Monitor or TV?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by H2SO4, Nov 22, 2016.

  1. H2SO4 macrumors 68040

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    Hi all. Can't decide between the performance of an LG 38UC99 or the price of a Samsung 40KU6100.
    So between £1000 and £529.

    Used for gaming, watching movies and general work. No photo or video editing to speak of.

    Any thoughts?
    Thx.
     
  2. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    Text will likely look fuzzy on a TV, sharp on a monitor.
     
  3. H2SO4 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Thanks. This is the kind of info I’ve been looking for. What is that due to, I’m assuming that both will have a similar PPI?
     
  4. JoeInMilwaukee macrumors member

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    A TV is essentially a monitor with a tuner. The TV should perform the same as a monitor when using the HDMI input since this bypasses the tuner. The user just needs to make sure that any video scaling or edge enhancement in the TV is turned off.
     
  5. ColdCase macrumors 68030

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    Aren't the pixel shapes different, which degrades mac font smoothing? TV displays via HDMI always look fuzzy to me, but that just may be because I'm used to higher res monitors.
     
  6. JoeInMilwaukee macrumors member

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    Any HDTV or UHDTV will have square pixels (SDTV had rectangular pixels).

    One has to be very careful to select a picture mode that doesn't scale. Many TVs have a mode that simulates overscan from CRT displays, where 5-10% of the picture is "beyond the edge of the screen." There is no standard name for this mode and oftentimes the manufacturer's name is not very descriptive.
     
  7. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    I recently got a couple new TV's and use them as monitors. There are a variety of menu options that can affect what things look like. They have a "PC mode" that automatically selects all of these, although you will have more control over the image by tweaking individual settings. Am using a 24" Vizio TV to type this and text looks fine.
     
  8. mBox macrumors 68020

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    The 24" helps.
    I find anything over 30" starts to get problematic.
     

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