What I'm referring to, and consider this prior to responding, isn't visible by everyone. If you're the kind of person that's immediately annoyed when you sit down at an LCD monitor on a PC that's set for a resolution other than the manufacturer's native resolution, you know what I'm referring to. Scenarios where a person increases the resolution to "make the fonts bigger" rather than keep the proper resolution and adjust the DPI.
I'd like to know if there's a word for this, or a proper description to define this specific difference and I'll do my best to describe:
In my living room, I have an LG 47LG70 LCD display, at 1080p and it's plugged into my A/V receiver which then has my HTPC plugged into it (amongst other things) via HDMI.
The text on my 47" living room TV is perfectly crisp and clear at 1920 x 1080. Small fonts, 9 point, at 96 pixels per inch look absolutely fine, just as nice as they do on a good quality LCD display advertised as a PC monitor.
However, I'm finding myself working with friends that buy expensive TV's, that look like absolute crap when interfaced with a PC via HDMI. They look nothing like my LCD TV on my HDMI PC. It's difficult to explain, but the text is not crisp and clear, not exactly fuzzy but it's not 'perfect' when it's a smaller point font. Really small fonts that look fine on my TV (up close) are almost illegible on their TV's. Furthermore, some colours over other colours, like system tray icons, produce an effect that looks like colour bleeding, or isolated ghosting.
So, when I have a person who tells me he wants to connect a big TV to his PC, what can I tell him to look for to ensure that the picture will be crisp and clear enough with a PC. "Expensive Sony TV" is not cutting it, there's something outside of price...
Anyone with learned advice that can provide me with accurate information? Much appreciated!
Note, I posted this in another forum as I completely forgot that this forum would be far more suitable; the responses I received there were good attempts but it's still a question of what it is. Note, in all instances of comparing, directly using HDMI (no adapters) and these are new LCD's advertised as 1080P and it doesn't look like an over scan issue, it looks like more of a quality problem.