Hitachi L42S503 42 in 1080p 120hz LCD HDTV. The new Hitachi UltraVision is simply the ultimate high definition HDTV. From the stunning Full HD 1080p 120Hz picture quality to the convenience of 7 high definition inputs, UltraVision delivers superior Hitachi technology in one of the most energy efficient, slim and beautiful televisions ever designed. Equipped with HDTV tuner for over the air, live Digital TV/ DTV broadcasts and QAM tuner for unscrambled cable channels. This HDTV meets the highest HDTV resolution. 1920 pixels wide by 1080 pixels tall results in clearer details and smoother images. HDMI is the industry standard for the highest possible digital audio, video, and data signals. The L42S503 model has 4 HDMI inputs for connecting your cable/satellite boxes, Blu-ray Disc players, computers, digital camcorders, gaming systems and more. Component connections deliver vivid high definition video and offer a convenient solution for devices that don''t use HDMI connectors. The most popular HDTV broadcasts deliver only 30 frames per second. This HDTV displays 120 frames per second by calculating new picture information to make images remarkably sharp and clear. Movies are filmed at only 24 frames per second. This HDTV''s advanced processing power delivers 120 frames per second, five times faster than ordinary movies. The resulting picture is smoother and has more visible detail than ever before possible. Have you ever wanted to share your favorite pictures or videos from your computer on a big screen TV? The Alpha Series TVs include an RGB input so you can hook your computer directly to the big screen. Rest easy. All of the UltraVision LCD TVs are energy efficient and ENERGY STAR qualified. Experience more vivid colors than standard HDTV. Experience colors that are more realistic than ever before possible. The ULTRAVISION remote is preprogrammed to easily operate compat
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31 of 33 people found the following review helpful.
By George Capen
Hitachi makes a killer TV. I was set to buy a Vizio 240hz TV blah, blah, blah, then I actually looked at this one and it was just better. Better or more realistic picture and a better price. I was all hung up on contrast ratio, Hz, etc and what I remembered when I watched was this TV just has a great picture. I have since learned that most top makers are no longer going to talk contrast etc. because it can be misleading. Hope this helps, George
16 of 17 people found the following review helpful.
Excellent Picture and Value
By Longhorn Fan
After lots and lots of research I stopped by a local warehouse club to see the sets in person. When I walked in I was all set to purchase a 42" LG, but after seeing all of the sets side by side, the Hitachi L42S503 really stood out. I realize that they are not all calibrated correctly at the store, but this set did not disappoint when I got it home. After some minor color calibration tweaks the image as outstanding. I highly recommend this TV for anyone looking for a great value without compromising on quality.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful.
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Hitachi L42S503 a winner!
By Steven M. Angelini
I purchased this 42" LCD about a month or so ago after a lot of research and shopping around. I did all of my due diligence with regard to seeing all comparable sets in person to get up close and personal with the options. etc. Hitachi makes a top notch product and does have great customer service as well. In fact, I have only called them once since installing the TV and it wasn't even a question with regard to the LCD but moreso about an issue that turned out to be the interaction with my Blu-ray player and they took the time to troubleshoot the issue with success. Not to mention it was a painless wait to get to a support specialist and it wasn't outsourced but rather based in California.
This TV has a very sharp picture with true vibrant color that is spot on. I barely changed any of the factory settings with regard to the picture. The sound is decent but took some fiddling with the setups. I typically always watch this TV through the surround sound system plus I'm no audiophile so it's fine for me when running through the unit speakers. The backlight can be a little bright in the corners from time to time but it is ONLY visible when the screen is completely black. You can eliminate this if you chose to do so by setting it to a lower level. I love the picture as is and have opted to leave it be. The trade off is the best picture I feel the TV has to offer...no biggie.
I shopped around for a while to get the best deal and ended up purchasing this at Sam's Club for $747 in early December 09'. Absolutely worth the price and in my opinion it is a superior unit over comparable Vizeo's, Samsungs, etc...