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Old 19th April, 2006, 10:54 PM
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Stupid question

It seems the next gen theam seems to feed off HD TV's etc, was just looking at PC monitors and none of them say if they are HD or not and this got me thinking. Are all TFT/CRT monitors HD due to the high res and refresh rates that they run compared to TV's?

Or am I just looking in the wrong place and need to lay of the
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Old 23rd April, 2006, 06:23 PM
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HD TV resolutions are quite specific.
they are generally referred to as 480, 720 and 1080 specs.
This webpage has a better description of them.
So a 1024x768 monitor can only display the 640 HDTV res as it doesnt have the horizontal resolution to match the 720 and 1080 standards.

The question of whether a computer LCD (or indeed a HDTV set) is truly HDTV compliant is something to be looked carefully at.
For example there are many 1080p TV sets that cannot even accept a 1080p signal but instead will accept a 1080i and modify it to look more like 1080p. They should have their wrists slapped for that.

If your question is meant to be if you can watch HDTV movies from Blue ray or HD DVD disks, it looks like nearly everything on sale wont allow you to do so at all !
Computer graphics cards, Displays and TV's, the DVD players, the OS and maybe even the Motherboard will need to be HDCP compliant. This is the new copy protection method without support of which, you will not be able to play back the new formats from the new DVD media.

If this is really your concern I wouldnt buy anything for a while until the b*ll settles.
There is a lot of misleading the consumer going on about what really does support HDTV properly. Its hard to find what will work properly so that you wont have any issues.
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Old 25th April, 2006, 10:01 PM
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to make it simple no due to the fact thier not 16:9 there 4:3, but the res is so high that while not listed it had the same and even higher wuility then HDTV.
theres also no such thing as a stupid
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