Hitachi 42PD5200 Review

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tomhagen's review of Hitachi 42PD5200

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Hitachi 42PD5200

“This TV has a know fault with the PSU, like other...”

Written on: 30/12/2008 by tomhagen (5 reviews written)

Good Points
Good picture, good sound, can use HD, easy to fix.....

Bad Points
Breaks after a few years, but you can fix it yourself
Will not magically transform signal into HD....

General Comments
This TV has a know fault with the PSU, like other Hitachi's of this vintage. One of the resistors is under spec and dies after 2-4 years. Having said that it is easy fix, costs about 50p from Maplins!

Otherwise it is a good looking TV. If you use sky, but not HD then the picture is not good closer than 8ft, but this is down to the signal quality, not the TV. Put HD or a DVD and it still compares very well to the latest gear.

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Malhal's Response to tomhagen's Review

Written on: 02/06/2009

I found this review helpful because it has isolated a problem I am experiencing with my PD5200, however it would have been brilliant if Tom said what resistor needed changing.

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Stevejnorris's Response to tomhagen's Review

Written on: 31/12/2010

I found this review very helpful because...I have this model tv and I am considering upgrading to sky HD and have received conflicting reports on if HD works with this tv. If there is any more feedback on this I would be grateful of any insight. Eg use a DVD player to enhance, leads, scart to use etc. Thanks Steve

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Tomhagen's Response to tomhagen's Review

Written on: 04/06/2009

Hi Fella,<br/><br/>Faulty resistor is R003 and or R005. See AVForums thread "Hitachi 42PD7200 Died!"<br/>Both models have the same PSU and hence the same fault. The thread is 30+ pages long and example of the best of the interweb community in action! There are pictures and great instructions, you can skip the first 16 pages..... <br/><br/>Good luck,<br/><br/>Tom

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