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Hitachi UT42MX70 42" Ultra Thin LCD Screen 1080p(1920x1080) HD Ready With at Home Warranty only £499.00 @ Richersounds was £1600

£499.00 @ Richer Sounds
this has dropped significantly in price and some retailers are selling it at well over £1000 you can add 5 year warranty for £49 (10% of price) The UT prefix of the Hitachi UT42MX70 stands f…
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this has dropped significantly in price and some retailers are selling it at well over £1000

you can add 5 year warranty for £49 (10% of price)



The UT prefix of the Hitachi UT42MX70 stands for Ultra Thin.

And, unlike similar descriptive monikers from certain other brands, in this case Ultra Thin really means something the UT42MX70 is a mere 35mm deep/thin.

This is barely a third of the depth of your typical 'flat' TV, and immediately gives it an aesthetic head start.

Slimmed-down spec

Hitachi has conjured up a series of innovations to achieve this skinniness, including making the LCD layers more compact, massively shrinking the internal power supply, reworking the ventilation system to improve heat dissipation, and cramming separate components onto single chipsets.

Plus it has taken the TV tuner out. No, really. Tuners are chunky things, apparently, and squeezing one into the UT42MX70 would have compromised its svelteness. So clearly it had to go! Along with any built-in speakers...

This clearly isn't great news for people with no external TV receiver, such as a Sky HD or Freeview box. And the UT42MX70's provision of just one HDMI input for HD video use doesn't exactly improve matters.

This is why the UT42MX70 is currently targeted at the AV install market, where it will become the screen part of a wider AV system. Though it's worth noting that Hitachi has rolled out an external multimedia AV switchbox to accompany the UT screens'.

Superb HD performance

The UT42MX70's internal specs are far less controversial. There's a Full HD pixel count, 100Hz processing, 1080p24 support, picture tweaks galore, and, best of all, the latest version of Hitachi's Picture Master HD processing, which includes 16bit colour processing and multiple noise reduction routines.

Thankfully the Ultra Thindesign hasn't compromised the UT42MX70's picture quality at all. In fact, I'd rate this the best flat TV picture Hitachi has ever produced, leaving the impressive HD picture quality of Sweeney Todd on Blu-ray shining through. LCD motion blur? Gone. Grain and dot crawl? Nowhere. Processing side effects from the 100Hz and Picture Master routines? None that I could spot. Colour crosstalk? AWOL. Edge shimmer or ghosting? Don't be silly.

Adding to such hi-def purity are some vibrant colour tones, including rich, credible reds so often rendered orange by rival screens. Fine detail reproduction and viewing angle is excellent, too.

Shadowy star

With standard-def pictures also looking clean and crisp, the only thing fetching the UT42MX70 up agonisingly short of LCD superstardom is its black level response and slightly limited shadow detail. As Sweeney arrives in London at the film's start, the night sky looks a touch too grey for comfort.

But don't panic only rarely does this issue come between you and the enjoyment of what might just
be the most divinely natural pictures I've yet seen from an LCD panel. Talk about a tough act to follow!


For a fuller picture from a thinner screen, the Hitachi UT42MX70 is without competition.

seems like a decent price
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#1
Looks like it's dropped £100 in price since this was last posted http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/385991/hitachi-ut42mx70-42-ultra-thin-lcd-/
#2
A bit of a strange balance on this Telly. 1080p and 100 hz, along with being 3.5 cm thick. But no freeview, no scart / component / DVI connections, and only 1 HDMI socket. Still a hot from me..
banned#3
LCD will soon be old technology

I would only buy LED now
banned#4
Tara Pinkerton
LCD will soon be old technology

I would only buy LED now


Most stupid post ever.
#5
No tv tuner so basically it's a monitor. Also a bit sparse on HDMI and Scart inputs. OK if you have Sky plus as that will do your recording and obviously it's a Sat. receiver so no need to connect extra hardware to the TV. Heat added just for the fact it's 1080P and top quality brand name plus the 42" screen size.
#6
Anarchist
Most stupid post ever.

Not starting an argument here but have you seen any LED tv's??

I saw one in Comet last week and was shocked!! If there are any negatives then let me know!
#7
Hot deal... voted hot!
banned#8
Anarchist
Most stupid post ever.


do you remeber when Plasma first came out ? - they were not 1080p HD - and then nobody wanted them as they were seen as inferior

the same will happen to LCD when LED hits the market

wait and see
#9
zish_uk
Not starting an argument here but have you seen any LED tv's??

I saw one in Comet last week and was shocked!! If there are any negatives then let me know!


Agreed, but i dont think we have seen the end of LCD just yet...I hope not anyway cos ive just bought one:)
banned#10
Anarchist
Most stupid post ever.


timod
Agreed, but i dont think we have seen the end of LCD just yet...I hope not anyway cos ive just bought one:)



Samsung have just released them (series 7 or 8) - unbelieveable quality
banned#11
zish_uk
Not starting an argument here but have you seen any LED tv's??

I saw one in Comet last week and was shocked!! If there are any negatives then let me know!


Would you like me to give you one just to prove how stupid that comment is?

Price.

Thanks for stopping by.
banned#12
Tara Pinkerton
Samsung have just released them (series 7 or 8) - unbelieveable quality


At over three times the price, you would bloody hope so...? It's like saying 'Ford Fiestas are ****, because Skyline R35's are out.'...

As I'd like to reitterate, most stupid post ever.
#13
Anarchist
Would you like me to give you one just to prove how stupid that comment is?

Price.

Thanks for stopping by.

Joker - Why dont you just buy yourself a 1980 tv!! might even get them free!!

Any new technology that comes out is always expensive! We are talking about technology here and not price!!
banned#14
Anarchist
At over three times the price, you would bloody hope so...? It's like saying 'Ford Fiestas are ****, because Skyline R35's are out.'...

As I'd like to reitterate, most stupid post ever.



in 12 months time LED TVs will be the same price as the current LCD TVs

the only difference is that anyone buying an LCD TV now will be in possession of old technology

I think it is worth waiting for
banned#15
zish_uk
Joker - Why dont you just buy yourself a 1980 tv!! might even get them free!!

Any new technology that comes out is always expensive! We are talking about technology here and not price!!


Don't talk crap.

We're talking about which TV people would buy. And quite obviously, 99% of people ARE NOT going to spend an extra £1100 to get a small upgrade in picture quality. £500 is plenty to spend on a TV anyway, £1600 is crazy talk for 99% of consumers.

As for looking at them in Comet - lol. You do realise Comet/Currys don't have a CLUE about plasma/LCD/LED TV's - the majority of their displays are taken out the box, plugged in and connected to a completely crap source without being set up. However, when they're trying to push something new where their margins will be high (EG overpriced new technologies such as LED), they get actual Samsung engineers to come into the store, set them up, and connect them to high quality, correctly setup sources. Therefore making them look much, much better than anything else in the badly setup store.

That, is 100% fact.

As for the whole 'its new technology, it'll come down in price' - its a shame we don't have a time machine to go into the future when they've come down, buy one, then bring it back, isn't it?

Sigh.
banned#16
Tara Pinkerton
in 12 months time LED TVs will be the same price as the current LCD TVs

the only difference is that anyone buying an LCD TV now will be in possession of old technology

I think it is worth waiting for


Rubbish.

I'd like to see what industry inside knowledge and market forcasts you've based that on. Oh wait, none. GG.

Sorry everybody, nobody can buy a TV now, you're going to have to wait a couple of years until LED comes down in price. Sorry if yours has just broken, nothing you can do. Buy Monopoly and roll some dice for a while.
banned#17
Anarchist
Rubbish.

I'd like to see what industry inside knowledge and market forcasts you've based that on. Oh wait, none. GG.

Sorry everybody, nobody can buy a TV now, you're going to have to wait a couple of years until LED comes down in price. Sorry if yours has just broken, nothing you can do. Buy Monopoly and roll some dice for a while.


I bet you're still using a Betemax video recorder :whistling:

LOL:-D
banned#18
Anarchist
Rubbish.

I'd like to see what industry inside knowledge and market forcasts you've based that on. Oh wait, none. GG.

Sorry everybody, nobody can buy a TV now, you're going to have to wait a couple of years until LED comes down in price. Sorry if yours has just broken, nothing you can do. Buy Monopoly and roll some dice for a while.


Completely agree, even when LED's come down to a good price, the next wave of technology will be available.

If you want the most up to date TV for £500 you will be waiting forever.
banned#19
Tara Pinkerton
I bet you're still using a Betemax video recorder :whistling:

LOL:-D


Aha, thats why I can spell 'Betamax' then I guess, unlike you who's just proven you're still a moron. Nope, Humax PVR I'm afraid.

So anybody who doesn't want to waste over £1100 extra on new unproven technology, that isn't exactly getting rave reviews at the moment, owns a 1970's AV setup?

I'm afraid you're just proving to all how simple you are. :whistling:
#20
just looking at the spec table on the richer sounds website and it states number of scarts 0 (zero). so not really that good then. You've only got 1 HDMI input to connect your High Definition equipment.
#21
Anarchist - Fine I agree with you that LED at present costs 2 or even 3 times the price of a LCD.

So LCD is a better option for YOU and many other people because of PRICE!


Now here is a copy and paste about the difference:

----------------------------------------------------------------
Led backlit lcd (light emitting diode) is the latest generation technology of lcd flat panels and can offer very noticeable but at the same time, significant improvements in picture quality over the traditional flourescent bulb backlit lcd panel.

It's advantages start with the fact that they can be produced in much slimmer sizes than traditional lcd's, some led backlit lcd's can be as slim as 6mm and under.

It's not just the slim form factor where led lcd panels excel, the nature of the led backlighting technology is much more accurate at producing colours and has a much more wider range of viewable colours than traditional lcd tv technology.

Unlike the traditional flourescent bulb lcd tv panel which has a single back light positioned at the rear of the panel, Led lcd's have multiple led lights scattered all around the tv and some of the newly released led panels have almost 400 leds positioned around the panel.

And most importantly, where traditional lcd panels show light leakage in dark scenes on a film, tv show or games, led panels are capable of producing true blacks thanks to how the technology senses onscreen material. Usually if your watching a scene in a film that's originally intended to look pure black, the led's within the panel completely switch off to allow no light leakage whatsoever and for the onscreen image to be shown as dark as possible. Some of led tv's abilities in producing dark scenes are comparable to that of some high spec plasma tv's.
-----------------------------------------

So if you can afford it then LED will give you better quality for a lot more money!

Now I think if you still want to argue then we better open a new thread called LCD vs LED!!
banned#22
zish_uk
Anarchist - Fine I agree with you that LED at present costs 2 or even 3 times the price of a LCD.

So LCD is a better option for YOU and many other people because of PRICE!

Now here is a copy and paste about the difference:

(blahblah)

So if you can afford it then LED will give you better quality for a lot more money!

Now I think if you still want to argue then we better open a new thread called LCD vs LED!!


1) LED costs OVER 3 times the current cost of LCD. IE somebody could buy a 40" 1080p LCD, Humax PVR, Playstation 3, Blu Ray player, and stereo system instead. And still have several hundred pounds left over.

2) What you've posted is little short of sales jargon. Try posting an actual consumer or industry review, such as this one:

I have waited a long time for this. I have a 5 Series 46" Samsung, and I am happier with my old TV Set.

Whilst the contrast Ratio is good, I cant help feeling that this product overall lacks somewhat in the overall picture quality section.

I dont feel that this is worth the £2k price tag I paid for it. wait until it's <£1k and then go for it as your not getting anything special here."

The technology is still in its infancy, and currently offers no benefit over LCD until the technology matures.

3) It's not about being able to afford it. Its about value. Why spend £1600 when £500 will give you pretty much the exact same thing? Same functionality, realistically same picture quality (currently). It's a pure waste of £1100 unless you're into bragging, which is a little pathetic

4) Why go open a new thread titled LED vs LCD? This thread is about this LCD TV. So if you don't want to discuss it, instead waffling on about something completely unrelated, then just GTFO.

Kthxbye.
#23
LCD VS LED FIGHT FIGHT!!! :)

you guys need to get out more
#24
4real
LCD VS LED FIGHT FIGHT!!! :)

you guys need to get out more

lol...

Hmm So Anarchist if its not proven and is still in its infancy and currently offer no benifit then why do Apple macbooks use LED screens and not LCD screens??

Its just a matter of time when they become more popular and come down in price!
#25
Why would you pay top dollar for an LED screen when you know OLED is on its way lol, why would you buy OLED when 3DTV is in development... and the argument continues ;-)

For what this screen is its a good price, end of :thumbsup:
#26
azzy129
just looking at the spec table on the richer sounds website and it states number of scarts 0 (zero). so not really that good then. You've only got 1 HDMI input to connect your High Definition equipment.


I got this unit last week. I'm well impressed. Yes, it only has 2 inputs: 1 x HDMI and 1 x PC VGA, but there are plenty of ways around this. Hitachi actually do a connection wizard on their website:http://www.hitachidigitalmedia.com/utwizard/en/

HD content is amazing. Images look realistic. Motion is smooth. Black levels are good. I have yet to watch any freeview through it, but ive watched a few DVD's and they also look really good.

Gaming is fantastic, Call of Duty: World at War looks so detailed through it, and plays really well. The unit has a gaming option on the picture settings menu.

Sound is good, considering the fact that the unit is only 1.5 inches thick!

The unit itself looks fantastic. Build quality is also spot on. Hitachi do an optional floor stand for around £150, and the wall mount from Richers was £89(i think!). Be careful if buying a spurious wall mount, as the fixtures for this unit are different from what ive seen in the past on other screens.

This TV was compared to the top end Panasonics when released, but didn't get great reviews due to the original release price being £1700-£2000 last summer. The price now is an absolute bargain in my opinion. £549 with Richer Sounds 5 Year Warranty(10% on top of the £499 purchase price).

Richer Sounds are apparently making a loss on each unit, as they purchased them in for £8 less than the current selling price! I phoned 4 stores, trying to get the warranty for free but they had none of it! I was told that they had over 500 units in the main warehouse last wednesday! Apparenty, Hitachi were supposed to release a Media Box to go with it, and for some reason they don't seem to have done so. This could be one of the reasons for the bargain screens. I think i also read somewhere on AV Forums that Hitachi are going to stop making TV's?? Don't quote me on this though!

At the moment im watching everything via my PS3, with Play TV en route. I will be buying a HDMI AV Receiver which will give me access to Scart connections etc, or alternatively this item which was posted on the original UT42MX70 listing by GDawes: http://www.hotukdeals.com/item/389585/pioneer-pdav100hd-hd-av-converter-a/

And here is a link to the screen on Hitachi's website:http://www.hitachidigitalmedia.com/product.do?actionName=showProductAction&pt=25&pg=74&proid=648&language=en&country=GB

Oh, and the unit comes with a standard HDMI cable in the box :thumbsup:
#27
oled screens are the way to go but they are a way of yet and currently get an 11" screen for over £1500 larger sizes are on there way but they are extremely fragile and ridiculous prices

i have an oled screen on my mp3 player and i have to say it is cracking, sony release their new walkman touch range end of the month with oled screens also.......may upgrade to 1 from my cowon s9 but will have to check it out for sound quality first they are £250 and up
#28
No point in buying LED in a couple of years, will be dying technology...OLED will be coming soon :P

Edit: Whoops - just seen chedixon with the same sarcastic comment.
#29
this is without a doubt one of the most boring arguments i've ever seen, good effort.
#30
Do you remember when you were just a kid and you had to visit an uncles house and then listen to him bragging about his Hi-Fi setup to your dad? All you wanted to do was go home and go out and play...well I now want to go out!
#31
Lets get back to the subject in hand everyone!!!

I bought this tv a few months back for £599 and im chuffed to bits with it, the build quality, sound quality and picture quality are really good and at the price you are paying now you will be hard pushed to find anything equivalent.

Sadly I was let down a little when I realised the lack of connectivity after i had purchased the tv, I guess I just assumed it would have a scart but it did infact push me to get up to date and with the addition of a HDMI splitter box at the end fo the lead I only have one HDMI cable now splitting into 3 (cheap as chips from Argos) and a power cable to hide in the wall. Im also running an upscaling DVD player and Hitachi upscaling freeview box through it and I have to say im very impressed.

Def should be hot!!!!!!
#32
Personally, as a site which boasts of providing good deals (especially in the current economic climate) I cannot see why anybody would want to buy LED, the average consumer doesn't have that kind of disposable income to spend on a television set.

In my view if you have the money to spend on something as expensive as LED then your clearly better off than me & probably the majority of people browsing this site.

In the end let's face it if we all had an extra million in the bank then we'd buy the best specification for everything but for the time being LCD is more than good enough - LED & OLED have their place just not yet and when they do become the 'norm' another improved technology will come along which promises to improve our 'Viewing Experience' - this is what causes cyclical demand for products and ultimately why companies strive to improve these products... its called Profit!

But just my humble opinion... :-)
#33
zish_uk
Joker - Why dont you just buy yourself a 1980 tv!! might even get them free!!

Any new technology that comes out is always expensive! We are talking about technology here and not price!!


Err correct me if im wrong but isnt this website called hotukdeals and not hotuktechnology?!?
#34
Why don't you, just switch off your television set and go out and do something less boring instead?

Showing my age there...
#35
I thought the samsung 6000, 7000, 8000 etc were LCD TV's too, just with LED backlights (mounted on the sides) instead of a conventional backlight.

Surely LED TV's are the OLED ones coming next year?

BTW does anyone know how the Hitachi in this post makes the screen so thin without using side mounted LEDS?
#36
with the oled tv's coming eventually it will just help the decent enough lcd n plasmas to come further down in price and they are perfectly adequate for what i need until i feel the need to splash out or upgrade when they are more mass produced and cheaper or when ive got the spare cash for a luxury item
1 Like #37
The UT prefix of the Hitachi UT42MX70 stands for Ultra Thin.

And, unlike similar descriptive monikers from certain other brands, in this case Ultra Thin really means something – the UT42MX70 is a mere 35mm deep/thin.

This is barely a third of the depth of your typical 'flat' TV, and immediately gives it an aesthetic head start.

Slimmed-down spec

Hitachi has conjured up a series of innovations to achieve this skinniness, including making the LCD layers more compact, massively shrinking the internal power supply, reworking the ventilation system to improve heat dissipation, and cramming separate components onto single chipsets.

Plus it has taken the TV tuner out. No, really. Tuners are chunky things, apparently, and squeezing one into the UT42MX70 would have compromised its svelteness. So clearly it had to go! Along with any built-in speakers...

This clearly isn't great news for people with no external TV receiver, such as a Sky HD or Freeview box. And the UT42MX70's provision of just one HDMI input for HD video use doesn't exactly improve matters.

This is why the UT42MX70 is currently targeted at the AV install market, where it will become the screen part of a wider AV system. Though it's worth noting that Hitachi has rolled out an external multimedia AV switchbox to accompany the UT screens'.

Superb HD performance

The UT42MX70's internal specs are far less controversial. There's a Full HD pixel count, 100Hz processing, 1080p24 support, picture tweaks galore, and, best of all, the latest version of Hitachi's Picture Master HD processing, which includes 16bit colour processing and multiple noise reduction routines.

Thankfully the Ultra Thindesign hasn't compromised the UT42MX70's picture quality at all. In fact, I'd rate this the best flat TV picture Hitachi has ever produced, leaving the impressive HD picture quality of Sweeney Todd on Blu-ray shining through. LCD motion blur? Gone. Grain and dot crawl? Nowhere. Processing side effects from the 100Hz and Picture Master routines? None that I could spot. Colour crosstalk? AWOL. Edge shimmer or ghosting? Don't be silly.

Adding to such hi-def purity are some vibrant colour tones, including rich, credible reds so often rendered orange by rival screens. Fine detail reproduction and viewing angle is excellent, too.

Shadowy star

With standard-def pictures also looking clean and crisp, the only thing fetching the UT42MX70 up agonisingly short of LCD superstardom is its black level response and slightly limited shadow detail. As Sweeney arrives in London at the film's start, the night sky looks a touch too grey for comfort.

But don't panic – only rarely does this issue come between you and the enjoyment of what might just
be the most divinely natural pictures I've yet seen from an LCD panel. Talk about a tough act to follow!
#38
I'm sure the first generation LED tvs are going to be a load of old rubbish.

I remember getting first generation LED christmas lights when they first came out. How disappointed was I? What a load of old cr4p! They were all the same bloody colour. RED! Not as good as the old fashioned multi-coloured bulbs!

These tellys will only be good enough to show red things such as tomatoes and baboons backsides. Stick to your old CRT. That's what I say!
#39
zish_uk
Not starting an argument here but have you seen any LED tv's??

I saw one in Comet last week and was shocked!! If there are any negatives then let me know!


you mean the samsung LED LCD tv?
Its still LCD but LED backlit rather than the old tubes.

OLED is still a few years off , sony have 11" screens out but lifespans are pretty poor atm.

LED lit LCD are nice but £1599 compared to £499.....
#40
Does anybody know where to get the av breakout box for these and how much it costs?

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