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« on: May 20, 2007, 07:11:57 PM »

I thinking of getting an HDTV and an Xbox 360. I've never owned either and have only dealt with PCs. I've been doing research and I'm still not sure what to get. Is it worth getting an HDTV that has 1080p resolution? Does it make much difference in the graphics? What things should I look for when buying an HDTV for the Xbox? How does the Xbox hook up to the TV? Is it via the HDMI cable? How many HDVI connections should the TV have, etc.?
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« Reply #1 on: May 20, 2007, 07:36:18 PM »

For HD the 360 connects with component cables. As far as whether 1080p is worth it or not, from what I've been told the difference is only noticeable on sets 50 inches or larger. Personally, while my TV is capable of up to 1080i, I still keep my 360 set to 720p because I simply don't notice the difference (I have a 42" HD) and performance in some games is better. So, that being said, if you can find a TV at a good price that doesn't support 1080p, go for it, the hundreds of dollars you would pay extra for 1080p support isn't worth a difference in image quality you would only notice if you had both TV's running side-by-side, seriously.

As far as what to look for in the TV, a high contrast ratio is important. Stay away from rear-projection televisions, in my experience with them I've noticed much softer textures than a plasma or LCD can project.
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« Reply #2 on: May 20, 2007, 07:46:49 PM »

Thanks, Ridah.  That was helpful.  I'm thinking of getting this model because its cheaper and the picture looked as good as the more expensive models when I looked at it in the store:

http://www.circuitcity.com/ccd/productDetail.do?oid=174196&WT.mc_n=3&WT.mc_t=U&cm_ven=COMPARISON%20SHOPPING&cm_cat=CNET&cm_pla=DATAFEED-%3EPRODUCTS&cm_ite=1%20PRODUCT&cm_keycode=3

It looks like it can only display up to 720p, right?
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« Reply #3 on: May 20, 2007, 07:52:00 PM »

Based on your link, it actually looks like it can accept a 1080p signal, though it will downconvert it to 720p.  At that particular size though, I really don't think that matters much.

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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2007, 08:20:46 PM »

Quote from: Ridah on May 20, 2007, 07:36:18 PM

For HD the 360 connects with component cables.

Except for the 360 Elite, which uses HDMI (or component).
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« Reply #5 on: May 20, 2007, 09:04:18 PM »

Considering the TV supports 1366 x 768 resolution, it should be able to display in 1080i right? Either way, it looks like a good TV based on it's specs and the user ratings.
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« Reply #6 on: May 20, 2007, 09:16:45 PM »

Quote from: Ridah on May 20, 2007, 09:04:18 PM

Considering the TV supports 1366 x 768 resolution, it should be able to display in 1080i right? Either way, it looks like a good TV based on it's specs and the user ratings.

Actually no . . . the second number is closer to the highest resolution you will get . . . i.e. 1366x768 equates to 720p.  Any 1080i signal would get converted to 720p by the TV.  So it can accept a 1080i signal but only display it by converting it to the screens native resolution . . . 720p.  But you will probably not see the difference between the 2 at this screen size.
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« Reply #7 on: May 20, 2007, 09:55:39 PM »

Do you still play on computer a lot?
If so, have you considered a monitor upgrade instead?
Just bear in mind that you don't want to wind up with an LCD you can drive properly
at native resolution with your graphics card.
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« Reply #8 on: May 21, 2007, 01:25:48 AM »

Quote from: Misguided on May 20, 2007, 09:55:39 PM

Do you still play on computer a lot?
If so, have you considered a monitor upgrade instead?
Just bear in mind that you don't want to wind up with an LCD you can drive properly
at native resolution with your graphics card.

Yes, I like my present PC monitor and am only looking at another LCD mainly for TV viewing.
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« Reply #9 on: May 21, 2007, 02:52:28 AM »

FWIW, I have a 24" Benq that I like an awful lot.
It has component, DVI, and HDMI inputs (plus others) and goes up to 1920*1080.
Might be worth a look.
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« Reply #10 on: May 21, 2007, 12:47:16 PM »

Quote from: Misguided on May 21, 2007, 02:52:28 AM

FWIW, I have a 24" Benq that I like an awful lot.
It has component, DVI, and HDMI inputs (plus others) and goes up to 1920*1080.
Might be worth a look.

Price or link on that? Likely going to go to 24' monitor when I move.
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