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Hitachi 42HDS52

alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 reviews of Hitachi 42HDS52. The average rating for this product is 3.4/5, compared to an average rating of 4.3/5 for other TVs for all reviews. People really like the glare and sound. The usability and design are also mentioned favorably. There are some mixed views about the reliability, and many are negative about the tuner and durability.

image quality, design, usability, sound, glare

durability, tuner

We analyzed user and expert ratings, product age and more factors. Compared to other TVs the Hitachi 42HDS52 is awarded an overall alaScore™ of 79/100 = Good quality.

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Consumer review ( review summary for Hitachi 42HDS52


alaTest has collected and analyzed 12 user reviews of Hitachi 42HDS52 from The average user rating for this product is 3.3/5, compared to an average user rating of 4.1/5 for other TVs on Reviews about the glare and sound are generally positive. The usability and design are also appreciated. The tuner and durability get critical comments. There are some mixed opinions about the reliability.

image quality, design, usability, sound, glare

durability, tuner

67% of the reviews on give this product a positive rating.

This summary is based on the products: Hitachi Ultravision 42HDS52 42-Inch Plasma HDTVHitachi Ultravision 42HDS52 42-Inch Plasma HDTV

May, 2018

Product Specifications

Hitachi's flat panel HDTVs utilize proprietary technologies in dramatic industrial designs. For UltraVision models, the company's next-generation VirtualHD 1080p II video processing technology incorporates histogram processing algorithms for enhanced contrast, sharpness, gamma and color for a clearer, sharper picture. This new product line utilizes the most advanced proprietary plasma and LCD technologies to bring the smooth image quality of film to home theater. The 55-inch 55HDS52 model includes exclusive features and plasma technologies to produce a cinema-like home viewing experience. PRODUCT FEATURES: Ultra-Slim form factor with narrow side speakers and all black finish; "All-in-One" design with comprehensive feature package and connectivity; VirtualHD 1080p II with 12-bit/68-billion color capability and dynamic histogram processing to improve contrast, color, sharpness and gamma by processing each video frame as a digital still image. Every frame is analyzed and optimized in real time for a sharp, smooth and seamless image; Hitachi's WXGA display technology for 55-inch screen sizes dedicates more screen surface to the actual viewable picture area. Brighter pixels, combined with a black matrix between them, deliver a brilliant picture with deeper, truer colors and better contrast. VirtualHD 1080p II utilizes reverse pull down for native 1080i and 480i film sources to reproduce the smoothest image possible; The Quick Start Seamless HDTV and NTSC Tuners deliver the picture quickly with seamless access to all available channels; CableCARD compatibility provides simplified "one remote control" operation for cable programming on participating systems; The new Learning AV NET IV simplifies operation of complete home theater systems with one convenient interface. Infra-red (IR) repeaters integrate with on-screen software keys to control up to four components. Consumers can control external components like DVD players, VCRs and AV receivers or the smart AV NET can "learn" new IR commands; An Illuminated Roll & Click Remote offers a slim ergonomic design and backlit buttons for easy use. The unique rolling wheels make it easy to quickly change the channels or adjust the volume; Hitachi's separate Day and Night Memories for each source component deliver superior picture quality. Simply pressing the Day/Night button on the remote or using the automatic timer switches between bright daytime settings and high fidelity nighttime settings; The USB input provides the capability to view digital photographs; 2 HDMI audio/video inputs; 2 Wideband component inputs.

Audio System

Sound Output Mode:Stereo
Speakers Included:2 speakers

Dimensions & Weight



Type: None

Environmental Standards

ENERGY STAR Qualified: Yes
EPA Energy Star Compliant: Yes


Product Line:Hitachi



Service & Support

Type:1 year warranty


Diagonal Size:55in
Diagonal Size (cm):141cm
Digital Television Certification:HDTV
Display Format:720p
HDMI Ports Qty:2
HDTV Ready: Yes
Image Aspect Ratio:16:9
Progressive Scan:Progressive scanning (line doubling)
Resolution:1366 x 768
Technology:Plasma (PDP)
Type:Plasma TV
Video Interface:Component / Composite / HDMI / S-Video

TV Tuner

dbx Noise Reduction: Yes
HDTV Tuner: Yes
Multi-channel Preview:Picture-in-picture (PIP) / Split screen
Secondary Audio Program (SAP): Yes
TV Tuner Presence: Yes