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Date/Time:17-Apr-2012 15:54:42 +0000
Subject:Re: Will an HD TV function as a PC display?


--- In #removed#, Roger D Williams <roger@...> wrote:
> Thank you, Paul. That's very helpful. You've probably saved me from a disappointment, although my wife isn't keen on 3D TV anyway (even if I could use it as a monitor) so it's >rather a moot point at the moment.

I have been using a HD TV as extra screen for several years.
My current is a Sony Bravia 42"  and it works perfect together with my iMac 27" connected  with HDMI.
I also have an old PC and my old Mac G5 connected to it using the standard PC connection.

I use it both for showing panoramas and slideshow  and also as a TV screen for online TV and my Elgato Digital DVB  receiver. I just which Elgato would make a solution for encrypted TV as the interface is much better than my Digital Harddisc recorder.

The colors are just as good as any cheap standard Computer screen.
My built in  Mac software can easy calibrate it perfect. 

I did have a little problem when I got it to find the settings for the overscan so that it actually showed the true 1980x1080 pixels resolution using HDMI. It was  somewhere deap in the Sony settings.


> Roger W.
> Sent from my iPad
> On Apr 17, 2012, at 9:23 PM, Paul Fretheim <paul@...> wrote:
> > I have an entertainment center Windows platform connected to my 
> > Panoasonic Veira HDTV. My plasma HDTV is only 720p resolution. I use the 
> > computer board, which has HDMI output on the video card as a second 
> > signal source for watching entertainment. My video card can output 1080p 
> > or 1080i. I don't really notice a difference between 720p or 1080i when 
> > viewing the HDTV as a monitor.  It's fine for watching YouTube videos or 
> > movies.
> > 
> > But the resolution is not good enough for text reading or text editing. 
> > I do not think it is a good idea to substitute an HDTV for an actual 
> > monitor for all purpose computing. You can read a few emails or see well 
> > enough to navigate a few web pages, but the eyestrain would be terrible 
> > if you were trying to write a term paper or thesis on the thing. On mine 
> > you have to increase the font size so big to be able to read it you lose 
> > the advantage of a big screen.
> > 
> > Bottom line - Don't do it. Find a plasma 720p 55" like mine somewhere 
> > for watching movies. I found mine new for about $500 at a K-Mart and I 
> > have been very happy with it. It's great for watching sports too. 
> > Plasmas are brighter, sharper and much faster. No trails from fast 
> > moving objects. The "burn in" issue has not been a problem. But they are 
> > not designed to do what actual monitors are capable of when it comes to 
> > small detail.
> > 
> > Paul Fretheim
> > 
> >> 
> >> Now that HD TVs offer full 1080 lines vertically and the horizontal 
> >> resolution needed to support 16:9 frames, they have the nominal 
> >> resolution to act as PC monitors. In fact 1920 x 1080 is about the 
> >> maximum resolution my video board supports. I don't know whether the 
> >> steadiness of the image is good enough, or whether anyone is already 
> >> trying it, but at a nearby discount store they are offering a 
> >> Panasonic 32" 3D display, which would be very nice for viewing stereo 
> >> images and would double as a computer display, which is probably the 
> >> only way I could justify its purchase to my wife. What do people 
> >> think. It would kind of dominate my desk, that's for sure... (grin)
> >> 
> >> Roger W.
> >> 
> >> Sent from my iPad
> > 
> > 
> > 
> > ------------------------------------
> > 
> > -- 
> > 
> > 
> >


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