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September 8, 2007 9:29:57 PM

Here is my new "computer monitor", a Sharp LC32D62U up and running fine at 1920x1080p. It is beautiful, and everything looks/feels very high in quality. Sharps packing was better than expected as I had this shipped from NY to Japan via USPS. It was not double boxed or anything, yet it arrived in great condition despite the fact the box was a bit beat up.

I'm using this only as a computer monitor at the moment, but may add an XBOX 360 later on. My eyes are about 30" to 36" away from the screen, I'm finding that getting any closer and the pixels begin to become visable (I'm pretty picky). From this distance however, everything is clear and ledgible.

1080p videos are amazing, the clarity is great!

Anyhow, gaming is awesome as well, but games that are not capable of using antialiasing are at a real disadvantage for PQ at this dot pitch. Developers really need to get this figured out (for the XBOX 360 & the PC), most already have, but some still have issues (ie STALKER & R6 Vegas).

So far I have not identified any dead/stuck pixels, but I do see some in my long shutter photo that could have some issues (see first picture below). Also of note, as a fan of silent computing, is the screen does not make any unwanted noise (a nice change from my CRT).

So here are some pictures for your enjoyment:

5 second shutter - no visable banding, but you may notice about 6 pixels that may be suspect, althogh I cannot find them by visual inspection.


Viewing angle






My workspace








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Supreme Commander


DiRT






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Dark Messiah




S.T.A.L.K.E.R.




1080p WMV
Coral Reef




The Magic of Flight




To the Limit
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September 8, 2007 11:06:08 PM

That's a mighty fine display. :D 
September 8, 2007 11:21:48 PM

Hey YOU, thanks! ;) 
September 8, 2007 11:43:13 PM

At what resolution? And does it have square, or non-square pixels?

I'd be worried about burn in, as I use it soley as a computer monitor. LCD's do not have any risk of burn in, modern plasmas are much better than they used to be, but they're far from an LCD in this regard.
September 8, 2007 11:50:54 PM

Plasma's are actually better in higher resolutions. But yes they can burn in and are not good with high elevation climate either.
September 8, 2007 11:58:42 PM

paq7512 said:
Plasma's are actually better in higher resolutions.

In what regard?

Most "1080p" plasma displays are not even full HD 1920x1080. Most have non-square (aka rectangle) pixels and use odd resolutions like 1024x1080, that'd be terrible for a computer display. There are quite a few that use full HD 1920x1080 resolution and square pixels, but they are still pretty pricey and very large. I wanted soething smaller to put on my desk (as you can see in the pictures).
September 9, 2007 12:10:57 AM

please report back in a quarter or so about burn in. I have my old rig running on secondary HDMI input to my samsung t4061F. And while it looks fantastic---samsung clearly states that greater than 2hrs of a static object can get burned in-thus I have been worried about long play sessions on it. So I will certainly be curious to know as we move forward.

looks great btw

cheers

September 9, 2007 12:13:26 AM

Really nice display, that thing is sweet!, nice computer too
September 9, 2007 12:57:35 AM

That is Nice as moniter man! Dun u think its a tad close? Gonna need glasses man.. What really lets this beastly computer down is your speakers..
They look like $10 ones.. no offence.
September 9, 2007 1:11:32 AM

You know, they were $30 about 4 years ago when I bought them....but really, they don't sound half bad. But I am working on replacing my home theater in the living room, and the hand-me-down Boston Acoustics system will eventually find it's way into my office! :D 
September 9, 2007 1:44:44 AM

you have no idea how f ing jealious i am right now
September 9, 2007 1:54:40 AM

Sweet! A while back the Westinghose 37" LCD 1080p was the hot crossover panel (for lack of a better term). They had refurbs selling for less than $600 just recently and I took a hard look but decided to stay with my 24" LCD. How about eye strain on those big boys when you're sitting right there at a desk with them, is that a problem?
September 9, 2007 2:01:35 AM

Quite the opposite, eye strain was an issue for me on my 18" display at 1600x1200. Now I can sit back and relax. It's not just eye strain, its overall posture and comfort....much better now! Sometimes I find myself leaning in close (purely out of habit), but I quikly remember how silly it is, and relax back into my chair.

I can sit back 4 feet and still read everything clearly. On the other hand, and close than 30" (2 1/2 feet) and pixels become visable. So too close is not good. Get up within about 12" of your typical 19" display and you'll know what I mean. (I'm at work right now, using a 19" Dell).
September 9, 2007 2:08:52 AM

Thats awesome!
*sits typing on his crt 17" SynMaster753df that on cold mornings the screen shakes that shake like a drug addict who needs a fix for about 30-60min.*
September 9, 2007 2:28:05 AM

Hey I'd send you a 19", but it wouldn't be worth the price of shipping LOL
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September 9, 2007 6:54:23 AM




From a critical point of view, that looks like pretty bad backlight bleeding to me.
September 9, 2007 7:20:58 AM

That was with a 5 second shutter. Which amplifies the effect dramatically. When looking at it in person, it's not at all noticeable.
September 9, 2007 7:45:09 AM

Hello i have a 32" Sony bravia 1080p as a monitor and believe me SONY is the best thing by the way conected dvi to hdmi adapter and looks very
good
September 9, 2007 8:12:51 AM

tato999 said:
Hello i have a 32" Sony bravia 1080p as a monitor and believe me SONY is the best thing by the way conected dvi to hdmi adapter and looks very good

What model is that? In the US, Sony doesn't make ANY 1080p displays under 40". The spec I'm talking about is the "native resolution". Lot's of TVs list 1080p in their specs, but it's in the "accepted input signals" section. However, their native resolution is only 1366x768 (or so).

BTW - mine is also connected via DVI -> HDMI.
September 10, 2007 10:07:40 PM

there is no 1080p 32 from sony
September 13, 2007 5:46:36 PM

What's the current best price on this?
September 13, 2007 6:24:28 PM

I'm still using the 1080p 37" Westinghouse, its also an amazing display. I love PIP on the corner watching Scifi channel while I netsurf or manage files. A good fast 1080p panel is so much nicer than a regular pc panel on your eyes.
September 13, 2007 8:35:41 PM

miahallen said:
Hey I'd send you a 19", but it wouldn't be worth the price of shipping LOL

u sure?...
September 13, 2007 9:19:44 PM

Nice setup! How did you hook it up to the video card? Does the LCD have DVI input?
September 13, 2007 10:15:10 PM

WOW NICE SETUP! Is what that monitor screams, while those little speakers whisper, "I suck, I suck" LOL.

Just kidding, had to say that cause another guy mentioned your speakers.

Hey, did you realize that you could watch pr0n from anywhere in the room clearly?

On a serious note, are Samsung 32" 1080P any good? What is the response time of your Sharp? I would like something under 5ms.

Well, there goes the speaker budget...

(I am NOT mean just in a silly mood!!!)
September 14, 2007 2:09:27 PM

spuddyt said:
u sure?...

I live in Japan ;) 
September 14, 2007 2:11:16 PM

eman6628 said:
Nice setup! How did you hook it up to the video card? Does the LCD have DVI input?

Sharp sells another 32" 1080p model, the LC32GP1U with a DVI input. But, I didn't think it was worth an extra $200 (the panel and PQ are the same), so I use a DVI to HDMI converter cable, like this.
September 14, 2007 2:21:33 PM

Falken699 said:
WOW NICE SETUP! Is what that monitor screams, while those little speakers whisper, "I suck, I suck" LOL.

Just kidding, had to say that cause another guy mentioned your speakers.

Hey, did you realize that you could watch pr0n from anywhere in the room clearly?

On a serious note, are Samsung 32" 1080P any good? What is the response time of your Sharp? I would like something under 5ms.

Well, there goes the speaker budget...

(I am NOT mean just in a silly mood!!!)

Alright, so I moved my Boston Acoustics 8" subwoofer out of my Home Theater (in the living room) and put it under the desk, and I'm using the TV's speakers for high frequencies (for now), so you guys will give me a break on the wussy Altecs that used to be on my desk :whistle:  Eventually I'll have a matching BA surround sound speaker set to match. The Altecs got moved to my four year old son's new computer (a hand me down from yours truly) in his room.

As far as Samsung (and Sony for that matter) goes, they do not make a 32" panel with 1080p resolution. The smallest 1080p from either is in a 40" size. Sharp is the only maufacturer currently making 1080p this small. It's rated at a 6ms response time.
September 14, 2007 2:56:04 PM

Sweet very Sweet!!

Hey I see you play DiRT, with a 8800 GTX.

Can you get decent FPS on full 1080p?

I only have 7600GTs SLI, and I can only run at 800x600 on my 30". What a drag.

So I would like to know if it is worth getting an 8800GTX. DiRT is my fav game and with the G25 low FPS=snaking all over the track with steering lag :-(
September 14, 2007 3:17:59 PM

SpeedyVV said:
Sweet very Sweet!!

Hey I see you play DiRT, with a 8800 GTX.

Can you get decent FPS on full 1080p?

I only have 7600GTs SLI, and I can only run at 800x600 on my 30". What a drag.

So I would like to know if it is worth getting an 8800GTX. DiRT is my fav game and with the G25 low FPS=snaking all over the track with steering lag :-(
I played DiRT on my 8800GTX at 1680x1050 with all qualities at the max and it ran perfectly, and I cant imagine 1080p performing that much worse.
September 14, 2007 3:27:05 PM

Looks damn good for a tv, I think id rather have a 30" Dell at 2560X1600 though.

September 14, 2007 7:25:38 PM

Heyyou, thanks for letting me know. If I can get 1680x1050 with max I would be trhilled!!!
Once I get a GTX I will let you know how it works on 2560x1600. I doubt it can do that res, but1680x1050 from 800x600 would be a very nice upgrade indeed!!

PSHYCHoHoLiC So would I, and that is why I got one, but there are of course pros and cons.

With my poor aging eyes I was considering a full 1080p 30" instead so that my work env would be better (larger fonts)

But gaming won in this case, and I just could not resist gaming at 2560x1600 :pt1cable:  .

However somedays I have no choice but bring the res down to 3270x1200 (across 3 monitors) or my eyes qucikly tire during long work days.

The point is though, there is nothing like gaming in a 30"+ monitor, at 1080p or higher res ;-)
September 14, 2007 10:44:22 PM

SpeedyVV said:
Sweet very Sweet!!

Hey I see you play DiRT, with a 8800 GTX.

Can you get decent FPS on full 1080p?

I only have 7600GTs SLI, and I can only run at 800x600 on my 30". What a drag.

So I would like to know if it is worth getting an 8800GTX. DiRT is my fav game and with the G25 low FPS=snaking all over the track with steering lag :-(

I play with all settings maxed except for shawdows which I leave on "high". It's smooth as butter except when in a mutli vehical race (ie Rallycross) where it can stutter a little when all cars are being rendered. I'm honestly thinking it could be my CPU though. But I'm happy with it none-the-less.
September 14, 2007 10:54:49 PM

SpeedyVV said:
PSHYCHoHoLiC So would I, and that is why I got one, but there are of course pros and cons.

I tell you what, that was my biggest decision. Especially because I am only a casual gamer, and I would have appreciated the extra resolution when working in Photoshop or 3DSMax. But I decieded against it because of teh gaming. I only have one GTX, and while it may be enough for most games right now, I want this video card to last me a while (it replaced a Radeon 9700Pro that was over four years old).

After getting this display, I can tell you that I keep trying to lean forward over my desk out of habit (like I would for any computer monitor with a smaller dot pitch), but I'm quickly reminded that it's the wrong posture with this screen. It forces you to sit back and relax while you work. I can sit in front of it for hours without fatigue! The 30" is great, but the dot pitch is so tight, you have to get much closer to prevent eye strain when working with text. So I really like that aspect of it.

The other thing is that it was cheaper. If I had gone with a 30", it would have been the 3007WFP-HC, and that would have been and even tougher sell for my wife (she loves the way this one looks, especially with her poor eyesight). So when all is said and done, I'd probably do it over again the same way (and yes, I have played with a 30" in person!).

Thanks for all your comments guys! :D 
September 15, 2007 12:45:54 AM

Doushite Nihon ni imasu ka? Doko?

I opted for dual 24" Dells running at 1920x1200 each. Now that I have them, I kinda wish I had gone with something like your setup. They are very very nice, but having 2 side-by-side makes for a VERY wide setup. Also, my 7900gs has a hard time keeping up at this resolution.

Ja, sore dewa...
October 22, 2007 12:35:04 PM

What's up? Just wanted to give a quick update...I rearranged my office and rebuilt my machine with a quad core...very happy with that. Here are some more pics of my setup:







These are some shots from a 1080p video from Apple's H264 showcase:








Here are some from GRAW2






All shots were taken with my Canon SD630 point and shoot camera on a tripod with manual adjustments.
October 22, 2007 1:15:09 PM

Look'n good. Looks like you upgraded your speakers too ehh?

October 22, 2007 1:48:15 PM

Hey Miahallen, great looking system. A few questions for ya:

1. Which quad core CPU did you go with? Q6600 I assume... overclocked?

2. What's the cardboard + duct tape 'shroud' around your HSF? Designed to improve airflow? (and which HSF is that? looks like the scythe Ninja)

3. Is that what the front of the Antec 180b case usually looks like, or is that a mod job?


PS. I love my SD630, great point and shoot camera
October 22, 2007 10:41:40 PM

mtyermom said:
Hey Miahallen, great looking system. A few questions for ya:

1. Which quad core CPU did you go with? Q6600 I assume... overclocked?

2. What's the cardboard + duct tape 'shroud' around your HSF? Designed to improve airflow? (and which HSF is that? looks like the scythe Ninja)

3. Is that what the front of the Antec 180b case usually looks like, or is that a mod job?


PS. I love my SD630, great point and shoot camera

1) Q6600 @ 3.2GHz (8x400)
2) Yes, lowered my temps about 5-10C at load, yes it's a Ninja
3) No, it's modded to improve airflow.
October 28, 2007 1:42:36 AM

I just bought the 37" version of this HDTV and have a couple of questions.
I am running this monitor with an iMac with OSX 10.4.10 and connected with a DVI-HDMI cable. On the Mac, I can set the the resolution to 1920x1080, but the issue I am having is that I also have an option for Overscan. With Overscan mode "ON", the image looks great but there is a little bit of space I literally can not access which is a bit of a problem when maximizing windows. If I turn the Overscan "OFF" i get a black border on the LCD screen and text looks a little jaggedy. Do you have any of these issues with your set up?

Thanks
Doug
November 4, 2007 5:38:42 AM

Nope, and unfortunately, the only advice I can give you is to make sure your TV is set to dot-by-dot mode (use the "view mode" button on the remote). Software-wise, you're on your own.
January 19, 2008 8:05:16 AM

Just wanted to post a quick update...I cleaned up my office a bit and mounted my monitor on the wall. I've been wanting to do this for a while now, and I'm very happy with the results!









January 19, 2008 12:54:19 PM

Crysis in action:


















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a b C Monitor
May 26, 2008 6:20:47 AM

Hi!

I just purchased the exact same Sharp model, and I am getting an error on my tv that switches it back to 1378 x 768 resolution when I try to bump it up to the full 1920 x 1080 native resolution on my video card control panel or the desktop control panel.

Currently, I am thinking it is the Monster 400 DVI to HDMI cable I am using. That maybe the cable doesn't support the data bandwidth I need.

Have you experienced any of these and can you offer any advice on it? Currently, I am just trying it out on my old system with a Radion 9800 Pro Graphics card, but I really purchased it to use for gaming on my new 9800 GX2 card when it comes in the mail. Any help you can offer will be sincerely appreciated...
February 23, 2009 9:41:20 AM

Hi,

I live in Japan and which model would that be in Japan if get from BicCamera or Amazon Japan?

Would there be a different model you would use now?

I am using a Mac Pro and play games on Vista or use the Mac side for other stuff. I also have a PS3 and Xbox 360.

Thanks!
a b C Monitor
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