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Hi All,

fyi anyone in the Newcastle area interested in local pricing, I've just confirmed a deal for one of these from DJs (Kotara/Newcastle), $3200 with 2 years interest free and 5 years warranty. Their retail price was $3999.

Started by haggling Bing Lee down to $3000, or $3200 with 5 year warranty, cash only floorstock (down from $3400 no warranty). Then got DJs to price match :blink: (the writeup is for $2700 for the TV, which is $100 less than their buy price and $500 for the warranty. Dunno if thats crap or not, but it seemed like a good deal)

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Hi All,

fyi anyone in the Newcastle area interested in local pricing, I've just confirmed a deal for one of these from DJs (Kotara/Newcastle), $3200 with 2 years interest free and 5 years warranty. Their retail price was $3999.

Started by haggling Bing Lee down to $3000, or $3200 with 5 year warranty, cash only floorstock (down from $3400 no warranty). Then got DJs to price match :blink: (the writeup is for $2700 for the TV, which is $100 less than their buy price and $500 for the warranty. Dunno if thats crap or not, but it seemed like a good deal)

Very nice pricing, get it get it!

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Hey Struggo how did you deal with the "casualty" on your plasma? is everything alright now? or are you still

looking into ways to fix it? p.s best wishes~ (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif)

Hi Ivalice,

Hitachi say they can do nothing due to the time frame of my complaint. Bing Lee rep rang them also. He said he will exchange and help me if he can. He needs the okay from Hitachi. :D

I just found another little one also. They seem to have been caused by a sharp object. You acutally feel the cut with your finger nail.

Not happy with Hitachi response as I did notify them on the 6th day as it was the first time I had the curtains drawn to allow sunlight on the unit.

I'm now awaiting a response from Fair Trading. :blink:

Cheers

Struggo

Hi Ivalice,

I just had my 8800 replaced with a brand new 8800.

It wasn't the scratches in the end that saved me. I would not have been able to have the unit replaced because of them as it is deemed as a non manufacturing fault.

When I was looking for more scratches I noticed a white dust type fragment on the inside on the (front) panel. I then also noticed a small bubble on the rear of the panel where they must laminate the glass. Because I had logged a compliant with the CTTT I then made up a PowerPoint highlighting what I believe where faults. When a Hitachi representative received the PowerPoint and noticed the white dust & bubble they came straight out and inspected the 8800. It was the deemed to be a manufacturing fault and I had the unit replaced ASAP.

I received my new 8800 within a week and it was installed and set up.

Thank you HITACHI :P:P:P:P

Oh I love my 8800 :P

Cheers

Struggo

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check this poll of lyle's

http://www.dtvforum.info/index.php?showtopic=30518&hl=

the hitachi are particualrly good temp image retention I think due to their alternate lighting system, unlike hte pio's and panas that had people complaing re logos burnt on etc during the sport over summer.

Never had any issues with my previous hitachi and no probs with my 8800 and watch sport and use with the xbox 360 etc.

Al why does Chanel 7 broadcast its High Definiton at 576p ? when Chanel 9 does 1080i ?

Cheers Simon

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Al why does Chanel 7 broadcast its High Definiton at 576p ? when Chanel 9 does 1080i ?

Cheers Simon

something you shoudl ask ch7 simon. they have a hte belief 576p(at the very poor bit rate at which they broadcast) is good enough for HD. Theyre allowed to by the government who recognise it as 'HD' I wish theyd be forced to broadcast 1080i like the rest. And also wish something would be done ot improve the pathetic bit rate at which all the broadcasters put HD to air. really does it no justice.

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Al why does Chanel 7 broadcast its High Definiton at 576p ? when Chanel 9 does 1080i ?

Cheers Simon

Most purists on this forum do not consider 576p to be HD.

The botton line is that the government has stuffed it up (again).

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Hey guys, Having used my 8800 for almost 3 month now, I would like some advice on their colour collaboration :D I guess it all boils down to the fact, whether if I had set my Contrast, Colour, Sharpness etc too high. Currently Im going+5 on contrast, +5 on colour, 0 on brightness. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. :blink:

Regards Ivalice

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Hey guys, Having used my 8800 for almost 3 month now, I would like some advice on their colour collaboration :D I guess it all boils down to the fact, whether if I had set my Contrast, Colour, Sharpness etc too high. Currently Im going+5 on contrast, +5 on colour, 0 on brightness. Any opinions would be greatly appreciated. :blink:

Regards Ivalice

I have mine on the Natural setting with Default parameters. Looks good to me! Of course it can vary depending on your source - I have a Topfield SD PVR with RGB->YUV Converter->YUV

cheers,

John

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Hi All,

Just a quick note regarding my 8800 purchased last July.

Bloody awesome.

I still do & always will love this sexy thing :blink:

Cheers

Struggo

I second the above motion, I am in awe at times re my 8800, price was right particularly for a regional H/N.

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Just a quick question while i think about it, i was watching Foxtel (showtime) last night and the movie was wider then the screen. I have the screen set to full size, do i have to change another setting?

Thanks.

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Just a quick question while i think about it, i was watching Foxtel (showtime) last night and the movie was wider then the screen. I have the screen set to full size, do i have to change another setting?

Thanks.

If the 8800 was at "full" then it was Foxtel's fault that the image was cropped.

Philip

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Still lovin' my 8800 one year on ...... The cricket has been simply awesome, especially seeing as mine was professionally calibrated. And I'm getting absolutely full value from my DVD collection - the best encoded movies look almost cinema quality.

It's a beautiful thing! :blink::D:P

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Still lovin' my 8800 one year on ...... The cricket has been simply awesome, especially seeing as mine was professionally calibrated. And I'm getting absolutely full value from my DVD collection - the best encoded movies look almost cinema quality.

It's a beautiful thing! :blink::D:P

Just wait until you see HD-DVD on it... the PQ from my Toshiba HD-E1 is spectacular on the 8800. :P

(I also recommend the X360 HD add on if you want a 'value for money' way to try HD-DVD)

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All agree that it is a good device. I just hope you don't have any problems because the customer service turn around is hopeless, I have been going round in circles for about 3 months with Hitachi and still going

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how much did you pay for it if you dont't mind me asking and what stb have you got

I paid full sticker price. :blink:

Actually..I paid full sticker for a Samsung which I decided had to go back. They let me swap it for the Hitachi.

stb is a Humax Smart pvr. I will be buying a HD pvr as soon as I can decide which one to get. The Humax is such a good unit I'm waiting until they release a twin tuner HD pvr.

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I paid full sticker price. :blink:

Actually..I paid full sticker for a Samsung which I decided had to go back. They let me swap it for the Hitachi.

stb is a Humax Smart pvr. I will be buying a HD pvr as soon as I can decide which one to get. The Humax is such a good unit I'm waiting until they release a twin tuner HD pvr.

Why did the Sammy go back??

Philip

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Why did the Sammy go back??

Philip

The Sammy went back because of several reasons. First, DNIe was an absolute horror. The brightness changes is causes made it virtually impossible to watch sometimes. To turn it off, you have to turn off all the digital processing, which means turning off burn protection as well as all the other goodies. Black levels were improved with it off, but that's it. There was no black level with it on..just a grey level!

Secondly, SD performance was terrible. What looked like quantisation noise abounded (not sure what the actual term is). Colour banding was horrible (worse with DNIe off), with distinct false contouring in some cases rendering the show unwatchable.

HD performance was very good however, but also suffered from a problem that was the third reason to return it. Skin tones. I could never get skin tones to look OK. SD or HD. No amount of adjustment seemed to help.

There could very well have been a problem with it, but after two weeks of tweaking and suffering, I decided to return it other than chance a service tech tell me 'that's as good as it gets'.

Mark

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well I dont know how long its been i've had the 8800TA. but I just cant stop drooling at its PQ these days. has been spurred along latetely since getting a toppy HDPVR. I didnt do much tweaking picture setting wise since getting it. just dropped brightness setting one notch thats all. and boy since I have seen some of the most glorious and natural looking pics yet.

the hitachi I think really does such natural skin tones. and really does not skimp one little bit on the detail. whether its hd-dvd, hi-def movies on ch7, 9 or even travel shows like great outdoors. lovely screen this one. really just so very happy ! :blink:

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well I dont know how long its been i've had the 8800TA. but I just cant stop drooling at its PQ these days. has been spurred along latetely since getting a toppy HDPVR. I didnt do much tweaking picture setting wise since getting it. just dropped brightness setting one notch thats all. and boy since I have seen some of the most glorious and natural looking pics yet.

the hitachi I think really does such natural skin tones. and really does not skimp one little bit on the detail. whether its hd-dvd, hi-def movies on ch7, 9 or even travel shows like great outdoors. lovely screen this one. really just so very happy ! :blink:

Yea, I agree. I picked up a demo 42PDF8900 a few weeks back now at a great price and it looks great. Foxtel via component looks good too. I( did not feel the new PD9000 and 960's with HD tuner as good. Seems that image processing is a cheaper Aussie only version.

BTW There is a demo 8800 unit at JB hifi Warringah Mall I saw yesterday with price of $2200. I am sure one could get it for 2k. Interestly they had the current 960 next to it and the 8800 looked more natural in its picture presentation

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Yea, I agree. I picked up a demo 42PDF8900 a few weeks back now at a great price and it looks great. Foxtel via component looks good too. I( did not feel the new PD9000 and 960's with HD tuner as good. Seems that image processing is a cheaper Aussie only version.

BTW There is a demo 8800 unit at JB hifi Warringah Mall I saw yesterday with price of $2200. I am sure one could get it for 2k. Interestly they had the current 960 next to it and the 8800 looked more natural in its picture presentation

The is a 8900 at my local Bing Lee on display, I was advised $2100 cash. Very tempting :blink:

I agree, the 8800/8900 seem to be far better than the newer models in terms of image reproduction. Spiderman 2 last night on 90 was awesome. I have my 8800 connected to a Philips DTR-7200.

Check out the US version. Why can't we get all those special extras such as Learning AV NET V, IEEE-1394 and DV Inputs

& IR Pass Through. I would love the IR Pass Through :D

http://www.hitachi.us/tv/browse/plasma/plasma/42hdx99.shtml

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The is a 8900 at my local Bing Lee on display, I was advised $2100 cash. Very tempting :blink:

I agree, the 8800/8900 seem to be far better than the newer models in terms of image reproduction. Spiderman 2 last night on 90 was awesome. I have my 8800 connected to a Philips DTR-7200.

Check out the US version. Why can't we get all those special extras such as Learning AV NET V, IEEE-1394 and DV Inputs

& IR Pass Through. I would love the IR Pass Through :D

http://www.hitachi.us/tv/browse/plasma/plasma/42hdx99.shtml

hehe that us model does look tasty !

yeah I caught a bit of spiderman thsi week and last week too. both really showed things of pq wise on this screen. I dont know what it is. maybe my display has settled in, the new toppy I'm now using or maybe the networks are doing a better job PQ wise. but yeah pictures havent looked better. I'm really happy wiht this set and will be quite content for it to take me through a few years I think. well untill ~60" 1080p screens become the norm and affordable hehehe

interesting to read the comments re the current gen hitachi's, glad then I got the one I have. hope future models a bigger and better ! :P

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Still loving mine .... 16 months old.

I wondered through some stores on Saturday to see what the latest models were capable of, and I have to say I don't think it's any better than the 42PD8800TA.

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I might be a bit oversensitive, but I have concerns over a burn in type phenomena occuring on my panel. With a black screen ie no input there is an area of "lightness" appearing in the centre of the panel. Just diffuse approx the area where the "action" happens eg news readers faces etc. I have tried the screen wipe with no success. It has no obvious efffect on the PQ when viewing normal televisions but I am a bit concerned in dark films it might cause a washed out area in the centre. Anyone with any similar problem?

Philip

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I might be a bit oversensitive, but I have concerns over a burn in type phenomena occuring on my panel. With a black screen ie no input there is an area of "lightness" appearing in the centre of the panel. Just diffuse approx the area where the "action" happens eg news readers faces etc. I have tried the screen wipe with no success. It has no obvious efffect on the PQ when viewing normal televisions but I am a bit concerned in dark films it might cause a washed out area in the centre. Anyone with any similar problem?

Philip

Contact Hitachi if :unsure:

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Hi All,

Has anyone hooked up a PS3/Blue Ray or HD DVD/Xbox 360 to this sexy thing yet. :wub:

Performance at (Movie watching) 1080i???

Struggo,

Have my PS3 hooked up to the 42pd8800ta and I reckon its superb for blu-rays. Even the wife says wow! 1080i will do me just fine as the quality is outstanding, better than a mates 1080p setup with a more expensive panel.

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Hi All

I know this has come up before regarding the brightish flaring in dark scenes or dark parts of a picture. Does anyone else still suffer this?

I had a techie come out to check it and he just said my settings were too dark and brightened it up.

I mentioned about the problem being reported on this forum and he said he hadn't heard of it before.

Anyway, later on when watching a dvd i stopped it and had it on screen saver (black screen with the Pioneer logo moving around) and it was really obvious then.

Almost a constant blinking of black to grey.

I'm thinking of getting a techie back out.

Cheers

Wayne

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I know this has come up before regarding the brightish flaring in dark scenes or dark parts of a picture. Does anyone else still suffer this?

I had a techie come out to check it and he just said my settings were too dark and brightened it up.

I mentioned about the problem being reported on this forum and he said he hadn't heard of it before.

Anyway, later on when watching a dvd i stopped it and had it on screen saver (black screen with the Pioneer logo moving around) and it was really obvious then.

Almost a constant blinking of black to grey.

I'm thinking of getting a techie back out.

Cheers

Wayne

Search this thread, I know there is a lot of pages, but it states how you can rectify this by getting into the service menu and changing the setting to stop this occuring. i did and it worked a treat. good luck!

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Hi All

I know this has come up before regarding the brightish flaring in dark scenes or dark parts of a picture. Does anyone else still suffer this?

I had a techie come out to check it and he just said my settings were too dark and brightened it up.

I mentioned about the problem being reported on this forum and he said he hadn't heard of it before.

Anyway, later on when watching a dvd i stopped it and had it on screen saver (black screen with the Pioneer logo moving around) and it was really obvious then.

Almost a constant blinking of black to grey.

I'm thinking of getting a techie back out.

Cheers

Wayne

Here you go Rolly1,

Be very careful and follow the instructions exactly.

This link takes you to the thread regarding the service menu:

http://www.dtvforum.info/index.php?showtopic=29954

This is another useful link:

http://www.dtvforum.info/index.php?showtopic=37909

Cheers

Struggo

http://www.dtvforum.info/index.php?showtop...achi&st=100

Hey there,

Well I really didnt think the option would be called "disable fluctuating brightness" in the service manual.

Aside from the guy taking a few mins to get into the service menu, that is all he changed I took special note of what he did because I know how much you can mess things up in the service menu

He went into the service menu (eventually)

Scrolled down a LOT using the remote control

Got to option 275

Hit the right hand arrow on the remote

Either pressed 1 or hit the up arrow to change to 1.

And then closed the service menu (i cant remember if he hit ok on the remote or turned the set off).

I said to him "so thats all, change option 275 in service menu from 0 to 1 and he said "yep thats it"

I said "any idea what it does?" he said "no, i only heard about this change this morning when i got the job, im just following instructions".

I watched about 15 mins of LOTR last night - the scene where they are going through the dwarf caves and I could not see any fluctuating brightness issues, also tried with an mp4 rip off my pc where i had noticed it badly the night before and there was no fluctuation.

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