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Hitachi 42PD5000

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  1. loadsofleads

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    I've got a feeling in my water the new Hitachi's will be landing in the UK this month. The 32" is now available for £2000 and the 42" is only £2500 at various websites, a drop like this especially with the 42" is a sure sign of a new product ;)
     
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    Your feeling is right. Because Comet is going to start selling 42PD5000 in a couple of months ( may be weeks ).
     
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    Split screen (1 tuner). What does this mean?

    I am looking for a plasma which has the capacity to split the screen and display two inputs - eg FTA and Sat , or FTA and DVD etc.

    Does such a beast exist?
     
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    info in this thread

    here
     
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    Is that link a wind up...?

    :devil:
     
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    AFAIK the launch of the PD5000's isn't until the first week of March...
     
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    Anyone know if there is a 32pd5000 due at the same time?? Any idea's on costs?

    cheers

    Kevin.
     
  9. richard plumb

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    ???

    What happened? I'm sure I linked to a different thread.

    I must be going nuts...
     
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    It appears there are three different plasmas produced, although whether they all make it to the UK market I don't know.

    42PD5000VA - With standard multimedia box (the new 42PD3000?)
    42PD5000TA - With built in tuner (AV connections on plasma?)
    42PD5000MA - Monitor only (as above without analogue tuner ~ how is this different than the 42PMA500E?)

    The info is from here (pdf)

    It appears the model with the mulitmedia box is again poorly specified against the other two. It has no DVI input, and is missing at least one display resolution (1035i).

    The choice is again whether you want the single cable trailing up to the plasma with the VA model, or a better spec machine but lots of cables (the MA or TA).
     
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    got clarification from Nexnix about the connections:

    So not bad (even if I'm going LCD now)
     
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    Hmmmmm, very intresting, i think I'll definetly be getting one. Anybody got any ideas on price ?
    I have a Pioneer 868 with HDMI, I've heard the DVI input on the new Hitachi's is "HDMI compatible", would a HDMI-DVI cable work and how would it perform on a Alis panel ?

    :clap: :clap: :clap:
     
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    What about the 42PD5000VA media box with the actual 42PD3000 screen?
    Easy to upgrade to HDTV, maybe too expensive...
     
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    Looks like they've already been released in Australia.
     
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    Was anyone able to decide if:
    "42PD5000MA - Monitor only (as above without analogue tuner ~ how is this different than the 42PMA500E?)" ?

    Thanks
     
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    It looks like the DVI input has audio capability as well, if this is the case could it be that this is the new HDMI 2 standard????
    if so looks like Hitachi has beaten Pio to it this time?

    Best regards David
     
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    Saw the 32PD3000 today and have to say what a gorgeous looking set but picture quality was sorely lacking. Black level was appalling. Viewed it alongside the JVC 26" LCD which was miles better. In fact, when the guy truned both sets OFF the Hitachi screen was a dull grey colour whereas the JVC screen was pitch black.

    When on, and both being fed the same signal, the JVC was a lot crisper, brighter, sharper and just an all together better looking image. Now this surprised me, as I've not been to keen on LCD sets in the past, generally much preferring plasma but I have to say this changed my views.

    The JVC 26" set had the best TV image I have seen on any set in a very very long time (apart from my Pioneer 504). It was way better than any of the CRT sets in the shop. May just get me one of these (JVC 26") for the bedroom :)
     
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    DVI has no audio capabilities and never will, hence HDMI.
    HDMI already has audio just only in PCM stereo.
    Where the manual states DVI + Audio inputs it will mearly mean that if DVI is input 2, then there will be audio inputs corrospondingto input 2....

    Cheers

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    Do you mean the new 32PD5000 ?
    If so where did you see it and was it available to buy and how much was it ?
     
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    Nah, sure it was the old version. In Powerhouse in Talbot green. Thinking about it must have been the old version as they had £600 off it. Still £2299.99 though :eek:
     
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    The 32PD3000 is considered one of the best plasmas you can buy (One magazine said it was the best plasma in the world!)
    I have seen this set and I personally think the picture is fantastic, it's the reason I'm so excited about the new one.
    I can't think why you though it was so poor, especially in the presence of an LCD (The JVC is impressive though !!)
    Maybe a bad signal or just a faulty panel :confused:

    ps Plasma panels when switched off do appear more grey than LCD's, it's just the result of the difference in the technology :lesson:
     
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    I phoned Hitachi UK today to ask them directly when we could expect the new 5000 series plasmas. The guy I spoke to said they'd had no official word from Japan yet as to when they'd be receiving them, and as the 3000 series was selling so well he didn't think it would be anytime soon.

    Of course he could just have been a call centre fool.......
     
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    Have to say I too would love to know why. But I can only go by what my eyes saw and I can assure you the LCD was streets ahead (on picture quality) of the 32PD3000. If you're down that way pop in and have a look.

    I was so surprised that I even got the salesman to move them around so they were sitting next to each other both showing the same channel. The JVC had much much better blacks and looked a far smoother (less noise and grain) image with better more vivid colours.

    Maybe the JVC is just much better out of the box and the Hitachi needs tweaking out of the box. After all we know most of these shop people probably wouldn't know how to tweak a set to look good but on simple first impressions (actually stood watching them for about 20 minutes as I couldn't believe it either) I would not buy the 32PD3000 but would have bought the JVC had he been prepared to do a better price. (He would only knock off 10% for the demo unit as they had no new stock. Sod that.)

    Would I not be right in saying though that the black level of the switched off screen is as black as it can get i.e. it cannot be any blacker than it is when powered off. If so the 32PD3000 wasn't even a dark grey, rather a mid grey whereas the JVC was pitch black.
     
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    I've been in currys a bit recently to try and get to see the Philips 30pf9975. Unfortunately it always looks crap in there, but I know it can do much better.

    But I saw the JVC 26" there recently and it looked gorgeous. The set itself is very smart, but the picture too was very nice - even making a good job of the dodgy currys DVD being piped to 100 sets.

    Maybe its just good out of the box. A little expensive though, and it is slightly smaller than others, which might help with sharpness?

    Still, mighty impressive.
     
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    Ha ha. So it's not just me then.

    Went back in to PowerHouse to have a nother look tonight and got them to give me the remote control for the Hitachi so I could have a fiddle. Very few options to fiddle with. Only picture setting was between Standard, Cinema, etc. No individual colour controls or the like that I could find. No matter what I did I can assure you it did not even look half as good as the JVC. Biggest difference was still the cleanness (sp?) of the image and that black level. Just way way blacker than the Hitachi (which was very poor).

    If anyone has not seen the Hitachi in the flesh I urge you to check it out before buying blind. Yes, it may have been a faulty set but just make sure you do not buy without viewing first.

    If only they did the JVC in a 32". One web site I found (Digital DirectI think) showed they do and even give a model number but absolutely nothing on Google or the JVC site.
     
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    There is a 32" version of the JVC coming out soon, it will definetly be worth a look, IMHO.
    Pity there not making a 37" :rolleyes:
     
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    May be the one for me then. have you seen it in action. As you have probably guessed I have been mightily impressed with it. Just such a clean image. Like I've never seen on an LCD before.

    I'm definitely gonna get me a viewing of the 32". Looks gorgeous even when it is off :)

    DD are showing the 32" (although they quote the screen size as 26" but have the correct model number) at £2215. Not a bad price me thinks.

    http://www.digitaldirectuk.com/products_moreinfo3/index.asp?product_id=2586
     
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    Horses for courses
     
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    Uh oh. I've found specifications for the 5000 series in French here.

    The most worrying bit is this :

    PÉRITEL 1 S-VHS + entrée AV (sortie TV) •
    PÉRITEL 2 RVB + entrée AV (sortie moniteur) •
    PÉRITEL 3 + entrée AV (sortie moniteur) •
    Entrée composante/à balayage progressif YCbCr/YPbPr •/•

    It appears that they've dropped one RGB SCART from the multimedia box. There is now one S-VHS or Composite SCART, one full RGB (RVB - rouge verte bleu) SCART and one composite only SCART.

    This is a backwards step as far as I'm concerned (even if they appear to have added a second component input).
     

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