My girlfriend's mom must be the luckiest person on earth, because she got this model of TV (Hitachi 61SWX10B) for $500 because someone was moving. I haven't seen it personally, but it is a huge size, and it is a Hitachi (which are great last time I heard), so it sounds like they were quite lucky.
First, does anyone have this TV and have any tips that I should pass on? Anything besides the general RP CRT tips on things such as burn-in etc? I already know the basics because I recently bought a Toshiba RP myself.
Second, there seems to be a problem with the sound. The sound will work for less than a minute. Sometimes it will make what seems to be described as a sort of a staticy sound, but she also mentioned that is what it sounded like when speakers were going out, other times it might make some sort of a high pitched sound and then go out. She has tried a DVD player and a Direct TV Tivo Box and has tried them into multiple inputs on the TV with the same sort of issues.
She notes that there are normal speaker outputs (like on a receiver) on the back (odd to me) and she will try some speakers that she has around on them. I assume it is likely not a speaker problem, but rather an issue with the internal amplifier, so that will likely not work.
She asked about having someone come out and look at the TV. I advised that it would probably be quite expensive, no? Can anyone give me a ballpark for labor on this kind of TV thing? For instance, if it was an internal amplifier issue, have any of you guys had or know someone who has had this type of problem and know what it costed overall to have it fixed?
I recommended maybe the best thing to do was to forget about those speaker outputs and get an external amplifier. I assume for the money it would cost to get it fixed, you could get a respectable setup (she doesn't need really all that high end), and be better off overall, with surround sound etc. The downsides would be wiring and the such, but her significant other is very handy, so I would not see that as an issue.
Anyone with comments on any of this, please respond! Always glad to hear from you smart people! I will post back if I learn anything new!