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Must we waste money on TV audio?

QWe want to buy a 50-inch plasma 1080p HDTV. We plan to use a home theater audio system for the sound. It seems silly to pay for a TV that has speakers and an amplifier. Is there a way to buy a 50-inch monitor that doesn't have audio equipment?
—Ronne in Moscow, ID, listening on KOZE 950 AM

AIndeed, you can. I have an employee who bought a 42-inch monitor a few years ago. He remains happy with that plasma.

Frankly, there aren't many big monitors around anymore. I presume that's because people don't want to deal with them. Most people don't know, and don't want to know, squat about TVs. They just want to watch them. That's very understandable.

If you buy a monitor, you'll need a tuner. Monitors don't have tuners. The easiest way around this is to use cable or satellite. Either will provide you with a set top box, including a tuner.

However, maybe this is a peripheral set. If so, you need a tuner. The set top box will be on the main TV, probably. Maybe the cable or satellite company would provide a second box. A built-in tuner probably would be cheaper.

Tuners and audio systems are linked at the hip. If you get a tuner-equipped TV, you'll get an audio system. (There may be TVs out there that have tuners but no audio gear. I have not looked at every TV in town. Besides, those would be the exception that proves the rule!)

I'm going to quote prices that I found on the Internet. In some cases, they include shipping. I found these monitors and TVs through price comparison services. I like also has a good rep.

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