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Old 04-27-2005, 08:57 AM   #1 (Print)
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TV Tuners for LCD Monitors?

Hi,

I'm thinking of getting a new LCD monitor, and was hoping to re-use my old one as a standalone TV.

Has anyone had any experience with the seperate tuner boxes you can get to use with monitors (i.e. not a PC based one)? Ideally, I'd like a digital (i.e. freeview) one - anyone seen one of those?

Many thanks,

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Old 04-27-2005, 11:05 AM   #2 (Print)
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Hi,

I'm thinking of getting a new LCD monitor, and was hoping to re-use my old one as a standalone TV.

Has anyone had any experience with the seperate tuner boxes you can get to use with monitors (i.e. not a PC based one)? Ideally, I'd like a digital (i.e. freeview) one - anyone seen one of those?

Many thanks,

Mark


Unless your monitor has a composite/RGB video input you will need a freeview box that outputs VGA, SVGA or XGA.

Otherwise you would need to buy a scan converter also and then the price is nearly half the cost of a new LCD TV.
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Old 04-27-2005, 11:08 AM   #3 (Print)
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External tuners seem to be (over)priced to match the costs of plasma screens. They probably look a bit expensive to match up with an 'old' LCD monitor. A secondhand LCD TV from eBay might be a better solution. Also, if you want widescreen, you'd do better to buy a widescreen LCD TV.

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Old 04-27-2005, 11:12 AM   #4 (Print)
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Here is one, ther are not that expensive, if you just want basic cable, (non-HD)

http://www.mac-pro.com/s.nl/sc.2/ca.../it.A/id.492/.f
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Old 04-27-2005, 11:20 AM   #5 (Print)
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Here is one, ther are not that expensive, if you just want basic cable, (non-HD)

http://www.mac-pro.com/s.nl/sc.2/ca.../it.A/id.492/.f


Unfortunately Gadders is from the UK and it won't work there
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Old 04-27-2005, 11:26 AM   #6 (Print)
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I got one of these from viewsonic when I moved home before buying our house - I didn't have enough room for both my 21" CRT and 20" TV, so I got the best of both worlds... Not terribly cheap, but worked really well for me while I needed it (And now the monitor can double as a TV when we have guests in our den)
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Old 04-27-2005, 12:59 PM   #7 (Print)
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I got one of these from viewsonic

I see that is a link to amazon.com - is that a US-specific product?

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Old 04-27-2005, 02:10 PM   #8 (Print)
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I see that is a link to amazon.com - is that a US-specific product?


D'oh - I too missed that point

There are PAL versions of some of the products (I know the N6 is available as a PAL model, not sure if the entry level model is available or not)

Here's Viewsonic's Europe Page on the product...
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Old 04-28-2005, 03:57 AM   #9 (Print)
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External tuners seem to be (over)priced to match the costs of plasma screens. They probably look a bit expensive to match up with an 'old' LCD monitor. A secondhand LCD TV from eBay might be a better solution. Also, if you want widescreen, you'd do better to buy a widescreen LCD TV.


I tend to agree. I've had an LCD monitor in place of a second TV for 5 years or so now. I just use an old VCR as the (terrestrial analogue) tuner. Nice to know VCRs are still useful for something.
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Old 04-28-2005, 09:55 AM   #10 (Print)
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I tend to agree. I've had an LCD monitor in place of a second TV for 5 years or so now. I just use an old VCR as the (terrestrial analogue) tuner. Nice to know VCRs are still useful for something.


Yep, I still have a bunch of old VCRs I used to use as tuners.
If anybody wants them to use with their LCD monitors, you are welcome to come round and pick them up for free!

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Old 05-03-2005, 10:02 PM   #11 (Print)
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It's not got a Freeview tuner, but other than that the Zimwell Pro V should be what you are after.

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Old 05-04-2005, 01:01 AM   #12 (Print)
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I've had an LCD monitor in place of a second TV for 5 years or so now. I just use an old VCR as the (terrestrial analogue) tuner.

What do you use for sound? I want to junk TV reception all together, and just have a setup I can play VCRs and DVDs on.

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Old 05-04-2005, 02:56 AM   #13 (Print)
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What do you use for sound? I want to junk TV reception all together, and just have a setup I can play VCRs and DVDs on.



Monitor has some cheap n cheerful speakers which are OK (nothing more) for general TV watching. VCR & DVD have outputs for external amp, which saves the day for anything else.
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Old 05-04-2005, 03:44 AM   #14 (Print)
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Ta. I don't really want to be pfaffing around with an external amp and speakers. What I really want is a TV without the TV tuner, I guess. I'll keep looking.

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