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Axion AXN-7200 20" LCD TV/DVD Player Review

by May 15, 2005
Axion AXN-7200 LCD TV with DVD Player

Axion AXN-7200 LCD TV with DVD Player

  • Product Name: AXN-7200 20" LCD TV/DVD Player
  • Manufacturer: Axion
  • Performance Rating: StarStarhalf-star
  • Value Rating: StarStar
  • Review Date: May 15, 2005 20:00
  • MSRP: $ 999

General Features
Built-in Top-loading, slot-in DVD/VCD/CD/MP3 Player    
Main PCB Scaling Solution by Weltrend    
Built-in 181-channel TV/CATV Tuner
V-Chip Support and Closed captioning 
Built-in IR transmitter for optional wireless headphones    
Full function, non-programmable remote control

On-screen menu display
Built-in stereo speakers

Built in removable desktop stand with handle (can be wall-mounted - VESA standard mounting structure)

Basic picture adjustments available in TV/DVD mode

Display: 20" 4:3 TFT LCD Monitor
Resolution: 640 x 480 pixels  
Contrast Ratio (stated): 500:1
Inputs: component, s-video, composite, CableTV/antenna

Outputs: Stereo analogue outputs (1.5W/ 8-ohm), Dual stereo headphone jacks
Power: DC 12V power operation with AC/DC adapter for indoor use

Remote:
Infrared (18' range)

Warranty: 1 year manufacturer's parts & labor
Dimensions: 23.25" (W) x 18.25" (H) x 3.75" (D) [without stand]
Weight: ~28 lb

Pros

  • Stylish all-in-one unit
  • Built-in NTSC tuner
  • Simple to use

Cons

  • Extremely slow response to all functions & buttons (6-8 seconds to cycle inputs, 1.5 seconds to change channels)
  • Comes dramatically uncalibrated
  • No apparent deinterlacing ability (lots of jaggies)
  • Remarkably poor picture quality
  • Color/picture adjustments affect all inputs simultaneously
  • 4:3 aspect ratio & only 640x480 pixels

Introduction

Remember those cheesy 50's television shows & commercials that depicted the household of the future? You know, the ones with bubble TVs, bubble sofas, and bubble cars (if you're having trouble picturing this, just visit an Ikea store.) Even the Jetsons didn't present such a hokey picture of the 21st century. While you have these picturesque visions of the future in mind, let's think about a more realistic - and truly contemporary - version of what a television could be. The AXN-7200, with its top-side slot-loading DVD player and curved display stand, presents what I feel is a forward-thinking "next stage" design for televisions - without reaching too far ahead or appearing completely out of place.
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Clint Deboer was terminated from Audioholics for misconduct on April 4th, 2014. He no longer represents Audioholics in any fashion.

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