Reviewer: Anthony Fordham
For some AV enthusiasts, style is everything. It’s not enough to just have high quality components, they need to be stylish too. And sorting out the lounge room is no problem these days, with dozens of sleek devices to choose from. But what about your secondary AV spot? The kitchen, study or bedroom TV? You need a small, but quality display and if you can somehow get digital HDTV and DVD playback in a low-profile package, all the better.
Fortunately, there are a number of smaller LCD TVs with integrated tuners and DVD players on the market right now, and this is Grundig’s offering.
It’s called the GLCD2206HDV but it’s also part of Grundig’s Misuro family so for the sake of brevity, that’s what we’ll call it. Other models in the range include a 40 cm (15.6 inch) variant ($599) in fire red, midnight blue, high gloss white or piano black finish; a 48 cm/19 inch model (in white or black only) for $749, and a $1,200 (white or black) 81 cm/32 inch model, which excludes the 12 volt power adaptor. This top-of-the range model has two HDMI inputs, 1366 x 768 resolution, a coaxial audio output for sending multichannel surround from HDTV broadcast to an outboard AV receiver and 2 x 8 watts speaker output.
When it comes to functionality, the Misuro has you covered. The 56 cm LCD has a native resolution of 1680 x 1050, and inputs include component, HDMI and VGA. That means you can use it as a PC monitor as well.
There’s an integrated HDTV digital tuner which can store up to 100 channels (overkill for this country!), and a slot-loading DVD drive.
The unit itself has a piano-finish black fascia and a few style elements such as the round plinth and recessed silver strip. Oddly though, the construction is actually quite light and plasticky, more so than we would have expected at this price point.