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OMG SD TV rocks!!!

Discussion in 'Console Games & Hardware' started by Ultra_Extreme, 18 May 2006.

  1. Ultra_Extreme

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    Right, errr, well tough one to explain is this. I've been playing 360 for about errrr 4 months or so. All on an SD tv. A 21" 4:3 aspect Bush jobee with a 3 inch hairline crack in the screen and a severe problem displaying green without it blurring horrendously.

    I've still been more than impressed with graphics on the 360, except for rather bright, blurry grassy scenes that made me wanna throw up.

    Now the way to solve the 'green' issue i thought was with an RGB cable rather than the component HD. So i ordered one off the bay for about £6. So far so fish and chips.

    So i get the cable through and excitedly wap it in. Wow looks good. All the colours are crisp, text is still largely illegble, but ever since i got a 360 i put this down to not having a HDTV, thus ignored it fully.

    So with itchy feet and money in the bank i thought, "Sod it" and picked up a copy of the AD paper, found a 1yr old 32" Widescreen TV for £80 and thought, "yeah lets go for this". Sure i'd have prefered a nice big LCD but heck i could have this NOW! So off i trundle, into the black heart of deepest darkest Neath some 90miles away. And i find that what i thought was some old knackered widescreen. Was in fact an immaculate silver pure flat telly sporting a marvelous picture, 3 scarts (only ever had TV's with one before lol) and great virtual surround sound. Clearly the elderly folks selling it were unaware of its true value (tho to be fair maybe only £130 ish).

    Happily me and the missus plonk it in the car and speed off home. Put the heavy bugger upstairs and plug in the 360 with my spangly new RGB......OMFG!!!!! WHAT THE HELL HAVE I BEEN PLAYING ON!!!! Why anyone needs a HDTV is truly beyond me, it just looks stunning, i can read all the text, all the colours are perfect. The wide aspect 16/9 is astonishing and amazing in movies (yes yes i have in fact been living in the dark ages) and i couldnt be happier!

    Sure i will own a big HD sometime, but at least now i can put that 1k to better use for a while, all the time enjoying crisp brilliant widescreen gaming on my new £80 set.

    So for any of you out there like me who use an old battered SD TV due to the expense of HD kit, go for a nice widescreen, it's soooooooo good, im in love!
  2. McDaniel


    Joined: 15 Aug 2003

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    wierdo :p

    i have mine running on my dell 20.1" via VGA / 28" CRT Widescreen via Scart or if im home and my folks are out a 40" HDTV via component.

    Obviously the HDTV looks best - but it still looks lovely on all of them.

    and congrats on getting a bargain :)
  3. FeFiDoh


    Joined: 17 Aug 2005

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    i play on a 20" SD tv with the RGB cable and its pretty damn good tbh the picture quality is great and txt is all easily readable.

    Use the mrs widescreen tele as well and thats great for gaming!
  4. bingham67


    Joined: 29 May 2005

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    Nice Bargain

    I play on 20" SD TV aswell picture great :)

    Will be going to LCD but not yet because there be better next year.
  5. gord


    Joined: 18 Oct 2003

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    But you didnt even test its HD goodness... youve gone from SD to SD... not to rock your boat because £80 sounds like a bargain on that tele but you are still yet to experience 720p.. :D
  6. monkeyspank


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    You know how you felt going from your old TV to this one, well going to HD will be an even bigger step. Just imagine that dude.

    Bargain tho, you sound well chuffed, enjoy it mate! :)
  7. McManicMan


    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

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    i rather play on my 17" tft with VGA than my 32" Philips widescreen with scart, but then i wouldn't be able to playu it as often due to the MRS, lol
  8. richolmes72

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    I don't have a 360, but i picked up a (non windescreen) 29" CRT TV for a bargain £27, Its a top end panasonic from 1999/2000. With RGB Scart, S-video, Nicam etc...

    Picture is stunning, know quite a few peeps with LCD's, even fancy HDTV ones, that when running SD content don't look as good as on mine.

    Plan to pick me up a high end 36 inch one when i have the room....
  9. sharingan_sasuk

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    I so agree. I bought a Joytech VGA cable to use on my 17" TFT and although it looks sharp and fresh (especially the lovely Dashboard), the colours weren't right and because it looked sharper, the crazy edges and stuff (because my TFT isn't widescreen) looked more noticable. Then I tried it on my 28" non-HDTV non-flat widescreen SDTV and man, colours look all wonderful and edges look better. I should really be using my 28" until I REALLY need a HDTV but because I bought a VGA cable, it would be a waste to not use it so I guess it's TFT for the time being....
  10. Jabbs


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    The 360 should be played on either hdtv or monitor/tft to truely enjoy its visuals.
  11. Ultra_Extreme

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    Yeah i mean, i have a 19" tft and im sure it would look stunning on it, but tbh in the same way that Gameplay > Graphics, 32" Widescreen SD > 19" 4:3 HD. But then of course 32" HDTV > * (except a real dinosaur). However to keep the > key in use.... £920 in the bank + 32" gaming goodness > £0 and 32" HD goodness tbh
  12. cheets64


    Joined: 30 Sep 2005

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    I cant justify spending £600+ on a HD TV by xmas 2006 they will be alot cheaper and have better models out.

    My 28" Samsung SD Widescreen TV is superb and I only paid £300 for it brand new 2 years ago.

    Its like saying driving a ferrari is the best way to enjoy speed but not everybody can afford them.
  13. The Running Man


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    26" HDTV here,, £480l, not exactly ferrari cost is it?
  14. da_mic_1530


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    the one thing that killed me on SDTV was i couldnt see text easily
    although my parents SDTV did improve it alot, that was a 28inch Sony widescreen jobby, very high picture quality

    it was all smoked by my HDTV thou :p
  15. Ultra_Extreme

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    Text on RGB widescreen is clear as a bell m8, i mean utterly pinsharp unless very small, i geuss thats where HD helps. But i mean standard dashboard etc is superlative tbh
  16. Eliot


    Joined: 29 Mar 2005

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    i got a 23inch hd tv the other dya, samsung, 420 quid. IT ABSOLUTELY RINSES SD
  17. NokkonWud


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    Because it's far better in HDTV!
  18. dirtydog


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    Still about double what you can get 28" widescreen CRTs for, which are inherently superior for displaying SDTV content and fast moving images - especially as £480 will be for a budget HDTV.
  19. Tesla


    Joined: 19 Jan 2003

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    I imagine the difference between your old telly and this new widescreen is similar to the difference between your widescreen and a decent hd lcd.
  20. Ultra_Extreme

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    Im not denying that, but in all seriousness, not THAT many people can afford a GOOD BIG HD LCD. I could just, and i know a few peeps on here can pretty easily (or at least bung it on a CC). But for the difference in price i just CANNOT see the justification. As someone here has said, it's a bit like saying a ferrari is awesome compared to a golf GTI. Of course it is, but for that increase in performance you pay almost 10x the price which on the whole isn't so worthwhile.