|Originally posted by bob733
1. When do the new 2003 models come out?
2. Will there be big improvements?
The current models, (20B models) came out late summer and early fall, only few months old.
The 20B series Hitachi's will be current models untill next summer atleast.
They are 2003 models technically.
I am sure they will get better. The 20B is much better than my 10B is.
|3. What is it main differences between the Hitachi 57swx20b and the 57xwx20b? Is it worth the difference?
Short answer: Better blacker screen with less glare and HDTV tuner and 1394 in/out for HDTV recording and networking. Better cabinet and better overall attention to detail and out of the box quality.
|4. What would be a good price for the Hitachis: Tonight in CC (Florida) they had
Pricing is regional and based on competition and location. Price info is not relavant from on part of the country to another. Don't expect to get a deal like some post, but do the best you can. 10% off price match should be nice, with perhaps 12months no interest, the current promo like a free DVD player or Gift card and free set up and delivery sounds like a great deal to me- Given you situation. Try to combine all the offers and add a 10% price reduction if possible. Give them a reason to budge on the price.. don't demand it. Make somthing up like a better deal somewhere else... or hunt the net and bring in a sheet with an internet price and see if the match it. there are lots of ways to get great deals... But I can really help you more than what I just said. PM me with some speciic questions...
|5. My kids watch Cartoon Network. Although I live in Stuart Florida and Adelphia Cable had Digital cable, I have to assume that Cartoon Network is 4.3 and I will have to stretch it. I don't care if Bugs Bunny looks wierd but I would care if Imus In The Morning looked wierd (than he looks now ha ha). I would also watch Blockbuster vidios so what would be a good dvd player to get?
There are many stretch and chop modes and the option to watch it native 4:3 too. You should be happy. The "horrible" stretch modes of the Hitachi are very overated- Try them yourself... They are not objectionable to me. Only people who complain about them are people who own a toshiba, I never read real Hitachi owners complain like it's the end of the world.
Sony makes nice DVD players. JVC has a nice one too. I am begining not to like panasonic myself...
|6. Would you recogmend a Service plan and what is the best bang for the buck?
Short answer: Yes.
|7. I have a two year old Avia tuning CD but I will assume there is / are better ones out there now...if so, what should I get?
It should work great. It's new still.
|8. My viewing areae is (from the front of the TV, to the chairs (my eyes) anywhere from 13 to 16 feet. What size (57 or 65 inch) would be best?
Take the distance you sit away and multiply it by a factor of 6.
This give you a "reccomended" viewing distance.
Thus.. a person who sits six feet away- 6X6=36" 36" set is recommended.
If you sit 8 feet away- 8X6= 48"
If you sit 10 feet away 10x6=60" and so on...
Now, these are only ideals. With the huge improvment in RPTV picture quality it is possible if running good signals to buy a little larger and still make it work out. It is also ok to purchase a little smaller if you think it looks better or better matches the room it is going in.
I sit about 7 feet from my 53" and about 10 feet from my 61".
The 61" Hitachi is in a room that is 25X23 feet, with cathedral style ceilings and lots of window and hardwood floors. It's a big room.
I bought the 61" cause it was the largest Hitachi made at the time. This year they have 65" available. I would have bought that if I could.
I honestly move the couch or chair closer to the screen and the tv when I watch a DVD and then move it back when I am done.
This is a pain in the ass for me. I would reccomend buying as large a tv as your room will take. People usually know if they bought to big in the first hour they watch it after delivery. With 30 day return policies and exhanges- No biggie..
But, most people find out they bought to small down the road when it's too late.
Anyone who owns an RTPV thats over 1 month old usually thinks it's just right, or too small. Rarley do I ever see or talk to anyone that has an RPTV thats "too big"
|9. I have a good Yamaha, and complete set of Klipch speakers, so can I drive them from the tv, or should I drive them from the Digital box as provide by Adelphia Cable company.
Digital to the Reciever is best. The XWX has Dolby Digital and optical out. Most people overlook this. Nice for surroundsound...
Hope I helped and it's not too late...