February 26, 2008
| by Gordon Jones
If you’ve been holding off on going HD, or more likely, want to upgrade your hopelessly outdated 2yo LCD(sarcasm), this may be your chance. Sears has temporarily dropped its price on the Hitachi Full HD Ultravision® Plasma 50-incher (model #P50S601 if you’re googling).
The screen has respectable stats: 1920 x 1080 resolution, 3:2 pulldown (reduces artifacts on DVDs), triple tuner, 4 HD/6 SD Aspect Modes, piles of ports, anti-reflection coating, and so on.
It’s the extra geek-factor technologies, however, that make this set really shine: Hitachi’s ClearWindow™ tech (higher brightness output, less grid structure), PictureMaster™ HD IV (digital video processor to optimize picture performance), three customized settings (per input) that will match the picture settings to the ambient light conditions, and the cou de gras, a motorized swivel stand that rotates the set up to 30 degrees (horizontally). I can’t tell if you can also wall mount this 5 inch deep TV, but with a motorized stand, why would you?
User reviews are positive noting more than once the set’s rich colors and deep blacks - the calling cards of plasmas.
Sale price: $1,499.99
Deal ends: 03/01/08
Buy now: www.sears.com