|Originally posted by Kenther2004|
thanks for the advice. it seems that only the most expensive sets have multiple hdmi/dvi inputs.
Not necessarily linked to expense. The only RPTV's I know of that have multiple DVI/HDMI are the Samsungs HLP's (1 DVI, 1 HDMI, and IMHO the 63's are crap - certainly not the expensive end of the range), and the Toshiba HMX line (2 HDMI), which is their high end line, but definitely not on the upper portion of the expense curve.
I disagree, however, that multiple HDMI/DVI inputs are important (although it is a "nice to have"). Here's why:
1) you can buy an HDMI switcher, with cables, for under $250. Considering the cables themselves would cost $50 - $100, this is a minor expense compared to the TV.
2) A/V receivers within a year will have HDMI switching capability, much like every decent model now has component switching ability. You will likely replace your A/V receiver well before your TV. Why? The TV technology is ahead of the curve - today's TV's are designed to look great in HD. Most RPTV's look like crap in SD. They are built for tomorrow - when all or substantially all programming will be in HD. A/V receivers, on the other hand, are barely keeping up with technology. HDMI has become a pretty standard input on TV's, but is only on high-end A/V receivers now (Denon 5805, for $6K, is one example).
My advice, forget about two HDMI digital inputs. The fact that it is on so few TV's is evidence that it is not a critical need of most people. Buy yourself a switcher from DTronics or Gefen. I think a fireware input on a TV makes it more "future proof" than multiple HDMI inputs, as 1394 is fast becoming a standard feature on many digital devices as well.