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HD TV or HD Monitor?

Journal Entry: Tue Feb 9, 2010, 3:45 PM


I've officially entered brain lock trying to decide which I should upgrade.

My ginormous SD TV is on it's last leg and I totally need a new set. But I mainly use the TV for gaming these days, I barely watch TV anymore. I know I'm missing out playing games on a SD set but it's still a lot of money to spend on what will essentially be a big monitor. I could just buy a 23' HD monitor instead, for half the price of a 37' or 40' TV. But that keeps me chained to my desk and no so comfortable chair which is flattening my ever expanding ass. Doh :(

Somebody decide for me, my head hurts thinking about it!

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DigitalSerrano Featured By Owner Feb 10, 2010
Scharfshutze has a point. HDMI on a 40"is nice. that with a bluetooth keyboard with a touch pad or mouse and your golden. then again there might be the mushroom factor of fungus growing under your ass on the couch because you haven't moved in months!

I say go with the TV.
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Unfortunately my ass is locked to couch anyway :giggle: At least the TV would be a distraction.
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CoreyByas Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010  Professional General Artist
a game, i think of having a nice big tv to play on.........
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I know. Plus the glass screen on my current set is one big reflector. There's so much glare on the screen during the day that I can't watch movies or play games. I have to wait for sundown lol!

I've always had issues spending money on myself so decisions like this are torture. But I think I'm going to go with the TV!
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Skarpskyter Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2010
HD TV. I've been using mine as my monitor for about a year now through HDMI. I love it, and gaming on it is absolutely marvelous.

Not to mention, love the realestate in Photoshop. :)
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Is your TV 60 or 120 MHz? A 1080p, 120 MHz set is out of my price range. I'm worried about games blurring at 60 MHz.
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Skarpskyter Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
Not really sure, but when I bought it I was assured that it was a top of the line HD LCD TV. Paid enough for it. I'll try to dig up some specs for ya.
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
That's half the problem, what's top of the line today can be outdated a month or two later :lol: It all changes so quickly!
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Skarpskyter Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
Mines two weeks old. :)

Now my previous LCD HD tv did only 720p. Was my first HD TV ever. I bought that one new too and it was "top of the line" about a year ago too. Hehe.

This is my current living room tv "SONY Bravia 52" LCD-TV KDL-52W5500 1920 x 1080 Full-HD, 3xHDMI, 33000:1, 24p" It says it has a "Motion pluss 100hrz" refresh rate. So not quite 120hrz.
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Yeah, that would be top of the line :lmao: 52 inch... good god! That's like the size of my car!

I love Sony TV's and Bravia's definitely have the best picture. The only negative reviews I've read said some models have firmware problems that affect the sound. There is a 40', 1080 p Bravia in my price range but it's only 60 MHz. It's the same price as this Toshiba that is 120 MHz [link] But I have to compare the picture quality before I can decide. Another trip to Best Buy for me.
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Skarpskyter Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
Yep, check out Best Buy or even Sears (if they even still sell electronics) and check out which one you think has the sharpest picture.

As for firmware problems, no clue. All my perephrials go directly through my surround system. Ie computer, DVD, BR etc.

But in all honesty, wish I'd have gone with a 40incher. I sit rather close to the screen when I game, and I end up having to really look around with my head to see the whole picture sometimes.
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
LOL. Sometimes bigger isn't better I guess.
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Retoucher07030 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Do they sell really long HDMI cables lol? My computer and TV are about 12 feet apart.
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Skarpskyter Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2010
I'm not sure, I just needed about two meters worth of cable for mine. :)

But HDMI is quite different from USB, so the rule of length doesn't apply like it does in USB AFAIK.
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