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Philips 30PF9946 / 30PF9975 question

Discussion in 'Plasma TVs' started by PhilipH, Sep 11, 2004.

  1. PhilipH

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    Looking to buy a 30" (or thereabouts) 16:9 LCD TV and have been looking at the Philips 30PF9946 and 9975 models.

    A *DEFINITE* need is to be able to drive the LCD at a true widescreen resolution from a PC and when I tried feeding a 9975 with 1280 x 768 resolution from my laptop in Currys resulted in a cropped 16:9 image with the left and rightmost 140(ish) pixels being blanked and only the centre 1024x768 (I assume) being displayed.

    I have just downloaded the manuals for both units from Philips and the 9975 manual does in fact say that it only supports 1024x768 via VGA so it looks like that is out for displaying a 16:9 image from a PC - anyone know whether the 9975 can do full screen 16:9 from a PC? (The manual does say that the VGA input can take 1920x1080i but I've no idea how the hell to generate that from a PC!)

    The manual for the 9946 however says that the 9946 supports 1280x768 but then on the next line says that for the best image quality on the 9946 you should use 1024x768 - I haven't had chance to try the 9946 yet (the Basingstoke Currys one appeared to have been nicked so I'm going to try Winchester tomorrow) but does anyone know whether the 9946 will display a full 16:9 image from a PC at proper 16:9 (rather than 4:3) resolutions?

    Failing that, any suggestions for any other 30" inch (ish) LCD screens that I should be looking at at about the £1,500 to £2,000 mark?

    Phil
     
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    I think someone said the Samsung can be driven full widescreen via DVI, but not sure.

    Some people on here have had success with the 9975 using powerstrip.

    check out this thread : windows in widescreen

    if your laptop is up to it, might be worth a trip back into currys :)

    Let us know how you get on.
     
  3. PhilipH

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    Hmmmm - interesting reading - my lappy happens to be a Sony VAIO with 1920x1200 (widescreen) LCD (ATI Radeon 9700 graphics) and lists 1280x768 (along with several other widescreen resolutions) in its list of supported screen sizes - however when hooked up to the 9975 the 1280x768 dissapeared and I was left with just 1024x768.

    I did unhide unsupported resolutions and got my 1280x768 back but the 9975 was having none of it and when fed a 1280x768 resolution image would only display the centre 1024 pixels with black bars either side where the left and right hand sides of the windows desktop would be.

    Hopefully they'll have a 9946 in at Winchester Currys (and they'll not get too freaked out by my wanting to plug a laptop into it - I think Basingstoke thought I was nuts!) and hopefully it *WILL* support the full 1280x768 resolution ... the manual for the 9946 seems to indicate that it will.

    Which Samsung 32" are they referring to? Did you manage to get the 9975 to display a full screen image from the PC input or do you just get the same as I did today - the PC input restricted to the centre 4:3 area of the screen?

    Phil
     
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    Well I have to say that I'm not impressed with Philips for their handling of PC inputs ... the only way that I could get a full widescreen display on the 9946 was to feed it a 1280 x 1024 source and let the display scale itself vertically (not ideal).

    On the other hand - the Samsung 26" reported itself back to my lappy as supporting 1280 x 1024 and ran fullscreen perfectly happily at that resolution. The Samsung 32" also ran fullscreen happily off the laptop at 1280 x 768 too.

    I have to say that my expectations of the Samsung were pretty low - I was expecting that it would be blown away by the Philips but it looks like I'm gonna have to put my badge snobbery away and accept that I'm going to be watching a Samsung because it really was a fair step up from the Philips quality wise when fed movies via VGA - there was certainly less posterisation on the Samsung than the Philips.

    The only thing that is annoying me is that I'm trying to find out whether Basingstoke have a 32" Samsung in stock (Winchester don't) and the b*stards just pick up the phone and put it back down which is *REALLY* bad.

    Phil
     
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    The only thing that is annoying me is that I'm trying to find out whether Basingstoke have a 32" Samsung in stock (Winchester don't) and the b*stards just pick up the phone and put it back down which is *REALLY* bad.

    Phil

    Wouldn't touch Currys with a ten foot pole. Shocking!

    Damo :)
     

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