Originally Posted by googleme7
Then you have no options, it's really that simple. If you aren't willing to give up at least one of the features you wanted, it's going to be a long wait for a train that won't come.
A small HDTV monitor with a component video input does seem like an very odd request now doesn't it?
If it never comes I'll have to continue to work with my compromises.
1) Find that illusive widescreen LCD, forget the whole house feed and install a cable or satellite receiver with HDMI and hide it in a cabinet.
...as well as a D-VHS deck, a Bluray deck, and a DVDR. Did I mention I wanted as few boxes as possible and my kitchen was small?
Again you still have to find that elusive widescreen LCD at 15" or under.
Actually I already own one (used in another room); a Xenarc 7" WVGA monitor that I've modified to accept component video 480p/720p/1080i via a Key Digital KD-CTCA3
transcoder box. I was hoping for a just a little larger screen though.
3) Stop being so picky about the format. A 15" 4:3 model will still give you a larger Letterboxed Image than the smaller widescreen LCD's that you were looking at.
If the very small black bars bother you that much, look for the blackest model that you can find so they are less noticeable.
A) The added cabinet height may not even fit where I plan on putting it.
B) The resolution is compromised since part of the screen is dedicated to black bars. How often? Always!
I never watch any non
16x9 material ever.
C) Buying a 4x3 TV in this day and age is moronic, IMHO. Except for Wii I haven't purchased a 4x3 product in almost a decade.
D) Buying a 4x3 set and only utilizing the center of it's screen seems like an even kludgier, bulkier, and lower quality method than the Key Digital KD-CTCA3/ widescreen computer monitor method I am currently using. No thanks.
I assume you are running component, audio, and your sensor right now to that area, so surely you could get coax in there if you wanted to have the receiver nearby.
A coax jack in my kitchen would allow me to watch live
TV via a secondary cable box, but 90% of my viewing is other sources or DVR'd material from my main cable DVR box; live TV does very little for me.
I assume also that you have or were planning to have a home theater remote programmed for that area, so you could just add the new receiver to that.
My main room's master remote is RF so on the odd chance I'd want it in the kitchen I could bring it with me, but I don't really need it. I don't channel surf in
the kitchen, I just don't want to lose contact with what's going on in the main room when I go to fetch a drink. That's my main use for this thing.
See we all have different needs. I need a small HDTV monitor with
component in (just like virtually every large HDTV has had since day one in order to make it functional with other units).