[mythtv-users] Choosing a HDTV for myth usage

John Welch jrw3319 at gmail.com
Wed Aug 16 21:33:09 UTC 2006

> I'm down to 3 TVs:
>  LG 32" LC2D, LG 37" LC2D, and Samsung 32" LNS3251D.
> Now to my eyes, the picture between the Samsung and LGs looks strikingly
> similar, but I've come a cross something that may be a deal breaker.
> Both TVs have a native res of 1366x768 and have HDMI & VGA inputs.  I own a
> HDMI->DVI cable and planned to use that.
> The Samsung TV indicates in its manual that it supports 1366x768 as an input
> resolution and even provides necessary information to create a modeline on
> page 39.  However, if I go back to page 14 of the manual, it indicates that
> PC input is only supported on the VGA input.  Now i'm not sure if this is
> just them covering their butt if something doesn't work, or if it flat out
> won't take 1366x768 on the HDMI.
Not sure if this will help you decide or not.  I have a Samsung 26"
HDTV that I use with mythtv.  The model number is LNR268W, so I think
the one you are looking at is from a slightly different model line.

I could not get the TV working at all using a DVI to HDMI cable from
an FX-5200 card on my Mythbox.  When I saw the same disclaimer in the
manual that you pointed out I really didn't put much effort into
getting it to work, and switched to VGA.  I was a little disappointed
because I, like a previous poster in this thread, thought that all
digital was the way to go.  However, after getting it up and running
at 1360x768 I can say that I'm pretty pleased with the picture.

Just this past weekend I hooked up a Mac Mini to the TV using the
DVI-HDMI cable and it worked "out of the box", although only at
1280x720.  I haven't had the chance to play around with any settings
on the Mac to see if I could get a higher resolution.  My initial
impression of the VGA picture versus the "out of the box" DVI-HDMI
picture is that the VGA picture is as good if not better.  Of course
some fine-tuning on the Mac might help.

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