I figured we could use these thread as these units get delivered to help everyone get the most out of their recent purchase, report problems, post questions, and post pictures.
Here are some links to very indept threads on tweaking the Hitachi CRT's.
Hitachi Tweaks - These may be all we need. I have not read through these completly yet since I do not have the TV to compare them to.
Hitachi (CRT) tweaks Q&A thread http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=300466
Hitachi 51F500 Tweaks http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...hreadid=273639
Hitachi Ho starting on Dec 24 ......
I look forward to getting mine. Sears called yesterday and pushed my delivery date back from the 16th to the 19th. That sucks.
It will be a great thread for all us S class newbies. I will be whipping you ass with questions as soon as I get the unit. I will of course go ahead and read up as much as I can prior to receipt of the unit.
Right now I am trying to figure out which antenna to put in my attic and which prog DVD player to get. I tell ya. It is impossible for me just to go and buy 1 piece for my AV system. If one thing gets upgraded then that means at least 2 or 3 things "need" to be upgraded soon after.
Hitachi Ho 12/19/03 hopefully.
However I do not receive mine until after you - so I might be asking you all the questions ...
Really looking forward to this.
Anyway, I'm finding PQ (picture quality) to be excellent OOB (out of box) -- in fact I drool when I watch DVDs now. Damn it's gorgeous. I'll be doing manual convergence and Avia setup after I break her in (a few weeks) but I'm not sure how it can get THAT much better. I think Hitachi perfected this technology as it reached it's end-of-life and we are the beneficiaries of that ultimate engineering effort.
I am one happy camper.
Also, can you PM me any pricing information for Sears? I price matched and used a 10% off coupon plus got a discount instead of a gift card (actually all were price matchs of sorts) and free delivery from Sears an saved about eight if I remember right, bringing the orice down to just above three before taxes and EW. Please PM what you think a Hitachi S500 or S700 should go out at.
Thanks in advance.
As for issues you have with CRT, they are not all that major.
1) Burn in -- I actually like the 4:3 stretch and would use it even on LCD
2) Viewing angle -- vertical is pretty obvious when standing, horizontal is not going to be an issue with most living rooms -- get S500 or S700 user manual from Hitachi site -- they have diagram showing viewing angle limits.
3) Reflections -- aren't real bad -- probably no different than LCD. The anti-reflective film doesn't seem to do much. I heard a lot of folks just rip the film off anyway (I doubt I'll do that). You'll certainly get deeper blacks with CRT than LCD. Also, day/night mode helps a ton to make daylight viewing just fine.
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thanks for the links, I have been throught those already...
Does anyone know a way to test the tuner besides a tech coming out. I find it hard to believe that I can't get any signal at all from any of the stations.
I am ~12 miles from the towers near the airport. Could the communications at MSP be affecting my signal?
I was planning on picking up a Zenith Silver Sensor after work and giving that a shot.
I think the screen frame just pops off the front -- there was blue tape all over as if they were ensuring the the frame didn't pop off during shipping. I don't dare try at this point though. Still treating my baby with kid gloves.
Yes, the remote has individual buttons for the 5 video inputs. However, the antenna inputs have one ANT button that you cycle through.
Originally posted by JayJervey
I have a question for other S500/S700 owners. The remote has 5 video input buttons. However, the 5th "input" on the back panel of the TV and in the diagram in the manual says "Monitor Out". What gives? Is it an output or an input? If an output, where is the 5th input?
On the front of the set. Its good for connecting a camcorder or Playstation.
I too need antenna and DVD player suggestions.
First though, STD doesn't look as good as my older Mitsu. 50603.
It's suffering from what looks like 'sharpening' artifacts on the outer edges of people/objects.
I cannot seem to be able to adjust it out.
My wife says it doesn't look as good as my friends 57S700 (I helped him get 'the deal' 2 wks. ago).
Any advice would be great!
Also I too have the Terk 55, and yes it does suck! When I touched metal onthe coax cable where it plugs into the antenna I got a 30 on reception. I let go of it and I got ZERO.
Regular DVD player looks good but I really need a progressive scan unit!
do you have digital cable or HD over your cable system. This Ant C is supposed to tune in digital cable if the cable company does not Encrypt the signal.
Of course I do not have my tv yet to see if this works.
That is true that it will disply non-encrypted HD from your cable provider. I am trying to pull in OTA (over the air) signals with an antenna. I purchased the Zeinith Silver Sensor last night, and that didn't seem to help the problem. I am having a Sear's tech come out to the house, but that won't be until next Tue. I guess I have to stick to analog and dvd's.
That being said, i'm just using a 10 foot piece of coax as an antenna and i get roughly 10 channels OTA...some twice from other local city broadcasts. I don't even pay for cable or satellite! Signal strength is generally in the 30-60 range.
As far as antennas go, sometimes i've had better luck using the shield of the coax as the antenna and not even connecting to a physical antenna on the roof...head to radio shack, pick up $5 worth of connectors to attach the center conductor of the tv coax to the shield of cable going into the wall. Of course you'll want to make sure you disconnect your antenna on the roof if you have one...wouldn't want lightning to blow your new set! Or just run a separate length of cable up to your attic and run a few loops around to get some decent area...
Since the price has gone down, I need to return to Circuit City for their 30 day price drop guarantee and get some money back.
I haven't done much tweaking yet. I lowered the contrast and raised the brightness. With brightness set so that I can just see detail in the blacks, the blacks look good.
My only "problem" right now is getting used to the size. A twenty-five inch 4:3 direct view is what I've been watching for the last 22 years. DVD and HD MNF are great. Standard definition off of analog cable looks a lot better than I thought it would. I'm even getting used to 4:3 Expanded mode, sort of.
Trying to bring both threads together I want to let frenchmarky that my reception with my UHF/VHF antenna through Ant A/B is excellent. When Ant C is hooked up nothing.
injaneer, the Sears tech is coming out next Tuesday.
So minus the Ant C issue, How has you set been ? Are you loving it ?
DVD's look great, but I am going to have to decide which DVD player to buy. I am borrowing a buddy's Sony progressive scan player now.
Good luck with your set.