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Baumann Meyer DT2620D review: Baumann Meyer DT2620D

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The Good Good menu system. Dual Tuner. Unique Styling. HDTV 1080i compatible. SCART Connectors.

The Bad Separate controls for each tuner.

The Bottom Line A very good all-rounder with built in HD Digital tuner and plenty of inputs including SCART. Well designed interface and a TV with unique styling.

7.5 Overall

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To many people Baumann Meyer is an unfamiliar name. It originally started producing touch screens monitors but has recently begun making LCD TVs. The DT2620D styling shows a European influence and it is clearly aimed at the higher end market at $1999.

It boasts a built in HD digital tuner, multiple SCART connectors and HDMI with dual tuners, one analogue the other HD digital to assist with picture in picture function.

Design
Overall, the build quality is quite good and it has a nice shiny piano black finish. The 7.5 watt stereo speakers are mounted underneath the screen. Its contrasting silver-grey stand doesn't allow for swivel. Baumann Meyer offers quite a few accessories for mounting the TV, including tall stands, wall mountings or a modern looking furniture unit to contain the TV and AV accessories.

This TV has quite a unique design when you consider its TV inputs and outputs. On one side is an s-video composite combo connection for game consoles and video cameras. On the other side is a cover which reveals two SCART connections, two component and an optical audio connector. On the rear there are HDMI and VGA PC video and audio inputs. This is a rather unique solution which works really well provided that you do not have to add or remove the SCART connections very often.

The menu system design is quite good  - with large text and big colourful icons. The remote control navigates through the all the menus, but what we find strange is that each tuner has a different set of controls. This may be confusing to the average user. In the menu system is an "Install" section for managing the TV tuner, however this is only available for the analogue tuner. The corresponding digital section is greyed out. In order to tune the digital TV, you will need to select a further setup option from the remote, accessing a completely different menu system dedicated to the HD TV tuner.

Features
The Baumann Meyer unit is quite an advanced product, supporting both a digital analogue tuner - useful if you are in an area with poor reception.

The screen is 1366 x 768 pixels so is not quite true HD. It can, however, accept any signal up to 1080i. There are various widescreen settings available including the usual standard options such as panorama, 16:9 and 4:3.

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