[mythtv-users] VGA -> LCD or DVI->Convertor->HDMI?

Bill Bill at explosivo.com
Fri Jan 12 04:03:45 UTC 2007

Thanks to those that responded... the exact tv is a Samsung LN-S5296D -
which goes up to 1920x1280 (I think).  So its a 1080i display.

It's back ordered apparently, so I wont be seeing it for a few weeks :(

That gives me time to build up my mythbox and maybe throw together a
front end :)

On Thu, 11 Jan 2007 15:30:13 +1100
"Bill Williamson" <bill at bbqninja.com> spake:

> On 1/11/07, Bill <Bill at explosivo.com> wrote:
> > * My LCD will have a VGA connection and HDMI connectors.   I can
> > connect to the TV three ways - which is best.
> > 2) Record on the capture cards, but play back over a video card to
> > the VGA connection
> >
> > 3) Record on the capture cards, but play back over a video card to
> > the HDMI from a DVI card through a convertor.
> One of these two.
> Which exact TV did you buy?
> I will tell you that most people's gut feeling would be "use DVI, it's
> digital!"  They would be wrong though...
> MOST LCD tvs are strangely configured (until you think about it, and
> then it makes sense).
> On VGA input, they act like a monitor.  They do NO real scaling (some
> will scale up if you select the wrong resolution, but it usually looks
> quite a bit crappy, just like with LCD monitors).
> On DVI input, however, they ONLY expect standard video formats
> (720p/1080i/576p/480p), and then it scales those to the native
> resolution.  The result?
> -VGA input to the TV at 1360x768 (or whatever your TV is, I'm assuming
> it's a standard 720p LCD) is pixel perfect (with 3 pixels shaved on
> either side)
> -HDMI input at 1360x768 doesn't display at all
> -HDMI input at 1280x720 (eg "720p") displays, but with the edges cut
> off due to overscan compensation
> In short, I'd go VGA with a high quality VGA cable.
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