Ultrathin Hitachi LCD walks razor's edge

The Hitachi Cinema Series UT37X902 is the world's thinnest LCD, which is easy to measure, but how does its picture quality measure up to the competition?

If you like your TVs like you like your, er, partners--slim, stylish, and expensive--then you're a good candidate for the Hitachi UT37X902. At a mere 1.5 inches thick, this thinnest of all LCDs costs a bundle but looks better turned off than just about any TV we've ever reviewed.

No matter how you slice it, the Hitachi UT37X902 is one thin display. CNET

It's no slouch when turned on either, with decent black levels and color accuracy for the 37-inch LCD breed, but (isn't there always a "but"?) we couldn't help but complain about one important aspect of its design. The UT37X902 is just a "monitor," meaning it has no built-in tuner and, more importantly, includes just two inputs: one HDMI and one analog VGA for PCs. That's fine if you just want to connect a cable or satellite box and forget it, but for other gear, you'll need additional inputs. That's where the optional AV Center, a $300 breakout box, comes in.

So how does the AV Center work? What other juicy details can we provide about the TV's picture quality? And is that 1.5-inch number really accurate?

Read the full review of the Hitachi UT37X902.

Below you'll find the settings we found best for viewing the Hitachi UT37X902 in a completely dark room via the HDMI input with a 1080p, film-based source. Your settings may vary depending on source, room conditions, and personal preference. Check out the Picture settings and calibration FAQ for more information.

Picture menu:
Picture Mode: Cinema
Contrast: +25
Brightness: 0
Color: -22
Sharpness: -15
Tint: 0
Color Temperature: Warm
Back Light: -20

Deep Color: Off
Contrast Mode: Linear
3D Color Management: Off
Black Enhancement: Off
DNR: Off
MPEG NR: Off
Cross Color NR: Off
Game Mode: Off
Film Mode: Original

Color Temp Adjust menu:
Color Temp Adjust: On
Amplitude Red: 0
Green: -2
Blue: 0
Cut Off Red: +2
Green: 0
Blue: -1

 

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