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User Info: JKatarn

JKatarn
2 months ago#11
It's a pretty safe bet that whomever you ask in the Electronics section, they're not going to give you a good/satisfactory answer. People have outlined why a TV may look worse in previous posts, but I'll re-iterate.

1.) Different brands/display technologies.

2.) Stores often crank up brightness/contrast etc. so the TV images stand out in their fluorescent-lit aisles.

3.) Larger screen at same resolution = lower PPI, which is why a 23" monitor displaying a true 1080p image will look better than a 36"+ TV.

4.) Source material quality - if they're displaying 720p, highly compressed video any artifacts/defects are going to be that much more obvious on a larger screen.
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User Info: ApexMjolnir

ApexMjolnir
2 months ago#12
MANY electronics stores use a splitter box of some sort. Typically these things are calibrated to make certain units all look similar.

By default, these TV's are calibrated to spec based on their default settings, which are for watching Television, not for gaming.

Couple that with the quality of the backlight, the compression of the LED's used in the display, and the arrangement.

Many Tv's actually can outperform many monitors, but it is not a STANDARD, comparison.

Do not go into the store expecting that a $500 Visio is going to have a better picture than a $500 monitor, at same time, don't expect that a $500 Monitor is going to look better than a $400 TV.

I found quite a few 4K Visio TV's at the 50" size, for under $400. I am trying to find a TV for watching football on my porch, not for gaming.

Both my monitor and my regular TV are 4K samsung, and games look great on both, but the TV actually looks better than the monitor for gaming, but not for photo editing.

It might also be that the TV's on display are using damaged HDMI cables, or possibly not even running the source from HDMI at all.
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User Info: ArkonBlade

ArkonBlade
2 months ago#13
I game on both a monitor and a TV. Cheap TV's will look like crap. If you have a good one picture quality is just fine. I have a 50" Samsung 4K TV and I think it looks great. about the only thing I notice between the two is the response time in controls.

Monitors have far lower input lag.
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User Info: reincarnator07

reincarnator07
2 months ago#14
A combination of a poor video source, larger screens amplifying poor image quality and smaller (<40" TVs) generally being quite low quality. I worked for Currys/PC World, one of the larger electronics chains left in the UK. Our TVs were mostly getting their input from a splitter through component or composite. The bigger stores had a file server sending video to HDMI splitters, but the file itself was still only 720p. This was acceptable for the cheap TVs, but still looked like crap on anything over 32" or 4k.

Pretty much the only exceptions were the flagship level TVs, which often had their own manufacturer supplied demos that actually looked proper. This was the only real solution for showing HDR too. If you want to buy a TV, I'd advise bringing some video files on a USB stick.
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User Info: JKatarn

JKatarn
2 months ago#15
reincarnator07 posted...
If you want to buy a TV, I'd advise bringing some video files on a USB stick.


I just had this mental image of a guy popping in a USB stick and his personal porn collection suddenly appearing on a wall of TVs, lol.
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metaIslug
2 months ago#16
Could I ask you guys something? I just found a used 32" 1080p Sony LCD . It's only $110 so it's looking really appealing. Is there a good reason not to get an LCD though? If it's bad compared to LED I don't want it, but if it's not very noticeable and I save $200+ I'll take it. Do LCDs suck?

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MyDogSkip
2 months ago#17
metaIslug posted...
Could I ask you guys something? I just found a used 32" 1080p Sony LCD . It's only $110 so it's looking really appealing. Is there a good reason not to get an LCD though? If it's bad compared to LED I don't want it, but if it's not very noticeable and I save $200+ I'll take it. Do LCDs suck?

Any LED TV you see in a store (not OLED) is just an LCD with an LED backlight. This was as opposed to older LCDs which used CCFL backlights. I'm not even sure those are made anymore.
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User Info: Monopoman

Monopoman
2 months ago#18
This has to be a troll topic if you look at a 4k TV and think "man that s*** looks awful" you either have a brain defect, your eyes are f***ed up, or you just love to troll.
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DarkZV2Beta
2 months ago#19
Monopoman posted...
This has to be a troll topic if you look at a 4k TV and think "man that s*** looks awful" you either have a brain defect, your eyes are f***ed up, or you just love to troll.

Or you're standing too close, which is likely in an electronics dept.
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KillerTruffle
2 months ago#20
What size 1080p monitors were you looking at? If they weren't also 32", it's not a fair comparison. There's a difference in pixel density - higher density the smaller the screen.
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