Upgrading the 30" Apple monitor?

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in Current Mac Hardware edited January 2014
I just read that Samsung came out with a 24" lcd monitor that is also HDTV

ready. Here are the details on it:



The SyncMaster 242MP is an HDTV-ready multi-function display that features

a built-in TV tuner and composite video, S-video and component video

connectivity. MagicSpeed technology enables a 16ms response time while

MagicColor II produces more lifelike colors and MagicTuner allows you to

hook the monitor to a cable or satellite TV connection as well as tune in FM

radio stations. Virtual Dolby 5-watt attachable speakers are included with

the 242MP. Its contrast ratio is 1000:1 and it offers 1920 x 1200 native

resolution.



How much do you think Apple's 30" display would cost if upgraded to a

high-def tv as well as a computer monitor? It would be pretty sweet for

people who live in smaller apartments or if you had your computer in your

bedroom.



Or would it be possible to have an external box that could offer that

functionality? I'm not talking about something like El Gato's Eye TV because

I think your computer has to be on for it to work if I'm correct.

Comments

  • Reply 1 of 3
    mcqmcq Posts: 1,543member
    Could you just use something like this?

    http://www.viewsonic.com/products/tv...extvisionhd12/
  • Reply 2 of 3
    e1618978e1618978 Posts: 6,073member
    Quote:

    Originally posted by MCQ

    Could you just use something like this?

    http://www.viewsonic.com/products/tv...extvisionhd12/




    Problems:



    1. You can't go direct to the monitor, due to the

    "dual dvi" requirement of the 30" monitor.



    2. Is there a dvi input card for the mac? One would

    be required to set this up.



    3. How good is the mac's video scaling? The max res

    of the HDTV box is much less than the native res

    of the 30"



    I don't think that this is the box that mello is

    looking for, due to the need to keep the computer

    out of the setup.



    Maybe this box combined with a high end video scaler?

    The DVDO iScan HD is too low resolution - I think

    the scaler, if it exists, will be $8K+. Maybe

    this would work:



    http://www.taw.biz/ROCK%20PRO.htm



    Keeping the computer out of the system adds a lot

    of cost, but probably leads to higher quality video.
  • Reply 3 of 3
    mcqmcq Posts: 1,543member
    Good call. I completely forgot about the dual-link thing. I have no clue about upscaling the signal to something in dual-link output... very interesting.
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