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A 17" LCD widescreen TV with built in DVD player for £329.00. Sounds too good to be true???

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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Comment by bigj, May 20, 2008 15:56

Can anyone enlightne me on how to remove the bit that sticks out the bottom of the 19" dvd combi that you would put the stand on?

Comment by Aaron, Nov 27, 2007 14:09

I bought a DMTECH lq20xtv and was working fine. All of a sudden it kept asking me for a password and now i can't watch half the freeview programs available. Would be great full if someone could help. PLEASE! Aaron

Comment by kelly, Oct 27, 2007 18:08

Had problems with this tv set, had it repaired once because the picture has turned fussy and dark areas have turned blue and fuzzy. The same problem has developed again within 2months so needing to have it repaired but may demand a new one.

Comment by christine, Jul 14, 2007 19:06

We have just had the same fault with our DMTech TV, which we have only had for 1.5 years. Not happy bunny right now.

Comment by Michelle Tring, June 8, 2007 23:25

Have had TV about a year and half and have just had to have it repaired as I was unable to turn it on.  

Comment by steve, Dec 29, 2006 17:05

Sky Code is now available from Sky website. To save you the hassle of looking it up it's 1992. However, you should contact Sky to confirm this and also note that you may need to additionally purchase a new Sky remote capable of operating the tv (new remotes can operate more frequencies).

Comment by ian causer, Aug 30, 2006 14:57

fully agree with comments made . however i am a little miffed that there are no codes between tv and sky lus remote

Comment by Big-D, Aug 16, 2006 17:56

I have bought one of these - only problem I've fopund is that Sky Digital TV do not provide a code for "DMTech" so that the Sky Remote Handset cannot be reprogrammed to operate this TV. Other than that, I agree with original review in all respects: a great buy, with a decent range of features. However, can anyone help, regarding my Sky Remote Handset issue? Thanks ....

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