Due in stores later this month is the Hitachi 8000 range of flatscreen TVs, which are being heralded as the most affordable HD Ready sets from the brand yet.
Comprising 32- and 37-inch LCD screens, and a 42-inch plasma, all models sport integrated digital Freeview tuners and 3DS pseudo surround sound.
Viewing options include a split picture mode, allowing an analogue and digital programme, or a channel and digital input, or an image and text to be viewed simultaneously. Connectivity includes a single HDMI port, two SCART sockets, S-video, composite and component video inputs.
Top of the range is the 42PD8700, which is expected to sell for around 1400 UK pounds. It’s built around an ALIS 1024×1080 panel making it the cheapest 1080 resolution plasma TV available.
“The inclusion of our flagship ALIS Plasma panel within the range is testament to our ‘no-compromise’ approach to this highly competitive segment,” explains Richard Bass, Hitachi UK’s Senior Manager of display products. “By providing world leading technology at an affordable price point, we will make quality viewing more readily accessible to a larger audience and raise market expectation as a whole.”
The cheaper 37LD8700 LCD display uses an Hitachi IPS (In Plane Switching) panel to improve off-axis viewing. The entry-level 32LD8700 screen lacks IPS. Both LCDs use 1366 x 768 resolution glass.