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im looking to get an LCD Monitor.. id prefer it to be 16:9 widescreen since i watch dvds on it and the coming of WM9 HD and gaming.. I looked around but it seems there are still just tons of 4:3 ones.. If anyone knows some good ones i can check out it would be greatly appreciated..


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I saw the Dell 30" at CES.


Looked nice, although I wasn't able to actually test it - couldn't even touch it.... I believe most of the dells are DVI at WXGA resolutions (1280 x 768) may not be high enough for some games.
 

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I have a Dell w1700 that I bought for use as a tv/monitor and I'm very happy with it. Once you figure out how to get your pc to display native resolution (1280x768 in my case) the pc display is quite good.


Additionally, it has component video inputs that support HDTV resolutions, as well as composite and svideo inputs.


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the dell looks pretty impressive.. for the price too and the financing options.. just doesnt seem like there is alot of options on lcd widescreens..


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There's not a ton of em out there...you might check out the plasma/lcd forum here at avs...the focus there will be primarily as a video display unit, but many of them also have vga inputs.


If you search that forum for my username, you'll find a review of the dell unit, and some question/answer type stuff as well.


Cheers,


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I too am thinking the Dell 23" LCD hanging for the hallway. For those that bought either the 23" or 17", are you happy with the built-in speakers? I'd like to use them for background music if the quality is okay?


The price on the LCD in Canada is not too bad for around $2000.


Thanks for your help,


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Sony also makes a large widescreen LCD monitor (SDM-P232W/B). It is 1920x1200 and 23" diagonal and $2400. Saw it at Fry's so kind of hard to judge the quality. Sony also makes a 17" widescreen (SDM-V72W/B, 1280x768, $1000) but may not be big enough. Apple has a smaller version about 20" which is 1680x1050 and $1300, but I think to run it from a PC you must have DVI output.
 

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Well, here are the ones I have - the list is several months old (low prices should have fallen somewhat, I do have a few new models in):


Viewsonic N1700W 17" 1280x768-720p WXGA 16:9 HD LCD Monitor - HDTV-DVI $825.00

Samsung LTN1785W 17" 600:1, 1280x768 25ms response - HDTV $899.95

Samsung SyncMaster 172W 17" TFT 1280x768 WXGA LCD Monitor - DVI $569.00

Samsung LTM1775W 17" 1280x768-720p WXGA 16:9 HD LCD Monitor - HDTV (no DVI) $939.99

Samsung LTM225W 22" 1280x720 WXGA 16:9 HD LCD Monitor - HDTV-DVI $1,455.55

Mitsubishi LT-2220 22" LCD HDTV $2,795.00

Sony KLV-23HR1 23-IN WEGA LCD TV $1,784.97

Sony SDM-V72W 1280x768 WXGA 16:9 HD LCD Monitor - HDTV-DVI $719.00

Sony SDM-P232W 23" 1920x1200 WUXGA 16:9 HD LCD Monitor - HDTV-DVI $2,099.00

Zenith L17W36 HDTV 17" 1280x768 WXGA 16:9 HD LCD Monitor - HDTV - (no DVI) $1,299.00

Sceptre X7SV-Naga 17" TFT 1280x768 WXGA LCD Monitor - DVI $599.00

Zenith 23 inch L23W36 HDTV $1,187.99


It seems you get a better deal (& resolution) for the money with these LCD monitors - you can still watch HDTV on them (& do CAD & gaming on them too ;)):


Samsung 173T 17" TFT LCD 1280x1024 SXGA 25ms response $499.00

Samsung SynchMaster 172X-Silver 17" TFT LCD 1280x1024 SXGA 12ms response $588.99

Samsung SyncMaster 172T 17" TFT LCD 1280x1024 SXGA $543.00

Samsung SyncMaster 181T 18" TFT LCD 1280x1024 SXGA $799.99

Samsung SyncMaster 191T 19" TFT LCD 1280x1024 SXGA $660.00

NEC/Mitsubishi 1760NX 17" TFT LCD 1280x1024 SXGA $451.00

Samsung SyncMaster 171P 17" TFT LCD 1280x1024 SXGA $690.95

Hitachi CML174SXW 17" SXGA TFT LCD 1280x1024 $478.95

Hitachi CML190B 19" SXGA TFT LCD 1280x1024 $725.95

Hitachi CML200B 20" SXGA TFT LCD 1280x1024 $1,484.95

Sceptre X9S-NAGA 19" SXGA TFT LCD 1280x1024 $615.00


Samsung SyncMaster 210T 21.3" 1600x1200 UXGA TFT LCD (w/S-Video) $1,355.00

Samsung SyncMaster 211MP 21.3" 1600x1200 UXGA TFT LCD - (no DVI) $2,399.00

Samsung SyncMaster 213T 21.3" 1600x1200 UXGA TFT LCD $1,145.00

Sceptre X23S-NAGA 23.1" UXGA TFT LCD 1600x1200 $1,899.00

Viewsonic VX2000 20.1" 1600x1200 UXGA HDTV 1280x720p (advanced scaling) $1,145.00


If you're going to spend $2-3000+, then you may want to look at:


Samsung HLN4365W 43" Wide Screen HDTV Monitor Television - DLP Technology $2,643.88 720p

Samsung HLN437W 43" Wide Screen HDTV Monitor Television - DLP Technology $2,399.00 720p

Samsung HLN5065W 50" Wide Screen HDTV Monitor Television - DLP Technology $2,599.00 720p

Samsung HLN507W 50" Wide Screen HDTV Monitor Television - DLP Technology $3,159.00 720p

Samsung HLN567W 56" Wide Screen HDTV Monitor Television - DLP Technology $3,799.00 720p
 

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What size moniter and price range are you looking for?

I am typing this on my 30" Sharp that I bought from here: www.bestbuyplasma.com . It looks and works great. I previously bought my 42" Panny EDTV plasma from them. They have great deals and appropriate delivery times, and after 2 purchases from them, I can say they are reliable. Good luck.


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The Sony SDM-P232W looks nice from the picture but the price tag in Canada is around $4600. Not sure what Sony Canada is thinking but just about everything they sell in Canada, MSRP is usually double what US going for.


Okay, enough complains :)


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htsource,


I'm happy with the sound from my w1700. I use it in a fairly large rec-room 12x17 and the sound from across the room is pretty good. Definately a bit "tinny" as the speakers are small, but for quiet ambient music it would be fine.


Cheers,


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Does anyone know of a PC video card with an ADC output? My father (MAC guy) just gave me an Apple 23 inch Cinema Display. I'd love to use it on my PC.


Is there such a thing as a PC video card with an ADC output?


OR would it be possible to use one of the new ATI Radeon video cards that have a DVI output, and connect it to a DVI to ADC converter, and then to the Apple monitor?


I have found one product from Geffen, which converts directly from VGA to ADC, but it's a big ugly box, it only works at the native monitor resolution, and it costs $399.


Any othe thoughts?

Thanks,

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I cehcked out the Apply displays today.. those are some nice looking monitors.. Picture is just amazing compared to some LCD's.. Price isnt too bad for the size either..


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The Sony 23" has two DVI inputs which is convenient.


The Sony 17" has no DVI input but has Component input which is really convenient. Interestingly enough, this unit without DVI looks almsot pixel perfect at native resolution (1280x768). I believe it is being discontinued.


The Samsung 17" is the lowest price unit I have with DVI and VGA and is a decent little monitor.
 

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I saw a pretty nice looking new Toshiba 32" HDTV. I saw it for 3995, but I am not sure how inexpensive you can get it. It was quite attractive with glass sides similar to the Sony XBR plasma displays. It has a DVI input, but I am not sure how well it will function as a PC monitor. 1280X768 resolution.
 

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Kei,


What model Samsung are you refering to?


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The Sony 17" has no DVI input but has Component input which is really convenient. Interestingly enough, this unit without DVI looks almsot pixel perfect at native resolution (1280x768). I believe it is being discontinued.
Correct. This monitor came out in September 2002. I tried ordering one in October 2003 and had a hard time getting one - I like it.

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The Sony SDM-P232W looks nice from the picture but the price tag in Canada is around $4600. Not sure what Sony Canada is thinking but just about everything they sell in Canada, MSRP is usually double what US going for.
Tell me about it. You have to be careful and look at all of the specs - the SMD-P232W has a pixel response time of 40ms!


As for the Apple Cinema series - I have read many times that if you want to connect one of these monitors to your PC - the controls are not built-in to the monitor but are part of the Apple OS.


To RayL Jr. - good list but... - am I the only one that classifies LCD monitors into 2 groups - if it has a tv-tuner built into it, then it is a tv, if not then it is a monitor for PC? I got into a small argument with a salesperson at Future Shop about this, they had a letterbox tv LCD in their computer monitor section. It shouldn't have been there, it should have been in the tv section.
 
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