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Hitachi ALPHA SERIES L32A404 Owner's Manual

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Model numbers
L32A404
L42A404
Thank you for purchasing this Hitachi product. Please read these instructions carefully.
For additional assistance please call 800.HITACHI (800.448.2244) or visit our website at www.hitachi.us/tv.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INSTRUCTIONS ................................................................................. 2-5
FIRST TIME USE ................................................................................................................... 6-17
THE REMOTE CONTROL ................................................................................................... 18-21
ON-SCREEN DISPLAY ........................................................................................................ 22-34
USEFUL INFORMATION ..................................................................................................... 35-41
LIMITED WARRANTY ............................................................................................................... 42
END USER LICENSE AGREEMENT FOR HITACHI DTV SOFTWARE .............................. 43-48
APPENDIXES ............................................................................................................................ 49
INDEX ........................................................................................................................................ 50
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Alpha Series Liquid Crystal HDTV
Keep this owners guide for future reference.
Record the model name and serial number of your LCD Television for future reference.
This information is located on the back and right side of the television.
MODEL NAME. ________________________ SERIAL NO. ___________________________
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  • Page 1: Table Of Contents

    Alpha Series Liquid Crystal HDTV Thank you for purchasing this Hitachi product. Please read these instructions carefully. For additional assistance please call 800.HITACHI (800.448.2244) or visit our website at www.hitachi.us/tv. Record the model name and serial number of your LCD Television for future reference.
  • Page 2: Important Safety Instructions

    Safety is also foremost in our minds in the design of these units. To help you operate these products properly, this section illustrates safety tips which will be of benefit to you. Please read it carefully and apply the knowledge you obtain from it to the proper operation of your Hitachi LCD television.
  • Page 3 Consult the dealer or an experienced radio/television technician for help. Modifications The FCC requires the user to be notified that any changes or modifications made to this device that are not expressly approved by Hitachi America, Ltd. may void the user’s authority to operate the equipment.
  • Page 4 If you are unsure, contact a professional installer. • A minimum of two people are required for installation. Flat panel displays can be heavy. Congratulations on your purchase! HITACHI CARES! • The consumer electronics industry is commited to making home entertainment enjoyable and safe. •...
  • Page 5 Do not place the unit on uneven surfaces, this may drop or damage the unit, it may also cause personal injury. Unplug immediately if there is a malfunction on the TV like no picture, no video/audio or if there is smoke and bad odor coming from the TV.
  • Page 6: First Time Use

    Alpha Series Liquid Crystal HDTV Thank you for purchasing this Hitachi product. Please read these instructions carefully. For additional assistance please call 800.HITACHI (800.448.2244) or visit our website at www.hitachi.us/tv. Keep this owners guide for future reference. Record the model name and serial number of your LCD Television for future reference.
  • Page 7 How To Install Your New Hitachi LCD Television Take the following precautions to prevent the LCD Television from tipping over and possibly causing injury. It is important to mount the unit on a stable and flat surface. ASSEMBLY OF THE BASE IMPORTANT: The base of the LCD TV must be assembled prior to use.
  • Page 8 Although this LCD Display Panel can be installed using a variety of third party wall mounting brackets/devices, CAUTION such third party brackets/devices have not been tested or approved by Hitachi for use or compatibility with this LCD Display Panel. Accordingly, Hitachi accepts no responsibility or liability for any injuries or property damage resulting from the use of such third party brackets/devices.
  • Page 9 It will soon be in the Off (Stand-by) state. • Your HITACHI LCD TV will not show any picture if there is no video input when AV1, AV2, Component1 or 2, or HDMI 1, 2, 3 or 4 is selected. Instead, a message will indicate “No Signal”, and the Power Light will remain Blue...
  • Page 10 AIR/CABLE Terminal To switch between Cable and Air, go to the Channels Menu option to change the signal source CABLE or AIR (see page 33). COMPONENT: Y-P and AUDIO Inputs Component 1 and 2 provide Y-P connecting device with this capability, such as a DVD player or set top box.
  • Page 11 Quick Reference Remote Control Buttons and Functions In addition to controlling all of the functions on your Hitachi LCD TV, the new remote control is designed to operate different types of compatible HDMI CEC DVD Players. For HDMI CEC details please see page 31.
  • Page 12 To outdoor Antenna Cable TV (CATV) System 2. CONNECT YOUR NEW HITACHI LCD TV TO THE POWER SOURCE a). Connect the power cord to your TV set and secure it with the wire Clamp (see page 7) b). Connect the power code to the AC outlet.
  • Page 13 TV Setup Wizard Your Hitachi LCD television has a TV Setup Wizard feature which has the ability to help you easily setup the first time you turn on your TV and find the channels available in your area. Please follow the instructions below.
  • Page 14 The following connection diagrams are offered as suggestions. However, you may need to modify them to accommodate your particular assortment of devices and features. For best performance, video and audio cables should be made from coaxial shielded wire. There are two SIDE panel HDMI jacks provided as a convenience to allow you to easily connect HDMI or DVI signals from a DVD, set top box, Video Game as shown in the following examples (When a DVI product is connected, the use of a separate audio device is necessary for audio, use an Audio Amplifier and connect to the Audio In jacks).
  • Page 15: Rear Panel Connections

    Rear Panel Connections Before Operating External Video Devices Connect an external device to one of the INPUT jacks, then press the INPUT button to show the Inputs List. Use the CURSORS ( and ) to select the Input of your choice. Then press the SELECT button to confirm your choice (see page 19). Outside antenna Cable TV coaxial cable 2-Way...
  • Page 16 CONNECTING A PERSONAL COMPUTER Use the RGB PC connection jack and the Analog Audio Input jacks to connect the PC. Connect the RGB (D-sub 15 Pin) and AUDIO cable from the RGB and AUDIO OUT jack of the PC to the RGB and AUDIO jack, as shown on the Rear Panel on the right.
  • Page 17 Rear Panel Connections CONNECTING AN DEVICE WITH HDMI OR DVI CAPABILITY TO HDMI 1 & HDMI 2 Connect the HDMI or DVI to HDMI connection cable from the output of the HDTV set top box or DVD player to the HDMI input as shown near the Rear panel at right.
  • Page 18: The Remote Control

    P.MODE S.MODE MTS/SAP ASPECT LAST CH MUTE E.SAVE SLEEP MENU SELECT EXIT CLU-4591AV POWER Button Press this button to turn the TV set on or off. PICTURE MODE (P.MODE) Button Press this button to toggle between Dynamic, Standard, Movie, Custom and Game picture mode settings. Select Dynamic mode for automatic brightness and contrast adjustment.
  • Page 19 How To Use The Remote Control To Control Your TV Closed Captioning will display automatically when MUTE is on and Closed Caption is set to With Mute (see page 30). When the TV power is turned off at a volume level 16 or greater, the volume level will default to 15 when the TV is turned on.
  • Page 20 How To Use The Remote Control To Control Your TV FAVORITE CHANNEL (FAV.CH) Button Press the FAV.CH button to display the Favorite CH List. You have to first setup the Favorite Channels in the Channels Menu in order display the list. Press the FAV.CH button on the remote control to display the list and select the desired channel using the CURSOR PAD and then press SELECT button to view.
  • Page 21 How To Use The Remote Control To Control Your TV ASPECT Button Press this button to quickly change the picture format ASPECT ratio. Depending on the input picture format, ASPECT allows you to adjust the image through the following options. Auto Use this aspect mode to have the aspect mode change automatically by signal detector.
  • Page 22: On-Screen Display

    The On Screen Display (OSD) for the different submenus shown in the following pages are for illustration purposes NOTE only, there may be slight differences from the actual appearance of the OSD of your Hitachi LCD TV. Video Picture Mode Select among 5 pictures modes: Dynamic, Standard, Movie, Custom, and Game.
  • Page 23 On-Screen Display Audio Sound Mode Selects 4 audio presets (Custom,Standard, Movie, News). Bass Adjust the intensity of low frequencies. Treble Adjust the intensity of high frequencies. Balance Adjust the balance. CONEQ Select sound equalizing mode. Audio Source Select among three Audio Sources (Stereo, Mono, SAP). Preferred Language Select Language options if available (Available for digital channel).
  • Page 24 This involves a process known as 3:2 pull down. When AUTO MOVIE is set to Auto your Hitachi LCD Television will activate the circuitry for this special feature to improve video performance when watching interlaced format film based sources.
  • Page 25 Video Aspect Ratio reference Display Aspect Input Signal Display Screen Recomended When Watching Standard Definition Pictures: (4:3 Signal) (Vista) (Cinema) When Watching High Definition Pictures: (16:9 Signal) Reset This function allows you to reset the Video Menu Settings of the present input source and return it to the Standard video mode.
  • Page 26 Select Audio to adjust the sound to your preference. Video Sound Mode Bass Audio Treble Setup Balance CONEQ Channels Preferred Language Audio Language Move Select Return Sound Mode This function has four sound modes that are preset according to the type of program. Standard mode is for normal audio conditions, Movie mode is for movies, News mode is for News programs, and Custom mode is for adjusting audio levels to your preference.
  • Page 27: Parental Controls

    Setup Select Setup when setting your TV up for the first time. Video Menu Language Time Audio Sleep Timer Setup Set Password Parental Controls Channels Closed Captions Digital Captions Move Select Return Use the CURSOR PAD ▲ or ▼ to select the Setup menu. Use the CURSOR PAD ►...
  • Page 28 Motion Picture Ratings Table NOT RATED Contains no rating. Not Rated (NR) and Not Applicable (NA) programs. Movie has not been rated or ratings do not apply. General audiences. All ages admitted. Parental guidance suggested. Some material may not be suitable for children. PG-13 Parents strongly cautioned.
  • Page 29 Setup Canadian Ratings French Table General - Programming intended for audiences of all ages. Contains no violence, or the violence content is minimal or is depicted appropriately with humor or caricature or in an unrealistic manner. 8 ans+ 8 + General - Not recommended for young children - Programming intended for a broad audience but contains light or occasional violence that could disturb young children.
  • Page 30: Closed Captions

    TV program guide. This information covers the entire screen and viewing the TV program is not possible. Text may not be available with every program. Energy Options Use this feature to save energy when watching your Hitachi LCD TV. English Service1 EXIT Exit Press the CURSOR PAD ▲...
  • Page 31: Input Labels

    Setup HDMI-CEC Set to On and this feature will enable the HDMI-CEC signal bus to allow your Hitachi LCD TV to discover and communicate automatically with other compatible HDMI-interfaced Audio/Video device. The CEC signal bus makes global controls possible, based on “plug &...
  • Page 32: Rgb Options

    RGB Options This function is to adjust the RGB input to match your PC or laptop output with your LCD Television. Video Analog Captions Energy Options Audio HDMI - CEC Setup Input Labels Component Options Channels RGB Options Reset AV & Setup Move Select Return...
  • Page 33: Channel List

    Channels Select Channels to set your signal source options, run New Channel Scan, Check Signal Meter and Set Channel List (Add channels to List, Channel/Labels and Favorite Channels). Video Source Signal Strength Audio New Channel Scan Setup Add Channels to List Channel List Channels Channel Labels...
  • Page 34: Channel Labels

    Channel Labels Use this feature to give a name to any of the channels. Video Source Signal Strength Audio New Channel Scan Setup Add Channels to List Channel List Channels Channel Labels Favorite Channels Move Select Return Press the CURSOR PAD ƒ or ► to highlight the channels. Press the CURSOR PAD q to change the channel label.
  • Page 35: Useful Information

    Equipment Care and Troubleshooting Dust the screen and cabinet with a soft cloth. Clean the screen with a soft cloth moistened in warm water and dry with a soft cloth. A mild soap may be used if the screen is extremely dirty. Place your LCD Television away from extreme heat, humidity and extremely dusty places.
  • Page 36: Symptom And Checklist

    Picture is blurry or fuzzy Pixelization noise or loss connection (“No Signal” message display) If the problem cannot be solved with the suggested procedures, contact 800.HITACHI. For your safety, never try to repair the product yourself. CHECKLIST • Check the Indicating lamp status (Off, Red, Blue).
  • Page 37: Reception Problems

    Reception Problems IGNITION NOISE: Black spots or horizontal streaks may appear, picture may flutter or drift. Usually caused by interference from automobile ignition systems, neon lamps, electrical drills, and other electrical appliances. GHOSTS: Ghosts are caused by the television signal following two paths. One is the direct path and the other is reflected from tall buildings, hills or some other objects.
  • Page 38: Supplied Accessories

    HDTV Televisions display HDTV only when an HDTV source is available. All specifications, weights, and dimensions are subject to change without prior notice. Please access www.hitachi.us/tv for detailed specifications and dimensions for custom installations. HDMI, the HDMI logo and High-Definition Multimedia Interface are trademarks or registered trademarks of HDMI Licensing LLC in the United States and other countries.
  • Page 39 Set Dimensions L32A404 model (Includes Table Top Stand) Weight (lbs./kg): 26.4/12 HOLE FOR WALL MOUNT (4 PLACES) LOCATION OF THE POWER CORD Use as Reference for Wall Mount Bracket 31 1/8 (790.5) 27 1/2 (698.4) (ACTIVE AREA) CENTER OF THE SCREEN 19 1/2 (495.4) 7 7/8 (200.00) Rear View...
  • Page 40: Rear View

    L42A404 model (Includes Table Top Stand) Weight (lbs./kg): 41.9/19 HOLE FOR WALL MOUNT (4 PLACES) LOCATION OF THE POWER CORD Use as Reference for Wall Mount Bracket 39 31/32 (1015.36) 36 3/4 (933.50) (ACTIVE AREA) CENTER OF THE SCREEN 25 3/32 (637.04) 15 3/4 (400.00) Rear View Units : Inches (mm)
  • Page 41 HITACHI AMERICA, LTD. HITACHI has made every effort to assure you hours of trouble free operation from your Hitachi product. Should you require service assistance with OPERATIONAL, HOOK UP, TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE OR WARRANTY SERVICE SUPPORT, please contact one of our knowledgeable Customer Service Representatives at 800.HITACHI (800.448.2244).
  • Page 42: Limited Warranty

    G. Any Product used for purposes or applications, or subjected to operating conditions, other than those identified as acceptable in the Product’s Owners Guide. H. Product repairs (including any product whose case has been opened), or part replacements provided or installed, by any person other than an Authorized Hitachi Service Facility Representative.
  • Page 43: End User License Agreement For Hitachi Dtv Software

    IMPORTANT – READ CAREFULLY: This End User License Agreement for HITACHI DTV Software (this “Agreement”) is a legal agreement between you (“you” or “your”), in your capacity as the owner of a HITACHI brand digital television (the “DTV”), and HITACHI America, Ltd., Home Electronics Division (“HITACHI”). By using the DTV or the digital television software installed on the DTV (the “DTV Software”) or any...
  • Page 44 End User License Agreement for Open Source Software OPEN SOURCE SOFTWARE LICENSE INFORMATION This Hitachi TV incorporates open source software modules distributed under certain licenses, including the GNU General Public License Version 3 (as defined by the Free Software Foundation, Inc.).
  • Page 45 End User License Agreement for Operating System Software TERMS AND CONDITIONS 0. Definitions. “This License” refers to version 3 of the GNU General Public License. “Copyright” also means copyright-like laws that apply to other kinds of works, such as semiconductor masks. “The Program”...
  • Page 46 6. Conveying Non-Source Forms. You may convey a covered work in object code form under the terms of sections 4 and 5, provided that you also convey the machine-readable Corresponding Source under the terms of this License, in one of these ways: a) Convey the object code in, or embodied in, a physical product (including a physical distribution medium), accompanied by the Corresponding Source fixed on a durable physical medium customarily used for software inter-...
  • Page 47 End User License Agreement for Operating System Software the first time you have received notice of violation of this License (for any work) from that copyright holder, and you cure the violation prior to 30 days after your receipt of the notice.
  • Page 48 RISK AS TO THE QUALITY AND PERFORMANCE OF THE PROGRAM IS WITH YOU. SHOULD THE PROGRAM PROVE DEFECTIVE, YOU ASSUME THE COST OF ALL NECESSARY SERVICING, REPAIR OR CORRECTION. 16. Limitation of Liability. IN NO EVENT UNLESS REQUIRED BY APPLICABLE LAW OR AGREED TO IN WRITING WILL ANY COPYRIGHT HOLDER, OR ANY OTHER PARTY WHO MODI- FIES AND/OR CONVEYS THE PROGRAM AS PERMITTED ABOVE, BE LIABLE TO YOU FOR DAMAGES, INCLUDING ANY GENERAL, SPECIAL, INCIDENTAL OR...
  • Page 49: Appendixes

    Appendixes Appendix A: Picture Format for Each Input Source Aspect Specifications Input Signal AIR / CABLE Air / Cable 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i HDMI 1 HDMI / DVI 640x480, 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x720, 1360x768 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i HDMI 2 HDMI 1080p, 1080i, 720p, 480p, 480i HDMI 3...
  • Page 50: Index

    Accessories .........6 Antennas (Connecting) .
  • Page 51 Notes...
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