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Hitachi 1.5 UltraThin LCD HDTVs Now Available


Hitachi Showcased the World’s First UltraThin Line of Displays at Annual Dealer Show

At its Annual Dealer Show last week, Hitachi Home Electronics (America), Inc. showcased its “1.5” family of UltraThin Displays, which, for the first time, are now available for purchase by U.S. consumers.

Unveiled to rave reviews at the Intl. CES in Las Vegas in January of this year, the 1.5 displays — so named due to their sleek 1.5-inch depth — continue to generate excitement and momentum, particularly now as consumers are able to purchase these slim, stylish displays through retail and specialty AV dealers nationwide for the first time.

Available in four screen sizes (32-inch, 37-inch, 42-inch and 47-inch), the 1.5 displays embody an array of Hitachi’s engineering breakthroughs which have resulted in an award winning design, unrivaled thinness and outstanding picture quality. From the patented ventilation technology to the backlight, power supply and unique crystal frame, the innovations found in the 1.5 line represent Hitachi’s achievements in areas as diverse as automotive design, server systems and optical R&D.

The new 1.5 line is further differentiated by its appealing design that, importantly, extends a complete 360 degrees around. So whether the displays are seen from the front, a side angle or from the back, the elegant lines and distinctive aesthetics demonstrate an attention to detail that make the displays the ideal complement to a luxury lifestyle.


Another important first: Hitachi has now outlined the pricing structure for the new 1.5 line, which will be offered in Director’s Series (X) and Ultra Vision (V) models. Pricing and availability for each model is as follows:

Director’s Series™ Models

Model Screen Size 120Hz Reel120™ Audio Video Center Resolution Warranty Pricing Availability
UT47X902 47″ Yes Optional 1920x1080p 2 years $4,699 September
UT42X902 42″ Yes Optional 1920x1080p 2 years $3,699 May
UT37X902 37″ Yes Optional 1920x1080p 2 years $2,999 April
UT32X812 32″ Yes Optional 1366x768p 2 years $2,299 August
UT32X802 32″ No (60Hz) Optional 1366x768p 2 years $1,999 March

UltraVision — V Series Models

Model Screen Size 120Hz Reel120™ Audio Video Center Resolution Warranty Pricing Availability
UT47V702 47″ Yes Optional 1920x1080p 1 year $4,499 September
UT42V702 42″ Yes Optional 1920x1080p 1 year $3,499 July
UT37V702 37″ Yes Optional 1920x1080p 1 year $2,799 July
UT32V502 & UT32V502W 32″ Yes Optional 1366x768p 1 year $2,099 August
UT32A302 & UT32A302W 32″ No (60Hz) Optional 1366x768p 1 year $1,799 August

At its Annual Dealer Show, Hitachi also disclosed preliminary information about its new line of Plasma Display Panels (PDP). The new line of plasmas represents a new era at Hitachi that is focused on luxury, design and prestige. The displays come in high gloss Japan black and high gloss crystal frames and contain features such as power swivel, Cinema48™, deep-black stripe filters, a game mode and a TV Guide On Screen™ Interactive Program Guide. Further details will be announced publicly in late May, when the new plasma displays are officially introduced.

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