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I have no idea where to ask even here. but here it goes: I want to buy a good tv or screen just for dreamcast(game system). so it needs vga connection and it shouldn't be too large so it doesn;t outstretch it. any ideas? I have a 24(I think it's even bigger) inch benq lcd monitor for my computer but with vga it looks ugly on my dreamcast somehow. so there are differences. I tested it once with a samsung 32 inch hdtv and it looked great. 42 inch too large. anyone ideas? I've been told about nec xm29. but I can't find it here in netherlands and on ebay I saw 700$ which is a bit much for me. thank you for your help

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bump. please help :(

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if no one can or wants to help could anyon direct me to proper topic or place to ask this?

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why does no one want to help?

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why does no one want to help?

I don't think it's that no one wants to help you. The problem might be that no one here in the USA has any suggestions for you. Try these two sites...you are sure to have better luck with the people on their forums.

http://www.whathifi.com/

http://www.digitalversus.com/

Also, I would suggest checking the European websites for LG and for Samsung, specifically for their 32-inch HDTVs. Most of them will have VGA inputs in that size range, so you're bound to get a few ideas on which models might work for you.

Good luck, and have a Happy New Year. smile.gif
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thank you for your help but tv's in europe and us what is the difference? vga is vga right? and 480p is 480p.

 

also do you suggest using plasma? I heard overall good stories also for use with rgb scarts

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thank you for your help but tv's in europe and us what is the difference? vga is vga right? and 480p is 480p.

also do you suggest using plasma? I heard overall good stories also for use with rgb scarts

Well I'm sorry no one responded to your questions...I always try to help people out on here whenever possible, even though I don't always have all the right answers. smile.gif

Check out this model from LG...it has most of the same features my 47" LG TV has, so the image quality may be quite similar:

http://www.lg.com/nl/televisies/lg-32LN5404-led-tv

I would not recommend using a plasma TV with a computer or a game console...I tried it with a 3D Samsung TV last year, and I had a few problems with image retention which were very difficult to correct. The only way you are going to find out which TV looks best with the 480i signal from your Dreamcast is to take the console to a store and ask them to let you test a few of the their TVs. The biggest problem with the video signal from the Dreamcast is that it is analog, so in order to make it look really nice you have to find a TV that can do a very good job of upconverting analog signals. In my personal experience, LG TVs are among the best, but I must warn you that my experience is limited to TVs in the 42" size and larger.
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ok thank you! :) I will try this out. dreamcast puts out in 480p though through vga not 480i I think

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I apologize for the typo...the Dreamcast does output a 480p signal (640x480@60Hz, to be exact) through VGA. My LG has a VGA input, so ideally that is what you would want to use when connecting the console. However, if you cannot find a TV you like with a VGA input, you could still connect the console to a TV's HDMI input by using a converter. Most of these units are not very expensive, but unfortunately most of them don't do a very good job. I have never used one myself, but I found this one on Amazon that has a 4-star ratingz:

http://www.amazon.com/Etekcity-Video-1080P-Converter-Adapter/dp/B008COJXHC/ref=pd_cp_e_1/182-3987016-6095640

Since this is a powered unit, you may want to contact the manufacturer (Etekcity) to see if a European version of the Model 9D-SPX4-7ZM2 is available. Or you could probably use an inexpensive outlet converter? The coolest thing about using one of these units is that it will give you much more flexibility in selecting a new TV because you will be able to use the HDMI input instead of only VGA. I would suspect that you will probably get the best results by setting this device to output 720p, but that depends on the native resolution of the TV you select (720p or 1080p). You always want to feed your display a signal that is close to its native resolution so that the signal doesn't have to be manipulated excessively, resulting in an image that is soft and full of artifacts.
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