New toys and neat setup

Posted by: TCPMeta

New toys and neat setup - 01/22/08 12:25 AM

Well my old TV went out. I finally went hightech and bought a Sharp Aquos 32inch HDTV. My room mate also bought a PS3 for the new TV.

To top things off I have done some neat stuff with my Gaming PC and xbox360. The PC and 360 is in the office. I have the special cable that lets you use a VGA monitor on the 360. From there I have a HDMI cable going to the PC so with a click of a button on the monitor I can switch video on both systems.

Now what does all have to do with each other? I have bought a switch that is meant to share two computers with one monitor, keyboard and mouse. I have ran 30feet of VGA video cable to the living room to the HDTV. I also ran 35ft of audio (RCA style) cable from my speaker system on the 360 and PC to the stereo in the living room. I can play computer games and 360 games on the TV in the living room. As long as the office door is open the signal for the keyboard, mouse and 360 controller reaches. The video and audio cables are hidden under the rug. I thought about running it though the attic but the cable would be too long and I would lose signal. Already with 30ft the video is a tad grainy but when sitting on the couch it is hardly noticeable.
Posted by: 987687

Re: New toys and neat setup - 01/22/08 03:54 AM

The Sharp Aquos are nice TVs, I got a free 20" one a while ago. Makes a nice second computer monitor.
Posted by: TCPMeta

Re: New toys and neat setup - 01/22/08 04:03 AM

Yes yes, I spent two weeks researching the best TV I could afford and fits on my entertainment center. Worth every cent.
Posted by: modyourmac

Re: New toys and neat setup - 01/22/08 07:33 AM

Once you pick up a good hdtv, its hard to go back. This past summer, I picked up a 27" Olevia off of newegg. Not the most high end, but it had all the ports I wanted. So now, I have it set up with the Mac Mini going in via HDMI, the xbox 360 going in via component, the ps2 hooked up via composite, and a vga cable running from my G4 to the tv as well.

Currently, I use the mac mini for all my movie watching, since it has a dvd player, and two 250gb hard drives hooked up. And its a first gen PPC mac mini too. Intel Mini, nah, dont need it. AppleTV? nah, doesnt have a DVD drive. FrontRow, cool, but I use VLC to play back a lot of stuff. currently, considering how little money its cost me to get to this point, I wouldnt trade my set up at all smile