Hitachi Television, where quality and high standards meetHitachi is one of Japans most established and trusted names in consumer electronics. The company started out as a tube manufacturer back in the 50s and soon began manufacturing picture tubes. By the start of the 1960s Hitachi had an electronics product line that included televisions that used its own picture tubes. Having such a long history in manufacturing TV gives them an edge over the competition; others might wish they had Hitachis knowledge and experience in this segment of the electronics industry.
As a corporation Hitachi has a surprising number of global and environmental initiatives, as the company tries to brand itself as an environmentally friendly manufacturer. Much of this might be seen as marketing hype when you see terms used in their literature about eco-mind management, sustainable business models and their own social citizen reports. Of course we have to applaud them for trying; some of their initiatives will have some value, such as Hitachis self imposed ban on lead solder in any parts. Reducing the use of lead is a popular move as lead use is regulated in most developed countries. Sharp is another manufacturer and competitor to Hitachi that has taken on similar measures of their own accord, rather than waiting for Kyotos mandate.
Hitachis CRT rear projection TVs are well designed and quite thin for a CRT rear projector. Hitachi makes a top of the line model 51 rear projection CRT television that fits into a package of less than two feet thick, an amazing feat. Among Hitachis line is an array of flat panel Plasma and LCD monitors and some LCD and CRT projection choices. Hitachis focus on variety ranges from the higher end Cineform to the more mainstream equipment, still made to a high standard than most of the competition. Hitachis moderately priced 3 chip LCD rear projector featuring proprietary processing is a set comparable to any others on the market today. Dont let proprietary processes such as their Virtual HD1080P fool you. The sets are not true 1080P and the process sounds deceiving. But with all the research and development Hitachi brings to its technology, Hitachi has learned to push the limitations of the display types it develops.
Hitachis Cineform line is its premium brand: the emphasis on the inner workings, better lenses, more filters, and better LCD processors all join together to make for a brighter image quality. Is Cineform worth the extra cash? Thats for you decide after you take a look, but most people are of the conclusion that Hitachi has done such a fine job on their regular LCD rear projectors, there is no need to step up to the premium models.