DMTECH 17 TV
I was on he lookout for a smaller TV for my office having had enough of my bulky old CRT which took up far too much room.
I had decided that LCD was the way to go and the maximum size screen I would go for would 17 inches. With funds a little tight the most I wanted to pay was £400 so when I saw the DMTECH TV with a built in DVD player for sale in a local high street store for £329 it looked the real deal.
The DMTECH LM17D (to give it it,s full name) is very nice to look at and that matters to me. The unit is anodised silver in colour with a widescreen format screen. The speakers are positioned under the screen and the whole unit sits on a pleasingly aesthetic oval stand, however the best part of the unit is the built in DVD player.
The DVD unit is built into the right hand side of the unit and unless you look closely you would miss it. Rather than having a slide out tray system the DMTECH utilizes a slot delivery system with just requires you to feed the DVD into the slot and it does the rest.
The unit has a host of discrete buttons down the side of the TV that are very slim and shiny (best to use the user friendly remote though) and inputs for one scart, video and audio outputs and S Video. There are 3 AV channels, and also RGB and S Video channels, you can also use it as a PC monitor... very comprehensive. The built in tuner was user friendly and fired into all the right channels very quickly.
So the subjective test...well the picture was average with terrestrial channels, my freeview box was much better, and the built in DVD player was very good indeed which good quality blacks and real depth. I wired a Toshiba DVD player in via S Video and the quality went up another level.
However be aware that the built in DVD player will only play Region 2 discs and it does lack component outputs, but hey for less than £330 what do you expect. The built in speakers are very weedy and this unit is best wired into a surround sound system, but the audio menus do allow several modes of listening.
All in all I am very impressed with the DMTECH and would heartily recommend it.
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