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Vorbis

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#21885 9-May-2008 23:35
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Hi all,
I've set up a mediaportal htpc in the lounge, and have a networked client running off a laptop in the bedroom (quiet!). I want a 24"-26" LCD for the bedroom to replace the crt monster, and I'm wondering if there's any point in buying one that supports 1080P resolution. I've read that you don't really notice much difference in picture quality on these 'smaller' LCD's. Any thoughts?



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  #129792 9-May-2008 23:53
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Well, I've recently bought a 24" LG monitor with VGA, HDMI and Component Video inputs and 1920 x 1200 resolution.  I use the monitor for 2 purposes:

-  As a computer monitor
-  As a second TV screen hooked up to our MySky decoder

On both counts, the performance is excellent and I am really getting value for money from this monitor.  Having 1200 lines of Vertical resolution is excellent for close-up work with the PC, and when it suits, I switch over to component and watch TV from the other side of the (admittedly small) room.

The other reason I bought a monitor which would cope with 1080p is for future use with a Blu-Ray player, once the prices come down a bit.  I will probably buy an internal drive for my PC, but could equally well use an external player given the excellent flexibility of this monitor.

Have a careful think about what you are likely to use this monitor for, both now and in the future, and then make your choice.


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  #129804 10-May-2008 02:38
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If you will be doing computer work on it, then yes, get the higher res one.

For just watching tv, then no, dont bother IMO you would be better looking at a 28" tv then a 26" monitor. Also pc monitors are 16:10 so you have black bars when watching tv or other 16:9 sources, unless it just distorts the pic like one I saw.




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  #129812 10-May-2008 08:37
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grant_k:

Well, I've recently bought a 24" LG monitor with VGA, HDMI and Component Video inputs and 1920 x 1200 resolution. I use the monitor for 2 purposes:

- As a computer monitor
- As a second TV screen hooked up to our MySky decoder

On both counts, the performance is excellent and I am really getting value for money from this monitor. Having 1200 lines of Vertical resolution is excellent for close-up work with the PC, and when it suits, I switch over to component and watch TV from the other side of the (admittedly small) room.

The other reason I bought a monitor which would cope with 1080p is for future use with a Blu-Ray player, once the prices come down a bit. I will probably buy an internal drive for my PC, but could equally well use an external player given the excellent flexibility of this monitor.

Have a careful think about what you are likely to use this monitor for, both now and in the future, and then make your choice.



Thanks for that, the LG's have a good reputation for panels.

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