Inputs and Outputs Notes
Overview: The Hitachi
UltraVision CineForm 55HDT79 is a 55'' Plasma HDTV with a display resolution of
1366 x 768 and more than 1.1-million pixels, to ensure the deepest blacks,
brightest colors, and sharpest, most cinematic picture quality available in a
55" plasma TV.
Swivel Tabletop Stand
(included, free with 55HDS69 purchase): Although a stand isn't included in the same box as the 55HDT79, a motorized swivel tabletop stand (item 662STF552S) is included, free, with the purchase of this TV.
PictureMaster HD III Video
Processor: The PictureMaster HD III Video Processor digitally maps incoming
signals and processes each frame for maximum sharpness and color reproduction
while Hitachi's innovative wide aperture pixel technology minimizes barriers
between pixels, delivering a smooth, precise image.
16-Bit/281 Trillion Color
Capability: Color reproduction is unsurpassed with Hitachi's 16-Bit
processing and 281 trillion color capability. The TV features 16-bit processing
that increases the number of steps to over 65,000 per color for the smoothest
and most film-like image possible. With a capability of 281-trillion colors,
distracting artifacts are eliminated, resulting in the most vivid and realistic
range of color reproduction possible.
Input Compatibility: The unit
will accept 480i, 480p, 720p, and 1080i input signals and display them at 1366 x
Quick Start Seamless HDTV
(ATSC)/NTSC Tuner: Conventional HDTV tuners require extended start-up time
to scan for channels and require switching between antenna inputs when selecting
analog or digital programming. Hitachi's HDTV Quick Start Seamless HDTV tuner
delivers the picture quickly with seamless access to all available channels.
TV Guide On Screen: You can
easily find your favorite shows to watch and record using the built-in TV Guide
On Screen interactive program guide. TV Guide On Screen works with regular or
digital cable and is the most convenient way to manage all programming options.
Natural Color Anti-Reflective Glass
Screen: The 55HDT79 uses a special coating on the screen to minimize
distracting room light reflections and enhances contrast for dramatically
increased picture quality.
High-Aperture Pixel Technology:
This innovative technology increases light output and overall smoothness of the
image by narrowing the pixel barriers.
Bright Panel Technology: The
plasma TV incorporates a new gas and phosphor formulation that produces a 16%
brighter picture that is 39% more efficient than previous generation models.
Digital Color Management III:
The built-in Digital Color Management III ensures that the image colors are
precisely tuned to match the palette of either the digital camera or video
inputs to create the deepest, truest colors possible. Both hue and saturation
may be adjusted to reproduce vibrant natural colors matching the original
Tuners: The 55HDT79 has NTSC
Standard, ATSC Standard (8VSB), and QAM (64-QAM, 256-QAM) tuners built in. There
is no need for an external set-top box in order to receive HDTV or SDTV signals.
Digital Cable Ready (QAM):
Digital Cable Ready allows you to view unscrambled digital channels from your
cable provider using the built-in tuner.
CableCARD Compatible: This unit
has a slot for a CableCARD that will be provided by your local cable operator to
gain access to scrambled cable channels.
Picture-In-Picture: You can
view digital channels and video inputs on both the main picture and sub picture
simultaneously with separate control. You can select from three types of
- Split Mode: This mode
displays the main picture and the sub picture evenly on the screen.
- POP Mode: This mode
displays the sub picture outside of the main picture (not available for
- PIP Mode: This mode
displays the sub picture inside of the main picture (available with
1080i/720p signals only)
PIP Freeze: If you wish to
freeze the picture during Picture-in-Picture viewing, you can use one of three
- Main Freeze: Using the
Pause button, you can freeze the image from the main picture on the screen.
It is displayed in full frame until the Exit button is pressed to return to
- Split Freeze: When the
pause button is pressed, the sub picture (on the right in the Split Mode)
will freeze while the main picture (on the left) continues to play normally.
- Strobe Freeze: When the
pause button is pressed, the TV freezes three frames of the picture about
0.1 second apart, and are displayed simultaneously stacked outside of the
Aspect Ratio: The aspect ratio
of this TV is Widescreen 16:9. Depending upon the input signal, you can select
from the following picture modes:
- 4:3 Standard: displays a
4:3 image with gray sidebars
- 4:3 Expanded: displays 4:3
input signals in 16:9 by linearly increasing the image from the center
towards the edges of the display
- 4:3 Zoom: displays 4:3
input signals in 16:9 by zooming in on the image until the screen is filled
(there are 2 levels of zoom available)
- 16:9 Standard 1: displays
16:9 input signals normally at 95% of the original size
- 16:9 Standard 2: displays
16:9 input signal normally at 100% of the original size
- 16:9 Zoom: displays 16:9
input signals zoomed in for detail
Video Adjustments: You can make
adjustments to contrast, brightness, color, tint, and sharpness. Other video
- Picture Modes: You can
choose from three automatic picture modes: Day (Dynamic), Day (Normal), and
Night. You can toggle between the modes by using the Day/Night button on the
- Color Temperature Control:
You can adjust the color temperature according to your personal preference.
You can choose a Color Tone setting between High (for cooler color with more
blue), Medium (for more natural color), or Standard (for accurate color).
- Black Enhancement: You can
adjust the black level to enhance the shadow detail in dark scenes. Settings
include Low, Middle, High, and Off.
Day/Night Timer: In addition to
manually setting the picture mode, you can use the Day/Night Timer to
automatically switch between the selected day and night modes. You can set the
times that the Day Mode is turned on or off. When the Day Mode is off, the Night
Mode turns on. Note: The internal clock must also be set in order for the
Day/Night timer to work.
Auto Movie Mode: The Auto Movie
Mode, when turned on, will automatically detect film-based video (shot at 24
frames per second), and activate the 3:2 pulldown process to improve video
performance. When a component with progressive scanning is used, the Auto Movie
Mode will not be available.
Speakers: You can configure the
TV's internal speakers in one of three ways depending upon the use of external
speakers. You can set the speakers to "On" if you are using the internal
speakers only, "Off" if you are exclusively using speakers from a separate
stereo system, or "TV as Center" if you want to use the TV speakers as the
center channel along with external speakers from a separate stereo system.
Perfect Volume: This function
automatically adjusts volume so each channel and input has the same average
DRC: Dynamic Range Compression
compresses the range of sound volume by suppressing the output of loud sound and
by raising the volume of low sound. The DRC function affects only Dolby Digital
signals decoded internally by the TV and does not affect the Dolby Digital
bitstream from the digital audio output.
Auto Noise Cancel: This
function eliminates the noise between stations. If a channel is tuned and is
noisy, this function will automatically eliminate the audio for that channel.
Loudness: Set this function to
"On" to emphasize bass and treble at low volume levels.
Locks: You can set up "locks"
on the TV to limit usage of specific controls, channels, or programs. The Lock
Activation menu is protected by a 4-digit numeric password. The following
"locks" can be activated:
- Engage Lock: You can
choose to lock the channel and/or the side panel:
- Channel Lock: You can
block out the picture and sound for a selected channel.
- Side Panel Lock: All
buttons on the side panel can be deactivated, with the exception of the
- Movie Ratings: You can
block various types of movies and videos based on motion picture ratings (G,
PG, PG-13, R, NC-17, X)
- TV Ratings: You can use TV
ratings to prevent the viewing of any TV program you feel is inappropriate
due to its content.
- U.S. Ratings: TV-Y,
TV-Y7, TV-G, TV-PG, TV-14, TV-MA; FV, V, S, L, D
- Canadian Ratings:
(English) C, C8+, G, PG, 14+, 18+; (French) G, 8 ans+, 13 ans+, 16 ans+,
- Alternate Ratings:
(for ATSC digital signals only) G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17, X, Y
On-screen Menu Language: The
on-screen menu language can be set to English, Spanish, or French.
Sleep Timer: This TV can be set
to turn itself off after a preset amount of time. The sleep timer can be set
between 30 minutes and 3 hours in 30-minute increments.
Screen Savers: Continuous
on-screen displays, such as video games, stock market quotations, computer
generated graphics, and other fixed (non-moving) patterns can cause permanent
damage to a plasma display. To protect the display, you can choose different
screen savers which shift the picture by one pixel every 2, 10, or 20 minutes.
"Roll and Click" Remote Control (CLU-3861WL): The
supplied IR wireless remote controls this TV, as well as multiple brands of
other A/V components, including DVD players, Cable Boxes, Set-Top Boxes,
Satellite Receivers, and VCRs. The remote features 2 "Roll and Click" controls
for easily browsing channels or adjusting the volume by turning the wheels. The
same controls can be pressed to quickly create or change "favorite" channels or
muting the TV. The remote buttons are fully illuminated (backlit).
Power Swivel Tabletop Stand:
Although a stand isn't included in the same box as the 55HDT79, a motorized swivel tabletop stand (item 662STF552S) is included, free, with the purchase of this TV. The stand can swivel the TV up to
30° to the left or right, for the best viewing angle. The Power Swivel can be
operated by remote control. The Power Swivel feature can be locked in the menu
for safety reasons. A special 7" cable (supplied) needs to be connected in order
for the Power Swivel to function. Note: It is recommended that measures
be taken to prevent the TV from tipping over, causing possible injury.
Wall Mounting: You can use an
optional universal wall mount bracket (or a WM-51 bracket from Hitachi) to mount
the TV to the wall.
Inputs and Outputs Notes
HDMI Inputs: The 55HDT79 is
equipped with 3 HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) inputs, labeled HDMI
Inputs 1, 2, and 5, which carry digital video and audio in a single cable. The
HDMI inputs are compatible with 1080i, 720p, 480i and 480p DTV signals, and are
not intended for use with personal computers. The inputs contain HDCP copy
protection to prevent illegal copying of video content. If you are using a
DVI-to-HDMI cable adapter, the audio outputs should be connected to the audio
jacks of the same input (1, 2 or 5) as the HDMI input (1, 2, or 5).
Note: If you connect a
device to HDMI Inputs 1 and/or 2 using HDMI cables, the corresponding
composite/S-Video inputs (1 and/or 2) cannot be used simultaneously.
Composite and S-Video Input: If
one or both of the HDMI inputs are not used, you can use Inputs 1 and 2 for
devices with composite or S-Video jacks.
Component Video Inputs: There
are two component video inputs (Y, Pb, Pr), labeled Inputs 3 and 4, capable of
receiving 1080i, 720p, 480p, and 480i video signals. Each of the component video
inputs also have stereo audio RCA jacks. The component video jacks can be used
as composite video inputs by plugging the composite video plug into the Y/Video
Side Panel Inputs: The TV has
side panel inputs labeled Input 5: HDMI on the right side, component video with
stereo RCA audio on the left side. Like the rear panel component inputs, the
side panel component video inputs can also be used as composite video inputs by
plugging the video plug into the Y/Video jack. You can use either the HDMI or
the component video inputs, but not both simultaneously. If an HDMI-to-DVI
adapter is used for the right side HDMI input, the audio inputs on the right
side should be used.
Photo Input: The TV has a USB
Type A input on the left side panel for connecting your digital camera, USB
memory card reader, or USB flash drive to view you digital still images.
Monitor Output: The TV has a
monitor output with composite and S-Video and stereo RCA audio jacks. To prevent
copyright infringement, the monitor output will be abnormal when using the
component and HDMI jacks. Also, the S-Video monitor output can be used for
recording only if the source input device is using S-Video.
Optical Output: The TosLink
optical digital output can be used to send Dolby Digital or PCM signals to an
audio device with optical digital inputs, such as an A/V amplifier.
CableCARD Slot: A slot is
provided for a CableCARD from your local cable operator to gain access to
digital and high definition premium channels (requires a subscription to digital
cable). You will also need to connect a coaxial cable to the Air/Cable input
when using a CableCARD.
Upgrade Card Slot: A slot is
provided for a MultiMediaCard for upgrading the TV's operating software. If a
future software upgrade is required for the TV, Hitachi will notify you, and
provide you with a flash card. You must complete and return the supplied
warranty card in order to receive written notification of upgrades.
Antenna Input: The TV features
a standard Antenna/Cable coax connection.