Originally Posted by yourefree
Did anyone consider or compare the Hitachi 42HDS52 - it has the power swivel stand - it has a very similar feature set to the Philips without ambilight or firmware upgrade. It does have 1024 x 1024 resolution, 2 HDMI, Dual RF inputs. It is giving me second thoughts about the Philips I bought. PQ is highly rated in reviews with SD and HD and importantly it has independent memory for each input (and actually has different settings for day and night viewing)
I personally have a very high respect for Hitachi, in general (as opposed to Panasonic or Sony, for example). But here there can be a few issues:
1024x1024 can be a step back. I originally wanted an older Philips with this resolution, but was told that 1024x768 is better, because it is actually 1024x768p
The biggest Philips' selling point is Pixel Plus, and in this case PP 2 for HD
The upgrade feature cannot be overestimated.
Independent memory can be important, I agree. But it should not be overestimated - if you use plasma for HD and hdmi inputs only, I believe the same settings will do. (Philips has independent format settins for each input .)
If we are talking about HD and SD or analogue, the independent inputs do not solve this problem. So, for me it is a desirable, just in case, feature.
Other things to consider - what scaler is involved?