If you are *truly* strapped for cash, IMHO that's too much to spend for something as basic as DVD playback. Just so you can at least taste the benefit of the HD format that your LCD HDTV is capable of, you might as well pick up a Blu Ray player since they are backwards compatible with all your DVDs and netflix rentals. This would future proof you a little as well. For example, Best Buy has a new Sony for $129. That gives you a decent chunk left for an economy LCD HDTV purchase @ Costco, etc. Keep in mind you won't really be taking advantage of the high definition format unless you get a screen size in the neighborhood of 37-42". This doesn't mean you won't see a clearer, sharper picture, it's just that your eyes cannot resolve the increased resolution at typical viewing distances (~10ft+).
Both by TV and my DVD player are old. I still have a CRT TV and a DVD player that's about 10 years old. While the TV is still holding strong, the DVD is clearly on its last legs. It plays DVD when it wants to, and some of them don't play well at all.
Anyway, I want to replace both, my TV and my DVD player. I want to get the best I can within my small budget. I know that both of these can do things these days that my old systems couldn't do. Well, for the TV, I don't play games, I watch movies and sports (one, really, soccer). Anywhere from 32 to 42 inches would be fine for me. For the DVD, I want it to be able to do all the nifty things they're capable of doing (like the stuff this person lists in this thread: http://forums.cnet.com/5208-7596_102-0.html?messageID=3236021&tag=mncol;lst;4#3236021
, except on a regular player not blue ray), like streaming movies, being able to watch Netflix movies through it, or stuff from my computer etc.
I don't have a whole lot of money to spend. Times being the way they are, money, I'm sure you'll agree, is a very prized commodity. I had set aside the perhaps unrealistic amount of $600 to achieve my goals. I figured I could get a decent TV for around $400 and a decent DVD player for around $200. I based this on the fact that sometimes, Costco and BestBuy have LCDs for around $450, although I don't know about the quality of these. And I figured that $200 for a DVD player would be plenty, that is before I started looking around and I saw that some of these were in the $600 range. Of course, these were BlueRay and I'm looking for a regular DVD, since all of my movies are regular DVDs. I may be shooting myself in the foot for not getting BlueRay, but I think they'll continue producing non-BlueRay stuff, and Netflix is mostly regular, aren't they?
Anyway, that's what I'm looking for. Am I being unrealistic in my requirement? I can go a little higher, but, like I said, times are tough and I can't go up much more.
Thanks, and I look forward to your suggestions.