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Hitachi 50VS69A 50-Inch 720p LCD Projection HDTV

by Hitachi
3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Slim, home theater-ready 50-inch LCD projection HDTV; measures 46.4" x 31.8" x 17.3 (inches) with stand
  • Integrated NTSC, ATSC tuners; QAM tuner compatible with unscrambled HDTV cable reception
  • Three-panel 720p LCD Light Engine and 11-element lens system produce excpetionally bright, sharp picture
  • Connections: composite (5 in), S-Video (4 in), component (2 in), HDMI (1 in), RF (1 in)
  • Two stereo speakers, 12 watts apiece (24 watts total); optical digital audio out for Dolby Digital and DTS surround sound
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Hitachi
  • Model Number: 50VS69A
  • Display Technology: LCD
  • Display Size: 50 inches
  • Image Aspect Ratio: 16:9
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Hitachi 50VS69A 50" LCD Projection HDTV

Enjoy huge, high-definition video in your own home theater with the 50-inch Hitachi 50VS69 LCD projection HDTV. One-third slimmer and less than half the weight of a comparably-sized CRT-based projection model, this LCD set features a high output light source, advanced prism system, and a three-panel 720p LCD Light Engine with an 11-element lens system to produce an exceptionally bright, sharp picture. Improvements along the light path include special filters and polarizers that ensure brighter whites and darker blacks. Its industrial design features minimal bottom speakers to create an ultra-sleek form factor as well as a silver and black finish for a striking modern look.

You'll enjoy 480p, 720p and 1080i high-definition viewing right out of the box thanks to the built-in digital ATSC tuner, which pulls HD signals right from the airwaves. You can also connect the set to an optional receiver or cable/satellite set-top box using either the HDMI or component connections (thanks to its built-in QAM tuner for unscrambled cable HD reception). An analog NTSC tuner receives standard-definition (SD) programming. And the set's CableCARD port means the set will also receive digital cable television systems services directly from a compatible cable operator without requiring a bulky, external cable box.

The proprietary Hitachi VirtualHD 1080p video processor de-interlaces 1080i programs to provide as much detail as possible for a clear, sharp image. HitachiÕs dynamic histogram processing delivers improved contrast, color and sharpness while reducing noise to a minimum. Each video frame is processed as a digital still image in real time with an astounding 68-billion color capability to produce the best final on-screen image.

This set performs 3:2 pulldown detection and reversal, too--a handy feature for watching progressive-scan movie programs in their native 24-frame format. To adapt 24 frames-per-second movies to 30 fps video, frames in the original movie must be duplicated; 3:2 pulldown digitally corrects this duplication by removing the redundant information to display a frame-accurate picture. A 3D Y/C comb filter (4 MB) further enhances resolution by removing blurred edges between colors and reducing dot crawl (tiny, moving dots of color along a sharp color separation in a vertical line, as in a depiction of a character's striped T-shirt). Rounding out the features is an anti-reflective diffusion screen, multiple color temperatures, black enhancement, three HD aspect modes, six SD aspect modes, and split screen/picture-in-picture capability.

A separate Day and Night Memory for each input ensures the optimum picture quality during the daytime or nighttime for each source. Simply press the Day/Night button on the remote or use the automatic timer to switch between bright daytime settings and high-fidelity nighttime settings. Other convenience features include a sleep timer, closed caption decoding, tri-lingual on-screen display (English, French, Spanish), and V-Chip parental controls.

This set has a powerful 24-watt, two-way speaker system (12 watts per channel) that can produce simulated surround sound via the two speakers. It has an optical digital audio output for connecting to a home theater system for true 5.1-channel (or higher) surround sound. Other audio features include mute/soft mute, bass boost, and capability of using the set as a center speaker in a multi-channel surround sound system. It includes the following video and audio connections:

  • Composite AV (RCA): 5 in (1 front)
  • S-Video: 2 in
  • Component Video: 2 in
  • HDMI: 1 in
  • RF: 1 in
  • Digital audio output: 1 optical

Tech Talk
HDMI is a lossless, uncompressed, all-digital audio/video interface to link any audio/video source (such as a set-top box, DVD player, or AV receiver) with your TV--all over a single cable. It provides up to a 5 GB per second bandwidth for transmitting pure digital video and audio signals with no degradation in the transfer. It can carry up to eight discrete audio channels, making it compatible with 7.1-channel surround sound systems. Signals are encrypted with HDCP (High-bandwidth Digital Content Protection) to prevent recording. HDMI is fully backward-compatible with most DVI connections .

Component video (also called Y/Pb/Pr) features a three-jack video input, which provides separate connections for luminance (Y), blue color difference (PB) and red color difference (PR). This results in increased bandwidth for color information, resulting in a more accurate picture with clearer color reproduction and less bleeding than you would get with S-Video or composite (RCA yellow video plug) connections. You will need a separate RCA left/right audio cable for sound.

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LCD projection HDTV, remote control (with batteries), printed operating instructions

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Technical Details

Brand Name Hitachi
Item Weight 100.4 pounds
Product Dimensions 17 x 46 x 32 inches
Item model number 50VS69A
Batteries 2 AA batteries required. (included)
Color Name black

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3 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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Best Sellers Rank #1,167,928 in Home Theater (See top 100)
#7,953 in Electronics > Televisions & Video > Televisions > LED & LCD TVs
Shipping Weight 100.4 pounds
Domestic Shipping This item can only be shipped to the 48 contiguous states. We regret it cannot be shipped to APO/FPO, Hawaii, Alaska, or Puerto Rico.
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Date First Available May 1, 2006

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I bought this TV on 12-6-06 from HH Gregg. They were running a one-day sale and I stole this TV for 999.97, and I couldn't be happier. I searched for a while trying to find a new HDTV that looked great, with my budget I wanted one around $1000. I don't have cable or Satellite (yet), but the salesman through in an RCA HDTV Antenna for free, and I can pick up the local HD channels and they look unbelievable. This TV also has an option that changes the screen color due to the light level in the room (Day: Dynamic, Day: Normal, and Night). If you're thinking of buying a new HDTV and you're on a smaller budget that A Sony SXRD will allow, I very highly recommend this set.
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Hitachi has been aware for years of the defective light engine on this TV.
Buying this tv will cost another $600 for Hitachi to send the improved light engine to a repair facility.
Buy the Mitsubishi TV instead, they have great customer service.
I got a brand new 60" 3d for $200.00 after my 57" went out, even though the warranty was expired by two years.
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I have this tv and after 3 years it needed a bulb replacement so they gave me the number of their distributor, i ORDERED IT FOR 159.00 then in 5 days got the part but the cover would not go back on so I called and was told I was given a generic bulb because Hitachi stopped making the part and there had been 3 others who had ordered this and had the same problem. It would of been nice if they would of explained all of this when I ordered the part not after waiting and spending so much time trying to get it to work. No to mention it only being three years old and they stopped making parts for it!!!!!!!!! I called them and they could care less!!! Customer service is not good!!!Now I have a big T.v after three years to just throw out!!!!!!!!!!! How green is that? Not to mention it was not cheap!!
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