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If you are going to get a monitor that isn't an exact HD resolution and use it for HD media you will need to do your research to determine the scaling capabilities of the monitor. Some of them have good capabilties, others have poor. It will definitely make or break your experience. Anandtech and CNET are good places for in-depth reviews that discuss those issues.
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the 2407WFP I have has an option to scale the image to 1:1, so it's not stretched. It works perfectly with a 360 and VGA cable.
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post #13 of 22
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Originally Posted by lattyware View Post
the 2407WFP I have has an option to scale the image to 1:1, so it's not stretched. It works perfectly with a 360 and VGA cable.
Does the 2408WFP have the same feature? That is the current model Dell is advertising.
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post #14 of 22
The monitors with 1920x1200 are fine for 1080p content, when displaying 1080p the usual extra 120 pixels (1200-1080) is chopped off the top and bottom but the full width is retained because "1080p" content is actually always 1920 in width but only sometimes 1080 in height; this depends on the aspect of the source content.

I personally have a SyncMaster 245BW and use a DVI => HDMI adapter to run my PS3 on and it works flawlessly.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by civilr View Post
The monitors with 1920x1200 are fine for 1080p content, when displaying 1080p the usual extra 120 pixels (1200-1080) is chopped off the top and bottom but the full width is retained because "1080p" content is actually always 1920 in width but only sometimes 1080 in height; this depends on the aspect of the source content.

I personally have a SyncMaster 245BW and use a DVI => HDMI adapter to run my PS3 on and it works flawlessly.
Not all monitors simply chop off the image. Many of them stretch the image to fit, so it isn't as simple as saying a 1920x1200 monitor is fine, unfortunately.
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post #16 of 22
1080p is the only way to go, and with the incredible deals costco has on Vizio LCDS you should find something in your price range.
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Ok, this is what I got:

1x Sharp Aquous 46" 1080i/720p LCD TV 6,500:1 | 1,500:1 6ms
1x Samsung 19" LCD PC Monitor 2,000:1 2ms (1440x900)

and...the two monitors in my sig rig. (1680x1050)

I too, was in the same HD position as you. Everyone has hype with the 1080p televisions with the 120hz refresh rates. I have a PS3 and wanted an HD TV because SDTV looks like crud. The Sharp was a good deal and most PS3 games aren't even displayed at 1080p so what's the point? By the time they get onto 1080p, a new "p" will be released.

In terms of picture quality: I can't tell the difference between 1080i and 720p (maybe because they're almost the same). I can tell the difference between every LCD PC monitor in my apartment and the Sharp HDTV. The Sharp is more clear, more crisp, and more vibrant.

I think it really depends on the TV you get and the settings of that TV. Sharp and Sony are up there with vibrance and true blacks and whites. I did my research, and still am--but I'm pretty happy with the purchases.

My monitors may display higher resolutions than my TV, but they don't look as good when displaying the same HD videos (used for testing).

All my connections are DVI and HDMI.

HDMI > Component > S-Video > Composite

I'd get a decent 37-42" 720p HDTV and a good gaming monitor for your PC. Hope that gives some extra insight.

EDIT:

Just wanted to add that the HDTV looks like sh** when you stand only a few feet away. From 10ft it's perfectly clear (can't see pixels in games or on Windows desktop).
Edited by reptilematt - 7/3/08 at 10:48am
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post #18 of 22
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Wow this monitor looks great!

So it can do 1:1 so that even though its not doing 720p/1080p exactly it'll center it?

Kind of like if I play old games that can only go up to 1280x1024 (KOTOR) and tell Nvidia to keep the aspect ratio so I have a 1280x1024 image centered in my screen with some "Black" around the borders?
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post #19 of 22
Quote:
Originally Posted by reptilematt View Post
Ok, this is what I got:

1x Sharp Aquous 46" 1080i/720p LCD TV 6,500:1 | 1,500:1 6ms
1x Samsung 19" LCD PC Monitor 2,000:1 2ms (1440x900)

and...the two monitors in my sig rig. (1680x1050)

I too, was in the same HD position as you. Everyone has hype with the 1080p televisions with the 120hz refresh rates. I have a PS3 and wanted an HD TV because SDTV looks like crud. The Sharp was a good deal and most PS3 games aren't even displayed at 1080p so what's the point? By the time they get onto 1080p, a new "p" will be released.

In terms of picture quality: I can't tell the difference between 1080i and 720p (maybe because they're almost the same). I can tell the difference between every LCD PC monitor in my apartment and the Sharp HDTV. The Sharp is more clear, more crisp, and more vibrant.

I think it really depends on the TV you get and the settings of that TV. Sharp and Sony are up there with vibrance and true blacks and whites. I did my research, and still am--but I'm pretty happy with the purchases.

My monitors may display higher resolutions than my TV, but they don't look as good when displaying the same HD videos (used for testing).

All my connections are DVI and HDMI.

HDMI > Component > S-Video > Composite

I'd get a decent 37-42" 720p HDTV and a good gaming monitor for your PC. Hope that gives some extra insight.

EDIT:

Just wanted to add that the HDTV looks like sh** when you stand only a few feet away. From 10ft it's perfectly clear (can't see pixels in games or on Windows desktop).
If a TV is only capable of 1080i only then I wouldn't pick it up. You can run into problems when watching video content.

Quote:
Originally Posted by barrysgoods View Post
1080p is the only way to go, and with the incredible deals costco has on Vizio LCDS you should find something in your price range.
There is a reason Vizios are cheap.
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^ What kind of problems exactly?
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