Save space in your entertainment cabinet without sacrificing performance with the Akai CFTD2052, which integrates a 20-inch LCD TV and a slot-loading DVD player within the same unit. The vertically oriented DVD player is literally built into the side of the flat-panel screen--where it takes up almost no extra room--making it a terrific choice for bedrooms, kitchens, and other locations that can accommodate a monitor only. Regardless of where it sits, the TV offers such impressive video features as 640 x 480 resolution, a 3D comb filter to improve color and picture definition, and a 500:1 contrast ratio. It's also ED-ready, meaning it can receive enhanced-definition 480p digital picture signals when paired with a separately sold ED tuner. And though it can't display high definition (HD) signals in their full splendor, it can reduce HD signals to 480p--still far better than traditional cable or satellite resolution.
The DVD player, meanwhile, supports DVD, DVD-R/RW, CD, CD-R/RW, CD-DA, and MP3-CD formats, giving you several audio and video playback options. Viewers can even connect the system to a 5.1 receiver to enjoy rich, complex surround sound through the coaxial digital output. Alternately, they can simply enjoy traditional MTS stereo sound through the pair of built-in 1.5-watt speakers. Additional jacks include composite video and S-video inputs on both the rear and side of the unit for hooking up a VCR, camcorder, or satellite tuner and a 3.5 mm headphone jack for private listening.
A final bonus stems from the wide 140-by-160-degree viewing angle, which lets users see the screen from virtually anywhere in the room. The CFTD2052, which comes with a full-function remote control, measures 23.4 by 17.2 by 8.5 inches (W x H x D) and is backed by a 90-day warranty on parts and labor.
What's in the Box
TV/DVD player, remote control, user's manual.
20" flat panel LCD tv with dvd player combination, CD-CDR, CDRW, MP3 player, 5.1 channel Dolby Pro-Logic with table top stand