I have a 2008 Aquos 40" flatscreen and need to buy a Mac for audio (Logic) work. I sure wish I didn't need the TV AND computer. Takes up lots of space in my small Japanese apt. Would be great to have a set up with a small foot print. i.e. use a MacMini and my flatscreen TV as a display. Anyone know of any drawbacks? I'm not doing pro graphic design or anything so it should work as a display just fine right? Other issue is TV. My cable connection is routed to my Sharp DVD player/TV recorder/TV all in one box then HDMI out to my flatscreen. How can I input this cable signal into a MacMini or other Mac? Can I go HDMI out from the Sharp DVD player into any new Mac and simply watch that same TV broadcast? Do I need some sort of El Gato box and if so why since my DVD Player has HDMI and some Macs have HDMI right? I sure wish Apple sold 40"/50" iMacs or standalone displays.