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My Wife and I were getting ready to celebrate our wedding anniversary (48 years) when we decided to treat ourselves to a new television; after all we had our existing one for more years than I care to remember.
Of we went shopping for a TV, we eventually arrived at a well known TV retailer, this after many visits to large and small stores, and very tired feet.
After much checking and testing we eventually decided on the Hitachi 42PD6600 HD ready, slim and flat screen.
Some days later the store made its delivery to us along with a gentleman who was going to show us all the basics, and was also going to set up the TV correctly to avoid any future call out's, we thought this was a good free service to offer.
The total cost for this at that time, including for a very nice black glass TV table was
Since the above 3years plus have past we have never had any need to call out anybody to
carry out any repairs, or adjustments to this equipment. The picture quality is still excellent, of course the later models have improved beyond recognition, and the technology is much more advanced.
If anybody is looking for a good robust modern TV that has reduced in price but is still available, I would recommend giving serious consideration to the Hitachi 42PD6600.
As I have stated this set is HD ready, this of course gives a brilliant and detailed picture.
I hope this review helps someone along the way. 'Happy Viewing'
This TV is currently being used in the living room, and I have to say that it is not all that great. First of all, this plasma only features 1 HDMI port, which for today's standards is not very good at all. Secondly, this TV only supports resolutions of up to 1080i, which means no Full HD gaming or Full HD channels from Sky or Freeview. This may not be that bad for some, but for me it is an annoying feature as I like to play PS3 and watch Blu-Ray movies in 1080p.
This TV, being a plasma does start to fade and lose it's crisp and clear contrast ratio after a couple of years (I also noticed that the HDMI port has made things using it, PS3 for instance look pretty dark and horrible) which at the price I paid for it, was definitely not a long enough time. However, this TV does have 3 SCART ports, a PC port for using your computer through your TV, a component socket as an alternative to HDMI and a very nice remote which is easy and comfortable to use.
This bad experience may just be applicable to me however, as some other users may find the TV's nice appearance and it's big in-built speaker a nice touch. For me however, it's price just don't justify it's lack of features compared to some modern day TV's from manufacturers such as LG and Sony.
If you are looking for a 42" Plasma, I would go for something from one of those manufacturers as they can offer much better features (1080p, several HDMI ports..etc) for the same amount of money as this TV.
I purchased this tv brand new approximately just over a year ago as I felt my previous 32 inch was too small and could do with stepping it up a size.
My main reasoning behind purchasing a hitachi was the very reasonable price. My first impressions of this were that it was a very good looking tv for the price, it has a nice sleek black gloosy finish to it, with a light blue button on the front as the receptor. When I first went to set this up I found it a bit difficult as I had no idea where the on and off button was, but after a bit of rummaging around I found it was at the back down the bottom.
The actal set up of the digital feature of this tv was very simple, all I had to do was select yes to setup and it carried the task out itself.
The actual picture quality of this tv is very good, but to be honest I can't really notice much of a difference between picture quality from tv to tv.
The only problem I have had with this tv so far is that I had to send ti back to be repaired once as the on and off button had broken, but I have had no problems so far with this one so think it could just have been an actual foault with that one actual tv.
Overall good quality great price.
We have had this TV just over 4 years at the time of typing this. Over that 4 years we have not had a single problem with the TV. As its a plasma, with the amount of time the TV is on, children watching it in the day and myself on the evening, I'm surprised it has lasted this long.
Having only one HDMI port on the back, we have had to purchase a HDMI switcher which can be quite costly. The sound quality isn't bad but a surround sound is a must.
The TV does come with a VGA port to connect your computer/laptop. For some reason though I could never get the screen to the correct resolution so never really used this feature.
There is a PIP (picture in picture) option which is pretty cool, especially if you want to get a glimpse of the football while the missus wants to watch the soaps.
One downside would be if you lose the remote control, a replacement will cost you around £60. There a no universal remote that work with this TV.
I was quite worried abount buying a plasma as I've heard all sorts of stories about screen burn when playing computer games / logos in the corner of screens etc. Fortunately, we have never had any problems with this, but the TV does have a white screen feature to fix the problem if need be.
Being a plasma, it is a bit bulky and weights a hell of alot!! The TV doesn't display black shades very well at all.
All in all this was a very good TV for back in the day and would suit someone these days looking to purchase a second-hand HD TV at a nice low price
I purchased a Hitachi 42PD6600 plasma TV from new back in 2005. I began to notice the notorious intermittent "red mist" fault unfortunately just after the warranty period of a year was up. This annoying fault makes the TV very frustrating and almost impossible to watch. After sending much correspondence and having heated conversations with Hitachi Consumer Affairs Department explaining that this is a design fault, Hitachi still made it apparent that I had to personally pay for any repairs and arrange the transport for delivery. After a month and paying over £200 to Servicespeed Ltd, Hitachi's authorised repair agent, the TV still had the same fault. I re-delivered the TV for repair a second time expecting a different component to be replaced, but Hitachi again instructed the repair agent to replace the same component. And yes you guessed it, the TV still has the same fault. It seems that even Hitachi themselves don't know how to fix this fault, despite so many other dissatisfied owners experiencing the same fault.
The moral of this story is that I haven't since, and won't be in the future buying anything with "Hitachi" written on it. After all the time dealing and expense incurred, the hassle delivering a very heavy plasma TV to and fro the repair agent, I'm no better off. I still have a duff TV. On the bright side, these days there are so many other manufacturers that have superior products, have longer warranties / better guarantees and are more competitive on price. Bye-bye Hitachi.
Have to agree with the above. TV is great but picture does improve after a couple of weeks. Imagine the plasma takes a while to settle after transportation. Also find the tv emits some heat as well which helps with the winter heating bill!! Use the TV for High Def TV and also the PS2 and find it excellent.
When I purchased this TV this was the phrase used by the sales assistance in the shop. "It's a TV with a difference". I was not overly convinced by his technique but in a strange way the TV seemed to sell itself to me. It was the lifestyle that came with the TV that seemed to appeal to me.
Just the thought of inviting all the lads round and watching the world cup on this baby had me handing over the cheque and waiting for delivery..
When it came I found it quite simple to assemble and it was up and running quite quickly.
After about 4 hours of TV fest I started noticing that the room was getting very hot. I checked if the heating had come on and it hadn't so I just sat back and carried on watching TV. Another hour passed and I stood up to close the curtains. As I walked past the TV I noticed a warm sensation as I past. I stopped and touched the front of the screen and I couldn't believe how hot it was. I was a little worried and decided to call it a night.
In the morning I rang the shop from where I got it and was informed that other users have reported a similar condition and I was reassured that everything would be ok.
I have been using the TV for quite a while now and I have not experienced any dangerous effects from the heat of the TV. It does seem to be safe.
As time has gone by the picture has seemed to improve. I don't know if this is just my eyes or if it is really happening but other people in my house have said the same thing. The picture has always been great and watching the world cup on it was a real delight.
Apart from the heat there is only one other problem and that is that the remote control is not very easy to use and, once you do figure it out, it is impossible to link it up to the sky. I have ploughed through the instructions and have found no help on how to do this or found any indication what the problem might be. So for the time being I am left with the prospect of using two remote controls (I'll be expecting sympathy cards in the post please. lol)
The sound on the TV is average nothing special but I have linked it up to my sound system and it is sounding great.
So all said and done, a very good product for a very good price.
Category Plasma Television Brand Hitachi
Screen size 42'' Aspect ratio 16:9
Brightness 1200 cd/m² Resolution 1024 x 1024
Frequency 50 Hertz Number of tuners 1
Additional decoders HDTV Tuner type NTSC , PAL , SECAM
Audio type Nicam Digital Stereo Number of speakers 2
Total speaker power 20 Watts Text services Teletext
Picture function Picture in picture (PiP) AV Input/Output SCART x 3
Product colour Black Width 104.6cm
Height 72.8cm Depth 9.7cm