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Plasma for computer signals?

by Platinum / November 10, 2005 7:25 AM PST

I am trying to set up a small home theater in my bedroom where there is limited space. I was wondering if I can buy a plasma tv that can be use as my computer monitor as well and in my home theater. If so, is the output quality as good or better than if I had use a separate computer monitor(either crt or lcd).
Also is there a speaker set that I can hook up to my home theater and separate computer to output sound?

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Plasma display as a monitor
by steve.trelease / November 10, 2005 9:17 AM PST

The output quality has a lot to do with the size and type of plasma display used. An EDTV, regardless of size, will typically give you 852x480, probably worse than what you're used to for a CRT/LCD. The smallest plasmas start at around 1024x720, while larger ones get up to 1366x768 or thereabouts.

Assuming you have a video card with a matching resolution, the trick is making the connection to take advantage of it. Neither component nor S-Video are adequate, so you'll need (at least) a PC monitor or composite input; you'd probably need an adapter for the latter.

I'm not an expert on the subject, but I find it unlikely that dual-source speakers exist. For starters, you'd be dealing with a lot of wire. It might be easier to connect your PC audio out to the HT receiver.

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Re: Plasma display as a monitor
by Pc Novice / November 10, 2005 11:23 AM PST

Thanks for the reply
What connection should be used to connect the pc audio out to the receiver. All replies are greatly appreciated

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PC audio out
by steve.trelease / November 10, 2005 2:07 PM PST

If you simply have analog out (the mini jack marked "speaker" on the sound card or motherboard), use a mini-to-stereo-RCA cable to connect to L/R inputs. If the card or motherboard supports digital out (SPDIF), connect via coax (single RCA) or optical cable to a digital input. If it is on the motherboard, you may need to purchase an optional SPDIF riser and enable digital audio through the BIOS or sound driver.

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