Using a TV for a DAW Monitor

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  1. Maltese Fan

    Maltese Fan Member

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    Anybody using a TV as a monitor for their DAW?
    I'm having some vision problems. I'm seeing an ophthalmologist, and he has me on steroidal eye drops. When I'm done with that, it'll be a trip to my optometrist. Will using a TV as a monitor be of any use in the meantime?
     
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    I've considered doing that myself, not b/c I'm having trouble seeing or anything, but just b/c there is a 42" TV that is stored in my music room b/c we aren't using it. I got to thinking the other day it would make a nice monitor for my laptop... lol
     
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    Well I just experimented with my workstation's monitor settings.
    I can set it to 125% if necessary, so I'm good to go with that.
    Still interested in using a television as a monitor though.
     
  4. GCDEF

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    I use one. It works well
     
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    I used a 28" tv for years. Worked great
     
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    It’s important to get the right specs. There’s something about the refresh rate that’s important.
     
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    I still use a 32" Panasonic via HDMI. The price was much cheaper back when I got it some 6-7 years years ago than a 32" computer monitor and the font/icon sizing/sharpness was what I was looking for by being 1080p. Plus it looks good watching YouTube or streaming TV/Movies... and it routes automatically through my DAW monitor system.
     
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    I use a 32” Samsung via HDMI, no problem
     
  9. Bennihana

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    It's going to look like garbage if it doesn't refresh at at least 60Hz. If the monitor can handle it, he can increase the screen's refresh rate to probably 75Hz. Flickering screens with bad refresh will lead to eye problems and headaches, so it's a good idea to bump it up.
     
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    Sadly, my vision is now getting to the point where my few-years-old 25" monitor can only go to 1080p--and that's a good thing. I have real difficulty on the 15" macbook pro at native settings. Just need to (finally) get used to wearing my glasses I guess :D
     
  11. Maltese Fan

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    Thanks for all the replies.
    More research is in order.
     
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    I've been doing it for a few years. I use an old 27" tv for my main monitor, and an old 19" computer monitor for my mixer screen. Ugly, but very effective.
     

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