybobby
my sister works for argos so i get 10% discount, making this even more attractive.. any specific reasons i should be put off this (or other) hitachi models?

thanks :)


I believe that Hitachi brand TVs sold in the UK are not made by Hitachi, & don't contain any Hitachi components.

If you can find a favourable review for this TV then fair enough. In the absence of one, look for a deal like this http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/samsung-le46c530-46-inch-lcd-tv-full-hd-1080p-freeview-399-95-richersounds/957158
3 Likes #7
terrible contrast ratio
8ms response is awful for gaming.
the panel will be ok but the processing abilities of the chip inside will be just basic and generic.
it'll probs suffer from some terrible backlight bleed.
its a cheap nasty LCD panel. Hitachi arent a reputable TV brand outside Japan anymore.
just cos its 1080p means nothing.
i have a 23" dell monitor thats 1920x1080...

this TV would probs make a good PC monitor but as a TV its very low spec, its also a very low price.
don't be surprised if the black levels are all grey and chalky, the bright colours over saturated and bleeding into each other.
watch a film in the dark and you'll probs notice the light bleed around the edges or the cloudiness of the black/darker parts.
#8
Bully
Not a bad price, its listed on hitachi website and some models are listed for sale directly through amazon,but decided to go for the amazon 46 inch deal below.

[url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.amazon.co.uk%2FSamsung-LE46C530-46-inch-Widescreen-Freeview%2Fdp%2FB003EEM1LA%2Fref%3Dsr_1_2%3Fs%3Delectronics%26ie%3DUTF8%26qid%3D1308495938%26sr%3D1-2]http://www.amazon.co.uk/Samsung-LE46C530-46-inch-Widescreen-Freeview/dp/B003EEM1LA/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1308495938&sr=1-2[/url]


I'm also getting this, from Richersounds @ £399.99
8 Likes #9
slackrat77
terrible contrast ratio
8ms response is awful for gaming.
the panel will be ok but the processing abilities of the chip inside will be just basic and generic.
it'll probs suffer from some terrible backlight bleed.
its a cheap nasty LCD panel. Hitachi arent a reputable TV brand outside Japan anymore.
just cos its 1080p means nothing.
i have a 23" dell monitor thats 1920x1080...

this TV would probs make a good PC monitor but as a TV its very low spec, its also a very low price.
don't be surprised if the black levels are all grey and chalky, the bright colours over saturated and bleeding into each other.
watch a film in the dark and you'll probs notice the light bleed around the edges or the cloudiness of the black/darker parts.


1) Terrible contrast ratio? Actually if 4000:1 is the static ratio then it's INCREDIBLY good. I wish people learnt what contrast ratio's actually mean before assuming the higher, the better. For example the 100000000000:1 DCR you often see advertised would be so bright that faces would glow and you'd see no definition at all. The first thing I do on a new TV or monitor is turn DCR off. It ups the backlight, consumes more power and shortens the life of the device.
2) 8 ms is fine for gaming if it's referring to the white-black-white response. the 2-4ms you see advertised on monitors more often than not is the grey to grey ratio.
3) The rest is just you making rash conclusions on a product you've never even seen running!

How on earth can you say it'll make a good pc monitor but a bad TV? Surely it should be the other way around? And stating that 1080p means nothing, what the hell? Point me to a TV with a resolution higher than 1080p, please...

Edited By: mamboboy on Jun 19, 2011 19:23: y
1 Like #10
gd price, but they really arent the best in terms of quality, cold 4 me
banned#11
LED is much thinner

Voted cold
7 Likes #12
horacevankhute
LED is much thinner

Voted cold

see the sony troll has arrived
3 Likes #13
horacevankhute
LED is much thinner

Voted cold


What has that got to do with anything?
1 Like #14
bradford_dr
says 4x hdmi in the spec above....


ah, sorry - i've just realised i was looking at a slightly different model! http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/5295889.htm - Hitachi 42 Inch Full HD 1080p Digital LCD TV - 4 Series! i had so many tabs open (as one does when one is "window shopping" on the internet) that i got myself discombobulated..

still, the photograph in the linked 46" model clearly shows 3 x HDMI, despite the description saying otherwise..


mamboboy
slackrat77
terrible contrast ratio
8ms response is awful for gaming.
the panel will be ok but the processing abilities of the chip inside will be just basic and generic.
it'll probs suffer from some terrible backlight bleed.
its a cheap nasty LCD panel. Hitachi arent a reputable TV brand outside Japan anymore.
just cos its 1080p means nothing.
i have a 23" dell monitor thats 1920x1080...

this TV would probs make a good PC monitor but as a TV its very low spec, its also a very low price.
don't be surprised if the black levels are all grey and chalky, the bright colours over saturated and bleeding into each other.
watch a film in the dark and you'll probs notice the light bleed around the edges or the cloudiness of the black/darker parts.


1) Terrible contrast ratio? Actually if 4000:1 is the static ratio then it's INCREDIBLY good. I wish people learnt what contrast ratio's actually mean before assuming the higher, the better. For example the 100000000000:1 DCR you often see advertised would be so bright that faces would glow and you'd see no definition at all. The first thing I do on a new TV or monitor is turn DCR off. It ups the backlight, consumes more power and shortens the life of the device.
2) 8 ms is fine for gaming if it's referring to the white-black-white response. the 2-4ms you see advertised on monitors more often than not is the grey to grey ratio.
3) The rest is just you making rash conclusions on a product you've never even seen running!

How on earth can you say it'll make a good pc monitor but a bad TV? Surely it should be the other war around? And stating that 1080p means nothing, what the hell? Point me to a TV with a resolution higher than 1080p, please...


my thoughts exactly, especially the PC vs. monitor "argument"! i'm glad someone else backed up my suspicions; i thought either i was going mad, or times had changed since i last bought a TV/monitor..

i don't do any gaming, bar the odd bit of mario or metroid prime, so i'm not some teenager who's fussed about tiny response times.. as long as it doesn't look like i'm on acid when i'm watching HD films, it's all gravy as far as i'm concerned :D

so, how come this 46" model was originally priced (£399) so much cheaper than the 42" model i am now looking at (originally £549, apparently)? are hitachi's "4 series" their premium line, or something?

there are 2 in stock at my local argos, and as i say with my sister's discount i can get one tomorrow (the 42" hitachi 4 series) for £314.99, which is hard to turn down.. especially when my old man will give me £100 for my old 32" LG!





Edited By: dirtybobby on Jun 19, 2011 19:25
#15
Basically this is a cheap vestel tv, no weight should be put on the fact that it's 'Hitachi'. All you have to do is compare it to Technikas, UMCs et al, to get a fair comparison on the price.
1 Like #16
I bought a 42" Hitachi .... tried to live with the really poor contrast and blacks which were more
grey than black, but couldnt ... and so sold it on Gumtree. Dont waste ur money!
1 Like #17
This television is a pile a streaming dog ****.... Avoid, other 46" are just £10-20 more and *much* much better.
1 Like #18
Hitachi is no good.I wouldn't even pay 200 for it.
Panasonic,Sony and Samsung are the bests.
#19
not bad for the price.

LOL @ horace, the resident troll. He deserves an award or another Sony TV, but only if it lives up to his expectations. :p
banned#20
I'm a little out of touch but seems a good price for a 46", I'm sure with the right equipment such as a PC you can override the TVs possibly low end upscaling processor etc for a good crisp image..
#21
richardp2020
Basically this is a cheap vestel tv, no weight should be put on the fact that it's 'Hitachi'. All you have to do is compare it to Technikas, UMCs et al, to get a fair comparison on the price.

I'll back that up - Hitachi havent made a tv in Europe for god knows how many years - Vestel in Turkey manufacture them all.
Vestel actually get a pretty bad press, when their generic pcb's for freeview boxes and tuners are used by many MANY branded manufacturers, so not voting this deal either way, just be aware that its nothing whatsoever to do with Hitachi....
1 Like #22
Three questions.
Is it made by Hitachi?
Is it made in Japan?
If not, is it a pile of Eastern European Kr*p?
#23
I'm surprised that Hitachi TVs have developed a bad name now (at least here). They only seem to do LCD now. Quality and spec of their Plasma panels were very well reviewed 5-6 years ago by the technical press. What happened to them over the past few years and why don't they do plasma's anymore??
1 Like #24
toycollector
Three questions.
Is it made by Hitachi?
Is it made in Japan?
If not, is it a pile of Eastern European Kr*p?


No.
No.
Yes and no, Turkey is part of both Europe and Asia.
#25
i think u shud get the sony 46nx713 it is much better

TROLOLOLOL.

No, but in all seriousness, this is an ace deal. Heat added, thanks OP.
1 Like #26
Muffinsrevenge
I'm surprised that Hitachi TVs have developed a bad name now (at least here). They only seem to do LCD now. Quality and spec of their Plasma panels were very well reviewed 5-6 years ago by the technical press. What happened to them over the past few years and why don't they do plasma's anymore??


Hitachi actually made those, they've now gone back to Japan and prostituted their name to vestel. All recent hitachis are actually vestels.
banned 1 Like #27
Vestel DO NOT make Sony

nuff says
2 Likes #28
horacevankhute
Vestel DO NOT make Sony

nuff says

yawn. resident troll returns for another informative opinion, NOT!!
2 Likes #29
realblender
Googling, it seems vestel make Hitachi, JVC, Toshiba, Sharp. So not just supermarket brands.


Do JVC and Sharp still actually produce tvs for the uk market? Toshiba is hit and miss to be honest. The top 4 tv manufacturers in terms of quality are Panasonic, Sony, LG and Samsung (phillips have pulled out of the tv business now), vestel certainly do not make any of those. This TV may actually be quite good, but the warning I'm making is Hitachi does not equal Panasonic, Sony, LG or Samsung quality, that's all.


Edited By: richardp2020 on Jun 19, 2011 21:03
1 Like #30
its a cheap basic LCD panel.
thats all.
2 Likes #31
I have been busy at home today and have only just noticed
this thread. My wife decided that our Alba 12" Black & White
CRT TV circa 1956 should be put up on the bedroom wall as
she said everyone has them these days. Anyway, the weight
was a bit much and the wall boards started coming away. I then
made a support and drilled through the ceiling and looped it
on one of the loft joists. A few minutes later it collapsed and
brought down all the ceiling and plaster. Sod it I thought
and put HUKD on the computer. Anyway..........to the point.
I don't like this TV.
1 Like #32
Vestel reliability isn't too bad but when they do go wrong it tends to be expensive like the psu blowing. They tend to have poor speakers and irritating minor issues. Panels are bought in from companies like samsung. I would certainly recommend a extended guarantee. These are basically the same sets as Bush, Alba and supermarket brands and should be seen as the same quality.

Vestel don't care about the end customer and the lack of feedback shows in their products.

Some of the vestel picture processing is basic to say the least and SD sources look pretty weak.
1 Like #33
Sorry had to vote cold, these are generic tvs plus Hitachi TVs are known to have a terrible build quality. Especially dry joints
2 Likes #34
I had the 47" Wharfedale lcd tv (Vestel with a Wharfedale badge.), 3 faults developed when the Freeview signal was changed.
1. Digital tuner stopped working.
2. PC input didn't work properly.
3. It started to make humming noises.

I was told by the repair company that It was hard getting the spare parts.

Refunded after 8 months of use, Argos tried to persuade me to buy another tv.

One thing about these tv's is that the remote is usually cheap like you'd get on a £20 dvd player.
#35
Perhaps someone would be good enough
to post a list of TV brands that are not made
by Vestel
1 Like #36
gluke21
Perhaps someone would be good enough
to post a list of TV brands that are not made
by Vestel


Well like I already said, you are pretty safe with Panasonic, Sony, LG and Samsung.
The only reason that I'm going on about this, is that I made the mistake of buying a 'Hitachi' tv a few years ago. Since I bought it, the psu, sound board and input board have all been replaced. I was very lucky to have bought it from richer sounds and had supercare on it.

It basically comes down to this; if you are the type of person who would buy technika or umc etc, this is probably a good buy. But if you think by buying Hitachi you are getting some kind of quality, you are making the same mistake I made when I bought my 'Hitachi'.
#37
I don't understand why should someone even bother with these medicore brands,a TV is something you gonna keep for at least a couple of years and will stare at hours a week,it is well worth spending a little more and get a GOOD brand,a good brand in UK market is Panasonic,Sony,Samsung maybe LG.and thats it.the %99 rest of the brands are either rubbish or hit & miss,not worth risking.
it's not just the numbers and specs on paper that make a tv good you know..
#38
Wharfedale, Hitachi, Alba, Technosonic, Bush and Sony are the Vestel TVs.

Wharfedale is owned by a Chinese holding company. They own loads of speaker and hifi companies so they must have sold Argos the right to use the label. Wharfedale make speakers only, not dect phones and stuff.
1 Like #39
realblender
Googling, it seems vestel make Hitachi, JVC, Toshiba, Sharp. So not just supermarket brands.
Vestel have never made TV's for Sharp. The rest they have though.

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