Originally Posted by -Fluffy65-
Hey everyone. I've never posted in this thread before, and quite frankly I'm rather stunned that people are still messing with these sets. After the "fun" I had with mine, I figured that very few people were still using the 59As.
I bought my 57F59A new on January 1st, 2007. I got a good deal at the time, and always had the mentality going in that this was/is a low-mid level set at best, and not fully trusting the "new" microdisplays at that time, I figured I'd use it for a few years and then it'd make it's way to my garage or rec-room as a secondary "meh" TV set. I ended up replacing it with a 58" Panasonic plasma last October, and have not really touched it since.
Here's a question or two: did they ever fix the HDMI picture shift, and are your sets still slightly goofy on alignment? I was just having a conversation about my Hitachi today, and am slightly torn between keeping this set, or selling it. The question for me is about, what it's worth to sell, and what it's worth to keep it. If some of the issues that constantly annoyed me have simple fixes, that will add more weight to my "keep it" option.
Thanks in advance for any help or advice you guys give me.
Originally Posted by Mr Bob
These Hitachis are definitely not "meh" sets! You have no idea what you've been missing all these years. Start with getting your optics cleaned, and deep cleaned also if necessary.
Yes they have cured the HDMI issues. Search out data - posts and threads - from jwebb. He personally spearheaded a movement to correct all that stuff
in their HDMI circuits. They listened, and now offer a free on location upgrade to your sets, to get rid of all that former insanity.
Once the grid lines have been reduced to sane, medium light levels on your User convergence, User mode can be used to fine tune your convergence to being tight as a tack.
You have a fine unit there, no need to replace it with anything. With the prices on these babies at about the same values as housing today, there's no point in trying to get any money out of it, you won't. It is much more valuable to you by keeping it and using it as your main
Originally Posted by jwebb1970
I was a "guinea pig" for one of the 1st field tests by Hitachi for the F59 HDMI fix. Having marshalled support from others here, we kept hammering away @ Hitachi until a fix happened (well...2 fixes actually, the 2nd being the repair job of swapping out one of the boards).
If/when you do set up your repair, make sure to mention either to the Hitachi rep you speak to, but more importantly the tech doing the job, to see about swapping out your set's original DCU (where the conv. circuitry is located). This way, any changes you have made to convergenece and/or DCAM patterns/overscan will carry over to the new set. This way, the worst you will have to do is touch up the convergence after the job. Otherwise, the set will revert to an uncorrected state & have to have all convergence & geometry redone from scratch.
Also, while it's flattering to hear Bob mention me spearheading this fix - I can't take all the credit. I was one of many voices crying for a fix. I think in my case - being in close proximity to Hitachi US's SoCal location - as well as responding to all email & phone msgs I would get from Hitachi engineers & customer care over the course of everything - led to my being one of, if not the 1st, F59 owner to get the fix performed. Hitachi overnighted the parts directly to me & contacted my closest authorized tech (fortunately, said tech is excellenet & actually knows CRT tech well) to meet me & the new parts @ my home the following day. Job was performed in my living room & done in less than an hour.
The DCU swap was not part of Hitachi's original plans - however, after I spoke on the phone w/ a Hitachi engineer in L.A., he stated that this would actually be the way to go, as it would cut a considerable amount of work (and TIME charged to Hitachi) out of the fix. Much faster to touch up some convergence errors that to have to redo it all from scratch. And let's face it....the DCU idea initially came to me from Mr Bob during discussions here in this very forum (he's a freaking CRT RPTV genius, I tell you!!
BTW - for more detailed info regarding the HDMI woes & how to fix 'em - check this thread:http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...f59+hdmi+shift
Hi, I'm back again. I just got off the phone with Hitachi, and am rather disappointed. A customer service rep, named Nicole, told me that they would be willing to fix my set, but will only supply the part, and I am responsible for the labor.
That upsets me further for other reasons; Hitachi only shows TWO
Authorized repair centers near me. When attempting to fix my set the first time, they showed those same two centers, and made me choose. The first center, the one they recommended more, is called Fisher, and they're over an hour away from me, and south of the WI/IL border. When I called Fisher, they said no way would they be willing to drive up here to fix my set, regardless of who's paying. The second center, Total TV (Hitachi shows them as Modern TV) here in Madison, was the one I was forced to use. Let me warn the world, that Total TV is one of the shadiest operations I've ever seen, and this comes from a guy that has worked in the automotive service industry most of my life. I won't get into all of the details, but I can summarize by stating that they had my set for SEVEN weeks, and finally returned it to me un-repaired, and with significant physical damage. After looking hard enough, I determined that the necessary fix at the time was a firmware update, which I completed at home.
So here I am, wanting to FINALLY fix my broken set, that which has been broken its whole life, and they are telling me that I am going to be charged labor. That is, if I can find another local place that will perform the repair, and not attempt to steal my set from me in the process. Sheesh!
Did any of you have to pay the labor charge to have your board replaced? Even if the set is out of warranty? Please let me know ASAP. As I am willing to fight with them over this. Thanks.