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lack of component inputs - rip off britain?

Discussion in 'Televisions' started by dogtanian38, Apr 23, 2005.

  1. dogtanian38

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    Can anyone explain why its impossible to pick up a reasonably priced CRT TV with component inputs? This would appear to be the best analogue connection available, compatible with most AV amps source switching. It does appear this is available on expensive rear-projection or plasma screens, projectors etc but why not on anything smaller?

    The americans can pick up this etc for what by my maths is about £250, yet in the UK this would be 3 times as much for something with 1 RGB compatible scart...
     
  2. la gran siete

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    Ripoff Britain indeed :mad: There are those who will use "different market " as an excuse. :mad:
     
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    dogtanian38

    Do a quick pole of your mates!

    How many of them have a requirement for a YUV Input on their TV?

    How many of them have a requirement for more than one YUV Input on their TV?

    How many of them have a requirement for a SCART Input on their TV.

    How many of them have a requirement for more than one SCART Input on their TV.

    Now design an ideal TV for the VAST majority of folk in the UK - how many YUV Inputs will you include?

    As you say many AV Receivers now have 2 or 3 YUV Inputs so as long as your TV has 1 YUV Input most folk are sorted - if not JS Technology will supply you a 2:1 switch for £55.00 and a Zektor 4:1 is just under £240.00.

    Best regards

    Joe

    PS Your maths seems to have missed out Import Duty, Shipping and VAT.
     
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    You seem to be missing the point of the original post. dogtanian was saying that in the UK it does not appear possible to get a Tv cheaply that has any component sockets so having a receiver that has 2 or 3 is pretty pointless.

    and your PS response is rather redundant as well, why shouldn't we, the UK consumer, be able to buy similar specification at similar prices so we wouldn't have to pay the charges that you mention
     
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    This sort of thing is driven by demand. At the moment, there is very little demand for component inputs on low and middle range products in the UK. With wafer thin margins, manufacturers will fit facilities that sell the product to the mass market. At the moment, component inputs do not do that. If the demand improves, manufacturers will add them.
     
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    Kind of a vicious circle that the consumer and manufacturer has gotten into thou. For example you can pick up a progressive scan enabled multi region dvd player for £25! but to take advantage of the features of such 'supermarket special' players you need to lash out in excess of £600. Something somewhere does not add up.
     
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    The main reason that component/progressive outputs are fitted to even the cheapest DVD players is that it is integrated into all of the chipsets that are used these days. The only real material cost to add it is the sockets on the back of the box.

    TV's are different. Component inputs require an interface and additional switching. These all add to the cost - all for something that probably 80-90% of buyers of low end models would never use.
     
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    Exactly. We should not have to pay import duty etc, this should be available in Dixons for £250.

    As to a quick poll of my friends, all own a dvd player with component outputs - two recieving them free with mobile phones. Most own a games console - for which component cables are available for under /approx £20, similar price to an RGB cable to replace the composite usually supplied - and would provide improved picture quality.

    Joe Fernand - as a retailer, and to ease you guys collective guilt about this issue (...) how much would it cost if you were to import and resell this particular TV, or a better model with confirmed PAL compatibility? For people like myself and most of my friends with no interest in most duff celebrity gossip reality TV, but a large imported R1 NTSC dvd/games collection this would be a good purchase.
     

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