TV Combos

TV/DVD/VCR combo ($400+). So what do you need to know about these new combination sets and is it worth it to buy one? The main thing before looking at combos is figuring out whether or not you really need the VCR or DVD recorder. !

Perfect For Tight Quarters

If you want recording and playback capability for any small space (office, dorm, RV, kitchen, bedroom, etc.) then a combo system would be a good choice. Remember though that TV combos come in all sizes and screen formats. ! * Small spaces are classified as any room or location which only allows for a distance of 6 feet or less between the viewer and the TV. * A small TV combo for such spaces should ideally be 24" or less. * Consider a flat screen combo. They look sleek and take up less room so you can have a bigger TV in the same small space. * Consider an plasma combo for higher quality resolution or if you want a large screen for a bigger space.

Features to Look For

* Multiple file format support. Choose according to your needs. The more there are, usually the more expensive the system will be: DVD/DVDRAM, and MP3 playback. * 4Fi stereo VCR is usually standard on high quality combos. * Progressive scan DVD player is the best but also the most expensive type. * The ability to watch a DVD while recording at the same time. * Digital comb filter on flat-tube TVs to improve the picture quality. * HD ready sets for HDTV. * AV inputs and digital audio output for DTS/Dolby Digital surround sound if you have a surround sound or home audio system. * Headphone jack for private listening. * A flash memory slot for Compact Flash, SD memory cards, or Memory Sticks.

Major Manufacturers

* Panasonic * Toshiba * RCA * Samsung * Philips * Sylvania