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I'm buying a new TV set for the bedroom, but there's no extra floor space. I will have to set it down on a desk corner across from the bed. I already have a ReplayTV here (which I'll probably have to balance on top of the TV :)), and I really don't want to deal with separate DVD and VCR components as well. Can a TV/DVD/VCR combo be recommended in this instance? I know I'd be paying more compared to buying separates and would have to sacrifice some features...


The biggest I could find is 27", which seems just the right size. My top two choices for a 27" TV/DVD/VCR combo are both flat-screen and come in silver:


* Sharp 27DV-S100 (Best Buy has it cheapest for $664 on sale): http://www.sharpusa.com/products/Mod...58,687,00.html


* Panasonic PV-DF2702 ($700-750 + freight online, $850 on sale at Circuit City/Best Buy): http://www.prodcat.panasonic.com/Sho...ategoryID=2686


Panasonic also offers a cheaper non-flat-screen model PV-DM2792 (~$600 online). In addition, Sears has Funai's low-cost Sylvania 6727DC model ( http://www.funai-corp.com/6727dc.html ) on sale for only $500. And lastly RCA makes a B27TF680 flat-screen model ( http://www.rca.com/product/viewdetai...00035,00.html? ), which I can't seem to find anywhere.


I still have some questions:


Sharp 27DV-S100:

- SVHS Quasi Playback (SQPB) support?

- 30-sec Commercial Skip button?

- VideoCD (VCD/SVCD) support? (Note: Panasonic does)

- DVD to VCR dubbing supported? (Note: Panasonic does NOT)


Panasonic PV-DF2702:

- According to some retailers it doesn't have VCR SQPB, Commercial Skip, nor auto tracking control(!). Then again they also say it doesn't have rear A/V input when it does, so can someone confirm these facts?

- No dual tuners like the Sharp (to record and watch different channels)?



So which is better? The Sharp has dual tuners and front A/V in, but weak-sounding speakers. The Panny has FM radio, front S-Video in (besides A/V in), sound leveler, and variable audio-out; but apparently no dual tuners and eplicitly doesn't support DVD-to-VCR dubbing.


Otherwise both have a similar featureset (3D comb filter, VMS, 4-head HiFi VCR, DD/DTS out, rear S-Video/AV in). None have Picture-in-Picture, Commercial Advance, SVHS...
 

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Or maybe I should just buy a good, cheap 27" TV (like Apex's AT2702S for ~$200 or Advent's flat-screen for $330) along with Go-Video's DVR5100 DVD+VCR dual-deck unit for $250 MSRP - 15% off ( http://www.sonicblue.com/video/govideo/dvr5100.asp )?


The latter would have more features: progressive scan and Commercial Advance (but no SQPB), and I would still save some $$$ in the end. But that's one more component to cable separately to the TV, it would look ugly in the bedroom w/o a proper rack cabinet...


P.S. The reason I'm so picky about VCR features is because I've been using JVC SVHS VCRs and have recorded SVHS tapes w/ Commercial Advance marking on them...


Anyways, perhaps this is the wrong forum.
 

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OK, I'm gonna bring this self-ranting thread to a final closure, for whatever it's worth :)


Got the Sharp TV combo still on sale from Best Buy, was even able to use my expired 10% coupon. No SQPB, no Commercial Skip, does support VCD, was able to dub DVD to cassette at the store.


The Panny at $150+ more is no good w/o dual tuners nor dubbing support. The Sylvania's $100 cheaper but doesn't have flat-screen or dual tuners.
 
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