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If this TV's looks don't kill, its price will

Italian-designed TV-DVD combo player is a beauty, until you see the $3,000 price tag.


Being an Italian designer means you have a lot to live up to, but Brionvega has never shied from the task. This is the company, for instance, that has taken its chances on such designs as a TV that looks like a solid cube of black glass. So it is of little surprise that its latest offering breaks yet another mold.

In fact, this 19-inch Alpha LCD TV with built-in DVD player looks so unusual that we weren't sure what it was at first. Accompanied by the slogan "TV With Love" (it is Italian, after all) this combo has a display with 1,280 x 1,024 resolution and 160-degree viewing angles, according to Engadget, but it does not have a built-in digital tuner--an omission that makes its $3,000+ price tag even more absurd than it already is. Then again, no one ever quibbles with the latest Karl Lagerfeld line on a runway in Milan.