The use of high definition television (HDTV) as a HTPC monitor is a common setup for HTPC owners. HDTV provides an excellent viewing experience, including digital surround sound and crisp digital picture. It is an obvious means of setting up an enjoyable home theater. However, choosing the best HDTV that will serve as your monitor can bring issues as most HDTVs were built to be just a television.
In this article, I will give you some tips that could help you in selecting the right high definition TV for use as an HTPC monitor.
Tip No. 1: Check all the different brands of HDTVs
Most TV offerings are alike. However, there are differences in features and characteristics between brands. Picture quality varies greatly between different brands. There are televisions that have a universal remote, which is a truly interesting feature that can lessen the number of remotes you may need for use as an addition to your HTPC system.
In the event you want to have your HTPC system in your bedroom, you will likely want a television that has a sleep timer option. Different brands have different quality, features and price. Choose a trusted brand that will give you what you require for use as an HTPC monitor.
Tip No. 2: Check the resolution and screen size of the HDTV before buying
An ideal HDTV for use as an HTPC monitor is one that has a high resolution for its size. One of the issues that are often encountered by consumers when purchasing an HDTV for their HTPC system is that of resolution. Many of you probably think that because a television is so large, it will give you the best screen space than an ordinary computer monitor.
This is not always the case as it offers less. Too often, the highest resolution that most HDTVs possess is 1920 x 1080. This is a resolution that is common to 24 inch computer monitors.
The resolution of a TV, if not considered in your buying decision, can become an issue as most computers render images in pixels and almost all PC programs were designed for utilization with screen displays that offer small pixels. Normally, the pixels on most HDTVs are large in size and this could cause smaller details to be blocky.
The resolution issue may sound unimportant since you will mostly be using your home theater to watch movies. But your TV may also display text. That said, the resolution issue can be so important as it can be so challenging to read text on some HDTVs due to the fact that the pixels are large that they are not capable of displaying small details accurately.
Tip No 3: Take into account the dimension of the HDTV and how far you should be seated from the TV
So, what size of HDTV do you prefer to have? If you have a large room, you are probably looking for a big TV. To know what television is ideal for your home theater, take into account the dimension as well as the distance that you would be seated from your monitor. The dimension of TV varies between brands, so pick the one that would make you feel comfy watching your media files.
Tip No 4: Ask yourself what type of HDTV you wish to use as an HTPC monitor
What kind of HDTV do you want to use? Plasma? LCD? Or LED? Choosing between Plasma or LCD is a long-established preference facing any HDTV buyer. With the growing popularity of LED HDTVs, deciding what to have as an addition to your home theater is much challenging. Between LCD and Plasma, I would suggest you choose LCD HDTVs as your HTPC monitor.
Plasma HDTVs are good for home theater use but if you are considering something that you can use for your HTPC system, buying something that is close to a PC monitor is often a good decision.
Plasma HDTVs often have pixel limitations and leaving it on the desktop for long period can result to screen burn-in. Since LED technology is superior to LCD technology in almost all areas, you can opt for LED HDTVs if you are not on a tight budget as these devices are still expensive.
Tip No 5: Know the connection that you will need to link your HDTV to your PC
When shopping for an HDTV that you will use as your HTPC monitor, it is important to consider how you are going to connect it to your computer. Televisions can have different connection types (i.e VGA, DVI, HDMI, and more). Knowing which connection you will need is not that hard as you only have to check how your computer connects to your monitor.
Just review all these tips and list down what you need in your HTPC monitor. Doing this will help you have a good buying decision and good choice of HDTV. In the event you do not have a list of what you need to have, you might be overwhelmed with the sheer number of HDTV brands and models available.