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I am a novice Home Theater use. I recently purchased a BenQ 42" Plasma monitor (model 7859). I have a nice 5.1 surround sound system set-up.

We placed the BenQ on the wall and it looks great. The resolution is not very good though... I cannot plau the DVD in "progessive scan" mode...


BenQ technical support told me that I need to connect the TV using a "Component video - RGB" cable. They are sending me the cable right now.


Does anyone else has their plasma monitor connected using such cable?


I don't understand their suggestion, because the TV does have the component video outlet....


Thanks a lot in advance for your suggestions.
 

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A few questions-

How do you know it is not playing in progressive scan mode? Sorry if this sounds weird Im not trying to be, I just do not understand.

BenQ is really sending you a cable?

How cool!


I had to hook up my HD cable box via RGB to the plasma then hook up my dvd player via Svideo. I am not the cable guru but this is how my 46" BenQ is set up right now.
 

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Can only get progressive mode out of a dvd player with component hookup from the dvd player to the set.
 

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Yup my friend told me that the easy way to get around this is to get a receiver that does component switching capability. Thanks rmcgirr83 for pointing the svideo thing out. :D
 

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Uhhhhh, how can I put this nicely....your "friend" is full of it. Audio Authority makes an auto component video/optical audio switch (will switch four devices I think) for ~$200 (model 1154, I think) shipped. It senses which input on the back has a signal and nows to switch to that one, if all the inputs have a signal then it uses a hierarchy to determine which one to show/listen to. Alot less than a component switching a/v receiver.


How's the "benny", you like, no? I have been tossing around possible getting a video scaler to try and improve the SD (sat and cable) pictures. Sitting on the fence as I think the better half will flip if I spend any more money on my "hobby".:cool:
 

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Thanks thats good info, my friend meant no harm because I need a reciever too. :D
 

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I'm sure he/she didn't, but you could pick up a very decent a/v receiver for ~$600 and this for ~$200 and save yourself ~$1,000 as the component a/v receivers are the latest and greatest and we all know how much latest and greatest costs.
 

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Thanks a lot to everyone for the replies!


BenQ told me that they did not have any similar complaints about this 42" Plasma monitor. They guaranteed that this Component video to RGB cable will do the job or they'll send me a new monitor... I just don't understand why does the monitor have a component video output if it does not work properly. But again, they said that the RGB output will work. We'll see...


The resolution on the regular TV (and HDTV) channels is pretty bad now. The resolution on DVD is OK, but not great. I have a progressive scan button on my DVD, but it cannot be switched on. The BenQ guy told us that the new cable will solve the problem. I guess, I'll have to play the TV in a "PC Monitor mode"... I am not sure if it's good or bad ;)


Overall, I found BenQ support to be very good and once I solve my problem, I'll be a very happy camper..


LisaJ, how do you like your 46" BenQ Plasma? It has exactly the same specs as my 42", but the screen is larger. Do you like the resolutions? Do you have any HD channels? Do you play progressive scan DVD? How do you deal with regular 4:3 programming (not wide screen)? I apologize for so many more questions. LOL


Thanks again for your replies!
 

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LisaJ, how do you like your 46" BenQ Plasma? It has exactly the same specs as my 42", but the screen is larger. Do you like the resolutions? Do you have any HD channels? Do you play progressive scan DVD? How do you deal with regular 4:3 programming (not wide screen)? I apologize for so many more questions. LOL
I have HBOHD and ShowtimeHD and I love it. I love it so much that at 6pm everyday I am done!!! I run to the plasma in anticipation of what will be on in HD. This unit handles it very well..Progressive scan is a problem for me right now..and I have been confused about hook ups. I have RGB hooked up to my new cable box, yesterday I had RGB hooked up to my new Panasonic DVD player, but I can only do one RGB at a time. So I am going to have to get a receiver or the box mentioned above, I am still a little confused but all of this is holding up my wall mounting so Im am scrambling for time to resolve these issues. I deal with 4:3 by pressing the + zoom button to eliminate black bars, the black bars are hard for me to get used to so thats what I do. The cable guy told me that it will only broadcast in how it comes in. The resolution seems fine to me, and someone told me if you get a scaler you can bump it up some. Right now I am overwhelmed with everything else I need to purchase and everything looks great to me that its really not an issue for me at this time, when I get everything I need I will think about getting a scaler but right now getting it going so I can wall mount is the main issue for me. I love it though..can I ask what made you get your model?


I am happy to hear about your good experience with tech support, what was the guys name if you do not mind me asking..?? I may break down and call them too about my questions ( I want free cables too) HD has become my most important issue, I do not own alot of DVD;s yet either so Im just getting started. When you get your cable can you report the improvements you see? and how it is working for you? :D
 

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Thanks. Lisa!


My decision to get a 42" BenQ was influenced by a deal that I just could not pass up. I was looking at Panasonics and others, but I just could not afford them. The deal on BenQ was great. And the only reason I decided to get a 42" instead of 46" is because of the price, even though 46" Plasma gives you much more viewing area.


They guy's name who I've dealt with from BenQ support is Andy. He is their "plasma specialist"...


Now, about my 4:3 question. I think, I have an option to have black bars on the sides or to stretch the picture. My wife prefers to have the bars on the sides. I like to stretch the picture. I cannot even notice it. I believe that BenQ plasma gives me some options on how to stretch it (stretch the entire picture, leave the center untouched and stretch the sides, etc...).

How does everyone else deal with the "stretch"?


Thanks,

Mike.
 

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I'm sure he/she didn't, but you could pick up a very decent a/v receiver for ~$600 and this for ~$200 and save yourself ~$1,000 as the component a/v receivers are the latest and greatest and we all know how much latest and greatest costs.
Need a receiver/av switcher combo and I'm not very savvy on the audio end of things. Suggestions on models to consider?:confused:
 

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Pioneer and Sony make some very good receivers, also look at denon and onkyo. All depends on what you hope to accomplish with the receiver. More $$$ dictates more things available, like component switching and DTS decoding, for example.
 
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