Hitachi L42VK04 42 Inch Full HD 1080p Freeview LCD TV - £299 @ Argos
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Hitachi L42VK04 42 Inch Full HD 1080p Freeview LCD TV - £299 @ Argos

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Found 3rd Nov 2011
Bargain for a 42in full HD. Argos code 529/8439

Use code EFD for free delivery at checkout.

Hitachi L42VK04 42 Inch Full HD 1080p Freeview LCD TV.
LCD TV:

This attractive 42in Hitachi LCD TV would look superb in your living room. Hours of TV enjoyment guaranteed with the mesmerizing visuals this TV displays. You can plan your week's viewing with the 7-day electronic programme guide.

Television picture quality:

•Full HD 1080p.
•Freeview digital tuner.
•42in (106cm) widescreen TV.
•Resolution 1920 x 1080 pixels.
•50Hz.
•Brightness 450cd/m2.
•Contrast ratio 1400:1.
•Response time 6.5ms.
•Viewing angle 176/176 degrees.
•Progressive scan.
Connectivity:

•2 HDMI sockets.
•2 SCART sockets.
•PC input socket.
•Component video socket.
•Composite.
•Optical connection.
•Headphone socket.
•AV socket (side).
•1 USB port.
Sound quality:

•NICAM sound system.
•2 x 6 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).
•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 H68.7, W101.4, D24.6cm.
•Suitable for wall mounting with a VESA 400 x 200mm bracket.
Energy efficiency information:

•Standby power consumption 0.5 watt.

53 Comments

Is this a good TV

ICTHUS

Is this a good TV


No.

Awful Vestel rubbish.

Only on a Sunday

ICTHUS

Is this a good TV



ive had the 32 inch one for about 3 years now and had no problems with it

I've had pretty much this exact TV for the last 3 or 4 years.
Highly enjoyable too.

Plays PS3 and Blu-rays very nice. Happy days.
DVI-HDMI from my computer for playing mkv's. All good!

I have had an hitachi 42" from argos for a couple of years, use it connected to computer, and typing on it now. I have had no problems with it at all. I am not a big tv geek though, so don't know about ratios and blacks and greens. However whatever I have watched on it looks very good, including lord of the rings 1080p from WD media player.

Banned

£350 for a 43" Samsung plasma - only 720p but 60hz in Comet/Currys as a possible alternative. Great picture and cheap - which for us was a requirement after our one year old introduced our 42" Sharp Aquos to a wooden elephant. It was a debate between this and a 47" LG 1080p LED at £539. Sammy had a better picture quality so decision made.

is it freeview hd?

Banned

garlicbread

£350 for a 43" Samsung plasma - only 720p but 60hz in Comet/Currys as a … £350 for a 43" Samsung plasma - only 720p but 60hz in Comet/Currys as a possible alternative. Great picture and cheap - which for us was a requirement after our one year old introduced our 42" Sharp Aquos to a wooden elephant. It was a debate between this and a 47" LG 1080p LED at £539. Sammy had a better picture quality so decision made.



Forgive me for being a bit slow, but how can a 720p television have a better picture than a 1080p one? Surely if the source material is the highest quality possible, then the 1080p one will look better, no?

Hitachi TVs sold in the UK are not designed or manufactured by Hitachi. I believe that Argos own the right to the Hitachi name in the UK, & that this TV is made in Turkey by Vestel or Beko.

This wouldn't matter if this TV has favourable, objectively-conducted reviews from a respected source. It doesn't.

For £299 (net of £100 Sony Cashback) in this deal, you would be unwise to buy this 'Hitachi' in preference to a Sony KDL40CX520. Reviews here...


hdtvtest.co.uk/new…htm Verdict 'Recommended'

expertreviews.co.uk/tvs…523 Verdict '5/5'

avforums.com/rev…tml Verdict 'Recommended'

trustedreviews.com/son…iew Verdict '8/10'

hotukdeals.com/dea…176Which? Score 63% (minimum 'Best Buy' score 65%)

The above reviews are for the CX523, which is the CX520 plus HD Freeview.


Edited by: "dooper" 3rd Nov 2011

i've had a few Hitachi's and still have a 32" from Argos in the bedroom which is 2 years old and not a single problem and even better picture than my other TV's. Can't comment on this specific model but in general what i can say is i've never had problems with Hitachi unlike others.

had one in one of the spare rooms, used no where near as much as it would be if used as a main tv, lasted 11 months before it died

bigwelsh

Forgive me for being a bit slow, but how can a 720p television have a … Forgive me for being a bit slow, but how can a 720p television have a better picture than a 1080p one? Surely if the source material is the highest quality possible, then the 1080p one will look better, no?


A good plasma at 720p will still be better than a crap LCD at 1080p (and I'm no fan of plasma TV's).
Higher resolution doesn't always mean higher quality.

Banned

jukkie

A good plasma at 720p will still be better than a crap LCD at 1080p (and … A good plasma at 720p will still be better than a crap LCD at 1080p (and I'm no fan of plasma TV's).Higher resolution doesn't always mean higher quality.




So as a total noob, if you can't just trust the fact that a TV is 1080p as a quality mark, then what can you trust?

What are the standard accepted minimum standards for a "decent" main home TV these days that one should look out for if not just that it's LCD and that it's 1080p?

bigwelsh

So as a total noob, if you can't just trust the fact that a TV is 1080p … So as a total noob, if you can't just trust the fact that a TV is 1080p as a quality mark, then what can you trust?



Trust objectively-conducted formal reviews by respected sources like hdtvtest.co.uk or avforums.com/rev…php or which.co.uk.

No review, no sale. Simple.

bigwelsh

So as a total noob, if you can't just trust the fact that a TV is 1080p … So as a total noob, if you can't just trust the fact that a TV is 1080p as a quality mark, then what can you trust?What are the standard accepted minimum standards for a "decent" main home TV these days that one should look out for if not just that it's LCD and that it's 1080p?


To be honest, you can't trust anything other than lots of good reviews, or going to see the set for yourself.
I'd never buy a TV based purely on it's specs, even companys like Sony have put out pretty poor sets in recent years, so buying based on brand isn't even a great idea these days.

Banned

jukkie

To be honest, you can't trust anything other than lots of good reviews, … To be honest, you can't trust anything other than lots of good reviews, or going to see the set for yourself.I'd never buy a TV based purely on it's specs, even companys like Sony have put out pretty poor sets in recent years, so buying based on brand isn't even a great idea these days.



In Comet the LG and Sammy were opposite each other and when the footy was on, the picture was a lot clearer on the Sammy The LG was jittery and pixelated with the fast moving game. Other programmes looked washed out on the LG. Maybe I fell for a sales scam where they had to get rid of the sammys so had odd settings on the LG : ) Either way - looks good on my wall. I would like other people are saying - see a TV in action before deciding.

Vestel = Hitachi, Alba, Beko, Wharfedale & Bush.
Edited by: "Gort1951" 8th Nov 2011

reddit

Further information … Further information herehttp://www.hitachidigitalmedia.com/product.do?actionName=showProductAction&pt=17&pg=68&proid=759&language=en&country=GBReviews herehttp://reviews.argos.co.uk/1493-en_gb/5298439/reviews.htmHas a low contrast ratio (which is always a speculative thing) but for for general use, without unrealistic expectation, not too bad really.



Actually it must be pretty bad to only get 3.5 stars on Argos where if it looks like a TV and switches on it gets a 5 star review.
Always seems to be difficult to find independent reviews on these Hitachi/Bush sets from Argos.

Dan97

ive had the 32 inch one for about 3 years now and had no problems with it



My sister had the 32 inch from Argos and it didn't last 3 months there where problems from day one the composite input wouldn't sense a signal and it just gave up in the end, do yourself a favour and spend a bit more and get a decent set as these are rubbish.

Banned

Crap TV spend the extra and get a Panasonic.

funkyfreshman

Crap TV spend the extra and get a Panasonic.


very original by the way i have a beko tv works fine

garlicbread

£350 for a 43" Samsung plasma - only 720p but 60hz in Comet/Currys as a … £350 for a 43" Samsung plasma - only 720p but 60hz in Comet/Currys as a possible alternative. Great picture and cheap - which for us was a requirement after our one year old introduced our 42" Sharp Aquos to a wooden elephant. It was a debate between this and a 47" LG 1080p LED at £539. Sammy had a better picture quality so decision made.


What did you mean with 60hz?? This really has no significance what so ever.

martyboy70

Actually it must be pretty bad to only get 3.5 stars on Argos where if it … Actually it must be pretty bad to only get 3.5 stars on Argos where if it looks like a TV and switches on it gets a 5 star review.Always seems to be difficult to find independent reviews on these Hitachi/Bush sets from Argos.


Always hard to find reviews on anything else then big brands. There is a good reason for that. In TV's and cars, brand still mean something. I myself consider LG one of the best at the moment, considering price for what you get. All their sets now play mkv's, that is not true for panasonic and sony. And this is just an example.

this is a decent screen, its got a nice panel in it.

we had a 37" hitachi lcd for 4.5 years,no problems at all.

Gort1951

Vestel = Hitachi, Alba, Beko, Wharfedale & Bush.



The list is much longer... click here.

This bogus Hitachi is a 'Supermarket' TV. Best avoided. See this deal instead.

Edited by: "dooper" 8th Nov 2011

dooper

The list is much longer... click here.



lol @ Panasonic being in that list! Better off sticking with Samsung, Sony or LG.

Edited by: "jazzyb88" 8th Nov 2011

Another thing to consider besides the image quality and reception capabilities, is the usability of the user interface. This is something that can make the difference between a tool that is pleasurably usable, or an investment that increasingly irritates and progressively annoys each time you have to use it. This aspect rarely shows up in reviews, partly because these days most reviews (in terms of quantity encountered) are not professionally or thoroughly written, but instead are written by the public; and partly because even most professional reviews are written at the beginning of a product’s lifecycle and are sometimes inadequately viewed from the perspective of what it must be like to live with said product for a few years. The last time I used a Vestel-type product it had atrocious usability, as though it were a mere imitation of a real digital product. The menu choices and typography and flow were present, of course, but exhibited poor design which added up to an annoying product.

I’d rather sacrifice image quality altogether in favour of a smooth slick usable intuitive product that thinks like I’d think — but you can’t derive that from reading a spec list.

Sharp tvs in Argos look exactly the same as the Bush and Hitachis..Beware.

u0421793

Another thing to consider besides the image quality and reception … Another thing to consider besides the image quality and reception capabilities, is the usability of the user interface. This is something that can make the difference between a tool that is pleasurably usable, or an investment that increasingly irritates and progressively annoys each time you have to use it. This aspect rarely shows up in reviews, partly because these days most reviews (in terms of quantity encountered) are not professionally or thoroughly written, but instead are written by the public; and partly because even most professional reviews are written at the beginning of a product’s lifecycle and are sometimes inadequately viewed from the perspective of what it must be like to live with said product for a few years. The last time I used a Vestel-type product it had atrocious usability, as though it were a mere imitation of a real digital product. The menu choices and typography and flow were present, of course, but exhibited poor design which added up to an annoying product. I’d rather sacrifice image quality altogether in favour of a smooth slick usable intuitive product that thinks like I’d think — but you can’t derive that from reading a spec list.



Good point. Which? allocate 20% of review score to 'ease of use'. Not sure about other review sources.

jazzyb88

lol @ Panasonic being in that list! Better off sticking with Samsung, … lol @ Panasonic being in that list! Better off sticking with Samsung, Sony or LG.



To be fair, I'm not aware of any current Panasonic TVs being made by Vestel. All Panasonic Plasmas are made in Japan. Are any UK-market Sony TVs made in Japan?

There is nothing wrong with this TV. My parents recently purchased a Sony and I purchased one of these. Putting them side by side the blacks are much better on the Hitachi.

If you are looking for a low cost, good quality TV then go for this one. If it does break then Argos are always happy to replace it.

I am a technophile and have no issue with VESTEL products, it's the panel inside the TV that really matters.

Banned

dooper

Hitachi TVs sold in the UK are not designed or manufactured by Hitachi. I … Hitachi TVs sold in the UK are not designed or manufactured by Hitachi. I believe that Argos own the right to the Hitachi name in the UK, & that this TV is made in Turkey by Vestel or Beko.This wouldn't matter if this TV has favourable, objectively-conducted reviews from a respected source. It doesn't.For £299 (net of £100 Sony Cashback) in this deal, you would be unwise to buy this 'Hitachi' in preference to a Sony KDL40CX520. Reviews here...http://www.hdtvtest.co.uk/news/sony-kdl32cx523-kdl40cx523-201105191151.htm Verdict 'Recommended'http://www.expertreviews.co.uk/tvs/1285468/sony-bravia-kdl-32cx523 Verdict '5/5'http://www.avforums.com/review/Sony-CX523-KDL-40CX523-32CX523-40CX523-LCD-TV-Review.html Verdict 'Recommended'http://www.trustedreviews.com/sony-kdl-40cx523_TV_review Verdict '8/10'http://www.hotukdeals.com/deals/sony-40-inch-full-hd-1080p-freeview-lcd-internet-tv-449-99-329-99-after-cashback-1049176#post12667656 Which? Score 63% (minimum 'Best Buy' score 65%)The above reviews are for the CX523, which is the CX520 plus HD Freeview.


shame that deal no longer exists

Never judge a TV from display in shops, They're never set up correctly and much depends on the source, TV's have different modes, i,e Cinema ( Dark ) Vivid ( Bright ).

Do ask for a demo of the tv, That way you'll see what the tv's are really like.

They sometimes set them up so that a TV they want to shift looks like it's got a better picture.

Hot

Thanks

MaximusRo

What did you mean with 60hz?? This really has no significance what so … What did you mean with 60hz?? This really has no significance what so ever.



He means the refresh rate, Personally I'd always got for 100hz and up as games have a tendency to flicker on 50/60hz sets

shauneco

Never judge a TV from display in shops, They're never set up correctly … Never judge a TV from display in shops, They're never set up correctly and much depends on the source, TV's have different modes, i,e Cinema ( Dark ) Vivid ( Bright ).Do ask for a demo of the tv, That way you'll see what the tv's are really like.They sometimes set them up so that a TV they want to shift looks like it's got a better picture.



Good point. The showroom picture settings used in a shop environment, & the shop lighting, give a false impression of how a TV will look at home. Shops have been known to 'rig' sources to make particular TVs look better or worse than neighbouring models. Trust the reviews by respected sites.

Still got the one I bought about 3 years ago now, and my daughter has it in her new bedroom after we have just moved and had no probs with it.
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