November 08, 2012
| by Grant Clauser
It’s been a while since we’ve seen new Hitachi TVs. The company skipped the last couple of Consumer Electronics Shows, and earlier this year we shared a story about the maker ceasing TV production, but Hitachi’s back, and the company has some cool new stuff to offer.
Remember, Hitachi ushered in the era of the really-thin flat screen TVs way back in 2007 with the world’s first 1.5-inch LCD TV.
Hitachi is starting its comeback with new lines of LED LCD TVs. The foremost is the UltraVision UltaThin W806 Smart 3D TVs. Models available in 48- and 55-inch versions ($1,399 and $929) include include built-in Wifi, Netflix, Vudu Apps and Youtube, but no music apps.
The Platinum S606 series is similar, and similarly priced, but instead of built-in streaming services, the TVs are Roku Stick compatible—plug in a Roku stick and you’ve got 100s of Roku services at hand. Unfortunately the Roku Stick itself is an additional purchase.
Hitachi will also offer three “Value Series” lines, the S406, H306 and H303. All three of those lines are thin bezel edge-lit LED TVs with Dolby Digital, PicturePerfect Video Processor, PC Input via RGB and a Sleep Timer. Prices on the value models range from $899 to $329
Grant Clauser has been covering home electronics for more than 10 years with editorial roles in several consumer and trade magazines. He's done ISF-level damage to hundreds of reviewed products and has had audio training from Home Acoustics Alliance and Sencore. He's also the author of the book The Trouble with Rivers
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