are relatively cheap in the US. The stores to buy electronics include
Best Buy and Circuit City. Or you can buy them online, using the
comparison shopping service by clicking on the graphic at the bottom
of this page.
- you should try to get a used TV. If you cannot, then
a 19-in color TV is just around $150. You usually need to buy an
antenna with the TV, unless you have cable-TV service. One feature
you probably want is caption, which shows the sentences on the screen
as they are spoken. Make sure it has video in, video out, audio
in (two if stereo), and audio out (two if stereo).
- even though DVD players are becoming more popular, you may still
want to have a VCR. But remember US and China use different formats
for video tapes.You can get Multi
Format VCR from Amazon.com. Actually, even regular VCRs are
hard to find in stores now. So online stores are your best bet.
- this is for you to play tape and music CDs,
and to listen to the radio. There are many music stations around
each city. It's part of the American culture. One feature is called
CD changers, which means you can have multiple CDs in there and
select which one you want to play. Usually 3 CDs is as much as you
can remember clearly which is which. Make sure that you can hook
up your audio output from the television to the stereo speakers.
- In US you probably will
travel much more than in China. It's nice to have a camcorder to
have a record of the places you went and the events that happened.
There are basically four types of camcorders: VHS-C, 8mm or Hi-8,
MiniDV, and DVD. No matter what you buy, make sure you have a color
viewfinder (it's okay to have the side panel in color and the other
viewfinder in black-and-white). VHS-C tapes are easier to play in
a VCR. 8mm tapes have a little bit better quality. Both VHS-C and
8mm are considered analog. Digital camcorders use Hi8, MiniDV, or
Player - When buying a DVD player, think
about whether you will need to play DVDs from China, which will
be in Pal format, as well as VCDs. Most DVD players sold in the
US cannot play DVDs from China. Not all DVD players can play VCDs.
Another trick is that DVDs have a region code in it. Most DVD players
are set up only to play DVDs sold in the same region where the DVD
player is bought. The following DVD player from Amazon.com can play
DVDs from both the US and China, and can play VCDs too. And it's