Summary: We got nice sounds, but no picture! Totally sux that this tv went out on us after only about a little over 5 years, but nothing last forever, but it still sux :( Paid over $3500 for the tv + a couple of hundred bucks for the stand (which we drove 2.5 hours out of town to get the stand) we thought it would stay longer with us :( Oh, well we are not going to repair it cause how long will the repair last, so no more Hitachi brand for us and before it goes to an electronic...
Summary: I bought this TV in 2006 and by 2008, the TV had no picture. I rarely even watch TV. Big mistake. I will never buy another Hitachi product. I would never reccommend this product to anyone. Don't do it!
Summary: My Hitachi 55HDS69 was 4 years old Oct. 2010. Like the previous person's review, we heard a boom and then no picture but sound was still good. We called Hitachi and they referred us to a technician. He said the bumper or buffer board was gone . That was about Dec.20. 2010. It is now January 24, 2011. My TV is still on the floor and I am still getting the run around about the parts. It has been over a month and they told me today to give them 10 more days.
Summary: I turned on my 55HDS69 a week ago and WAAH-BOOM, No more picture but the sound was fine. The resolution underway at a local repair shop is to replace the upper & lower buffers. The TV is 2 yrs and nine months old. I did not buy the extended warranty as I expected a $3000+ TV to last longer than 3 years especially since my house is like a climate controlled class 40 clean room and the TV is not over used. The parts are ~$225, The labor is ~$225.
Summary: All I have to say is wow! Like some of the others have said, I too did a TON of research on this TV along with every other TV in its's class. Hitachi is a fantastic manufacturer and this is an incredible TV. Amazon's price of $1,999.99 is completely fair for a machine of this quality and their price is consistent with other retailers fortunate enough to have a couple of these TV's. I watched my first Blu-Ray movie on this TV last night and I was blown away.
Summary: This is my best purchase. I bought this as soon as it came out in 7/2006. I only had one issue and it was when I moved out of state. I plugged it in when I got to my new home and it worked then after the movers left I went to set it up and it would not turn on. I called a tv repair man and at a high expense they would come out to check it out and fix it. They said it most likely was the power cord. I called Hitachi instead and turns out the repair person was wrong.
Summary: Pros The picture quality is unbelieveble. HD quality is second to none. It is probably the sharpest picture I have seen (researched plasma/lcd tvs for over 2 years). It has lots of inputs for all devices and the setup out of the box is pretty easy. Picture in Picture quality is great. TV comes with a WIPE functionality. This allows you to clean the plasma screen and prevent any burns.
Summary: I did over 6 months of research and found this set to be the best bang for the buck. I was able to get it for $1729 at Tiger Direct and was lucky enough to be just out of state so no tax and I picked it up so no shipping. I put it on the wall with a Peerless Tilt mount rated to 200lbs and it was the easiest install I had ever done. The only word of caution: This is a huge set and it takes 2 big guys to lift and install.
Summary: After a year of research and several visits to BB and CC, I have come to the conclusion that Panasonic 50 inch plasma is the best there is-- until I saw this Hitachi 55 inch. Being the brand-conscious buyer, I wanted my first plasma to be a Panasonic, a Samsung or a Pioneer. But I couldn't get my eyes off this TV. Side by side with the Panasonic 50 inch, the Hitachi looked bigger, sharper and richer in color vibrance.