From: BB on
On Wed, 07 Mar 2007 13:29:12 -0600, me(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

I've been through three DVD players in less than 15 years, but I still
have working TVs from long before that. Its been my experience that TVs
far outlast DVD players. I've also returned a few players that didn't work
very well. I would never buy one built into a TV.

And as far as the resolution of the TV goes, for something that small,
most people can't make out 720 vs 1080 unless they're just a few feet from
their TV (not normal viewing distance).

http://www.engadgethd.com/2006/12/09/1080p-charted-viewing-distance-to-screen-size/

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From: timeOday on
Mike T. wrote:

> 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

I would rather do all the switching and converting with the receiver.
Then the TV just needs an HDMI input. A TV will never have the
switching capabilities of a decent receiver with dozens of connectors on
the back.
From: timeOday on
Seerialmom wrote:
> On Mar 7, 11:57 am, m...(a)privacy.net wrote:
>
>>"Seerialmom" <seerial...(a)yahoo.com> wrote:
>>
>>>Not very frugal
>>>though....I'll be using my analog 25 in Magnavox until it dies.
>>
>>I don't have ANY TV at the moment
>
>
> Well in that case...there are some might good buys to be had in the
> "normal" TV dept. But if you've got your heart set on LCD w/HD...I
> suppose that'd be the way to go.
>

I'm a naturally frugal/cheap fellow, but I'm starting to talk myself
into getting a flat panel TV so I can mount it on the wall and regain an
entire side of my front room. One side is a fireplace, one side is the
front door, one is the entertainment console and the other the couch. I
could get another couch for the "TV side" of the room (not for watching
TV from, obviously) and regain a lot of space. When you start figuring
housing prices at $100-$200/sf (depending on where you live) and the
difficulty of doing something useful with the space to the left or right
of a normal deep TV, it doesn't seem quite so crazy.

From: Mike T. on
>
> I would rather do all the switching and converting with the receiver. Then
> the TV just needs an HDMI input. A TV will never have the switching
> capabilities of a decent receiver with dozens of connectors on the back.

That totally depends on the receiver. Some receivers switch component (RGB)
also. And there are times when you don't want to fire up umpteen components
just to watch TV. Take our TV set. We've got component (RGB) in from
satellite, and component (RGB) in from DVD. (both hooked to TV). If we had
more than one DVD player, we might switch inputs through a receiver. But
our set has HDMI also, so we're pretty well prepared for anything.

We'd run the sat. receiver through the A/V receiver also, but that would
mean we'd need the A/V receiver (and powered mid-bass driver and powered
subwoofer) running almost 24/7. That's kind of silly to watch TV. :)

That's why the two inputs to the TV are useful. If you switch elsewhere,
that means powering up other components just to use the TV. But it's your
electricity bill and your wear/tear on your electronics.

My point was, make sure the TV has as many useful inputs and outputs as
possible, so you won't be left short later. If you don't use them all,
that's fine. Better to have too many than have too few. -Dave


From: gamer on
BB wrote:

>On Wed, 07 Mar 2007 13:29:12 -0600, me(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
>>
>>
>
>I've been through three DVD players in less than 15 years, but I still
>have working TVs from long before that. Its been my experience that TVs
>far outlast DVD players. I've also returned a few players that didn't work
>very well. I would never buy one built into a TV.
>
>And as far as the resolution of the TV goes, for something that small,
>most people can't make out 720 vs 1080 unless they're just a few feet from
>their TV (not normal viewing distance).
>
>http://www.engadgethd.com/2006/12/09/1080p-charted-viewing-distance-to-screen-size/
>
>
>
I still have a (working) 14-inch color TV that was purchased as the
monitor for our Tandy computer some 25+ years ago. It's on an old
nightstand to the side of my computer desk. It's still working fine &
is quite useful.
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