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seekdestroy16 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
It seems that LCD monitors don't come as big as LCD TV's, and I want to use my Mac Pro to watch movies and gaming. A Samsung 35T (30") costs around 1200$ where a 46" lcd HDTV costs about the same price. There is a card you can buy for the Mac Pro which allows you to connect a TV to it through HDMI for the best quality possible: http://www.decklink.com/products/intensity/ (yeah $250 bucks)
What's my best option for an LCD around the $1000-$1500 range that is good for normal day use, gaming and watching movies. Thanks in advance for any suggestions, advice.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.5.4), 2.66ghz 3gb's ram nvidia 8800gt 512mb
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
    That card is mainly for getting video into the computer. For HDMI output from the computer to a TV, you just need a DVI to HDMI cable, such as:
    <http://store.apple.com/us/product/TL952LL/A?fnode=MTY1NDA3Ng&mco=Mjc2Mjg>
  • seekdestroy16 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Well theoretically this cable would do it, but I'm talkin about plugging it into a TV for everyday use... but maybe I should just stick with a giant PC LCD monitor like the Samsung 305T which has even higher resolution than 1080p lcd tv's and has come down in price ever since it came out over a year ago. http://www.samsung.com/us/consumer/detail/spec.do?group=computersperipherals&typ e=monitors&subtype=lcd&model_cd=LS30HUBCB/XAA&fullspec=F
    Though it would be nice to have a bigger screen than 30 inches.. my only fear is loss of quality when using a Mac Pro with an LCD TV.
  • markdz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I haven't hooked my macpro to my 52" Toshiba Regza LCD 1080p, but i did use the DVI-HDMI to connect my mac-mini to it and its beautiful. very clear and colorful. WHY better than the samsung lcd computer screens i have.

    hope that helps.
  • l_elephant Level 2 Level 2 (375 points)
    markdz wrote:
    I haven't hooked my macpro to my 52" Toshiba Regza LCD 1080p, but i did use the DVI-HDMI to connect my mac-mini to it and its beautiful. very clear and colorful.


    Was it only a test or permanent setup?

    Can you use that as a monitor for daily computing or just to watch movies/games?
  • seekdestroy16 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    And I'm waiting to hear the same thing elephant asked... WAS it only a test or permanent setup?, And can you use that as a monitor for daily computing or just to watch movies/games?.
  • markdz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    i set it up permanently, however i dont do 'work' on it. I use it to mostly view movies i've downloaded or copied. However, my wife does cruise the net with it, and its awesome to turn on the visualizer to settle our newborn. It has 3 HDMI ports so I utilized all of them.

    last note, in the TV menu, i had to allow 'native' mode and NOT control the screen size/resolution through the operating system. that frustrated me for a few minutes when it wasn't working right.
  • seekdestroy16 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Does it hurt the eyes to sit upclose to it?. Comparing a Mac Pro hooked up to a 30" LCD Monitor and a Mac Pro hooked up to a 46" 1080p LCD TV, which one would look best for watching Blu-ray movies?. Do you get the full resolution supported (1920x1080p) supported by the Mac Pro as soon as you hook it up?. If you play a game that only supports 1024x1024 resolution like Starcraft, would it look all stretched out?. What about DVD-Upscaling, does it do a good job at that?.
  • markdz Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Doesn't hurt the eyes like i thought it would. The viewing distance for most larger LCDs is usually further back than smaller ones. When i set my lcd to display native sizes, it changes sizes from 480i to 1080i and the picture changes sizes accordingly. If its game play, you should be ok.
  • seekdestroy16 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    So you can't get 1080p support out of the Mac Pro with the 1080p LCD HDTV?.
  • Lisa Garland Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    This conversation is very interesting and sounds like what I'm after. I have a 30" Cinema Apple display connected to my Mac Pro and I want to buy an LCD 40-50" display to hang on a wall so we can work on the computer as well as watch cable television (via cable TV to EyeTV).

    I love my current 30" display because I can put so many things on the screen at one time. Can I do the same with a 40-50" LCD screen and if so, where to look to find that size of a display and what maker would be best to buy?

    Lisa
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
    I love my current 30" display because I can put so many things on the screen at one time. Can I do the same with a 40-50" LCD screen

    Even the biggest TV LCDs are only 1920 x1080. The pixels just get bigger. Many TVs don't interface nicely with computers, so you often can't get them to work properly at 1920 x 1080. There is no wat of telling from the specs if there will be problems, such as oversca. You just have to try them
  • Lisa Garland Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Thank you Malcom. Since I can't afford to go out and buy several TVs to try them out is there a list somewhere that can confirm what large screen LCDs (40-50-60") do work with the Mac Pro?

    Dear Reader, if you're using a large screen LCD as noted above won't you please tell us the make/model and any other relevant information?

    I'm dying to go BIG!
  • Malcolm Rayfield Level 7 Level 7 (28,070 points)
    Since I can't afford to go out and buy several TVs to try them out is there a list somewhere that can confirm what large screen LCDs (40-50-60") do work with the Mac Pro?

    Take your MacBook, a Mini-DVI to DVI adapter
    <http://store.apple.com/us/product/M9321G/B?fnode=MTY1NDA5OQ&mco=MTI1Njk>
    a DVI to HDMI cable
    <http://store.apple.com/us/product/TR842LL/A?fnode=MTY1NDA3Ng&mco=MTUwODQxMw>
    and a DVI-D (M) to DVD-D (M) cable to the TV store and try various sets. If they won't let you try them, go to another store.
    Find a DVI or HDMI port on the TV that supports 1080p and connect it to the MacBook.
    In the "Arrangement" tab of "Displays" system preference, turn off Mirroring. Set the resolution of the external display to 1920 x 1080 non-interlaced. Make sure there is no overscan (the pointer should not go off the edges of the screen). In the "Arrangement" tab of "Displays" system preference, drag the picture of the menu bar (aim carefully, so you get just the menu bar, not the whole display) to the picture of the external display. Make sure the entire menu bar and dock show on the TV.
    If a TV works well on the MacBook's DVI port, it will work with a Mac Pro.
  • apple id number 11 Level 1 Level 1 (20 points)
    Do you know if Keyspan RF Remote for front Row ER-RF1 would work on a Mac Pro G-5 PPC????

    Then I could use Front Row from my couch.
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