53UWX10B or the KP-57HW40

Discussion in 'Archived Threads 2001-2004' started by Niranjan, Apr 10, 2002.

  1. Niranjan

    Niranjan Auditioning

    Mar 24, 2002
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    Which to get the 53UWX10B or the KP-57HW40???

    I want to know ur guys thoughts on which is a better tv and any experiences youve had with either.

  2. Steve Schaffer

    Steve Schaffer Producer

    Apr 15, 1999
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    I bought a 53UWX10B last September. It had a definite green tinge in dark areas of the screen (a widely reported problem with the Hitachis), it's line doubler made fleshtones on ntsc stuff look like everyone was painted with flat latex paint. It's variable stretch mode for displaying 4/3 stuff on a 16/9 screen had rather severe funhouse mirror effect, it did not hold consistent black levels between different cable channels, and it's tuner took a full 2 or 3 seconds to change channels. I spent at least an hour a night tweaking it to try to get the green out and played with all kinds of cable amps and such to try to get a good ntsc picture.

    I had purchased the Hitachi mainly due to my excellent experience with an analog Hitachi rptv I'd had for 2 years, so I really wanted to like it but just got more annoyed with it every day for the 2 weeks I had it.

    After 2 weeks I gave up and exchanged it for a Sony KP57HW40, and have been very happy with it. The picture was good out of the box, and very good after a 20 minute session with AVIA.

    No green tinge, good black levels, no flat latex painted faces, much better variable stretch mode, instant channel changes.

    Overall the Hitachi just didn't seem like it had any quality control applied at the factory, while the Sony gave the impression of being a quality product right out of the box.

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