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Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs' started by steve10574, Aug 3, 2005.

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  1. steve10574

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    please help guys i am looking at two 37inc lcd hd ready tv's one is the neovia neo3775nd looking very nice with picture in picture but no hdmi port just dvi

    the next one is toshiba 37wl56 that has hdmi port but no picture in picture

    i will want to get all the goodies sky+hd and xbox 360 so what is better hdmi or dvi and is it worth not having (pip) to have hdmi

    also the the neovia is 1000:1 were the toshiba is only 600:1

    http://www.home-entertainment.toshi...cs/homecinematv-plasmalcd-37wl56?opendocument

    http://www.currys.co.uk/martprd/sto...-20090&sku=487371&page=Product&fm=3&sm=0&tm=0


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    Don't rely on these numbers. They don't mean much. Cheaper manufacturers often play with the numbers - for example, the 1000:1 is probably with some bad-looking Dynamic Contrast function on.

    HDMI or Picture In Picture - HDMI, of course. PIP is a novelty used by American salesmen to tell people they can watch two channels at once. Does anyone really use it much?

    DVI is fine on its own though. Just make sure it supports HDCP.
     
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    Connection DVI (Digital Virtual Interface) yes + HDMI through DVI/HDMI cable

    seems to tick all the boxes there still not sure what to do going towards the tosh now
     
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    Given the Tosh bashing on here, that'd be the last brand I'd be looking at.
    Sharp GA5/GA6 (current/this month sometime) or JVC DS6 - £1200 ish.
     
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    You need to ensure that the DVI input will provide DVI-PC or DVI-Video input standard as you require. If you want to connect a PC, you will be using DVI-PC levels (0..255 for black to white), if its is video equipment, DVD etc, you be using DVI-Video levels (16..235 black to white). Some displays are switchable, some displays completely ignore the fact that there are two standards and you will never find out what the standard is. If you connect the wrong one, you will loose colour range, for example if you connect a video device providing 16..235 for black..white to a display device expecting DVI-PC level input 0..255 black..white, you can see that the display will never get 0..15 black levels or 236..255 so you will be truncating the black and white extremes and you will never be able to correct this with user adjustments. Vice versa, if you connect a DVI-PC device to a DVI-video display, you will loose dynamic range but you should beable to correct for it.

    HDMI is more complex as it provides not just 8 bit RGB and is more video orientated.

    My choice would be DVI-PC for PC input and HDMI or DVI-Video for video devices.

    -Ian
     

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