Hitachi 50PD960DTA

The current generation of LCD panels have been getting all the attention lately, but Hitachi is fighting back with the 50PD960DTA. Measuring in at a massive 50inches, this display is 1080P capable and looks great in any setting.


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Design
The Hitachi 50PD960DTA features a narrow matte-black bezel surrounding its large 50-inch viewing area. Below this is the speaker grille that runs across the entire length of the panel, leading to the silver motorised stand that can swivel up to 30 degrees from left to right. The screen is perfectly suited to a large room or home cinema, and its slim 105 mm depth makes it easy to find a suitable location for it. Most of the connections are located on the back of the screen making it tough to wall mount, but there are several ports on the front of the panel including both video and audio connectors.

Hitachi markets the 50PD960DTA as a 1080p capable panel, but the maximum resolution of the screen is 1280 x 1080 pixels and not the full 1920 x 1080 HD standard. Like many high-end TVs now on the market, the 50PD960DTA has both high-definition and analog tuners, cutting down on the expense and clutter of buying an external box.

The TV also comes with one touch input switching from the remote control, which can directly select a single input from multiple settings, meaning users don't have to scroll through unnecessary menus. Another handy feature of the remote is compatibility with DVD players from other manufacturers including Sony and Panasonic as well as Hitachi.

Features
Hitachi's latest range of plasma TVs now feature built-in HD tuners, which means there's no need to purchase an additional digital set-top box to enjoy crystal clear viewing. One highlight of the 50PD960DTA is picture-in-picture mode that allows multiple viewing thanks to the dual tuners.

The screen comes with twin HDMI digital inputs as well as a USB and SD memory card slot to easily display images taken with your digital camera. There is even a slideshow function that allows the images to be rotated just like on a PC. Other connections include the usual S-video and component ports. Finally, there's a single D-Sub PC connector, but we found that the 50PD960DTA is not particularly suited for connection to a PC because of some overscan. For the audio ports, there's a subwoofer output, headphone jack and RCA stereo output.

The built-in speakers are only rated at 20W but they feature SRS WOW technology as well as several different modes suited for movies, music or speech. The pseudo surround-sound effects work amazingly well, but the quality of audio from the low-rated speakers is disappointing, especially the bass.

Performance
Automatic scanning of the free-to-air TV spectrum took several minutes but it turned up almost all of the available channels. Programs looked great using the onboard digital tuner, images were sharp and vibrant and switching though channels was very quick. Fast moving images and dark scenes were good, although skin tones did seem slightly orange even after we adjusted the colour settings. It's important to adjust the settings, especially the brightness, colour and contrast levels. Out of the box settings for the 50PD960DTA were set low, with images that were too dark and discoloured.

We watched a high-definition program using the in-built tuner, but the results weren't as good as we were expecting. Some pixilation was detected, with the most likely culprit being the 1280 x 1080 native resolution. Once again dark scenes looked great, but there was definitely some blurring on the outline of characters.

The menu system was easy to use along with the remote control, while the speakers only achieved average results. This set definitely needs a dedicated home theatre to truly get the sound a screen this big deserves.

The increasing number of LCD screens on the market has left plasma TVs outside of the spotlight for while, but displays like Hitachi's 50PD960DTA show there's still plenty of life in the technology.



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thubleau
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thubleau posted a review   

The Good:Full range of settings not available on all sets and really requires the user to dig in and make personal settings.

The Bad:compared to other 42" screens the pd9600 produced a picture quality as good as any in this price bracket.

Gee............that's funny, I thought Fujitsu used the same screen for their sets.

I have to agree with the last comment.
Too many times are reviews posted on the internet where the reviewer clearly has not tested the product and merely copied another reviewers comments.Not strictly word for word but near enough to avoid the obvious

carl50
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carl50 posted a review   

I have the Hitachi 42PD960DTA which is very simialr to the 50PD960DTA. The only differences are that my unit has a 42" screen, a moterised swivel base, 1024x1080 resolution, beautiful picture quality and no noticable pixilation.

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turntable posted a review   
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Cnet should be ashamed of this so called review. It is a bad joke.
First the specs are wrong. The 50 inch Hitachi plasma does not have a mororised swivel stand or USB or SD memory slot. It looks as thou the reviewer has got this confused with the 40PD960DTA.
The review itself is one big contradiction making me think Siddharth has not even seen this TV.
“Using the onboard digital tuner, images were sharp, and vibrant." Then next paragraph
“We watched a high definition program with the built in tuner, but the results were not as good as expected. Some pixilation was detected"

So exactly what is sharp and vibrant or some pixilation??




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  • thubleau

    thubleau

    Rating9

    "I have to agree with the last comment.
    Too many times are reviews posted on the internet where the reviewer clearly has not tested the product and merely copied another reviewers comments.No..."

  • carl50

    carl50

    Rating8

    "I have the Hitachi 42PD960DTA which is very simialr to the 50PD960DTA. The only differences are that my unit has a 42" screen, a moterised swivel base, 1024x1080 resolution, beautiful picture quali..."

  • turntable

    turntable

    Rating10

    "Cnet should be ashamed of this so called review. It is a bad joke.
    First the specs are wrong. The 50 inch Hitachi plasma does not have a mororised swivel stand or USB or SD memory slot. I..."

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