Discussion in 'LCD & LED LCD TVs Forum' started by Nvening, Mar 18, 2006.
What are the advantages of a LCD TV over an LCD PC monitor?
Maybe the fact it has a tuner built-in.
Better viewing angle and bigger sizes basically. And as JayCee said you can watch TV on them easily. PC monitors tend not to have many video inputs.
Nvening - I suspect you are wondering, like I did, if you can "get away" with a much cheaper LCD monitor for TV viewing from a STB (sky/cable/freeview), because you don't actually need the built-in tuner of the more expensive LCD TV - the price differential being about £150.
Well the short answer is that you can't find a cheap LCD monitor that supports the type of inputs you need to plug a STB into - neither SCART, RGB (via phono), component or svideo. Monitors are, almost by definition, restricted to DSUB and DVI type interfaces, for which you can use to connect to a STB, but only after purchasing a signal processor to go between them - the cheapest being around £100, and these really are the budget types - you need to spend £150+ to get the quality.
So its not just the TV tuner you get for your money, its the built in signal processor which allows LCD TVs (decent ones anyway) to offer the wide range of inputs that they do.
Monitors are also designed to show the image exactly as it comes from the source.
A TV is designed to "enhance" the picture (sometimes does more harm than good) by hiding noise, doing advanced interpolation etc.
if you get a pc LCD and then a TV tuner it will look very very poo when it comes to watching DVD/TV etc. however PC LCd tends to have a higher resolution then TV LCD. so depends whats your need. but i would go for LCD TV with HD features.
LCd pc screen will have a much higher res compared to a tv screen, hence agood 23"-26" pc screen will cost as much as a 32" lcd tv.
Do you need the higher res?????????
How about getting something like a Sony MFM-HT205S? It's designed both as a TV and Monitor. It has a resolution of 1680x1050, DVI (HDCP compatible), VGA, component, composite, and RF inputs. It also has Sony's X-Black screen finish and also a 6ms response time. Therefore you should get the best of both worlds. The only downside is probably the price tag - £649
Thanks, thats kinda what i thought. Im thinking about purchasing a 26" or 32" lcd but with the quality improving all the time...
Also there is that strange issiue with LCD TVs having not exact 720p res so the image is scaled and therefore the image quality is reduced. I think it was because overscan being the traditional but obviously with LCDs Overscan is not needed.
Will LCDs be heading back to the proper resolution?
- nice typo!!
lol, mabe thats what he meant
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