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peat moss

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Re: Advice/Help Thread
« Reply #60 on: January 12, 2019, 06:17:54 pm »
Is it better to watch Blu-ray movies on a computer monitor, or a dedicated television? If a computer monitor is 1440p (or 2160p, etc) and has to scale to 1080p does it lose any image quality compared to a TV? If so, would it be better to watch a Blu-ray movie on a native 1080p TV?

The larger the display the more obvious downloaded and streamed media banding and compression is, regardless of the display or source resolution.  For example, 1080p Netflix show X with a 3.8mbs bit rate will look significantly worse than 1080p Netflix show Y which has an 8mbs bit rate.  Up-scaling of 1080p on a 1440 or 4K display set to the native resolution is negligible, but the size rule still applies: the larger the display the more obvious source flaws are. 

If used with bias (light behind the display) or bright room lighting the best 32" 4K monitors under 1000$ US like the BenQ PD3200U (matte) and Qnix UHD32R (glossy; I prefer it over my Sony 49X900E for non-HDR content) are better for viewing media since they use AHVA panels with less glow than IPS in TV's like the 2018 Sony 43X750F I tested, and don't suffer from horizontal gamma shift and center black crush like VA panels do, as well as have significantly more ghosting (smearing of blacks, browns and greys), and PWM flicker+blur in most cases. 

I don't making Best Reviewed Flicker Free TV buying guides since there are very few PWM/Flicker free Tv's, but I read reviews as well as have tested quite a few.  The only TV sold currently around 1000$ that I would consider is the Sony 49X900F (Rtings tested the 55" version), but it must be viewed from quite far away (5ft) to avoid viewing angle issues while a 32" 4K AHVA panel can be viewed from a little over 2.5ft without seeing discoloring or washout at the sides of the panel.  32" 4K VA panels need to be viewed from a bit further away.

Best Reviewed Flicker Free 32" 4K AHVA/IPS/PLS

A note about TV reviews: Pay attention to the size reviewed since a Sony 49X900F is not necessarily as good as the more expensive 55" version, as was the case with my Sony 49X900E which came with 1.9 gamma (washed out colors) and is significantly less accurate than the 55" version.  The same is also true of the Samsung 43NU71000 I tested (measurements aren't up yet) which is significantly more accurate than the 55" version Rtings tested, but sadly still uses PWM, and the VA panel viewing angle issues made it annoying to use as a monitor from less than 4ft away.

Thanks NCX.  Is there any loss of picture quality when watching 2K content on a 4K monitor?  Is it better to watch blu-ray content on a native 1080p monitor?

I am wondering about any scaling issues.

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Re: Advice/Help Thread
« Reply #61 on: January 16, 2019, 09:51:03 pm »
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Is there any loss of picture quality when watching 2K content on a 4K monitor?

Yes, but it's not worth worrying about at all unless viewing low (non blu-ray or sub-1080p) content.

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« Reply #62 on: March 11, 2019, 12:18:29 pm »
Hello, I return with more budget and with the clearest ideas of what I am looking for.

Im looking for a monitor 1440p, 144hz. I prefer it IPS because I'm very annoyed by the intense banding color of the TN panels, but if there is any TN that solves that problem then I would consider it. My budget is ~650.

My main problem is with the overshoot ghosting, so I come to ask for recommendations for monitors that have this as little as possible. Specialy the inverse ghosting.

My graphics card is an nvidia 2080 so I do not care if the monitor has G-Sync or FreeSync compatible.

I've been keeping an eye on the reviews of Acer Nitro VG270UP, Gigabyte AORUS AD27QD, AOC AG271QG, ViewSonic XG2703-GS and Dell S2719DGF at PC Monitors and at http://bestmonitorsbyncx.createaforum.com/general-discussion/best-144hz-monitors/
But it is not clear to me which is better for me.

Anyway, I am open to other recommendations.
Mainly I want the monitor for gaming (sometimes competitive), and as a second option to watch movies.
Currently I live in United Kingdom.

Thanks in advance.
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Re: Advice/Help Thread
« Reply #63 on: March 12, 2019, 10:20:00 pm »
My main problem is with the overshoot ghosting, so I come to ask for recommendations for monitors that have this as little as possible.

All TN panels have worse image quality than the large amount of good <130-200 IPS, and only the Acer XB271HU (@ 60hz) and Innolux IPS (Acer VG270UP, Acer VG271UP & Gigabyte AORUS AD27QD) suffer from obvious overshoot, but the Innolux IPS only do when their highest overdrive setting is activated, which is not necessary.  The IPS are slightly slower (up to 3ms), but overshoot free when their preset overdrive setting is used:

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OD Opt=best or most optimal overdrive settings for each monitor

The Gigabyte's overdrive is still fine for gaming (Rtings loved it while I base my analysis on multiple reviewers), and it has very consistently great preset color accuracy.

The G-Sync monitors have guaranteed functional variable overdrive with Nvidia cards, but it's possible to buy an Acer XF270HUA and an accurate colorimeter (X-rite colormunki or i1 display pro) for calibration for less than 650 .  The Viewsonic XG2703-GS is the best and most consistently accurate of the G-Sync panels, but obviously can't match the image quality of a calibrated monitor with the same type of panel.  The Acer XF270HUA and colorimeter are a better value than the Gigabyte and Viewsonic, plus the XF270HUA uses an AHVA panel with better overdrive than the Gigabyte.  The only reason to consider TN panels is when trying to pay as possible for a 144hz 1440p monitor, or if after 240hz for CS: GO.




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