Summary: We enjoyed this TV while it worked. We purchased it in January 08, had to have a service tech come fix it right away and then had to wait for Hitachi to send a firmware upgrade before we could use it. Two years later, it plays for a minute then shuts off. Hitachi sent another firmware upgrade, but the power won't stay on long enough to do it. Now we have to pay for someone to come tell us whether it's worth fixing or just scrap it because it's not worth fixing. Too bad.
Summary: I waited a long time to get a large screen tv. At first I purchased a Sony at Sams but we hated it, it was a rear projection LCD, the picture was dark in spots. We decided that the Plasma had the best picture. This Hitachi TV in full 1080 is AWESOME with HD Cable TV. I swapped my cable box for a HD Model with HDMI output and DVI Recording, it is SWEET! Simple to use, and I have a pretty good 5.1 Surrond system, and the TV has 5.1 digital output that makes it simple.
Summary: I love this TV. Picture is one of the best on the market. What I love: Picture quality: The picture is crisp, clear, bright, and just perfect. I looked at a couple other plasmas and a couple DLP's and LCD's and I just felt this one was the best in this size range. Features: I love the swivel stand. My apartment has a huge window and being able to swivel the stand just a inch or so can make a big difference with glare.
Summary: I got this TV because I got a great deal on it. It was not in my list of choices due to the fact that it was more expensive than my budget. Thankfully the other two sets I was looking at were not in stock, and ultimatly I was offered this model for 1,501. I have wanted a flat panel since they were 10-16k. I have followed trends and prices every since. When my 10yo tube died, and it came time to buy I figured it was time for a flat panel.
Better than our Panasonic or Sony- especially movies!!!
Prof and spouse. "psych professor", Amazon
17 January 2007
Summary: We have had the Hitachi for a little over a month. Our two other HDTVs are a 42" Sony LCD rear-projection and a Panasonic 32" LCD which we have owned (and loved!) for 14 months and a year respectively. For sports, it is a very close match between the three - I may prefer the Panasonic just a smidge but it is in a very small (and darker!) room. For broadcast TV we like all three but this one (the Hitachi) wins for reasons of flexibility and a far superior remote (imho).