Although Hitachi was one of the first in line to promise support for Roku Streaming Sticks through MHL, it didn't have much more to say without the TVs to back up the claim. The second half of the puzzle is complete now that the company's fall TV revision is underway. Snag its new UltraVision UltraThin S606 TV in its one of its 42-, 46- or 55-inch sizes and you can discreetly (if optionally) hide the equivalent of a full Roku box in one of the HDMI inputs. The S606 sits strictly in the mid-range, however. Its 120Hz, edge-LED LCD design is superceded by the W806, which comes only in 48- and 55-inch sizes while carrying 3D, IPTV support and WiFi. Those who can get by on 60Hz refresh rates can opt for the Value line, where the H306 and S406 offer 720p in 29- and 32-inch dimensions; a third H316 line brings 1080p to those same sizes while adding a 39-inch panel. Hitachi hasn't said whether stores are stocking the TVs today, but it sees pricing ranging from $329 in the smaller Value sets to $1,399 for the largest W806 variant.
The TV builder's audio mix isn't being ignored with the refresh. Launching in tandem with the TVs, the HSB32B26 and HSB40B16 sound bars are designed to respectively match up with 32- and 40-inch TVs while delivering 3D sound processing and Apt-X Bluetooth audio. At $149 and $199, the sound bars are close enough in cost that we may only need a measuring tape to settle any purchasing dilemmas once the hardware is in stores.
Hitachi Debuts Fall 2012 Line of 3D Smart TVs and Next Generation HDTVs
-- New Models Deliver Streaming Capabilities, Spectacular Colors and Crisp Pictures --
CHULA VISTA, California – November 8, 2012 – Hitachi America Ltd.'s Digital Media Division today announced its fall 2012 line of beautifully designed 3D Smart TVs, UltraVision® UltraThin LED TVs and LCD High Definition Televisions (HDTVs) that display spectacular colors and sharp pictures to brighten any home. With its next generation HDTVs, Hitachi accurately recreates even the minutest of details from any content. Offering Smart 3D TVs and ROKU®-ready streaming options, Hitachi televisions are designed to meet the next generation tech-savvy lifestyle and deliver the best home entertainment experience possible.
ULTRAVISION® UltraThin LED Series
Hitachi UltraVision UltraThin LED televisions render vivid, sparkling Full HD 1080p picture quality at 120Hz/60Hz refresh rates to deliver flawless performance and exceptional clarity.
Hitachi's UltraVision UltraThin LED TVs include the W806 Smart 3D TV series in 48- and 55-inch screen sizes, offering 120Hz refresh rates for 3D content, built-in WiFi and IPTV connectivity. Encased in an elegant, high gloss piano black bezel, the W806 models feature Full HD 1080p and come with two pairs of 3D glasses for truly immersive and realistic 3D entertainment,. With an MHL-compatible HDMI input, the S606 Series is one of the first Roku® ready*(not included) televisions on the market, allowing users to add the Roku® Streaming Stick for direct control of a wide variety of streaming content. The S606 also features a 120Hz Full HD 1080p panel and meets the government's ENERGY STAR 5.3 standard for power consumption. The series comes in a platinum finish in 42-, 46- and 55-inch screen sizes with Hitachi's E-LED UltraThin Bezel measuring less than an inch.
The Value Series offers three options – the S406, H306 and H316 – all with an ultra thin bezel, surround sound and Dolby Digital. The S406 comes in a platinum finish and 32-inch screen size with 60HZ 720p. Featuring a black bezel, the 29-inch H306 delivers 720p HD resolution and a 60HZ refresh rate. The H316 offers three sizes at 29-, 32- and 39-inches with 60HZ and Full HD 1080p. All three sizes come with Long Life LED Edgelight, PicturePerfect Video Processor, PC Input via RGB and a Sleep Timer for ultimate convenience.
Hitachi has also released the perfect complement to the HDTV viewing experience, the 32- and 40-inch class Sound Bars with CONEQ™ 3D Sound technology, delivering a natural sound stage for smooth and clear sound reproduction. The Hitachi Sound Bars feature four high efficiency full range speakers and two high frequency tweeters with state-of-the-art Class D digital amplifiers. The Sound Bars can also be used to stream music files wirelessly from compatible mobile phone or other Bluetooth® devices.
For more information on Hitachi visit www.hitachi-america.us/tv.