LED Display as TV

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  1. south8212 macrumors 6502

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    Is this possible? I am looking into buying one and this would seal the deal if i can use it for both.

    I dont think so because im not sure about inputs. The only way i see having it work is using eyetv through my mbp but im not sure i want to do that.

    Also, would the older 23 inch be a better alternative for this?
     
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  3. south8212 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Sorry should have been more specific. I am talking about the Apple LED Cinema Display.
     
  4. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    well it has no inputs and only outputs via Mini Display Port and there are hardly any adapters at this stage.

    you could buy an EyeTV device and plug your aerial into that and then watch TV on your Mac. atm the only Macs compatible with the LED Display are the MacBooks until a mini display port to DVI or HDMI (for TV) adapter comes out.
     
  5. south8212 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    what about plugging the eyetv directly into the usb port of the led display?
     
  6. richard.mac macrumors 603

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    that will work fine as it is just connected to the USB port on your Mac.
     
  7. FX120 macrumors 65816

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    No, that won't work.



    You may want to consider an alternative display. Dell has the 2408 WFP which also has display port in, along with HDMI, DVI, component, S-Video, composite, and VGA. It's not LED backlit, nor is it as pretty, it is matte however which I perfer, and it is significantly less expensive at only $520...

    http://accessories.us.dell.com/sna/...etail.aspx?c=us&l=en&s=dhs&cs=19&sku=320-6272

    If you get TV through a cable box or satelite you can hook up the monitor to your cable box via HDMI, component, S-Video, or composite, and watch TV that way. The display does not have built in speakers, so you would need to come up with an external set.

    Another option is to simply buy a real TV, Sony and Samsung both have 32" 1080P LCD-TV's. You can then use one of the alternate inputs for using the display as a computer monitor.

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage...&ref=06&loc=01&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=8804911
     
  8. south8212 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks for the suggestion I will look into it. So the only way to do it with the LED display is wait for a hdmi/component to mini display port adapter?
     
  9. FX120 macrumors 65816

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    If there is one, it will be very expensive as it will require electronics to do so.

    The Dell display I listed has internal scan converting electronics that allow it to take numerous types of inputs in.

    The LED Cinema display has none of these so to get a non-display port signal in would require you to take the analog component or digital HDMI signal in, process it, and output it to the display in the form of Display Port.

    I use devices like this that take in component and scale it up to VGA, a simpler process as it is analog to analog, and they cost me ~$300. Devices that take in component and go to HDMI are considerably more expensive.

    You're probably just better off getting a high quality TV at that point...
     
  10. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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    Why not just buy a MacBook, eyeTV and the display? That way, you'd have a complete system...
     
  11. south8212 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    ok i found the perfect monitor for what i am wanting to do. The samsung T260HD it comes with a hd tuner. So now i just have to buy the mini displayport to dvi.
     

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