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Hitachi in my experience have a long standing reputation for producing top quality televisions and excellent prices. At 19inches this model is compact and light with their trademark horizontal speakers. a High Definition television that is timeless in terms of how it looks, and is aesthetically pleasing with the circular stand that props the TV up.
The TV has a quick set up and is especially easy to navigate around the menu options. The quality of the picture is the best HD quality I've come across, with a vibrant and sharp colouring creating a more positive viewing experience.
The TV however does come with some disadvantages, it is quite heavy and has had some hardware issues where the screen can flash to black every so often, but this was solved with a quick phone call to the shop of purchase and was fixed in line with the warranty, so barely even a negative point.
I bought this TV a couple of years ago after buying a DVD player, but not being able to connect it up as my television was from the 80's and had no scart socket, so I decided it was time to bite the bullet and buy a flat screen. I spent quite some time browsing the various models available on the market with up to 20" screens in order to decide which looked best, met my needs and was good value. In the end I decided to go for this Hitachi TV as it was a brand I recognised, looked stylish and was roughly £200 in price.
The TV itself has a 19" screen with a black border around it. The speakers come in a wide silver strip at the base of the screen and 'Hitachi' is written in towards the base. The television is roughly 2 inches thick at it's widest, has controls located on the right edge (power, channel, volume etc), cables plug in at the back, it comes on a small round stand which is very stable (the TV is currently located on the chest of drawers in my bedroom and I don't worry about knocking it over) and the screen can be tilted for optimal viewing position.
A big plus considering the digital switch over is that no set top box is needed with this TV - it has freeview built in, it's also HD ready and has HDMI. While I conceed that most TV's now have these as standard, that wasn't necessarily so when I bought it so these were all good selling points.
Image quality is very good - clear picture, good colours and a simple to use menu for any required adjustments such as brightness and contrast. The sound quality is also very good for built in speakers - while I don't have my TV at deafening levels I've never had any noise distortion or crackling.
I can't remember the exact set up process as it has been so long since I did it, but suffice to say I'm not at all technically minded and I managed to tune it in and attach the DVD player on my own with no complications.
'DTV' is the input that needs to be selected on the remote for digital TV. You can scroll at your leisure through the channels and a blue bar will pop up at the bottom of the screen telling you when channel your on, what's on now and next and what the time is. You can also create a list of favourite channels and set up parental controls.
The supplied remote control is a long thin silver coloured one with intuitive controls (channel numbers, volume, menu, power etc) and it takes 2 AAA batteries which thus far I have never had to replace.
Overall I have to say I'm very satisfied with this television - in the two years that I've had it it has never broken or degraded and looks as good as the day I took it out of the box. The only problem I can say that I've had is that the scart lead can be a little loose at the back of the TV and sometimes needs pushing back in slightly as it can affect the colours of the DVD being played at the time. Other than that I cannot fault this TV and I would certainly recommend it to anyone wanting a stylish and reliable, small flatscreen television.