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32 Inch LCD for use as monitor

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Hi everyone, I'm looking for a 32 inch LCD that will be used primarily as a monitor for a gaming computer. It will also be used to watch movies (blu-rays). I've been looking at a lot of TVs, and I saw that Best Buy is going to have the LG 32lh30 on sale on black friday for $430. Does anyone know if that TV will work well as a monitor? I'm planing to connect it via HDMI. If not that, does anyone know of another TV around the same price that would work better?

Thanks in advance.
~DanRosen
post #2 of 13
LH30's have been known to be good computer monitors, i use a sony 32xbr6 (last years model)

major factors you need to have in a TV to use as a monitor are

1080p native res is a MUST
ability to turn off overscanning is a MUST
ability to turn off all video processing on an HDMI input is a MUST

afaik all mid to high end sonys, samsungs, panasonic LCD's and LG's are capable of all of the above, that LG model will prolly be one of the cheapest
post #3 of 13
17 pages of threads regarding 32 inch tv's

http://www.avsforum.com/avs-vb/showt...9&highlight=32
post #4 of 13
You've posted that same search link in multiple threads, and it does not work.
post #5 of 13
Right, just suggest they type 32" in the forum search box. Or better yet, answer the question or ignore the thread.
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Originally Posted by koan View Post

Right, just suggest they type 32" in the forum search box. Or better yet, answer the question or ignore the thread.

link should work now
post #7 of 13
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Originally Posted by dm145 View Post

link should work now

Link doesn't work for me.

I am also in the position of looking for a low end 32" for the bdrm. in our 2nd home. Question I have is: Do all these sets have a setting (like our 50" Panny plasmas) that automatically "stretch" a 4:3 picture to fill the screen?
TIA

...mike
post #8 of 13
yes most all TV's have strech modes as well as zoom modes
post #9 of 13
Hey Guys! I'm also looking for a 32" HDTV to be my gaming monitor. Actually, I already found a couple that seems to satisfy my needs: Sony KDL-32XBR9 and Samsung LN-32B650. I'm leaning more on the XBR9 but have read in some posts here that last year's XBR6 model has lesser lag (on pc gaming) since it only has 60Hz refresh rate. I know that it should be the other way around, but in some mysterious way the 120Hz refresh rate of the XBR9 worsens lag when in pc mode. Sony doesn't even show on their site the response time of their XBR9 Series and the panel type used. So I'm still searching for more 32" HDTVs that can be good gaming monitors.
post #10 of 13
no 120hz almost always introduces more input lag because it makes more work for the TV to do to the signal in order to display an image on the screen, esp. when the motion enhancer is turned on
post #11 of 13
Thanks frito for your explanation about input lag! Just curious though, would a 240Hz HDTV, like the KDL-40XBR9, be much worse in input lag than the 120Hz? Also, would you or anyone there recommend the 32XBR6 over the 32XBR9 for computer gaming? What other 32" HDTVs out there are perfect for my purpose? Thanks again for your reply!
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Thanks frito for your explanation about input lag! Just curious though, would a 240Hz HDTV, like the KDL-40XBR9, be much worse in input lag than the 120Hz? Also, would you or anyone there recommend the 32XBR6 over the 32XBR9 for computer gaming? What other 32" HDTVs out there are perfect for my purpose? Thanks again for your reply!

the 32xbr9 is not 240hz it is 120hz, its basically the same as the larger V5100 model TV's, people have been saying that the 09' model sony's in general have been more laggy than the 08' models but i've never seen any real tests done on the 09' models yet
post #13 of 13
frito, for the 240Hz I meant the 40XBR9. Anyway, I went to Fry's just this afternoon and saw the Samsung LN32B650, Sony 32XBR9, and LG 32LH40. Unfortunately, the LG couldn't be turned on--it was unplugged for some reason and the socket was unreachable--so I could only compare the Samsung and the Sony. (It was kind of difficult for me to do a comparison since they were behind each other.) From what I could see on both screens, I believe the Samsung LN32B650 had the better picture; it seems as well that the Samsung had lesser motion blur. The picture on the Sony seemed pixelized, and both LCDs were displaying the same channel. Also, the Samsung has more features--for example, I could adjust the dejuddder and the motion blur separately.

Do you guys think the LN32B650 would be a good computer monitor? I will try to go to another Fry's farther away from our house to see if their LG is working there.
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