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Hi everyone,

So I bought the Samsung T200HD rose red Monitor/TV the other day.

Now I'm having difficulty deciding how to go about getting the best out of it.

My video card is the GeForce 7800GTX and my motherboard is an ASUS P5ND2-Sli Deluxe. I am using the built in sound on the motherboard which has the following connections:

- Realtek ALC850, 8-channel Audio I/O CODEC
- 1 x Optical + 1 x Coaxial S/PDIF Output

At the moment, I have the line out (green) on the motherboard plugged into the HDMI/DVI input (blue) on the monitor.

What other options are available to me to get a better sound? If I plug the optical cable into the output on the motherboard and then connect it to the optical input on a stereo system.......... would that produce better sound? The monitor itself also has an optical output on the rear........could/should I use that? I'm confused!?

Also if I plug the optical output into the rear of the motherboard, I don't get the red light shining out of the optical cable. Do I need to be using Realtek drivers for this to work|?At the moment Nvidia sound drivers are being used which came with the nForce4 Sli driver package. Maybe thats the problem, or maybe I don't have the S/PDIF set up correct on the motherboard.

Regarding the image quality, at the moment I am using the DVI connection. Would it be worth getting a DVI to HDMI cable? Then I could connect the DVI end to the video card and the HDMI end to the monitor? Would that give me better image quailty, or is that not going to make a difference?

Also, it says that the monitor has 1920 x 1080 Full HD technology. Yet when I am in Windows XP all I can get is a maximum resolution of 1680x1050? Any ideas anyone? Would using a DVI to HDMI cable solve this?

Finally, it says that the monitor has a built in DTV tuner and freeview tuner. Providing that I have Freeview in my area of the UK and a good signal, does this mean that all I need to do is plug the coaxial RF aerial into the TV and it should pick up the freeview channels without the need for extra equipment?

Sorry for the huge amount of questions, but I am really not clued up on the new TV/sound technology these days.

Any help would be much appreciated.

Kind regards
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post #2 of 9
Optical is the best sound quality.
It should be an option in the BIOS to turn it on, and may be an option in the OS.

DVI to HDMI will give you no better image than DVI to DVI, the picture will still be in the DVI quality from the card.

For the resolution, you card may not support 1920x1080. You will need a new video card if that is the case.
edit: OK the card should support up to 2560x1600. See posts below for explanation

As for the tuner, I believe so, just plug in the antenna and is should work.
Edited by blupupher - 6/6/08 at 1:23am
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OK, here goes!

1. The best idea for sound would be to use the optical out on your motherboard and send it to a stereo system. That will give you optimal sound quality with your setup.

2. DVI and HDMI are both digital signals, so you will not really see a picture difference between the two.

3. The monitor portion of your monitor supports 1680x1050 pixels, which is also called it's native resolution. The 1080p is a falsehood promised by your monitor, as the native resolution is also the physical number of pixels, therefore it doesn't have the pixel count to display 1920x1080 (1080p) content in it's natural state. If you hook up a tv signal to it or something through the HDMI you can display 1080 signals, but they will be adjusted to fit the screen.

4. Yes, all you need to do is plug in the coax.
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DVI doesnt have Audio...and HDMI doesnt have Analog...but who uses Analog? O.o

make sure you get the right DVI port.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Digital_Visual_Interface
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optical would give you better sound!
it might no be enabled in the volume control.
dvi is same quality as HDMI, HDMI carries video and audio, while DVI only does video.
Your monitors native resolution is 1680x1050 which is why it shows the same resolution in xp, check the buttom of the page you linked.

don't know about the last one.
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Wow, quick and awesome replies guys! Thats answered most of my questions!!! Thank you!

Regarding the DVI, my monitor supports DVI-D, and thats looks like the kind of cable I have been supplied (DVI-D single link). Does that affect image quality in anyway?

So what kind of equipment supports the HDMI? DVD players I guess is one? And when HDTV becomes readily available in the UK in the future, will I be able to enjoy this technology on this set?

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OK, here goes!

1. The best idea for sound would be to use the optical out on your motherboard and send it to a stereo system. That will give you optimal sound quality with your setup.

2. DVI and HDMI are both digital signals, so you will not really see a picture difference between the two.

3. The monitor portion of your monitor supports 1680x1050 pixels, which is also called it's native resolution. The 1080p is a falsehood promised by your monitor, as the native resolution is also the physical number of pixels, therefore it doesn't have the pixel count to display 1920x1080 (1080p) content in it's natural state. If you hook up a tv signal to it or something through the HDMI you can display 1080 signals, but they will be adjusted to fit the screen.

4. Yes, all you need to do is plug in the coax.
Ah I see about number 3, I was warned about this before buying and I've fell for it

Will this distort my image quality then seeing as the 1080p is being adjusted to fit my native resolution?
    
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Ah I see about number 3, I was warned about this before buying and I've fell for it

Will this distort my image quality then seeing as the 1080p is being adjusted to fit my native resolution?
Image quality should be fine, I have a monitor that utilizes this same "technology" but haven't actually tried it yet. From what I can tell, It will readjust the picture and maintain the aspect ratio (which is key, things only look bad when aspect ratio is changed) of the source. What that will mean to you is that your picture from HDTV is going to be letterboxed, where you will have some small black bars at the top and bottom of the screen. It's the same as if you try and play a widescreen DVD on your monitor. The only issue will be that if you are watching 1080p content, it won't be at true 1080p resolution. Other than that it will look fine.

Many devices use HDMI to answer your other question. HDTV cable boxes, Xbox 360's, PS3's, DVD players, some computer graphics cards.
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ah brilliant thanks fella.
    
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