If you looking for good design/aesthetics go for the Hitachi. Hitachi's black levels aren't of reference quality and the picture is not that sharp. But if you are going to use it for gaming then it's worth every cents coz ALIS panels are the most resistant to burn-in.
I am looking for a 40-42" Plasma or LCD with a nice solid black or black piano finish. I have my eyes on the Hitachi, but want to be sure that it'll work well with my viewing/gaming needs. I think its native resolution is only 1080i, but don't think that should be too much a problem. How would you compare this to the newer 42" Samsungs (Plasma and LCD), LGs, and Sony XBR Bravia's. What do you all think? This Hitachi is the Director's Series Flagship that sold for $5000 - $5500 at release.
I'll be using the tv with DirectTV, DVD and Xbox
Also, the tv will be going in a 10'x10' room with no furniture. I found a 22" stand. Will the tv be too high up when laying on the ground watching it?
I appreciate your help and input...Matt