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This review is from: ASUS VE247H 24 inch LED Widescreen Full HD 1080p Support with HDMI 2ms Response Time Splendid? Video Intelligence Technology (Accessory)
Something nobody really mentions re: the capabilities of ASUS monitors is the importance of the earphone jack. This is essentially a stereo line out. Claims you will find on the internet that speakers cannot be plugged into an earphone jack are absolute rubbish. I'm telling you as a sound engineer. If you have any pair of active speakers (i.e. they power themselves (they need to be plugged in)) you can use this "earphone jack" to totally bypass the monitor speakers and use the speakers you want to. The monitor audio input sources are a) via the 3.5mm in socket, and/or, b) from HDMI.
In this way I have my Xbox connected by HDMI and am then 'routing on' the audio contained in the HDMI signal out of the earphone jack, into my audio interface, and then into my 12" active speakers. I could just run the earphone jack output using a 3.5mm stereo plug at one end to two 1/4" jacks (left and right) into each speaker directly but my interface lets me control lots of ins and outs for other purposes. You could even take the 3.5mm audio out and go into an amplifier/AV receiver and then into passive (non-powered) speakers. At the end of the day you just need a cable that is 3.5mm stereo one end to whatever connections you need the other side.
The point of this review is that the audio features of this monitor mean that you can have an HDMI picture, and, great sound too - making it ideal for a multimedia setup outwith standard PC use.
In terms of the picture, you will have to mess around with the various 'splendid' settings and then fine-tune contrast, brightness etc yourself from there. The standard modes are typically too bright, too contrasted etc - basically 'extremes'. Once optimised the screen is excellent.
I chose this over an VE278Q after much deliberation. I moved up from a 22" 1680x1050. This VE247H made a huge difference because of the extra pixels. I have a very deep desk and still I'm glad I didn't get a 27" monitor now. Obviously the 24" is sharper at the same resolution (smaller pixels). On the desk it is big enough that your are focusing on a section of the screen (and have to move'lean back to see it all), and at 2-3 metres it fills your line of vision.
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Initial post: 26 Nov 2012 11:11:12 GMT
S. Heath says:
Thanks I am looking to buy several of these to send to my bro-in-law in Africa to set up a gaming centre. It's essential that it has headphone output with ability to jack in to an amp to "go loud" ;-) Your review was especially helpful in making up my mind.
Posted on 23 Mar 2013 21:36:12 GMT
Mr. R. G. Moore says:
"Claims you will find on the internet that speakers cannot be plugged into an earphone jack are absolute rubbish. I'm telling you as a sound engineer."
ONLY IF THE IMPEDANCES MATCH is this a sound(!) practice. Ask an electrical engineer for an explanation. Of course, you are right about powered speakers, they are fine.
In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jul 2014 22:21:43 BDT
Well as you suggested asking an electrical engineer I have to say I think you missed the point. He is talking about plugging into active speakers (i.e. an amplifier/speaker combo unit as typically used with computers). Obviously you wouldn't plug a headphone output into regular speakers. Impedance matching is not relevant in this scenario.
In the scenario you are thinking of the amplifier and speaker impedances do not have to be matched either, though matching impedance will give the highest power output.
In reply to an earlier post on 5 Sep 2014 12:13:04 BDT
S. Mallinson says:
Likewise re audio out the monitor is great. Installed new Asus Nividia GTX 770 graphics card to PC and connected to this monitor via HDMI. Initially having problems getting any sound out of pc. Changed audio output to monitor (control panel / hardware and Sound / manage Audio devices , select monitor and click as default) and then connected 3.5mm audio cable into 2 phono cable going into back on min hifi unit. Great sound and better than cheap pc speakers. Colour in Monitor bright and clear. Good for gaming. Going to get a second once for multi screen etc.
Posted on 23 May 2015 12:34:53 BDT
Last edited by the author on 23 May 2015 12:44:12 BDT
M. A. Kerwin says:
Id like to know how you manage to get an HDMI (digital) sound through your 3.5mm analogue headphone socket???
Impedance matching may not be relevant in this instance, but it would to a 'Sound Engineer', in fact it's all we'd hear about because you're referring to a DI (or Direct Input) and it will have some bearing on Noise dependent on SNR and the impedance mismatch.
Also, I doubt an electrical engineer would advise you as well as an electronics engineer - or better yet - a Sound Engineer.
The best option is to take the sound direct from your PC where it likely has a digital decoder, headphone pre-amp output and possibly a whole wealth of additional features not found on (or in) the monitor.
The headphone socket in the monitor is exactlt that and is merely for convenience, it's not intended to be split and routed through an amp because if you set the monitor audio output to max and your amp output to max then you're possibly in a whole new world of trouble. Do what it says on the tin, or stick to cheap parts, because if you have to ask then you don't know enough already and you won't learn it here sadly.
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