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Old 30-05-2006, 21:42   #1
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Best LCD TV to use on a HTPC ?

Hi,

sure this has been asked a lot of times and doing a search LG seem to be the best brand.

Is this still the case ? Will be plugging in my HTPC from DVI to DVI/HDMI

Just so many different models and makes, only thing i think i know for certain is that toshiba won't be good for me as it does not do a exact 1:1 mapping.

any pointers / advice ?

was looking to spend around £800 - £1000 but can go higher if needs be.

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Old 31-05-2006, 08:26   #2
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the samsung range have a *perfect* vga image. I have a 26" and my dad has a 40" samsung and the Vga image is superb and has 1:1 mapping. You could easily go DVI-VGA without any quality loss...
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thanks again.

did a search and a lot of ppl are saying good things about the LG in general which is wierd

Looking at the 32LP1D / 37LP1D - £1000 / £1200

seems to have everything I want anyone got one ?
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I've got the LG 32LX2R which does 1:1 Pixel mapping and it's a pretty darn good TV. Obviously there are better ones out there but in it's price range it's pretty hard to beat.
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I've got the LG 32LX2R which does 1:1 Pixel mapping and it's a pretty darn good TV. Obviously there are better ones out there but in it's price range it's pretty hard to beat.
thanks but only has analogue tuner

also been told LG are nowhere near as good as JVC / Sony / toshiba etc ???
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thanks but only has analogue tuner

also been told LG are nowhere near as good as JVC / Sony / toshiba etc ???
I've owned Sony, Toshiba and LG tv's and I've got to say they are all pretty good (LG have done good on the LCD side of things). It's all down to personal preference. I'd suggest looking at a few yourself to see what you are happy with as I prefered the LG to the Toshiba in a similar price bracket after viewing the 2 side by side (the wife factor was also involved).

Is your HTPC running Windows Media centre or similar as you could always buy a tuner card for the PC and just run everything through the HTPC (as a bonus it becomes a PVR)
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yup running MCE. So far got Nova-T tuner card. Just be nice to have a digital tuner built into the TV aswell when the HTPC is turned iff and i just want to watch TV for a few mins.
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the samsung range have a *perfect* vga image. I have a 26" and my dad has a 40" samsung and the Vga image is superb and has 1:1 mapping. You could easily go DVI-VGA without any quality loss...
Apologies for my ignorance, what is meant by 'perfect' VGA image?

I am considering buying a Samsung (32" or bigger) High Def LCD TV for use with my Shuttle HTPC. Is it a case of simply plugging in the VGA cable from the on-board graphics to the Samsung TV? I get confused by the talk about different screen resolutions etc.

Would it be worth putting an AGP graphics card with DVI-Out into my HTPC (current on-board graphics (Intel Extreme) does not support DVI) and running that into the Samsung TV?

Does anyone have any experience of using a Nebula DigiTV PCI card with these TVs - is the picture quality as good as the internal TV tuner?

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I bought the Hyundai ImageQuest Q321 32" LCD from Novatech for £599. Its a superb picture, looks very stylish too. Connected to my HTPC using a 6600GT via DVI. I'm getting a perfect 1:1 picture. Lots of raves about this TV on the avforums.
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Apologies for my ignorance, what is meant by 'perfect' VGA image?

I am considering buying a Samsung (32" or bigger) High Def LCD TV for use with my Shuttle HTPC. Is it a case of simply plugging in the VGA cable from the on-board graphics to the Samsung TV? I get confused by the talk about different screen resolutions etc.

Would it be worth putting an AGP graphics card with DVI-Out into my HTPC (current on-board graphics (Intel Extreme) does not support DVI) and running that into the Samsung TV?

i meant perfect as in Maps 1:1 and gives a glorious crisp, clear image. It's as good as any image on an LCD i've seen. It's as simple as connecting the shuttle VGA to the VGA on the telly yes, then just set the video card to the correct resolution.

Theres no point in upgrading specifically to DVI as the tv only has a VGA connector, so you will get just as good an image going VGA-VGA.
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I am currently deciding between a 32" inch or a 40" LCD screen. Both are stated to have a native resolution of 1366x768 with 1:1 pixel mapping.

Will there be any difference in quality in watching standard .avi or mpeg files on either a 32" or a 40" LCD? Will the bigger screen mean that the picture will be blockier/more pixellated?
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Careful with the Samsung's. The 1366x768 modes are only applicable (it seems) when connecting through the VGA port. Definitely check this out before buying one.

The manual for my Samsung LE26M51 says after listing all the display resolutions for the PC mode:

"DVI dose [sic] not support PC function"

Trying to hook my Sony XL100 to it via an HDMI cable (XL100 doesn't have a VGA output) doesn't give me the 1360x768 mode, only the 720p resolution, and I think it's doing some crazy scaling so looks worse then it should.

Great LCD panel, just not quite working correctly with my Media Center pc at the moment.
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