MBP with HDTV instead of monitor??

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by bsuthoff, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. bsuthoff macrumors newbie

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    Instead of connecting my new MBP to a typical computer LDC monitor, some of the smaller HDTVs look like an interesting alternative. In addition to being a monitor, some also include HDTV tuners, speakers, etc.

    Any things to be wary of? The resolutions on the 19"-23" inch HDTVs seems to be 1366 x 768, that work OK? All have HDMI but not DVI. They do have VGA, but I'd rather not use that.
     
  2. Multimedia macrumors 603

    Multimedia

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    HDTV Is Fine For External MBP Display

    MacBook Pro comes with a DVI to VGA adapter and that signal will look perfectly well on a HDTV screen. I use one on my 40" Samsung 1920 x 1080 and it looks fine. But if you're thinking of a small HDTV instead of a Dell 24" 1920 x 1200 for $500 well then you're shooting yourself in the foot unless you need a starter HDTV at the above lower res. You can always put an EyeTV Hybrid for $149 on your MBP to watch TV on the Dell 24" natively.
     
  3. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000

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    I don't see why this wouldn't work. AFAIK, HDMI is just a DVI signal with sound (OK, gross simplification, but that's the general idea).

    All you'd need is one of these and you should be OK: http://www.maplin.co.uk/Module.aspx?ModuleNo=97886&&source=14&doy=Search

    However, you should look out on certain TVs as they don't produce particuarly great pictures from computers. It needs 1:1 pixel mapping or something. Someone else will know more than I do.
     

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