Category TV & Monitors

video interfaces

DVI Port: If your computer has a DVI port, you can connect it into your TV directly with a DVI to HDMI cable like this one. Some HDTV’s have a special port labeled either DVI/HDMI or PC/HDMI that help the TV identify the resolution better. Connect the cable into the recommended one on the back of the TV. If it doesn’t give you a choice, any open HDMI slot should work. However, DVI ports do not send audio like HDMI so you have to connect your PC to the TV with RCA cables as well.

VGA Port: The VGA port allows you to connect through a VGA cable, but it’s not a digital signal so the quality won’t be as good as the DVI or HDMI inputs. It will still work, it just won’t have the same clarity. Like DVI, VGA is only for video so you also have to run your audio out to the TV

HDMI Port: If your PC h...

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what’s Your Primary Usage

The big deciding factor as to whether a HDTV is okay to use on a PC is what you typically use a PC for. A ton of variables factor into your daily use, but chances are you fall into one of two basic categories: a daily PC user or an entertainment user. Daily might include everything from sending a few emails to working in Photoshop all day, whereas entertainment would mean the bulk of your time is spent watching movies or playing games. The answer to the question of whether an HDTV works well as a computer monitor depends on what you use your computer for.Read More

high-definition television

The term high definition once described a series of television systems originating from August 1936; however, these systems were only high definition when compared to earlier systems that were based on mechanical systems with as few as 30 lines of resolution. The ongoing competition between companies and nations to create true “HDTV” spanned the entire 20th century, as each new system became more HD than the last.

The British high-definition TV service started trials in August 1936 and a regular service on 2 November 1936 using both the (mechanical) Baird 240 line sequential scan (later to be inaccurately rechristened ‘progressive’) and the (electronic) Marconi-EMI 405 line interlaced systems. The Baird system was discontinued in February 1937...

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difference between a HDTV and a monitor

Tuners aside there is still a distinct difference, between a computer display and a HDTV. When the PC just got started (or an Apple) you could use a TV as a monitor, but they quickly learned that interlaced tubes are terrible for reading text, so progressive scan displays became the norm, so along came VGA which has the same resolution as an SDTV; 640×480, but progressive. This obviously wasn’t enough and NEC released the first multiscan display that supported multiple resolutions. (I am drastically simplifying this time line) Next came flat panel displays that were fixed pixels so they used scallers to emulate the multiscan functionality (this is why LCD monitors almost never look great unless they are set to their native resolution)...

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