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Master J
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PostPosted: Sun Aug 30, 2009 9:04 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac: 2.0GHz Mac mini (early 2009)
TV: Sharp Aquos LC-52LE700UN LED
Screen size: 52"
Purchased at: hhgregg
Price paid: $1997
Connected to Mac with: HDMI
Other connections tested: None
Adapter in use: Monoprice Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter
Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080
Overscan issues: None
Underscan issues: None
Custom resolution software in use: None
Custom resolution settings: None
Special TV adjustments anor settings: You need to use dot to dot instead of zoom mode.
Audio connection: Toslink to Yamaha receiver
Extra notes: This TV isn't as thin as some of the LEDs from Samsung, but it has a really nice picture.
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 03, 2009 9:28 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac: 2.26GHz Mac mini (2009 model)
TV: Sony Bravia XBR9 KDL-46XBR9
Screen size: 46"
Purchased at: Best Buy
Price paid: $1899
Connected to Mac with: HDMI
Other connections tested: None
Adapter in use: Monoprice Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter
Screen resolution: 1080p resolution in Snow Leopard
Overscan issues: None
Underscan issues: None
Custom resolution software in use: None
Custom resolution settings: None
Special TV adjustments anor settings:
Audio connection: Toslink to Denon receiver
Extra notes: I've only had the TV for two weeks, but I really like it.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 5:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac: 2.0GHz Mac mini (2009 model) with 4GB of RAM and 320GB HDD
TV: Sony Bravia Z Series KDL-46Z5100
Screen size: 46"
Purchased at: Best Buy
Price paid: $1649 (It came with a Sony Blu-ray player and HT system though)
Connected to Mac with: HDMI
Other connections tested: None
Adapter in use: Monoprice Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter
Screen resolution: 1080p resolution in Snow Leopard
Overscan issues: None
Underscan issues: None
Custom resolution software in use: None
Custom resolution settings: None
Special TV adjustments anor settings:
Audio connection: Toslink to Sony receiver
Extra notes: I just got the set over the weekend at Best Buy. It's all working out well so far. I almost went with the one 46" Albert80 got though. It's a really nice set too.
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 09, 2009 9:22 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac: 2.26 GHz Mac mini (early 2009)
TV: Samsung LN42A630
Screen size: 42"
Purchased at: Amazon.com
Price paid: $1200
Connected to Mac with: HDMI
Other connections tested: Yes. Passing HDMI signal thru Denon Reciever.
Adapter in use: Monoprice Mini DisplayPort to HDMI
Screen resolution: 1920x1080, 1600x900 (Leopard); Still testing Snow Leopard - 1080p60 seems to work.
Overscan issues: Have to use 'Just Scan' to get full screen
Underscan issues: None
Custom resolution software in use: None
Custom resolution settings: None
Special TV adjustments and/or settings: Just Scan
Audio connection: Mac mini > Toslink > Denon receiver
Extra notes: Great TV. Having intermittent drop out issues with different resolutions in Snow Leopard.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 11, 2009 11:18 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac: 2.0GHz Mac mini
TV: Toshiba Regza
Screen size: 42-inches
Purchased at: Best Buy
Price paid: $1198 + tax
Connected to Mac with: Mini DisplayPort to HDMI
Adapter in use: Kanex Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter
Screen resolution: 1080i
Overscan issues:
Underscan issues:
Custom resolution software in use:
Custom resolution settings:
Special TV adjustments and/or settings:
Audio connection: Using analog audio with PC connection on TV.
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 12, 2009 4:56 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac: 1.83GHz Mac mini
TV: Pioneer PDP-LX508A
Screen size: 50-inches
Purchased at: The Big Picture People
Price paid: Many dollars
Connected to Mac with: HDMI
Other connections tested: VGA
Adapter in use: Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter
Screen resolution: 1920*1080 (interlaced)
Overscan issues: None
Underscan issues: None
Custom resolution software in use: None
Custom resolution settings: None
Special TV adjustments and/or settings: None
Audio connection: TOSLINK
Extra notes: None
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 11:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac: 2009 Mac Mini
TV: Samsung PN50B650
Screen size: 50-inches
Purchased at: Amazon.com
Price paid: Not so much
Connected to Mac with: HDMI
Adapter in use: Monoprice Mini DisplayPort to HDMI adapter
Screen resolution: 1080p
Overscan issues: None
Underscan issues: None
Custom resolution software in use: None
Custom resolution settings: None
Special TV adjustments and/or settings: Set Source Description to "PC" in TV Setup
Audio connection: Analog
Extra notes:
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2009 4:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac: 1.25GHz Mac mini (early 2005)
TV: Westinghouse-37H570D
Screen size: 37-inches
Purchased at: Best Buy
Price paid: $498 + tax
Connected to Mac with: VGA
Other connections tested: HDMI wouldn't work.
Adapter in use: DVI to VGA adapter
Screen resolution: 1360 x 768
Overscan issues: None
Underscan issues: None
Custom resolution software in use: None
Custom resolution settings: None
Special TV adjustments and/or settings: None
Audio connection: Using analog audio.
Extra notes: None
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PostPosted: Tue Oct 27, 2009 7:16 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

MAC: 2.0GHZ 2008 MODEL 4GB RAM
TV: SANYO 32INCH CRT 1080I
SCREEN SIZE 32 INCH
PURCHASED AT WALMART
PRICE PAID 600 PLUS TAX
CONNECTED FROM MAC TO TV WITH A DVI TO HDMI 12 FOOT CABLE SCREEN RESOLUTION VARIES FOR DVR USE 1900 X 1200 FOR COMPUTER USE 800 X 600
OVERSCAN YES MUST TAKE IT OFF
UNDER SCAN NO
CUSTOM RESOLUTION SOFTWARE IN USE NONE
CUSTOM SETTINGS :YES MENTIONED ABOVE
SPECIAL TV ADJUSTMENT AND /OR SETTING NO
AUDIO CONNECTION ANALOG AUDIO
EXTRA NOTE NONE
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My edit is as follows would not let me use the 2009 mini with leopard or snow leopard screen skipped. As of late April 2010 on snow leopard 10.6.3 it now works. mini dvi to hdmi with overscan on off. I was able to sell my 2008 mini and drop in a 2009 2.53ghz mini much nicer picture.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 28, 2009 5:40 pm    Post subject: Late 2009 Mac Mini with HDMI Wide Screen CRT TV Reply with quote

Mac: 2.53GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Mac mini (Oct. 2009)
TV: Sanyo HT30744
Screen size: 30-inches
Purchased at: WalMart
Price paid: 2004 $798
Connected to Mac with: HDMI
Other connections tested: mini DisplayPort VGA Adapter to Video Scan Converter (low image quality, does not fill widescreen)
Adapter in use: MonoPrice mini DVI + USB (audio) HDMI Adapter*
*also required: mini DisplayPort VGA Adapter connected to second computer monitor (or a PCB ass'ly) see Extra Notes
Screen resolution: TV spec 1080i (1,920x1,080)
Overscan issues: None (Mac's Overscan set to Off).
Underscan issues: None
Custom resolution software in use: None
Custom resolution settings: Mac set to "720P (TV)"
Special TV adjustments and/or settings: None
Audio connection: Digital audio via USB + mini DVI HDMI Adapter.

Mac Display Setup: System Preferences > Display. [DISPLAYS tab] - Display (TV): 720P, Refresh: 60Hz NTSC [ARRANGEMENT tab] - TV Primary, Monitor secondary. Mirror Display: Off. [OPTIONS tab] Overscan: Off. Note: even though this TV is spec'd at 1080i, setting the Mac's Display to 1080i or 1080P won't work (rolling or no signal). It must be set to 720P instead,

Extra notes: Unlike earlier Mac Mini's, the 2009 Mini DVI port outputs digital video (no analog). To get the HDMI signal via the mini DVI port working correctly, a second monitor must be connected to the Mac using a DisplayPort to VGA Adapter. It takes about 30 seconds for the TV's HDMI to sync up (still faster than my Roku).

Weird but true! The second monitor does NOT need to be turned on or even plugged in to AC! In fact, the tube itself is not needed, nor its on/off color adjustment mother board -- just its PCB "printed circuit board" assembly (the small box mounted to the end of the picture tube).

So, instead of a bulky monitor sitting next to my TV, I salvaged the PCB assembly -- including its VGA plug -- from an old 13" tube monitor. The PCB assembly is smaller than the Mac Mini and is now housed in an old, small SCSI hard drive case. A cigar box would work.

Why is a second monitor or PCB needed? Ask Apple. All I know is without the PCB's VGA port connected to the Mac, I get a broken, rolling image of the Mac desktop on the CRT TV via HDMI. I tried one of the $27 analog scan converters (VGA to s-video) and it was much lower quality than HDMI and did not natively scale correctly to fill the widescreen of the CRT TV like the free PCB hack above. I am not an engineer, but I guess the Mac is sensing "available" VGA circuitry in the PCB and thus allowing a signal to be sent via the mini DVI port to the "primary monitor", my TV. An electrical engineer can explain why this works I'm sure. If you salvage a PCB assembly, look at YouTube for how to's on discharging any residual high voltage in the CRT so you don't shock yourself. I used a screwdriver and a car battery jumper cable.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2009 3:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac: 2.0GHz Mac mini (early 2009) with 4GB and 120GB HDD
TV: Sharp Aquos LC46D85U
Screen size: 46"
Purchased at: Best Buy
Price paid: $997
Connected to Mac with: HDMI
Other connections tested: None
Adapter in use: Monoprice Mini DisplayPort to HDMI
Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080 and sometimes 720p when 8-10' away trying to read small text.
Overscan issues: None
Underscan issues: None
Custom resolution software in use: None
Custom resolution settings: None
Special TV adjustments and/or settings: The display mode needs to be set to "dot-to-dot" to view the entire screen, you can stretch or (center zoom, only zooms once just a bit larger text etc..)
Audio connection: Toslink to Onkyo HTS7100 receiver

Extra notes: I had a refurb MB463LLA that I tried to initially connect to the HDMI but it did not show anything on the screen as if it was not auto-discovering the Sharp Aquos as a display. I had to connect it to a DVI port on another LCD 22" panel for intial setup of 10.6 OS X Snow Leopard. Finished admin account setup and 2 user accounts, set autoboot to one of the accounts and then shutdown. Connected up to HDMI removed DVI and it booted up finding the Sharp Aquos TV as a display just fine.
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PostPosted: Tue Dec 15, 2009 11:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac: 2.66GHz 4MB RAM 500 GB 5400 HDD Mac mini (OCT 09)
TV: Sanyo DP19649
Screen size: 26" 780P
Purchased at: Walmart
Price paid: $325
Connected to Mac with: HDMI
Other connections tested: VGA
Adapter in use: Belkin DVI-D to HDMI adaptor
Screen resolution: 1360 x 768
Overscan issues: None - turn off
Underscan issues: None
Custom resolution software in use: SwitchResX4
Custom resolution settings: None
Special TV adjustments and/or settings: None
Audio connection: Mac mini > Audio Mini-sterio plug > TV Audio IN (DVD)
Extra notes:Audio is related to HDMI Port 1
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 16, 2009 2:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac: 2.26GHz Mac mini (late 2009)
TV: Sharp Aquos LC52D43U
Screen size: 52-inches
Purchased at: Moffett Field (Naval Base)
Price paid: $1199 + tax
Connected to Mac with: HDMI
Other connections tested: None
Adapter in use: Mini DVi - HDMI
Screen resolution: 1360 x 768
Overscan issues: None
Underscan issues: None
Custom resolution software in use: None
Custom resolution settings: None (See sample)
Special TV adjustments and/or settings: None
Audio connection: 3.5mm - RCA to Bose Receiver
Extra notes: None
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PostPosted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 11:39 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac: 2.53GHz Mac mini 4GB/500GB/9400M
TV: Sony KDL-52XBR9
Screen size: 52"
Purchased at: Best Buy
Price paid: $2000
Connected to Mac with: HDMI
Other connections tested: None
Adapter in use: Monoprice Mini DisplayPort to HDMI Adapter
Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080
Overscan issues: None
Underscan issues: None
Custom resolution software in use: None
Custom resolution settings: None
Special TV adjustments anor settings: None
Audio connection: Toslink to Sony receiver
Extra notes: Mac mini also works well with VGA @ 1920 x 1080 on side PC connection. No overscan or underscan issues either way.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 30, 2009 11:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Mac: 2.26GHz Intel Core 2 Duo Mac mini (late 2009)
TV: Pioneer Kuro PDP-5080HD
Screen size: 50-inches
Connected to Mac with: HDMI via my AVR unit
Other connections tested: None
Adapter in use: Kanex Mini DisplayPort to HDMI 1080p Video with Digital Audio Adapter
Screen resolution: 720p
Overscan issues: Slight clipping on all 4 edges. The entire display, when static at least, actually "floats" around very slightly and slowly, probably to prevent burn-in.
Underscan issues: None
Custom resolution software in use: None
Custom resolution settings: None
Special TV adjustments and/or settings: None
Audio connection: Mini-TOSLINK (optical audio) to aforementioned Kanex adapter, which in turn runs to a Harman Kardon AVR-354
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Extra notes:
Remote control: Harmony 880
Media center software: Plex
Additional software:
Remote Buddy (for launching Plex and other apps as well as controlling the Mac with the Harmony remote)
Mobile Air Mouse (to use the iPhone as a wireless trackpad and keyboard)
RemoteTap (VNC server/client for remotely accessing the Mac with the iPhone)
Bonjour Mounter (maintains an open connection to the AFP mount point on my desktop for Plex)
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