Is my CRT dying? And what LCD to get?

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  1. Caanon

    Caanon OT Supporter

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    2 part question I guess.

    My monitor has horizontal darker line(visible on white background) 1/4 up from the bottom that flickers up and down about a half inch. Now the whole display is randomly contracting vertically a bit for about half a second.
    It's a 19" Mitsubishi only a few years old :wtc:



    So assuming it's dying, what LCD should I get. I'd say the max I'm willing to spend is $350, but less would certainly be ok for a good deal.

    As for what I use it for: I have been known to PC game, though atm the rest of my system needs rebuilding to play current stuff. I wouldn't mind being able to connect my Xbox360 to the monitor. Widescreen might be cool for the occasional DvD, but isn't required. I ussually like to buy parts and stuff from Newegg btw.

    Thanks for any suggestions
     
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  2. P07r0457

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    BenQ <insert model here>

    Samsung is nice but may be out of your range.

    please avoid dell.
     
  3. mdaniel

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    I like LG Flatrons; if I recall correctly, they use Philips LCD panels, so theoretically any other screen with a Philips panel will be just as good, but I still like LG's styling too.

    Interesting that you're recommending BenQ screens, Jolly. I was considering getting one for my office, but I'd never heard of the brand before. Do you have firsthand experience with their quality?
     
  5. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    Interesting thing about the Philips panel. Its 8 bit vs the 6 bit ones that
    other vendors are using.
     
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    no appreciable difference.
     
  7. P07r0457

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    Maybe just a little bit of experience :mamoru:
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  8. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    It depends on what your needs are, but 6 bit panels display only
    a small amount of the colors that 8 bit panels do.
    The 6 bit panels use some sort of dithering to trick the eye into
    seeing more color combinations.
    I guess if you were doing graphics design it would be more important than if you were just into the net and gaming.
     
  9. Create

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    Is this the difference between a 16.2mil and 16.7mil display color monitor? The 16.7's use 8bit?
     
  10. skinjob

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    I have a 5 yr-old dell with a 20" 8-bit S-IPS panel, and a 22" gateway purchased a few months ago with a 6-bit TN panel. The old dell isn't as bright, but it produces more natural looking colors. Photos look a lot better on the 8-bit panel. I believe the current generation of 20" dells still use S-IPS panels. With the widescreen version, dell uses both S-IPS and PVA panels during manufacturing, so there's no telling what you're going to get. I believe the PVA panels are 8-bit but they supposedly exhibit more color/brightness shift when you move your head slightly.
     
  11. Doc Brown

    Doc Brown Don't make me make you my hobby

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    It's actually quite a bit less than that. I think they come up with the closer
    number with the dithering trick.
     
  12. skinjob

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    Yes. An 8-bit monitor can produce 16.7M unique colors. A 6-bit monitor can only produce 256,000 unique colors, but uses the dithering/strobing trick to create "in-between" colors.
     
  13. Create

    Create :free at last:

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    Uh oh. I think I emphatically defended a 6bit the other day as being better than a Dell. At least what I was reocmmending had a decent response and contrast.

    Thanks for the explanation.
     
  14. deusexaethera

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    Just asking.

    I assume the visual artifact in the lower-left corner is interference between the screen's pixel matrix and the camera's pixel matrix -- it's not there in real life, right?
     
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    Circuitcity has had the sammy 206bw on sale for 279.99 the last few weeks, I'd get that before the 204 listed on newegg if it's still available for that ... I've got it and it looks great ... only noticeable problem is a little backlight bleed w/brightness above 70% and totally black screen.
     
  16. P07r0457

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    No not there in real life. You only notice it with a digital camera, or if you're wearing polarized sunglasses.
     

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