I realise that the market is heading towards integration around the TV but keep in mind that a few of us don't use the TV that much and certainly don't want to have to turn it on to use the hi-fi. There have been occasions in the last year when I've considered junking the TV altogether, especially as a projector does DVDs better.
I'm still hoping the larger AV companies will find a demand for smaller DAC/processors, rather as TEAC seem to be doing.
I can understand your comments about not using a TV that much - most of the so called freeview material here appeals to the lowest possible common denominator, usually Bogans, aka your Chavs. Pay TV is only slightly better - one still has to put up with crass and usually obnoxious advertising, even if there is less of it thank goodness.
I don't have pay TV, and am very selective about my freeview TV viewing - news is mostly presented as infotainment, so I get it from the internet and pick and choose what I want to read about.
I do like a good documentary, natural history program or the occasional art film that pops up in the wee hours; by and large any movies on commercial channels are a waste of time as you get a diet of advertising, with a few breaks of film in between.
I'd say my use of a TV as an entertainment device is about 10 - 15% freeview TV, and the rest is DVD/Bluray movie watching.
Oh, and I'm busy encoding some of the movies and assorted youTube videos of interest that I've downloaded via the internet for viewing via the Apple TV3.
Like an active speaker, the drawback of a TV with an integrated pre-amp/DAC/SS processor is that if something dies, the lot dies. But it's a price I'm willing to pay for the neatness of installation, minimal box & cable count etc.
Turning a TV on to listen to music does seem a bit unnatural at first, but one simply pushes a button to 'mute' the video circuitry and with it the picture - so now you have a box masquerading as a TV turned off, but in fact acting as a preamp/DAC/SS processor, with a source and active speakers connected to it.
I agree re the use of a projector and may go down that route one day, funds permitting - albeit they're very much a darkened room, evening experience; but for that large screen viewing effect, there's nothing quite like a projector, and the prices of even 1080p ones are coming down to sensible levels.
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