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Hitachi Ships 1.5 UltraThin LCD Models

5/01/2008 11:13:00 AM Eastern

Chula Vista, Calif. — Hitachi Home Electronics (America) will celebrate the delivery of its 1.5 UltraThin LCD TV series to retailers during its annual dealer show here this week.

During the event the company plans to showcase the line, which made its formal debut at International CES last January.




Kenji Nakamura, pres. and CEO of Hitachi Home Electronics (America), shows off Hitachi’s new UltraThin 1.5 display to Andy Orozco of Home Entertainment Source, at the Hitachi Annual Dealer Show in La Jolla, Calif.

The sets are marketed under the 1.5 trademark to denote the ultra-thin cabinet depth, which measures 1.5 inches. Hitachi is now marketing the sets through select CE retailers and specialty A/V dealers nationwide.

UltraThin models are available in four screen sizes 32, 37, 42 and 47 inches. To achieve the narrow cabinet depth, the sets incorporate a patented ventilation technology to the backlight, power supply and crystal frame. The styling design is said to have been influenced by achievements in areas as diverse as automotive design, server systems and optical R&D. The design extends 360 degrees around the set, offering a clean lines and distinctive aesthetics from all angles, the company said.

Hitachi also revealed pricing, key feature sets and availability for 1.5 models in the Director’s series (X) and Ultra Vision (V) lines as follows:

  • Director’s X Series models
    47-inch UT47X902, includes 120Hz Reel120 frame rate system, 1080p resolution, two-year warranty and supports an optional Audio Video Center (ships in September at a $4,699 suggested retail)

  • 42-inch UT42X902, includes 120Hz Reel120 system, 1080p resolution, two-year warranty and supports optional Audio Video Center (May, $3,699)

  • ·37-inch UT37X902, includes 120Hz Reel120 system, 1080p resolution, two-year warranty and supports an optional Audio Video Center (April, $2,999)

  • 32-inch UT32X812, includes 120Hz Reel120 system, 768p resolution, two-year warranty and supports an optional Audio Video Center (August, $2,299)

  • 32-inch UT32X802, includes 60Hz frame rate, 768p, two-year warranty and supports an optional Audio Video Center (March, $1,999)

UltraVision – V Series Models

  • 47-inch UT47V702, includes 120Hz Reel120 frame rate, 1080p resolution, supports an optional Audio Video Center and includes a one-year warranty (September, $4,499)

  • 42-inch UT42V702, includes 120Hz Reel120 frame rate, 1080p resolution, supports an optional Audio Video Center and includes a one-year warranty (July, $3,499)

  • 37-inch UT37V702, , includes 120Hz Reel120 frame rate, 1080p resolution, supports an optional Audio Video Center and includes a one-year warranty (July, $2,799)

  • 32-inch UT32V502 & UT32V502W, both include 120Hz Reel120 frame rate, 768p resolution, support an optional Audio Video Center and include one-year warranties (August, $2,099)

  • 32-inch UT32A302 & UT32A302W, both include 60Hz frame rates, 768p resolution, support an optional Audio Video Center, and include one-year warranties (August, $1,799)

The company also told dealers that that its new plasma TV line will be offered in high-gloss Japan black with high-gloss crystal frames and power swivel bases. Other features include, deep-black stripe filters, a game mode and a TV Guide On Screen interactive program guide.

The company said it is planning a formal introduction with further details on the plasma line in late May.

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