I have a 32 inch 720p LG TV, and I am wanting to buy a XBOX 360 soon. I am almost sure I am going to get a falcon premium one with the hdmi connection. However, I noticed considerable lag with my original xbox on this tv (like playing a baseball game, the pitching meter would stop like 2 seconds after I clicked the button). My question is: Will the 360 behave this way as well? Would it be better to just play on a CRT? I am also in the market for a 24 inch 1080p LCD monitor so I'm also wondering if that will work better.
Honesty, I'd take 1920x1080 over 1920x1200 due to issues the PS3/360 have with them. While it's true that the Xbox360's "New Xbox Experience" technically adds support for 1920x1200, you won't see any 360 games natively running at that resolution or aspect ratio. Your PC on the other hand will have no issues running games at 1920x1080 or 1920x1200 natively, so I'd try to stick with the lowest common denominator when using your display for multiple functions.
First thing i'd do if i were you is actually get the 360 and see if you're happy with the picture. If not i would invest in a decent Samsung LCD, the new 6 series are fantastic for the price and have great response times. In my opinion they're the best bang/buck TVs on the market at the moment.
However my 52" Pioneer Kuro 1080p is just the Dog's proverbials. Worth every penny.
Sound is a little bit tougher if you're going to be running a monitor as opposed to a television, but you have two options. Either buy a speaker system/receiver that supports optical input, or you can use an older stereo system that utilizes the old red and white rca audio inputs. Either one will be fine, but to back track a bit, I think the box is best experienced on an HDTV.
Newer, and older for that matter, LCDs shouldn't have any lag problems with displaying video game content from a console. I'm unfamiliar with LG's HDTV lineup, but every Sony and Samsung I've ever used, and I've used a few, works very well with the 360. Instead of pumping money into a smaller monitor and relying on shoddy built in speakers or purchasing an aftermarket audio solution you should just buy a decent HDTV. Preferably one that supports full 1080p resolutions. Can't go wrong with that.
Lol well a new HDTV isn't really in my budget at the moment. I've been looking at those Logitech Z-5500 and they look really nice. However, I have never really understood those optical input ports. Can anyone explain these too me and where the port is on the 360?