From: Don K on
<me(a)privacy.net> wrote in message news:8a4uu2dspt9j4i229cui3m6csrl5pv7e7q(a)4ax.com...
> Thinking of buying an LCD HDTV soon.
>
> Possibly 26" or 32"
>
> Would be nice to have built in DVD player for less
> clutter
>
> What's your feelings abt buying a TV with built-in DVD
> player?


It's a very bad idea, IMO.
When the built-in DVD player craps out, are you going to junk the TV?
A DVD player is worth about 25 bucks.

When the prices on HD DVD players come down, are you going to
be content watching low-res DVD's on your HDTV?

If the answers are yes, then go ahead and waste your money on the
built-in DVD.

Don


From: Lou on

<me(a)privacy.net> wrote in message
news:8a4uu2dspt9j4i229cui3m6csrl5pv7e7q(a)4ax.com...
> Thinking of buying an LCD HDTV soon.
>
> Possibly 26" or 32"
>
> Would be nice to have built in DVD player for less
> clutter
>
> What's your feelings abt buying a TV with built-in DVD
> player?
>
> This unit is from Costco and costs abt $500
>
>
http://www.akaiusa.com/products_detail_features.aspx?cat=VISUAL%20ENTERTAINMENT&subcat=TV%20Combo&productno=LCT2701TD

In general, I'm not a fan of combination appliances. Sooner or later either
the TV or the DVD player will cease to work while the other component is
still functional. I'd rather replace one component than both.


From: Tockk on

<me(a)privacy.net> wrote in message
news:8a4uu2dspt9j4i229cui3m6csrl5pv7e7q(a)4ax.com...
> Thinking of buying an LCD HDTV soon.
>
> Possibly 26" or 32"
>
> Would be nice to have built in DVD player for less
> clutter
>
> What's your feelings abt buying a TV with built-in DVD
> player?
>
> This unit is from Costco and costs abt $500
>
> http://www.akaiusa.com/products_detail_features.aspx?cat=VISUAL%20ENTERTAINMENT&subcat=TV%20Combo&productno=LCT2701TD


No way would I buy something like this, unless I knew beforehand it was only
a temporary acquisition.

It's only 720 horizontal lines, and only takes up to 1080i, not 1080p
inputs. The day will come when 1080p will be the broadcast standard, and
TV's with 720 lines will be yesterday's news.

If it were me, I'd wait for the 1080p TV's to come down in price (and the
eventually will) and then go with that.


From: Ron Peterson on
On Mar 7, 1:29 pm, m...(a)privacy.net wrote:
> Thinking of buying an LCD HDTV soon.

> Possibly 26" or 32"

> Would be nice to have built in DVD player for less
> clutter

> What's your feelings abt buying a TV with built-in DVD
> player?

That's a good idea.

> This unit is from Costco and costs abt $500

Cost is fine.

> http://www.akaiusa.com/products_detail_features.aspx?cat=VISUAL%20ENT...

It doesn't have an HD tuner.

I bought an HD tuner ($200) for my computer and can watch the local
broadcasts on it. I can also record the broadcasts on to the computer
hard drive withoout loss of detail.

--
Ron

From: Bucky on
On Mar 7, 2:04 pm, "Don K" <dk(a)dont_bother_me.com> wrote:
> It's a very bad idea, IMO.

I prefer separate components myself, but it's not a horrible idea. If
your goal is to save space, that's a valid reason.

> When the built-in DVD player craps out, are you going to junk the TV?

Obviously not. Just because it has a built-in DVD player doesn't mean
it doesn't have other A/V inputs!

> When the prices on HD DVD players come down, are you going to
> be content watching low-res DVD's on your HDTV?

Same as above, he can always buy a separate HD DVD player and hook it
up.

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