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post #1 of 2 Old 08-15-2002, 08:39 AM - Thread Starter
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Ok guys, I called Hitachi Canada and ask for a complete rundown and differences between model numbers. Also get MSRP on 57" models. All models have DVI even though the webiste lists the GWX as not having it.

57UWX20B Silver/Grey = $4500CAN High-contrast protective shield.
57GWX20B Silver/Grey = $4700CAN New anti-reflective high-contrast shield.
57SWX20B Silver/Grey = $5300CAN Wide neck CRTs, much better sound, AV Network, IR mouse output jacks, Same screen as GWX.
57TWX20B Silver/Grey with marbel accents = $5500CAN New deep black high contrast shield. Same as on XWX model. All else the same as SWX model.
57XWX20B Black/High gloss black = $9000CAN Same as TWX except has, built-in ATSC tuner, built-in DD output, DD 2channel down-mix, 1 additional antenna(RF) input, and 2 IEEE 1394/5c inputs.

As for MSRP pricing, dealers may sell for less so better get your negotiating/haggling game face on. Don't like paying retail for anything.

Hope this helps and if you find anything wrong or different, please advise.

Now to figure out the 6 stretch modes and determine which is for what use :) Some seem obvious but others are not. These are my guesses:

1) 4:3 Standard = Reg Tv with bars on sides.
2) 4:3 Expanded = Reg Tv stretched to fill screen.
3: 4:3 Zoom 1 = Not sure but assume distorts picture less but crops more off top and bottom.
4: 4:3 Zoom 2 = Less distortion but more cropping than Zoom 1.
5: 16:9 Standard = Non-anamorphic WS viewing and HD action.
6: 16:9 Zoom = Anamorphic DVD viewing.

Spoke to Hitachi Canada again and the guy seemed to have no clue. He tried to tell me that with some 4:3 SD signals, the TV will not allow you to use any 4:3 modes other than standard. This makes no sense. As always with dealing with customer service, YMMV. Hopefully, someone who actually has a 20B series TV can clarify this situation.
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On 480i input, you can use any stretch mode you want
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