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Dumb idea?

11-14-2005, 08:35 PM
Hi. I'm thinking of buying a Philips 30" widescreen HDTV monitor. I don't believe it has a tuner, so i was thinking of getting an RF Coaxial Cable to RCA adapter (http://www.national-tech.com/catalog/rcacoaxialconnectors.htm). Is this a dumb idea or should it work with good quality? I just want good standard definition television at the moment. Any help is appreciated. Thank-you.

11-14-2005, 10:10 PM
It will almost certainly have an NTSC (SD) tuner for OTA and basic analog cable.

11-14-2005, 11:56 PM
It's possible that this is a true monitor, which has no tuners at all. In that case, you just can't use an RF/RCA adapter. You need the cable box to get the signal and that will be RCA to the monnitor.

11-15-2005, 05:04 AM
If you have a VCR, hook it up through the VCR. I believe the VCR has a standard TV tuner.

11-15-2005, 05:14 AM
Exactly... the issue is the type of signal carried on the wire, not just the connector on the end of the wire.

11-15-2005, 02:36 PM
Thanks for replying guys. The link to the television is http://www.store.philips.com/b2c_redesign/b2c/productdetail.do?productguid=41907ABB9A6F008D00000 000828BD472427D96A29FB6423300000000828BD443&productarea=41907ABB9A6F008D00000000828BD472&scenario=catalog&shop=OUTLET&AID=10303839&PID=552179
If you look on the product specification sheet, it says it has a NTSC tuner. So, can I hook up a SD coaxial cable to transmit my comcast?
When I looked on the pictures of the connection types, it didn't have an input for Coaxial (which is why I'm asking). Thank-you.

11-16-2005, 02:04 PM
Bump, please respond guys. You were very helpful before. Thank-you.

11-16-2005, 04:10 PM
Coaxial inputs are for RF (radio frequency) broadband signals from an antenna or cable system, and as such require an appropriate tuner to receive. Without a built in tuner, you'll need to use an external device that contains one & delivers a video signal your set can input.

11-16-2005, 04:18 PM
Yes you can get your Comcast analog cable stations by hooking up the cable to the TV.

11-16-2005, 06:07 PM
To clarify with the most recent poster:
Even though the pics of the tv's inputs (on the spefication.pdf file) have no RF/Coaxial cable input, because it says there's a NTSC tuner, I can without a doubt directly connect my comcast cable to the tv (without buying anything else). If that's true, this seems like a great buy for me :) .

11-16-2005, 09:18 PM
Assuming you're going to shortly switch over to HD programs, this would be possibly a great buy. But if you aren't interested in getting HD anytime soon...I'm not sure how this is such a great buy. Waiting 'til you're ready for HD would afford a lot more options as HDTV prices continue to come down.

11-17-2005, 05:32 AM
Well rite now, I'm planning on using the HD for ps3 (when it comes out) and 480p for ps2. Also, I'll use it for DVD's. Eventually, i'll prob. decide to buy a HD receiver. Is this smart or should I wait a couple of years for prices to fall? I'm not prob. gonna spend ova 800 in the future though. That's why I wanted to get a cheap, widescreen, HDTV crt :) .
I think it should also be noted that I will watch much SDTV on this television.

On the first topic, does anyone know for sure if there's an input for RF/Coaxial cable? The pics didn't have one, but it says it has a built in NTSC tuner. Thanks.

11-17-2005, 06:01 AM
Even if you're buying it for PS3, this purchase is based on Sony actually delivering the PS3 next spring. If that gets delayed... :)

I'm pretty sure it has an RF input. A monitor might not have any RF input.

11-17-2005, 03:00 PM
Thanks. Does anyone know for sure? I tried to look for a number or email for Philips. If you find one, I'd appreciate it. Thanks.

11-18-2005, 09:11 PM
BUMP, please help guys.