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1080p Computer Monitor as TV?

Discussion in 'DIRECTV HD DVR/Receiver Discussion' started by chscott, Jul 21, 2010.

  1. chscott

    chscott Cool Member

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    I am finally getting HD. I currently don't have an HD TV in my bedroom, but am having an HD receiver installed. Is there any technical reason I can't just buy a HD monitor w/speakers and a HDMI hookup instead of a TV?

    The tuner is in the receiver, right?

    Sorry if this has been covered here, I did search...
     
  2. jpitlick

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    You should be good. I am using a 24 inch Sceptre monitor connected to my H21 via HDMI. I use the DVI and stereo audio to connect it to my computer.
     
  3. Davenlr

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    There are two kinds of monitors, computer only, and Computer w/ATSC tuners in them. While the ones with Tuners in them will work fine for computer and DirecTv, you need to specifically check the computer only monitor to make sure it supports the resolution/frequency of the DirecTv receiver, which would be 1920x1080 i/p at 60hz. Some computer monitors have much higher resolutions, and may not support or properly display the lower resolutions.
     
  4. HoTat2

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    And be advised that even though listed as "wide screen" most WS computer monitors are slightly squarer at a 16:10 aspect ratio instead of 16:9. So there will be some small degree of side cropping to a 16:9 HD picture.

    There may be an optional 16:9 setting particularly on the computer monitors with ATSC tuners built in, but this will necessarily result in a slight letter-boxing with small black matte bars at the top and bottom of the picture of course.
     
  5. PHL

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    I've thought about doing this, and the main disadvantages I thought about were:

    1. No volume control via remote.
    2. No ON/OFF via remote.
    3. Limited inputs (only 1 hdmi, zero composite/component/s-video/RF) will limit compatibility in the future.
    4. No sleep timer. Very useful in a bedroom TV.

    I think the extra 50 bucks between a 24" monitor and a 24" TV buys you quite a bit. And you can probably step all the way up to a 32" LCD for ~125 more than the 24" monitor.
     
  6. matt

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    I have this in the bedroom and I love it:

    http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/searchtools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3920261

    It was $209 shipped to my door. I think I figured out the resolution to actually be between the specs of 720 and 1080 but I am really enjoying it hooked up to an H24. Especially for the price, I couldn't find anything near that for that quality for that price, and this has a 3 year manufacturer warranty. If you can find one, I highly recommend it! :)
     
  7. TomCat

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    I agree. And there doesn't really seem to be any downside, or competing argument. IOW, there is very little that a computer monitor can offer as a DVR video monitor that a regular garden-variety HDTV can't offer.

    And I am considering just the opposite: I have a 22" 1080p Vizio TV that has a SVGA input. If my computer monitor ever dies, I'm moving the Vizio in place as a computer monitor replacement.

    I also wonder if the gamma and other proc control setup on a computer monitor will do real video justice.
     
  8. TBlazer07

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    I have a Dell 27" Computer monitor in my "office." It also has HDMI & Component inputs (no tuner or speakers) and supports PIP for the component input. I got the OEM $10 speaker attachment off eBay for it for sound. Works great with my HR20. The HD is beautiful on it and if I use component instead of HDMI I can put the TV input on PIP and do both.
     
  9. chscott

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    Thanks for all of the feedback! I found a HP 27" HDMI monitor for $292 and the only reason I have not jumped on the deal is the lack of a remote for power/volume.

    I think I will just have to hold out for a great deal on a TV or monitor with the remote. Thanks again!

    Edit: Or I could just get a clapper :)
     
  10. TomCat

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    That's not a bad price. But if you are leaning towards a true HDTV I think you could probably also find a nice 1080p Insignia or Vizio at about that price.

    Be sure that you understand that you will need to sit 3.5 feet away or closer to fully resolve HD resolution on a screen that size.

    http://myhometheater.homestead.com/viewingdistancecalculator.html
     
  11. Rich

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    A couple years ago I bought a Vizio LCD that I think was about 37". Kinda crappy as a TV, but great as a computer monitor. I'm sure they are making better sets now. Spent a good bit of money on it and, since I was dissatisfied with the set when used as a TV, I took it back. But for a computer monitor, it was really good. Just too much money for a monitor. At the time.

    Rich
     
  12. PHL

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    Pretty sure I've seen 26" HDTV's at Costco for around that price. Maybe even a bit less.
     
  13. Davenlr

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    TigerDirect has two HDTV's one 27" and one 28" for $299
    Walmart has a 26" for $249 and a 22" Sony Bravia for $269.

    So they are out there in that same price range.
     
  14. Rich

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    Too bad you didn't buy an HP computer, mine came with a remote that works on the monitor. Of course, I didn't buy the monitor...

    Wanna buy a remote for an HP monitor?

    Rich
     

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