Hitachi 43FDX01B Standard Televisions

43FDX01B

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User Reviews (7)

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Chris   Audio Enthusiast [Jan 18, 2001]
Strength:

Picture quality, Amount of imputs, full time progressive scan

Weakness:

Remote is a bit clunky (but who uses the Tv remote anyway)
Sound is on the soft side,but acceptable for regular tv listening

I can't get over how beautiful the piture is on this TV. The blacks are the blackest I have ever seen and the color is brilliant. When hook up to a good dvd player it will make you soil your pants. When watching regular tv I find my self really having to turn up the sound. but 99% of the time I run it thur my reciever so sound is really not a issue. This Tv really beats everthing in it's class, hands down.

Similar Products Used: panasonic 27" direct view
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Luke   Audiophile [Nov 17, 2001]
Strength:

For $2799 CDN with a DVD player and a Stand you cant go wrong. The sheer coolness of the look of this unit is stunning. Picture quality is gorgeous.

Weakness:

This is my second set in 1 week. I watch my movies in the pitch black and all I have to say is WHAT THE HELL IS WITH THE BLUE HALO effect on both of these sets!!!! Whenever you watch a space orientated movie (one with lots of black) There is an obvious washing of blue/grey that cannot be tweaked out using contrast or brightness without making the entire picture look awful.

Good price. Nice picture quality. Dont watch this set in the dark!

Similar Products Used: None. First ever RPTV.
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
4
Charles Hughes   Audiophile [Aug 10, 2001]
Strength:

Excellent Picture Quality and sound, I am running the tv set with a harmon kardon(M#avr510)Dital Reciever that I paid $1000.00 for, the reciever allows me to select different viewing modes (movies, sports, etc...) and you can run HDTV through it, Awesome!
Really rcommend This tv!

Weakness:

none at all

this is a review of what i have into the tv so far:

1.digital reciever= $1000.00
2.Speaker package(Harmon Kardon Also= $500.00
3.HDTV set top box(to recieve hdtv with)= Free,
given by friend
4.Panasonic DvD Player

All Products= "awesome Television"

Similar Products Used: I have been repairing televisions for over 10 years, and i have seen lots of televisions before me, but this hitachi delivers the best picture and sound so far that i have seen,
the picture quality is absolutely beautiful!
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
5
Don   Audiophile [May 30, 2001]
Strength:

Nice cabinet, not the usual boring black. Easy controls and menus. Small enough, does not take over the room.

Weakness:

Calibration is a joke, one cross in the center, to use internal takes a while to get into case. Far to bright to use for movies in a low lit room, controls do not allow the lowering of brightness enough without loosing pic quality. Screen is not a true HDTV. Wide screen viewing (16:9) does not allow HD 1080i, the screen uses 810 lines and leaves 270 lines in the horizontal bars instead of the usual 1080 lines of resolution squished to allow true wide screen and digital bars at top and bottom of screen. The TV is not real good at gray scale, and convergence does need fine tuning out of box, but you need to order the service manual to do the fine tuning inside the cabinet.

Overall the TV is ok, I use a high end digital surround system (Yamaha amp (6.1) sony high end DVD and Klipsh speakers surround) I would not suggesat using the TV's speakers for anything. I have had the TV for about 1 week, and if I could do it over I would not have bought this model. It looked ok on the sales floor under bright light, no way to tell it would be to bright for low light. The TV also was out of convergence on the sales floor, I questioned the sales man who said, "yeah I would suggest getting the $200 service agreement with this TV as it goes out of convergence easily", I know that should have been my clue about this set.
I want to take it back but do not want to pay the 15% restocking fee so I may be stuck with this.

Similar Products Used: Philips/Magnavox, Sony
OVERALL
RATING
2
VALUE
RATING
3
Frank Alles   Audiophile [Jan 17, 2001]
Strength:

The Hitachi 43FDX01B is an aesthetically compact and clean-looking unit that delivers strikingly clear, focused video performance on DVD and HDTV signal sources and very good performance with VHS tape and my digital cable system. There is a very good sense of depth and layering to images and the various gradations in light intensity in various scenes provides a sense of detail I have not experienced with other models. Coupled with a high-quality signal source like my Pioneer DV-333 DVD player, it provides colorful and dimensional visual images that can only be both involving and breathtaking (I'm using the S-video input for DVD).

Weakness:

The "Genius" remote control is a little hard to master using the instruction book, but probably no moreso than comparable remotes that offer as many features. Also, the built-in speaker system doesn't provide much bass or impact, so if you want this baby to rock you have to use it in conjunction with a decent external amplifier and speakers.

This Hitachi 43" HDTV-ready model, delivers a superbly detailed and multi-layered visual presentation that I didn't even realize was possible until I saw it for myself in my own A/V room. DVDs produce spectacular visuals that are vivid and stunning.

The built-in speakers didn't do much for me, being limited in dynamics and bass reproduction, but hooked up to an external high-quality audio system the sound was satisfying -- not as good as my separate high-end audio system, but very impactful and convincing by merely adding a good integrated amplifier and a large pair of bookshelf speakers. I hope to try a full Dolby surround system in the near future and see what difference that makes -- but first I'm covering my sofa with plastic. :)

My overall rating of 4 stars reflects somewhat anemic quality of the on-board audio system. For sheer video quality I would award this unit 6 or 7 stars if it were allowed. :)



Similar Products Used: In my search for this TV I looked at the new 43" Toshiba HDTV model and thought the Hitachi's overall picture quality was marginally better, though it was a close comparison. In a room filled with about a dozen competing sets from different manufacturers, ranging in price from $2000 to $9000, no other set had an appreciably better picture using an HDTV signal source. My previous set is a 32" Toshiba direct view tabletop model.
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
JEREMY   Audio Enthusiast [Aug 30, 2001]
Strength:

The picture is smooooth. Fits nicely in my living room, without taking up too much space. The picture,the picture the picture.

Weakness:

Protective screen relects alot of glare, hard to calibrate, have to open it up to do a real good job. Wont work right with progressive scan dvd players.

This is the best tv i could find for the money. The picture is great. I bough t a Sony Progressive scan dvd player na d while movies were playing, the screen would go black sometimes. I called hitachi and the say they are aware of the problem and want to send out a service tech. I dont know if the newer tv's have this prolem as well. Overall this tv is bad ass and im very happy with it.

Similar Products Used: none
OVERALL
RATING
4
VALUE
RATING
5
william garner   Audio Enthusiast [May 29, 2001]
Strength:

PICTURE,PICTURE,PICTURE
Smooth screen for easy cleaning and very clean image
bright image projection and good viewing angle

Weakness:

on-board audio, the picture demands a nice audio system to complement it. Silver cabinet, stands out against my decorating instead of blending

I think Hitachi got it right with this TV, everything you need and no extras that you wouldn't be using in a home theatre set-up. This is the TV of choice if you are looking for a great image and dont want to spend 4000 and up for a TV.
Forget about the on-board audio and hook up to your stereo to a DVD and Satellite (or digital cable) receiver. You wouldn't be looking at a great TV if your watching broadcast TV anyway. Your VCR will need to be SVHS or you will be shocked at how poor tape looks on this.:+) Use a Hard-drive recorder for taping your shows, problem solved. Another note about this TV, an friend manages a local store that specializes in designing high-end entertainment rooms and installing them. He tells me that the Hitachi TV ultravision line is his favorite for value, outperforming TVs that cost twice the price. I agree as I was considering a much more expensive TV (2800.00)and ran across this bargain in circuit city (open box for 1600.00, down from 2099.00)

My set-up:
High-end Video switching receiver (1000.00)
High Def Satellite receiver (600.00)
Hard drive video recorder (299.00)
DVD Player (299.00)
SVHS VCR (350.00)
surround speakers with powered SUB (600.00)

so, for under five grand, I put together a killer entertainment system, my freinds crowd over for the championship games, and a movie with my wife or a few couples after a dinner party are pretty impressive. Better than going to the movies.

Similar Products Used: RCA 32" and Sony 32"
OVERALL
RATING
5
VALUE
RATING
4
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