Using iMac 27 inch screen with PS3 / X360

Discussion in 'iMac' started by senc01a, Oct 20, 2009.

  1. senc01a macrumors regular

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    Apparently there might be a way to convert the HDMI to a miniDV display.
    Is this really possible?
    Has anybody really achieved it?
    What kind of cable/adapter do you need to buy?

    Thanks in advance
     
  2. Cycom macrumors 6502

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    I think it only works with either a VGA or DVI to MDP adapter. HDMI won't work.

    I'm curious to see how well the 27 inch upscales PS3 and Xbox games.
     
  3. danny_w macrumors 601

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    If you could go this direction (HDMI/DVI->DP/MDP) then people would have been connecting their "older" MB/MBP/MBA with DVI output to the 24" LED display. That type of conversion requires active hardware, not just a cable as in the opposite direction (DP/MDP->DVI/HDMI).
     
  4. Cycom macrumors 6502

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    This is true. Someone posted that he got his PS3 hooked up to his 24inch LED Cinema Display using a conversion box. This hardware is not cheap. You're looking at a few hundred dollars.
     
  5. senc01a thread starter macrumors regular

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    Any specific products or links?
     
  6. Cycom macrumors 6502

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  7. CharlesPDX macrumors newbie

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    This may be true, with one difference: The 24" display lacks and kind of video processing hardware, like a video card or the processor. So it requires the signal to be MD, which comes from the video card in the source (Macbook with MD, etc.). What remains to be seen is if the video processors driving the 27" iMacs will do a signal conversion coming the other way. If they were engineered to do that, Apple deserves a lot of credit. One glimmer of hope is that according to iFixit.com's tear down, the signal coming in has to go through the logic board, so it's not passively going straight to the panel. What the logic board does with the input is anyone's guess. Does it go through the GPU daughterboard as well? According to iFixit, the GPU daughterboard is off the shelf and used in many other products, not Apple's design, so maybe Apple does or does not deserve credit for leaving it alone. I don't know the video cards capabilities, so that may be one place to look.

    So best case scenario, the processor does the job of converting the signal (and scaling it), and a $10 Monoprice adapter will work. Worst case, Apple will sell us an active adapter (hopefully cheaper than the expensive options out there). It won't be long before we know either way. I've been checking Youtube for proof it works. I ordered the 27" iMac and the cheap adapter, but don't expect to see it for another week or so :(

    All of that said, I may be talking out of my ass. I'm no engineer. I just hope that there is some kind of solution for imputing non-MD external video sources without outputting too much from my wallet ;)
     
  8. amnr macrumors newbie

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    Check this review out-maybe it'll help-http://gizmodo.com/5388567/apple-imac-review-27-inches-and-less-chin
     
  9. markopena macrumors newbie

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    PS3 on iMac 27"

    Hello folks! Sorry, Im new to this site, so Im not even sure if Im right here :)

    I have the latest iMac 27" 3,2 GHz, i3, and was wondering if there is any way to hook up my PS3 via HDMI or any other way....doesn't really have to be HDMI. Would be cool though.

    So any answers anyone has, Id appreciate it!

    Thanks a lot!
     
  10. Danando1993 macrumors regular

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    I use the Kanex XD to use my PS3 on my 27 inch imac, its not HD but the difference is not that noticeable.
     

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