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Advice on HDMI requirements for New LCD

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Doctor129

Guest
Dear All,

I am new to this - so please forgive me for any incorrect procedures, rules, etc that I may make. Any advice will be much appreciated.:thumbsup:

I have been looking at various LCD screens as an investment mainly for the World Cup coming up - but also for the kids to watch DVD's. I have a million question's to ask but will try and limit it!

I am border line in size between 32"=comfortable in the room ; 37=slighlty to big. According to the missus :thumbsdow she reckons 32. Anyway I digress, I had looked at the Panny 32LXD52, with one HDMI, but the new models (which I don't like as much have 2 HMDI - LXD60 model).

My main use will be an HD input from Telewest when it arrives and a DVD recorder. No games consoles in use. Do you guys reckon 1 HDMI will be enough? I thought that my DVD could go through RGB Scart and this would be sufficent quality for me/wife/kids. The telewest could then use the single HDMI.

However, do you reckon I would be able to record HD from Telewest (not sure of the HDCP implications), or will I need a recorder with HDMI????.

Very ignorant,stupid,etc so-sorry. I have read lots of mags and threads, but can't quite decide if 1 HDMI is enough and can I record High-Def.

Cheers and thanks to all who post.

Doctor129,:suicide:
 

telford_mike

Active Member
You're quite right - 1 HDMI will do for now.

However, a TV is a major purchase and you'll expect it to last quite some time. In future there will be High-def DVD and who knows what else - most new stuff will need an HDMI input. With this in mind I'd go for a set with as many HDMI inputs as possible.

There are no HD recorders at the moment, but when they do come along you can probably guess what interface they'll use!
 
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Doctor129

Guest
Cheers for that TM.

The Panny I really liked only has 1 HDMI so that is why I have been so unsure. Not sure what other good LCD's are on the market, but a lot of them only have 1 HDMI.

Do you think we will be able to record High-Def from the providers??? or is HDCP all about stopping actual recording. A guy in one shop reckons the quality is so good to record we may never buy DVD's again and hence the HDCP.

I had hope that buying a recorder at present may be good enough in quality as it is anyway. We don't actually record a lot in our house.

Anyway I will ponder longer.:rolleyes:

Cheers.
 

badbob

Banned
My guess is recording won't be allowed. As for inputs depending on what your system..

PC- DVI
DVD/HD-DVD - HDMI with HDCP
Sky- HDMI with HDCP
DVD/HD Recorder- HDMI with HDCP, or HDCP "cracked" ;-)
Console - HDMI

So it looks like require a AV amp with HDMI and/or DVI switching, or a HDMI switcher (a quick google search pops up a 2 way HDMI for $200, 4 way $400)

Apart from built in DVB and 2+ HDMI inputs the LG 32LX2R set seemed ok with 1:1 pixel mapping.
 

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