SWX has better and brighter HD wideneck CRT's and features and anti-glare screen.
It also has a better sound system and better remote control.
SWX has a superior picture on SDTV signals and better upconversion
It also will display a 720p signal.
or TPV, www.avguide.com
the SWX was ranked in the buyers guide against the Pioneer ELITE for $5900 MSRP and the Mits 711 Diamond for $5999 MSRP.
The Hitachi SWX 57" was the only one to reciever perfect "5" 's across for PQ while the ELITE and 711 got 3 and 4's ; and it held up, even bested the ELITE in a back to back shootout.
Here is the last paragraph of the review back to back against the Pioneer ELITE:
"The 57SWX20B is my current favorite of the RPTVs I've reviewed, and I feel confident that this set, when carefully calibrated, can hold its own, picture-wise, with any similarly sized competitor, regardless of price. As I made measurements and dug deeply into the service and convergence menus, I was greatly impressed at the unusual yet effective way Hitachi has designed certain technical aspects of this set, including the very obvious efforts the company made to improve last year's model. The 57SWX20B may not have the best-looking cabinet, but its overall picture quality is definitely among the very best, and at a price I consider a bargain. "
For Half the price....(MSRP) and even less street price. (CC sells them for $2699 on sale)
SWX is easily the best value if performance for the dollar is a factor or matters to you.