updated 05:45 am EST, Fri November 9, 2012
Sound Bar features Coneq processing, Bluetooth streaming
Hitachi has unveiled its fall lineup of high definition televisions and accessories for the US. The new list of HDTVs, divided between the Value series and the UltraVision UltraThin LED series, are also accompanied by 32-inch and 40-inch Sound Bars. Containing six speakers and using Coneq 3D sound processing the Sound Bars can also be used to stream music through its Bluetooth connection.
The UltraVision line starts with the W806 Smart 3D TV, available in 48 and 52-inch screen sizes. Capable of full 1080p HD video playback at 120Hz for 3D content, it has built-in Wi-Fi and IPTV connectivity, and comes with two pairs of 3D glasses. The S606 goes further by including an MHL-compatible HDMI port, making it one of the first Roku-ready televisions able to use and control the Roku Streaming Stick. Also featuring a 120Hz Full HD 1080p panel, the S606 is available in 42-46-, and 55-inch sizes.
The Value series all have an ultra thin bezel and Dolby Digital surround sound. The S406 32-inch screen has a platinum finish and can display 720p images at 60Gz, while the H306 performs similarly at a size of 29-inches. The H316, in 29-, 32-, and 39-inch sizes, can push out 60Hz Full HD 1080p, uses a PicturePerfect video processor, RGB-based PC input, and a long life LED Edgelight.
While the timing of when the HDTVs will be on sale hasn't been revealed, prices range from $330 on the low-end up to $1400 for the largest W806. The 32-inch and 40-inch soundbars will cost $150 and $200 respectively.