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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)

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… Read Full Review

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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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Hitachi 42PD5200

“I purchased the Hitachi 42PD5200 Plasma TV in August...”

Written on: 29/03/2006 by grandadis50 (1 review written)

I purchased the Hitachi 42PD5200 Plasma TV in August 2006. I use Sky+ via a QED scart, and a Panasonic DVD using component video leads, which utilises the progressive scan capability. DVD picture is fantastic. Sky picture is good; better on the movie channels, and I think this is more down to Sky than the screen. It handles movement well, and colours and contrast are excellent. If you just use scart it has only one (RGB), but it has DVI, plenty of component connections, and it will even connect… Read Full Review

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Hitachi 42PD5200

“When I initially purchased the Hitachi plasma I was a...”

Written on: 27/10/2005 by Adz 8888 (1 review written)

When I initially purchased the Hitachi plasma I was a bit disappointed with the picture quality but as time has moved on, I have not come across one of comparable cost which can compete. A cable source can be a bit pixilated on occassion but this is more to do with a poor signal than the screen itself. DVD images via componant leads, using progressive scan are a blast and I have found myself watching old movies again purely because of the improved image. The key to getting the best out of this… Read Full Review

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Hitachi 42PD5200

“Forget the picture quality and sound, nothing wrong...”

Written on: 12/09/2005 by spikey166 (1 review written)

Forget the picture quality and sound, nothing wrong here, but with the Hitachi 42PD5200 Plasma T.V. you get a terrible remote control for switching to various inputs. The AV1 is composite, which requires one press on the remote. To get past this to AV2 and AV3 (RGB inputs from your satellite decoder and DVD player), is a pain in the butt, with constant press press press (then you miss it and have to start again). Lovely TV, but glass smashing frustration to get at the input you want to watch… Read Full Review

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Hitachi 42PD5200

“Hitachi 42PD5200 - This Plasma is a real winner. Hook...”

Written on: 21/07/2005 by Bossman42 (1 review written)

Hitachi 42PD5200 - This Plasma is a real winner. Hook up your DVD with good quality component cable, such as QED and the picture quality is outstanding. Yes there is only one Scart socket, however this at least is RGB and again providing a good quality scart lead is used the picture quality shines.

The Plasma is HD ready via DVI connection which makes this plasma even better value for money.

This Plasma is a real cracker, a true bargin… Read Full Review

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Hitachi 42PD5200

“The Hitachi 42PD5200 is great if all you want to watch...”

Written on: 28/05/2005 by chris hopkinson (1 review written)

The Hitachi 42PD5200 is great if all you want to watch is DVD's, don't bother if you watch via Sky… Read Full Review

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