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Running consoles on SDTV

Blanco Avatar
9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
So I use a decent quality PC monitor as I sometimes use it for the odd game (21" LCD).

However, for console, I use a regular 28" CRT TV (about 3-4 years old) for only a small bit of console use. Question is, would I notice a big enough difference if I upgrade to a large 1080p HDTV? Would it be worth the purchase?
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Blanco Avatar
9y, 1m agoPosted 9 years, 1 month ago
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#1
You'll notice a differance especially if you go for a 42" or larger, but if your only playing every once in a blue moon then you have to ask yourself if it is worth the extra outlay?
#2
There will be a huge differnce in quality, Evenmore so in 1080p
#3
To be honest, Warhawk really caught my attention. Prior to that, the poor PS3 was catching dust. I also connected it via a Sony surround system on "Game" mode and the surround effects are unbelievably good! So it may see some more use now! Would 40" be good enough bearing in mind I'm only 8-9 feet away from the screen? May also want to use it for some basic web surfing so am wondering if I will be able to read relatively small text from a distance...
#4
40" is pretty good - you don't want to be too close to big screens anyway, around 10 feet is ideal. Text is readable from around that distance on that size screen.

(and Warhawk is amazing!)
#5
I honestly believe it's the best multiplayer experience on any console I've ever had. But the sound really blew me away (esp. when you hear a few warhawks going past- puts a stupid grin on your face!). I *never* play FPS or Battlefield style games on any console, but this is an absolute exception because it's just so well made. In fact, I connected the X360 via optical out (just as I did the PS3) and the output quality doesn't even touch the quality of PS3 audio. It's quite shocking, but people don't normally look at sound output when comparing these consoles. It adds to the experience by an immeasurable amount! =)
#6
I was happy with my SD 32" Sony CRT..........until I seen the 360 on my mates 42" plasma..........so I bought a 50" HD tele :)

MASSIVE improvment & well worth it (along with the surround sound haha)
#7
I don't know what you checked on the 360 but I've certainly not noticed a large difference between the two for audio - they both sound extremely good to me, especially PGR4 where the engines are spot on, especially when a rival car is growling away behind you as they try to overtake.

A 32 inch CRT and HDTV are night and day difference, I run my systems through a 40 inch 1080p Samsung panel which all look superb in high definition. If you're into films at all, blu-ray at 1080p is definitely well worth it over a CRT.

John
#8
John, I tested both systems via optical out on a Sony 5.1 surround system (scored highly in what-hifi). Basically, the output of the X360 is not bad by any means, but the clarity and the spatial effects are superior from the PS3. I tested various DVD's and games all at the same settings, and the results were surprisingly different. I didn't expect it either and I do own both systems so am not naturally biased. I attribute the result to higher spec audio hardware used in the PS3. It does also allow for 7.1 output and DolbyHD.

Quoted from another source "The PS3 does have slightly better sound but only the top of the line sound systems can utilize the extra audio information so on most people’s sound systems they will sound the same."

Maybe having a Sony PS3 and a high spec Sony surround system makes the difference? Whatever it can be attributed to, it is audibly superior by quite an amount (unless I'm going deaf!) ;-)
#9
I haven't tried a PS3 on a decent audio setup yet. The 360 sounds good, but not outstanding. Separation is excellent but there could definitely be more clarity. I use a Sony STR-DA 1200ES receiver and Kef 2005.2 speakers.
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#10
Blanco
John, I tested both systems via optical out on a Sony 5.1 surround system (scored highly in what-hifi). Basically, the output of the X360 is not bad by any means, but the clarity and the spatial effects are superior from the PS3. I tested various DVD's and games all at the same settings, and the results were surprisingly different. I didn't expect it either and I do own both systems so am not naturally biased. I attribute the result to higher spec audio hardware used in the PS3. It does also allow for 7.1 output and DolbyHD.

Quoted from another source "The PS3 does have slightly better sound but only the top of the line sound systems can utilize the extra audio information so on most people’s sound systems they will sound the same."

Maybe having a Sony PS3 and a high spec Sony surround system makes the difference? Whatever it can be attributed to, it is audibly superior by quite an amount (unless I'm going deaf!) ;-)


Your own quote says 'slightly' better sound on a top of the end sound system - that's a slight contrast to the night and day difference you're claiming and most certainly not a 'shocking' difference. You've also not mentioned any of the DVDs or games you've tested either.

John
#11
Johnmcl7
Your own quote says 'slightly' better sound on a top of the end sound system - that's a slight contrast to the night and day difference you're claiming and most certainly not a 'shocking' difference. You've also not mentioned any of the DVDs or games you've tested either.

John


We're heading off-topic, but ok. The quote was cited from another source. I was trying to soften the blow by not boasting how it really compares by that quote. So let me be blunt (still without trying to be hurtful)- it's hugely better.

Like I said, I have both systems, and the PS3 absolutely sinks the XBOX 360 in terms of audio output on my surround system. It's that good.

All the settings remain the same and all the official cables used in the process. Nothing special to achieve vastly different results.

What games and DVD's? How about all of the ones you can possibly think of. But for the sake of argument, Warhawk (although this does use THX) and F1. DVD's- any and all...
#12
Soften all you want, you seem to be relatively alone in your judgement - if there was this shocking night and day difference between the two for gaming I think more people would have noticed. And to be honest someone who is admittedly a casual gamer on an SDTV doesn't have that much credibility to me. At the very least I think you are exaggerating the difference and giving a misleading image of the 360 despite the fact 'you use both'

John
#13
Think all you want. And recall what I mentioned in my earlier post regarding how most people don't focus on audio output, rather graphics and other such aspects. So to say I'm relatively alone is fairly baseless in itself.

At the very least I think you are exaggerating the difference

*Think* is the magic word.

And to be honest someone who is admittedly a casual gamer on an SDTV doesn't have that much credibility to me

Now that's just weak. P.S. I also drive a Skoda and love using international call centres for tech support :eek: (and I never said I was even a casual gamer- very light at best).

I was simply stating my observations. I have precisely nothing to gain from this.

EDIT: And I don't think I'm alone in my ascertainment as it was actually brought up in the past http://www.hotukdeals.com/forums/showpost.php?p=552460&postcount=8

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