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4:3 LCD Monitor/TV?

Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by sparkz, Dec 9, 2004.

  1. sparkz

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    Can anyone recommend a good LCD Monitor/TV? Integrated speakers a must. Ideally around 17" or 18" and 4:3. Less than £500.

    I want to connect a PC via DVI, Sky via a video sender box and a Play Station 2. Having scart or component inputs would be great but trying to match all these requirements is proving tricky.

    Am I wasting my time or is there something suitable?

    Thanks for any advice...
    Mark
     
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    My short list so far is:

    Philips 15PF8946/12 only 15" but has all the connections

    Samsung SM730MP is 17" with all the connections but I can't find anyone who has it in stock which may be a problem at this time of year (i.e. I need it before xmas)

    Any others anyone?
     
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    No one here using a LCD TV as a monitor as well?

    I must admit there doesn't seem to be that many with the right connections, decent sound, 4:3, high res, high refresh (16ms or less). The Philips seems like the only choice at present. Shame I can't find anything a bit bigger but most of the bigger ones are widescreen.

    The search continues...
     
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    Thanks for that.

    I think I'd been through the "dabs" thread before. The Dabs doesn't seem to be available any more (I trawled through their product list) and the Relisys was widescreen (WXGA).

    The Dell one is new to me though. I'll check that out.

    The JVC looks very nice although again it's widescreen. Tempting though...

    I think it's probably the fact I'm looking for 4:3 that's making this difficult. Perhaps I should go for widescreen and accept that some PC things may be a bit stretched - games mostly I suppose. I assume for the PS2 it wouldn't be an issue because you could just select 4:3 picture format.
     
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    Thanks docb.

    Doesn't say much about it on the web site - don't know if that's a mistake. I might have to have a look or ask them next time I'm in Comet.
     
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    PS2 can run WS so can most games....all WS TV's will have a 4:3 setting putting black bars at the sides
     
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    Thanks again docb! I did do a search for that but only got results from Comet. It's a shame it's only 800x600 although most of the games my son would play would probably be ok.

    hornydragon: Thanks. The main reason for 4:3 was for the PC. I assumed (probably incorrectly!) that when vga input was selected you couldn't change the aspect ratio?
     
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    I have just purchased the Samsung 710MP from PC world as they have it on offer for £280, which is less than anywhere else!

    Only has a VGA connector so I was a bit worried about PC display quality but used the auto set-up while displaying the test image supplied on the software disc supplied with the monitor and the result was as good as a DVI connected monitor!

    The only thing I am not happy with is a slight frame jitter when using any of the AV inputs (i.e. not the VGA input). Not sure if it is just this unit or a design feature!

    Bright image and not bad for the price.

    Go take a look while the offer is on.
     
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    I was trying to get hold of the 730MP originally but gave up.

    Last time I looked my local PC World didn't have a Samsung monitor/tv but said they were due in soon. I'll check them again.

    Trouble is if I go there I always end up buying something which I don't really need and probably could have got cheaper somewhere else!
     
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    Hi Sparky

    Ive also been waiting with baited breath for the samsung sm730mp to come out aswell. Finally they have come through and some stock came in on Friday. ive bought mine from microdirect (last one) which should be here monday.

    if you havent bought another monitor yet then have a look on Froogle for sm730mp, one site (Softjam) still has stock but its £70 dearer than everywhere else, ouch! :-(

    No affiliation with the above sites by the way.

    thanks

    Stu
     
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    Stu, excellent :) thanks for that. I'll check them out...
     
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    I've just done what you are aiming to do. Bought the Philips 17 inch wide screen - 17PF9946. Has all the connections and great performance.
     

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