Aspect, Day/Night Mode Toggle, Swivel, Color and SD Card Input
Standard TV Channels Grainy (Expected)
After finally realizing that my standard 35" set wasn't quite "doing it for me" anymore, I decided to do some research on several 1080 models before heading to the retailer (including the reviews posted here in my research). The store had a few incredible 42" models from other manufacturers ... Read full review
After finally realizing that my standard 35" set wasn't quite "doing it for me" anymore, I decided to do some research on several 1080 models before heading to the retailer (including the reviews posted here in my research). The store had a few incredible 42" models from other manufacturers that peaked my interest, but the costs exceeded the 50" T501 by several hundred dollars. I decided on the Hitachi. When I got the unit home, I noticed the graininess on most of the standard digital cable channels. However, adjusting the aspect ratio helped quite a bit. The one element that I noticed immediately, before making any adjustments, was the outstanding color (especially real greens and reds with no bleeding or "ghosting") - and that was with standard digital cable. After a few adjustments in all of the Day/Night settings, I tested a few standard DVDs in a standard player (Bye, Bye Birdie, What Dreams May Come, 2001: A Space Odyssey and The Fifth Element). I was extremely pleased at that level. What Dreams May Come was absolutely incredible, including smooth and balanced hot and cool color tones. When I began watching HD programs from my cable company, I was absolutely, totally pleased with the results. The clarity was outstanding to the point of seeing minor, fleeting blurs from the camera person's cinematography. Although the unit does not provide a full 1920 x 1080 pixilation (1280 x 1080), the picture detail and the great price make this an overall great purchase that I don't regret one bit. As expected, my amplified sound system was necessary for movie viewing, but the existing internal speakers are fine for basic viewing. Lastly, I actually swiveled the set in a deliberate attempt to capture glare from daylight windows and evening lamps. Expected light images were evident in the black areas of the letterbox format with no distortion of the picture - not even with a track light spot focused directly on the screen. A truly great buy!