A couple weeks ago I bought a Sampo 16:9 34" viewable monitor to replace my 12 year old Sony 19". What an upgrade.
Anyway, I had to buy the monitor sight unseen because I could not find a showroom anywhere to demo it. My research turned up some good reviews, including the fact that the tube is high-end Toshiba.
I took a risk, but for $1,800 at buy.com, I could not pass it up. I wanted (and got) a 16:9 direct-view that could display any HDTV resolution natively. I also purchased a $350 Hauppauge PC WinTV-HD card for HDTV.
The monitor has S-Video, interlace and progressive component inputs, as well as RGB. I use the RGB input for WinDVD, HDTV, and my PC desktop.
So far I am pleased. HDTV and DVDs look fantastic. The video processing for NTSC on the WinTV card leaves much to be desired, however. I am considering purchasing an external line doubler. The Sampo has none built-in.
I know I need to adjust and fine-tune the monitor after I finish breaking it in, and I look forward to doing that. If you are an expert in the Atlanta area and wish to see this monitor, or even better - help me adjust it - consider this your invitation.
Any other comments, suggestions, or questions to this newbie videophile are welcome and appreciated.