What is an Entertainment system with out movie playback? Of
course you can't have a movie with out something to watch it
on. Surprisingly enough, computer monitors are often clearer
and more vibrant pictures than most TV's. Most TV's have many
scanlines, which limit image clarity. If you look closely at
a TV, you will see many black lines interlacing the picture
(with the exception of newer televisions, including projection
and HDTV). Computer monitors, do not have these scanlines, allowing
for a more fluid, and sharp picture. TV's often have a much
softer image than a monitor does as well. While you may want
a 17" monitor, or larger, your monitor is a great TV replacement.
watching TV itself, TV tuners are easy to obtain, and are available
for less than $100. While each tuner has different features,
you can find anything from the ability to record shows onto
your computer, Radio tuner, or even the ability to plug VCR's
and consoles into the card. Hauppauge
has been known to have top quality TV tuners, even with support
under Linux. Now you are ready to watch TV, or console, on your
sharp monitor image.
Setup Cost: $100 - $900
Retail Cost: $600 - $6,000
Saved: $500 - $5,900
is no doubt that DVD's provide a much higher level of quality
in movie playback. The transition from VHS to DVD is much the
same, as from tape's to CD's. Equipped with twice the amount
of resolution lines as a standard VHS and a hundred more than
laser disc. The DVD image quality is nothing short of incredible.
Add in the element of higher quality sound, and surround sound
information for Dolby Pro-Logic hardware and you have a movie
experience that rivals the theatres.