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New Hitachi HDTVs Announced

May 31, 2005 (12:05 PM EDT)

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Hitachi unveiled ten new models of high-definition television to be available to consumers between August and December this year. Screen sizes range from 50 to 70 inches; prices from $2,799 to $8,499.

Three of the new Hitachi models, the 50, 55 and 60-inch UltraVision HDTV VF820's boast exclusive LCD technologies yielding a brighter picture and precise focus in less space, Hitachi said Tuesday. Each video frame is processed as a digital still, "analyzed and optimized in real time for a sharp, smooth and seamless image." They feature "quick start" tuners and "seamless access to all available channels; CableCard compatibility; day/night usage settings; 2 NDMI audio/video settings; 2 wideband component inputs; and a 40-watt, 3-way speaker system, among other attributes." Retail: $3,099 - $3,999.

Three CineForm LCD Projection HDTVs, Series VG825, offer enhancements to the VF820 series including a TV Guide On Screen interactive programming guide, an illuminated Roll & Click Remote for fast volume and channel adjustment; one convenient interface for home theater operation, and Infra-Red (IR) outputs facilitating VCR and DVD recording. A USB port provides digital photograph viewing capability. Retail: $3,199 " $4,099.

LCoS Projection HDTV T925 series features a 60-inch, 1080- pixel system that retails for $5,299.

Two models comprise the Director's Series LCoS Projection X927, a 60- inch and a 70-inch, 1080p HDTV features Custom Color Temperature with four memories, and an Adjustable Color decoder for true color rendering of photo and video input. A single, hand-held 12-button remote controls the home theater system. Both models include Dual Deep Bass Woofers and a 40-watt, 3-way speaker system. Retail: $6,499 " $8,499.

Hitachi's new V720 LCD Projection HDTV offers a 50-inch display and High Contrast Lens System; video processing technology, is cable-ready, offers sound enhancement, expanded mode for all TV signals universal remote-control and split screen. Retail: $2,799.