Originally Posted by ddenboer
I am trying to make up my mind on my next TV. I currently have a Hitachi Ultravision 50V500 LCD projection unit, and like it alot, but need something I can mount on the wall for our renovation.
I am torn between the Panasonic TH-50PX50U, and the Hitachi 55HDS52. We get employee pricing on the Panasonic at work, giving me a 1K+ discount, which makes it VERY attractive. However, it does not have the #1 feature for me, which is FireWire.
So, if you had to choose between these two, what would you get? And if I end up choosing the Panasonic, how can I solve my FireWire dilemma?
Firewire was my number one issue as well for the exact same reason except I run XP. I tried two known good firewire computers with a Hitachi 42HDT52 via 1394 rear port and both computers gave an error "Bus Reset Storm bad device in the network or device connected in a loop", the tv and pc were the only devices connected. Ignoring the error, the computer was still able to record for a short period of time (<1 minute) before the set started acting erratic and ends up disabling the ATSC tuner and causing the computer to self reboot. The Hitachi then has to be turned off via master power to reset.
I am still waiting to hear from Hitachi about resolution for the above issue and some other issues that I am having as well. In the meantime, the dealer gave me an RCA DVR2080 HDTV firewire recorder which I tried and does seem to work with the set (I used it about a half hour or so). Only problem is that it becomes the equivalent of having a VCR with a broken eject button and an 8 hour tape stuck inside, this is because I have yet to discover a way of transferring the data out of the recorder and onto my pc, which was my intention from the beginning.
My suggestion is to take your mini mac into the store and see if it works before you buy the Hitachi, or any firewire DTV for that matter, especially since that is your #1 feature wanted.
One last thing... I almost didn't buy the Hitachi because the picture looked horrible in the store, that would have been an error because the store display PQ does not look anything close to the PQ I get at home. As others on this board have said many times, and I found it to be true, you have to get the set home to judge the PQ unless you are dealing with a highend store that takes the time to have it set up right and with good signal feeds.