1. Join Now

    AVForums.com uses cookies. By continuing to use this site, you are agreeing to our use of cookies. Learn More.

Hitachi 42PD5300 vs Panasonic42PE30

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by mjbarnard, Oct 23, 2004.

  1. mjbarnard

    mjbarnard
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    I have searched and researched this choice on web, this forum and magazines. Clearly there are different opinions.

    Requirements are :
    Replacement for CRT in family living room. Only connections will be Sky+ and Sony DAV DVD. Not worried about other connectivity, or future proofing (HDTV etc) beyond 2 years. Primary concern is Picture Quality. Second concern is PQ with sky digital input (main use). Final concern is reliability and support.

    I have seen suggestions that Hitachi PQ is very good - but less good with lower quality inputs. Also potential problems with reliability/faults, and above average level of buzzing.

    I am veering towards the Hitachi on the basis of perceived equal quality, better resolution and lower cost. However my questions are :

    1) Any views on relative picture quality?

    2) Views on relative picture quality with SCART digital tv input?

    3) Are Hitachis more prone to faults as suggested by some posters?

    4) Is buzzing a problem with everyday family viewing?

    Thanks in advance

    Matthew
     
  2. smurch1

    smurch1
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    I was in very much the same predicament as yourself. I bought the 42PD5300 in the end but had also shortlisted the Pannasonic pw6.

    My honest opinion: Buzzing is not an issue with my panel. Picture Quality is excellent from DVD (component prog scan) and ps2. Sky could be better, some solarization occasionally, but still very watchable. I have had no reliability issues.

    In hindsight: I would still go for the Hitachi, but would get the 5200. I believe this has more tweaks with colour settings etc which should give you more control over Sky picture quality. If you already have sky the seperate AV box on the 5300 is not needed, plus its quite a chunky unit.(but it does give more connectivity). I think the styling on the hitachi's is much sexier!!!!.

    I know alot of users on this forum sway the panny way and no doubt they have good reasons too. It all comes down to what your eyes see when you compare your choices..............good luck.

    Si.
     
  3. Throttle

    Throttle
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Messages:
    1,821
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Location:
    Leigh
    Ratings:
    +107
    I was in same situation deciding if go for a pana or the hitachi and after reading abit about them and looking i bought the 42pd5200 which is a great tv but watching tv through non digital like ariel isnt much good thats only bad points i can think of on mine.
    Game consoles,sky+ and dvd all look great on it :D
     
  4. bowler

    bowler
    Standard Member

    Joined:
    Jun 8, 2003
    Messages:
    223
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Ratings:
    +2
    The analog picture on my Hitachi is much improved by using a signal booster.
     
  5. Throttle

    Throttle
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Sep 28, 2004
    Messages:
    1,821
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    66
    Location:
    Leigh
    Ratings:
    +107
    That may well be my problem ive got my ariel extended another 10 metre standard lead on it ...and no booster :rolleyes:
    But i just watch through sky+ :laugh:
    Ive never heard any of the buzzing that has been mentioned even if tv is turned really low i hear no buzzing sound.
     
  6. leedavies

    leedavies
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2004
    Messages:
    192
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    Cambridge
    Ratings:
    +7
    I bought a 42PD5200 recently having narrowed down to a PW6 or a PDP43.

    For the price, the Hitachi overall package was too good to pass. As everyone says, low quality analogue signal can look pretty poor, as can some heavily compressed Sky channels. But then, these looked pretty poor on all the plasmas I saw, so I believe no plasma handles low quality signals very well.

    Very pleased with my Hitachi. 42in Xbox is nice... :thumbsup:
     
  7. jpd2

    jpd2
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Well I bought me 42PD5300 via JL to getthe warranty about 6 months ago, and am very pleased. DVD looks fantastic and even a analouge signal looks good, i have freeview and don't even use it. The reasons why we went for the Hitachi over the Panny was style, reviews and the distance the panny sticks off the wall if you wall mount is excessive.
     
  8. mjbarnard

    mjbarnard
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    Thanks for the feedback everyone. I understand there are different opinions - and ultimately I am going to have to choose based on eyeballing the displays. It is certainly reassuring to hear the comments from satisfied Hitachi owners.

    jpd2 - can I ask where you price matched JL to? A
     
  9. jpd2

    jpd2
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    This was my post back in march, which gives all the details, but prices will have gone down now

    For info JL did a pricematch on a company in Bradford called Electro Saver 0800 6987 654, they don't seem to be on the net but advertise on a full page spread in What Video & Wide screen TV.

    It was not all plain sailing as this company and PRC quoted different prices on my orginal call, but when JL called was slightly dearer. But I am pleased with this deal including the 5 year warranty and Hitachi free portable DVD player. JL price £3295 down to £2699, the cheapest I have been able to find was PRC direct at £2589, but this was only via the net (£50 + del dearer in store) with 1 year warranty.


    good luck
     
  10. nigel_williams

    nigel_williams
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jan 5, 2002
    Messages:
    447
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    18
    Location:
    South London
    Ratings:
    +3
    PRCDirect.co.uk have the 5300 for £2199 inc delivery. They have a shop in Forest Gate, at least that's where I bought my Sony VW11 from a few years back.

    Another place is Sound and Vision, based in Bolton I think. I price matched with JL a few years ago when buying my 32" Wega.

    There were a couple of threads about places JL will match with.

    I'm off to JL in Oxford Street tomorrow to have a look what's on display. Still going round in circles, not made a decision.... Hitachi, Panasonic or Sony !
     
  11. Repo

    Repo
    Active Member

    Joined:
    Jul 21, 2004
    Messages:
    430
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    21
    Location:
    Sheffield, UK.
    Ratings:
    +21
    I know exactly what you mean, as I have now seen the...

    Panasonic 42PWD6, Panasonic TH42PE20, Panasonic TH42PE30, Pioneer 43???, Pioneer 504HDE, Hitachi 42PD5300, Fujitsu P42HHA30, Sony KDEP42XS1, Sony KEP42M1, Philips 42PF9966 + some of the cheapo Techwood's & LG's.

    ... whew ...


    So far I've found the Fujitsu & Philips screens to be the nicest PQ & these have been side by side with the PWD6 (all with direct feed from DVD, not fuzzy distributed signal).

    I did like the brightness of the Sony KDEP42 but there seemed to be just a few too many artifacts.

    The panel I've seen the most has been the PWD6 - but it just seems to be too grainy when sat next to the Philips & Fujitsu.
     
  12. nheather

    nheather
    Distinguished Member

    Joined:
    Oct 6, 2004
    Messages:
    15,414
    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Trophy Points:
    166
    Location:
    Horsham, West Sussex
    Ratings:
    +4,560
    JPD2

    Interested in your comments about how far the Panny sticks out from the wall.

    I haven't bought yet but had decided on the Panny PW7. The asthetics (sp!) of the wall mounted plasma are important to me - I want a simple 'picture frame' look so its important that my choice doesn't have speakers and is mounted as flat and close to the wall as possible.

    If I use low profile, non-tilt mounts how to the Panny and Hitachi compare in terms of how close (flush) they are to the wall ?

    I had assumed that they would be about the same.

    Cheers,

    Nigel
     
  13. jpd2

    jpd2
    Guest

    Products Owned:
    0
    Products Wanted:
    0
    Ratings:
    +0
    nheather

    I don't know about the pw7 but would assume it will resonable flush fitting like the pw6. My comment was aimed at the PE30 that has the curved bit on the bottom and a bracket that sticks off the wall if I remember correctly 90mm.
     

Share This Page

Loading...