Here's the latest on my 42HDS69 saga: about 2 days before I got through break-in and really started watching my set, my boss informed me that he could have gotten me a HELLUVA price on the TV. You see, I just started working for him about 4 months ago and lo and behold, in addition to owning the company I work for, he's living every A/V nut's dream: he's an enthusiast who has also started small-time distributing on the side. He's really got connections on just about everything, including beautiful high-end stuff (it's going to get me in major trouble), and the price he is offering me is COST; in fact, it's DISCOUNTED COST (more on that in a minute). When I was looking to buy my set, I didn't want to hit him up for a price...plus I was worried about a delivery...and after he offered, I wasn't going screw the retailer I bought from and jump for the much lower price. However, since my set has now started having this damn flicker issue, it gives me a perfectly legitimate reason to return it and take advantage of the offer.
So I was explaining the issue to him today and I said normally I would exhaust tying to fix the issue on my current set before giving up on it and opting for something else; you know, firmware update, technician visit, etc. But since he was offering the set at a better price, I would just return this one, pray to the Lord that I just got a bad one, and see how his did. However, if the new set also exhibited this flickering, I would, at that point, try the firmware upgrade, technician visit, etc...but if it persisted, that would convince me the issue was inherent to the model and I would not want to keep it. Well, there's always a rub and there it is; as a distributor, he can't just return it, he has to find a different way to move it and isn't interested in taking the loss since he doesn't really deal in Plasma TVs normally and wouldn't be interested in trying to move it if it didn't work out for me.
So...I've got to see if this one can be corrected, so I can determine if this is a model worth getting again at the lower price, or if I have to just ditch Hitachi and start my search, limited to Panny, Pio, Samsung this time, all over again. Ugh!!
Now, here's what I find interesting about this set: IMO, Hitachi has made an effort to really aim the 42HDS69 at the masses; to maybe make THIS set the one that will breakthrough so that everyone thinks "hey, I gotta get a plasma...and wow, look, they're kind of affordable". I mean, I can't recall a TV and magazine campaign around a single model the way I have for the 42HDS69. Now, the prices are dropping through the floor. I know we can't discuss price here, but I will say that in my area, CC has dropped the price $270 since I bought the set 2 weeks ago!! And the distributor that my boss got his price from has dropped the cost about the same. So is Hitachi trying to price this thing to really break out, or do they realize they have a dog on their hands? I'm also wondering, as I hear others talking about waiting for the HDT or HDX series, aren't they likely to use the same panels, and therefore inherit the same flicker issue, as the HDS? Plus, I see that motorized stand as a waste of money for anyone who plans to wall-mount their set anyway.
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