Mini to Samsung PN42B450

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by mattfunk, Mar 10, 2010.

  1. mattfunk macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2010
  2. tac22 macrumors 6502

    Jun 16, 2009
    no experience, but personally i would find one with a resolution of 1080p
  3. nando2323 macrumors 6502a

    Aug 15, 2007
  4. mattfunk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2010

    Both replies much appreciated -- I'm already committed to going the low-end route here (the TV actually gets great reviews), but I was just trying to figure out if I might be able to use the mini as a DVD player and, from time to time, a media server (for photos, youtube videos, etc), but it sounds like I should just stick with a simple DVD player or a PS3.

    Thanks again for the input!

  5. spacepower7 macrumors 68000

    May 6, 2004
    Don't know if your response was sarcasm or not but those were the two least helpful answers that I have seen all week.

    Back to your question....

    I've used the mini with several Samsung HDTVs but not the model you mention.

    Regarding using as a media hub, check out plex, boxee, or frontrow. Look in the AppleTV section.

    As far as connecting the Mac mini, I have had various results. I use the Apple mini-DVI to DVI adaptor connected to a DVI to HDMI cable. Concerning media center use, it worked fine on all the Samsungs that I have used.

    When using the MacOS and the TV as a monitor, an older model Samsung could not scale pixel by pixel but many of the newer models can. Check out AVSforums dot com for many details about using HDTVs for computers.

    The two key terms to look for are overscanning which means you lose part of the menu bar on top and part of the dock on the bottom.

    What you want, if using as a monitor is pixel by pixel mapping or some tech phrase similar which means that everything fits the HDTV like a normal computer monitor. NOT overscanning.

    For a media center, overscanning is usually not a big concern since it is usually only between 3-5% and you won't miss that when watching your movies.
  6. mattfunk thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2010

    Hey, thanks, that's really great info! It's amazing (though not entirely surprising) that Apple offers up so little intel insofar as non-Apple display compatibility is concerned. You've taken a lot of time to point me in some good directions and I appreciate it! Thanks! I'll begin by heading off to AVSforums dot com. Cheers!

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