Drakos said:I just purchased a Hitachi 60V525 from Visions Electronics for $3800. This is my 4th Hitachi set and have never gone wrong. I also compared a Samsung HLR6164W and an LG 62SX4D. The Samsung had a great picture with a nice contrast ratio of 2000:1 and at the time it was my first choice of TV. The LG had by far the most features with IEEE-1394 inputs, 2 HDMI, Optical Input/Outputs, built in Digital cable card slot (eliminating need for Digital Set Top boxes) and SD card reader. Despite the LG having the most features and inputs, the picture quality was brutal. The image looked soft with lack of detail and contrast with a ratio of 1500:1. Which is actually quite low in comparison with other DLP TV's. The store was running an HD loop running off component video through a Bell Express VU feed. On stagnent images, the LG lacked the contrast and definition of the Samsung. The test I wanted to run was how the TV's looked in analog. Most stores you walk into have all their HDTV's hooked up to High Definition feeds. Since this is not going to be the regular viewing senarios in 90% of homes, I asked them to hook up a cheapy DVD player to the sets running composite video. The outcome was amazing. The DLP's now looked quite grainy with digital blotches. I was not going to buy a tv anymore, until the salesman recommended me to try out the Hitachi. We ran the same test with the composite cables and BEHOLD, the picture was great!!! Hitachi's employ a Virtual HD circuit that upconverts an analog signal to digital quality. I didnt realize how much a difference software made. I never considered a LCD platform since there were many complaints of a "screen door" effect on the picture. Not an issue for me since I am sitting 20 ft back. At this distance, the effect is very minimal. I also considered the VS810 series (which is now discontinued) but the screen saver would drive me nuts, since the TV is going in a bonus room with too much ambient reflection. The difference between the V series and the VS is that the VS is a higher end model that uses a dual focus light engine that uses advance optics claimed to give you sharper edges and detail. Despite this difference, the V series still looked great to me. I made sure that all tv's I tested were with "out of the box" settings. The only drawback of this set is that it only has 1 HDMI input. A new set called the VG825 series will be out sometime in September with a $500 higher difference in price. Which includes 2 HDMI inputs. Kinda out of my range. Apparently supposed to be a killer set though. Well, this is my choice and I'm sticking to it
For the most part, my picture is quite good. Make sure that black enhancement is off, don't turn up sharpness or enable noise reduction option. Keep in mind that you are enlarging the original broadcast signal resolution quite drastically. Regular cable broadcasts at about 300 lines vs HD at 720P or 1080I. Analog CRT's will most certainly look better on analog channels. If the image still looks really grainy or fuzzy, you can get Rogers to pay you a visit to analyze your signal to ensure you are getting the proper strength and bandwitdth. I love my TV and I'm sure you will enjoy it as much as I do. Lets keep our fingers crossed and hope there will be more HD channels available soonPharith said:Hi,
I just bought the Hitachi 60v525 three days ago from the best buy Canada. I have noticed that the screen looks blurry especially on the analog Rogers TV channels. However, the HD channels look great. I just wonder if you have the same issue with the blurry screen?