Some notes about this setup: this is really two separate setups. I split the system in the bedroom and made it its own separate cable TV-watching/recording station. This lets us still watch two different shows at the same time, AND record up to two shows simultaneously (one analog, one digital) while even watching a third program. Plus, having the EyeTV 500 in the family room gives us T*vo-like abilities to time-shift digital (SD/HD) television via the Mac Mini, on the main TV.

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The Sharp Aquos 37" LC-GD6U is the TV I ended up purchasing. I was originally looking at the LC-37G4U, (no digital HD tuner included) but when I realized that this model did not have firewire (i.Link, IEEE1394, etc.) I opted to get the GD6U instead. However, if you like the separate AVC (in/out connection hookup box) and the slim 'umbilicus' to the TV, get one now (it's Jan 2005 as of this writing) because I'm told they're being phased out in this 'smaller' line.

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