Originally Posted by ChrisW6ATV
Thanks for mentioning the Hitachi set. I cannot tell you much about how it might compare to the high-end Sony or Samsung models. It is 1.5" thick, which would is close to the Samsung B6000+ series, and it has an ANTI-GLARE screen! That alone puts it high on my interest list, as I highly dislike the tendency to put shiny screens on many newer LCD TVs, especially the more expensive ones.
Regarding the single HDMI input, if you use an A/V receiver for your sound system (as I do), you would never need more than one input of each type. I have a ceiling-mounted projector as well as a wall-mounted LCD TV (Westinghouse), and I only use one HDMI input on both (most projectors have only one anyway). I also use composite-video and S-video for older equipment.
It looks like the Hitachi set is a winner. I like the single HDMI input because the Hitachi works with a media/connector box that plugs into that single HDMI input and you can plug all other devices into that connector box. That alone makes Hitachi the ONLY choice for me as I can only work with a separate media box (I cannot put 8 cables through the wall!).
The only thing that stops me from buying it at this moment is the picture quality. It seems the reviews are good so far.
I know there should not be price discussion here but I don't think it's against the rules to have a value discussion. Would the 47" Hitachi display be a good deal at $1000, assuming it can be had for that price? In other words, is it worth a lot more than $1K presently in bang for bucks terms?