Yamaha isn't the only manufacturer to unleash horde of new products today.
Hitachi is expanding two of their flat-panel lines with new and improved models that are sure to peak your interest. Their Wooo line has a new 37-inch LCD that has an optional DVR add-on. This panel is somewhat of a milestone for Hitachi as it is the first set off the production lines as that Panasonic, Toshiba, and Hitachi share in their joint LCD venture called IPS
. Truthfully, though, this LCD TV is just another 1366 x 768 panel with a decent 178 degrees viewing angle but the optional DVR attachment does sound rather nice. The W37L-HR9000 has the optional DVR included and will retail for 350,000 Yen ($3,041 USD) while the W37L-H9000 doesn't include the DVR built will sell for 50,000 Yen less making it $2,606 USD. The H90 product line has three new additions as well and these too are the IPS panels. Once again though, they are just mediocre 32- and 26-inch LCD TVs with the same 1366 x 768 resolution and 178 degree viewing angle. The W37P-H90 plasma employs Hitachi's 1080i ALAS panel a 1024 x 1080 resolution. All of four of the above mentioned sets include the same amount of inputs: 2 HDMI, Japanese D4, 3 S-Vid, 4 composite, 1 monitor out, Ethernet, and a strange telephone input that we aren't quite sure what it is used for. Expect to pick up the sets on September 1 (that is if you are going to be in Japan) with the 32- and 26-inch LCDs going for 230,000 Yen ($1,998 USD) and 200,000 Yen ($1,737 USD) respectively while the plasma is going to retail for 300,000 Yen ($2,606 USD).