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post #4681 of 4690
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Originally Posted by Mr Bob View Post

There are settings to change, but they only remedy the problem partially. The overall fix for the HDMI problems is a changeout of one of the boards in there, making sure the tech - watch him like a hawk on this - LEAVES THE DCU BOARD THAT CAME WITH THE SET, IN THE SET!

That that DCU board does not go back with the service tech, still on the old board. That it STAYS WITH YOUR SET.

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Is this service covered under a recall or anything? I bought the set used and I really don't want to invest a ton of money in it.

Thanks everyone for all of the help!
post #4682 of 4690
This fix was offered by Hitachi free for a couple of years, DK if it's still being offered.

Whether your set was purchased new or given to you free, that set is still a killer set and deserves the finest of care and attention. If someone gave you the pink slip to a Lamborghini and it needed a $500 tune-up, would you answer the same way and decline on doing the tune-up because that would cost you more than the car did?

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post #4683 of 4690
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Originally Posted by Maxwelhse View Post

Is this service covered under a recall or anything? I bought the set used and I really don't want to invest a ton of money in it.

Thanks everyone for all of the help!

You could, of course, just not use the HDMI input.
Enjoy your "new" set.
post #4684 of 4690
Quote:
Originally Posted by Mr Bob View Post

This fix was offered by Hitachi free for a couple of years, DK if it's still being offered.

Whether your set was purchased new or given to you free, that set is still a killer set and deserves the finest of care and attention. If someone gave you the pink slip to a Lamborghini and it needed a $500 tune-up, would you answer the same way and decline on doing the tune-up because that would cost you more than the car did?

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Though I appreciate your logic, it has an obvious flaw... I paid $365 for this TV in 2008 and if it needs $300 in repair then that's like repairing a used car instead of buying a new one for the same price. Except exotic cars like Lambos appreciate, TV's don't.

Past that, my TV had a hard life before I bought it. It came with a cracked screen, which at the time of purchase cost almost as much to replace as I paid for the TV (UPS oversized shipping charges for the screen from Hitachi were like $175). So, between what my research has shown for the price of that board and the cost to repair the screen (which I did not replace) I would be rapidly approaching just buying a new TV and using this one as the most pimp bedroom TV of all time (and removing it from all of the HDMI gear in the HT rig).

All that said, I'll probably give Hitachi a ring and see what they say. I will update the forum so others will know if the service is still being provided. I do appreciate all of the advice and help, but I'm not sinking more than the opportunity cost of a vacation day into the repair of this TV.
post #4685 of 4690
With the prices of these sets these days, no contest. Find a well treated one and off this one for half what you paid for it, if you can get it. Or even give it away.

For $350 or less you can probably find a well treated set as good as yours is or better, in today's used market climate. And it could be a Mit or a Pioneer to replace yours, it would not have to stay a Hit.

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post #4686 of 4690
This was just posted on another thread, thought I'd share it with you here -


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Originally Posted by najames View Post

Holy Cow Dave Harper!!! You said ISF is in Florida, so I decided to see where they're located. They're about 5-10 minutes from my house!! Didn't even know it, too darned funny.

I have an elderly Pioneer SD-532HD5 like this one.

http://www4.shopping.com/xFS?KW=pion...Video&FD=85747

I might just need to have this thing calibrated some day. It works OK and has been moved across the country twice, in storage for a couple years, never been touched except when I used the Avia disk set it up initially and when I moved here in Boca Raton 3 years ago.

Just noticed this post in another thread, from way back in '05.

Just so you know, those "elderly" CRT RPTVs are not old, they have a 20 year service life - or more, I've seen it, recently heard about a 29 year old Panny CRT 50" that's still cranking away just fine - and at today's stage are only halfway thru it. I know of an "old" curved screen bounce-off-the-screen Sears CRT whose guns fire at the hinged mirror that you pull out and let fall into place to start it up, that's still cranking away just fine too. We've been looking for someone to take it home and keep it going, or hopefully get it to some sort of video museum, tho I have never actually heard of one...

Well treated by their owners re. usage, light levels and avoidance of screenburn, they are capable of WAY better than new performance, even at 11 years old.

I am being flown all over the country cleaning and calibrating these "elderly" beasts, which are capable of incredible HD, head and shoulders better than a lot of the "affordable" fixed pixel offerings out there in today's marketplace. And better looking in some ways than all fixed pixel offerings.

The main thing that not everybody knows about them is that their optics need to be cleaned yearly, and on some brands - like the Pioneers, be they Elite or non-Elite - the "deeper optics" need it every few years as well. That's because of the air gap between the lens barrels and the CRT coolant covers, where 6 additional surfaces get invaded by dust, soot, smoke and all manner of other airborn contaminants, and thus compromised because of the high voltage turning them into powerful, continuous dust magnets every moment they are powered on. There's 28 optical surfaces in there that need to stay crystal clear, 10 of which get heavily compromised because of the HV. When all 28 surfaces are clean and polished and you have a crystal clear light path again, the results are truly astonishing. Like getting a brand new TV for a simple hour's work.

Just doing this one thing gives your "elderly" set a brand new looking picture - in my area my calibrations are called "The Sparkle Process" - and calibration after that is just incredible icing on the cake.

I started the "Don't Dump Your CRT RPTV!" thread here on AVS more than 5 years ago, and it is still going strong, with over 300 complete pages so far and over 9000 posts. If you have a CRT RPTV at all, HD or non-HD, I invite you to go over there and check it out.

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...95922&page=327

If you have a CRT RPTV or know someone who does and want info about how to do your optics cleaning with no damage - those soft plastic surfaces in there are incredibly delicate, vulnerable and easily scratched, and any damage to them is permanent - contact me directly, by email or phone. No pm's please!

Thx -

Mr Bob
post #4687 of 4690
Ok guys this may be a very dead thread but let me ask this:

Is there any PAL support through any firmware on the 51F59A?
Is the firmware downloadable from somewhere, since I am not in a Hitachi support region although the tv was officially purchased from Canada and I have a SD card handy to upgrade the firmware and am willing to do it myself.
post #4688 of 4690
I know I went straight to the Hitachi web site and found the area for firmware downloads. I had mine sent to me on disk but I believe there was an option for a computer download and then a disk burn.

Mustang68
post #4689 of 4690
Superleo just posted a most exhilarating statement about his fully optimized Hitachi CRT being better than some of the best and most respected flat panels out there.

Post 11 of the 12 -

http://www.avsforum.com/t/1499033/looking-for-new-tv-s60-st60-or-f5500#post_23940461

Thanks Leo. Could not have said it better myself.

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post #4690 of 4690
So if I watch ota channels on this set ,it will be virtual HD and not real HD. It cant just pass the native 1080 signal alone and only upconvert 720 ? thanks for any input.
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