TV to use an Xbox with

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Re: TV to use an Xbox with

Postby Nethlyn » Fri Dec 30, 2011 7:43 pm

Eny wrote:I might go for a Blu-ray player soon too, it's a toss up between getting a rom drive for the PC or a standalone player, again, if you're happy with your solution- share! :D

So, if you have any ideas as to sound solutions and Blu-ray internal or external, let me know.


I would say forget the PC Blu-Ray drives until both types of drive and the media, crash like DVD, as an AV player for flicks will use a fraction of the PC's juice and be near-silent on top of that.

It all depends what you want, nearly all the decent ones will let you stream BBC iPlayer, also look for DNLA if you think you're going to do anything wirelessly in future across your entire computer/AV setup, but if you're staying wired then that doesn't matter.

I chose Samsung and am happy with it, as it fell below £100 in the summer and I really don't stream enough on Demand-5, (Sony's other UK TV streaming app) to miss it, and I now have 4oD on my 360 so that's covered.

Most net-enabled players will do BBC iPlayer though, since the Beeb wants to be everywhere. I've seen a Sony S570 in action and that was great, so consider either the 580, this year's version, or if you prefer the budget end of things the BDP-S185 looks like a mini-PS3 with the gaming bits taken out;

http://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B005 ... d_i=468294

Good price but pointless to make it the same shape as the console (and a Bose controller box) instead of keeping the casing oblong - so you have to have it at the top of any stack.

If price is all that matters and no-frills is OK, Asda had a stack of LG BD players for £40, but whether that offer's still on now, I couldn't tell you. Sainsbury's pre-Xmas price drop were Sharps for £70 or so which in turn dropped to £50.

Double-check with Humax whether the box you've got doesn't do iPlayer already by the way, as they have at least one PVR that does, I'm sure of it.
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Re: TV to use an Xbox with

Postby Eny » Sat Dec 31, 2011 11:39 am

Yeah, it has an ether-net socket, so can do iPlayer, or I could just use the computer for that via the dvi-hdmi link on the TV. I might go for the budget 380, but I am going to wait a little for now.
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Re: TV to use an Xbox with

Postby Nethlyn » Sat Dec 31, 2011 1:07 pm

Cool, if you can wait, say, up to four months, the Sony range will refresh itself and you can see if there's going to be a 390 that does anything different to the 380. Otherwise you can generally compare with the best of the rest, if the average life of a player on the market seems to reach 18 months at retail.
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Re: TV to use an Xbox with

Postby Nethlyn » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:00 pm

OK It's looking a lot like my turn soon!

The one thing I still don't know about console gaming with a flat telly is, if you're only going to use the composite video in for the console and NOT HDMI, does that mean that you don't get any of the input lag issues mentioned if the ms rating is fairly high?

If buying from John Lewis should I hedge my bets and keep the old 32in CRT with better speakers but 160W power consumption or just give them the tenner to take it away?

http://www.johnlewis.com/231878322/Product.aspx is the primary choice, I know there's LG's 32570T but only Richer Sounds have that in stock for the same price.
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Re: TV to use an Xbox with

Postby eVoL » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:06 pm

You mean refresh MS or actual input lag between the time the console outputs an image and it appearing on the screen? Input lag is reduced if you turn off all the (usually pointless) post processing the TV does. If its actual refresh rate then thats generally a fixed number since its the panel and not the source. I dont think HDMI/Component has any factor in it.
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Re: TV to use an Xbox with

Postby Nethlyn » Mon Feb 04, 2013 12:16 pm

Actual input lag. Both panels are AFAIK the basic 50Hz with whatever 100Hz smoothing tech that you can add as an option.

Tbh the council can take the old TV away any time I like, it would just be down to me and my mates to get it down the stairs in one piece. Might as well take that tenner and get another couple of HDMI leads to free up the SCART for the region-free DVD player.

Both the models I was looking at had hiccups at launch, I'll just have to hope that 8-10 months down the line they've been fixed. My brother's flat Panasonic TV is six years old and still trucking like the day it was new, so since price isn't an issue, might as well start with them.

Sound wise I'll get hunting those Creative T-20s as a basic 2-channel boosting job [EDIT] and since they are £60, if I take a raincheck on the TV until they're both in stock at JL for the warranty, then I could just buy these speakers right now and be ready.
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