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Philips Brilliance 190G6

It’s no use to describe this monitor – you must see it for real. Philips came up with something that’s not a PC monitor proper, but a sort of a home multimedia system. The product you take out of a huge box is bigger than many monitors with a larger screen diagonal. There are four speakers on the sides of the 190G6 which are also quite large as monitors’ speakers go. You say that even these large speakers are no good at reproducing a really deep bass? Well, there is a separate subwoofer for that in the package:

And that’s not the most thrilling feature, either. The biggest surprise is that the monitor sports its own audio card with a USB interface for the computer. I confess I haven’t seen anything like that before!

This thing cannot be described as “compact” if viewed from a side. There’s a kind of a cup behind each speaker which are in fact speaker enclosures. As you know, a speaker sounds bad by itself and needs an acoustic enclosure, a closed volume. Here, this volume is quite big while keeping the monitor relatively thin.

The stand allows changing the tilt of the screen only. And it is quite unnecessarily chrome-plated. Shiny monitors look splendid on a shop shelf, but all this excessive gloss and shine will only be distracting at real use.

The monitor has a full set of video connectors. At the back and bottom there are analog and digital inputs, an audio connector (in addition to the integrated audio card), SCART and S-Video connectors. This all can be hidden with a black cover after you’ve attached all the cables.

Two more groups of video connectors are located on the side: a composite input (labeled CVBS) with its accompanying audio input, and a component input (labeled HDTV) with a couple of its own audio connectors. I’d want to remind you that there are two standard resolutions in HDTV, 720 and 1080 lines (which split further in twos by the type of line scanning, but it doesn’t matter here). The 1080 lines mode is considered the basic one. Like a standard 19” monitor, the 190G6 has a native resolution of 1280x1024 or 56 lines less than in a HDTV frame.

The base is rigged up well, too. There are three more connectors on its back: power (the monitor’s got an external power supply), a USB input for the audio card and for the integrated USB hub, and an audio output for the subwoofer.

You will find the mentioned hub on the left of the base. It gives you two more USB ports.

On the left of the base, there are also two audio sockets: microphone input and headphones output. This seems to be all. I hope I haven’t missed any of the monitor’s numerous connectors :).

 
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