From: Mike T. on

<me(a)privacy.net> wrote in message
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> 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

Normally, I'd say it's a really bad idea. However, if you are talking about
a regular (non-HD format) DVD player, that probably only adds about $15
bucks to the cost of a TV. So if you think it'll make you happier, buy it.
The one thing I'd caution you about though . . . make sure that the TV you
buy has HDMI and DVI and COMPONENT (RGB) inputs for video, as well as analog
(RCA) stereo inputs and outputs for audio. *More than one* of each HDMI and
COMPONENT (RGB) input is preferred.

The TV/monitor is the most expensive component of most entertainment
centers. If you decide to go surround-sound later, you will want a
TV/monitor that is flexible enough to connect with ANYTHING you buy later.
You don't even have to think of other components (A/V receiver, HD DVD
player, speakers) now, but you will regret the TV purchase later if you
don't get one with the right connectors NOW. -Dave



From: Mike T. on

"Don K" <dk(a)dont_bother_me.com> wrote in message
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> <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.
>

Normally I'd agree with you. But a non-HD DVD player only adds (MAYBE)
about 15 bucks to the cost of the TV. Remember, the manufacturer of the TV
isn't paying RETAIL price for the built-in DVD player component. So as long
as the TV has plenty of the right kinds of inputs (HDMI and COMPONENT/RGB
especially), I don't see this as such a bad idea. -Dave


From: me on
"Ron Peterson" <ron(a)shell.core.com> wrote:

>It doesn't have an HD tuner.

Ooops sorry.... the model Costco has for sake DOES have
built in digital tuner so it must be one of these
models below

http://www.akaiusa.com/products_detail.aspx?cat=VISUAL%20ENTERTAINMENT&subcat=TV%20Combo
From: Don K on
"Mike T." <noway(a)nohow.not> wrote in message
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>
> "Don K" <dk(a)dont_bother_me.com> wrote in message
> news:5bOdnfWk1PB9q3LYnZ2dnUVZ_qOpnZ2d(a)comcast.com...
>> 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.
>
> Normally I'd agree with you. But a non-HD DVD player only adds (MAYBE) about 15 bucks to the
> cost of the TV. Remember, the manufacturer of the TV isn't paying RETAIL price for the built-in
> DVD player component. So as long as the TV has plenty of the right kinds of inputs (HDMI and
> COMPONENT/RGB especially), I don't see this as such a bad idea. -Dave

I mentioned the cost only to point out that the built-in DVD doesn't add
a whole lot of value to the package. Generally the more stuff you build into
something, the more there is to go wrong.

If the DVD player does fail, it just might fail in a manner that makes the
whole TV combo inoperable (power supply, signal-switching, etc).

Don



From: Dennis on
On 7 Mar 2007 21:49:20 -0800, "Ron Peterson" <ron(a)shell.core.com>
wrote:

>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.

$200 seems high. I just bought a card that has both an ATSC digital
HD tuner and an NTSC analog SD tuner (Hauppauge HVR-1600) for US$68
shipped. It works great.


Dennis (evil)
--
The honest man is the one who realizes that he cannot
consume more, in his lifetime, than he produces.
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