Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Christmas came early for me this year...

My command center went through a major overhaul this year a couple of weeks ahead of Christmas as I upgraded my 19" LCD monitor for 32" LCD TV. This was good because I now no longer need to juggle swap A/V cables when ever I want to switch between watching Dialog TV, Playing the wii and ps2.

The BIG screen was fabulous but I was and still am a bit disappointed when viewing non HD content. Even though this Samsung TV is not that bad, its not so high end to have an upscaler needed to convert the image from 480i to 720p. Unfortunately as far as DialogTV goes, I'm going to have to be stuck with SVideo at best (actually Composite seems to have better quality where). On the Wii and the PS2 end, I'll have to try and get a component cable, which I could not find in
SL. But still those two don't support full HD.

On the otherhand, once you plug in the Mac mini via VGA, things looked great. Playing DVDs also works well because a computer can upscale video. Unfortunately my Mac mini is an old G4 based one, and chokes under HD video. I'm also running out of desktop space to my full desktop PC. Size matters, and I miss my old barebone form factor.

Anyway so I dropped a big one and bought a PS3! Yes it was heavy to carry out of the shop and heavier on the wallet but hey, now I've got HD through HDMI. Its all courtesy of "Buy now, suffer later" also known as Credit Cards :) Buy hey, atleast I'll have a ton of fun this Christmas while I keep the economy moving, right?


command_center
Upgraded my command center :D. Showing 32" Samsung, PS3, Wii. The Wii is shown in picture-in-picture while I'm playing NFS Prostreet demo. Also visible - Mac mini, Dialog TV

2 comments:

nouhad said...

Pretty cool :) What's your PSNetwork id ?
Interesting blog, btw

Bud said...

geekaholic of course. Its on the side bar along with the wii id. I have no friends on this yet since the only I guy I know who's got one (before you) broke it as soon as I got mine after his cat pissed on it :D