Lack of an ideal Monitor for S3

Discussion in 'TiVo Series3 HDTV DVRs' started by hoopster, Aug 16, 2007.

  1. hoopster

    hoopster New Member

    Dec 26, 2002


    My brand-new S3 is handicapped by it's connection to a standard def TV.

    As I look for a HD replacement monitor, I'm struck by what seems to be a hole in the monitor lineup.

    I will hook up my S3 to a my home theatre setup for audio, and the S3 obviously has tuners built in, so when I look for a monitor, I don't need either a built in tuner or speakers. It would seem that a basic high quality monitor with HDMI and/or component input would be just what I need, without the need for the added expense of a tuner or speaker.

    I suspect many would be in the same situation, but I have not found any products which meet this specificaitons.

    Am I missing something, or is our little community just too small for monitor/TV makers to care about? As I think about it, anyone with a HD cable box and an independent audio system would be in the same boat.

  2. d_anders

    d_anders Sr Legacy Member

    Oct 12, 2000
    Twin Cities...
    HD Projectors.
  3. jameynelson

    jameynelson New Member

    Aug 16, 2007
    I have a Westinghouse HD TV (Monitor was the official label I believe), it has speakers but no built in tuner. The speakers are able to be disabled in the menus, and are located in the "back" of the TV, so they are not visible. It supports HDMI and says it supports 1080p.
  4. jrm01

    jrm01 New Member

    Oct 17, 2003
    There are several HD monitors available with no tuners (although the number available is shrinking), but they do include spaekers (except for the front projection units). I would expect that the cost of the 10-15w speakers in most of them is so small (in relation to total cost) that there is no incentive to create a separate product line.
  5. TracerBullet

    TracerBullet New Member

    Dec 17, 2004


    You could look for a computer monitor with HDMI, but you're not going to get anything over 30".
  6. vstone

    vstone Active Member

    May 11, 2002
    Panansonic, and maybe others, have "professional" (ie non-consumer) lines of equipment that come without tuners. You used to be able to get them without speakers and amps, but I think most now have at least built-in amps for which you can buy speakers that attach to the "monitor." As stated above, many come with monitors, probably because of the small additional cost of low power amps & speakers. These units are not usually available at the big box stores and usually have higher MSRP's. These are the types of units that walmart and others are mounting throughtout their stores. Of course Walmart will buy 10,000 at a time, so they can get them pretty much how they want them.
  7. dianebrat

    dianebrat wait.. I did what? TCF Club

    Jul 6, 2002
    In my search for the "right" display for my needs, I found that by going out of the mainstream and into the "pro" non-tuner market, it wasn't worth it.

    The tuners, speakers, and potential cableCARD slot on the consumer units don't add as much cost to them as the fact that they are huge production runs decreases the costs.

    I found pro units didn't offer as much "user friendly-ness" and consumer inputs for the money I was spending.

  8. drew00001

    drew00001 New Member

    Jan 13, 2007
    Here is one reviewed at Cnet and elsewhere.

    Unfortunately, the bad downside of some "professional units" is the lack of hdmi (without additional purchase). Accordingly, you should add the price of an hdmi port (about $125) to any purchase and compare such to consumer models.

    You may want to checkout Pioneer consumer models, most of which have removable speaks. Pioneer plasmas have the best ratings but reviewers generally point people to Panasonic b/c of price.
  9. atmuscarella

    atmuscarella Well-Known Member

    Oct 11, 2005
    Rochester NY
    As others have said without large production runs removing the stuff you sited doesn't save enough to be worth it. Also in order to call something a "TV" it has to have an Over the air (OTA) tuner.

    Good Luck,
  10. vincentfox

    vincentfox New Member

    Jan 3, 2003

    Best I've seen is the Panasonic AX100U

    At around $1,500 US it's around the same price as a big plasma. Image about double the size.

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