Monitor recommendations

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I'd appreciate any recommendations for a decent monitor that can use external speakers. I think 1920 x 1080 would be fine, and I don't need a really large monitor. I recently was given a 4K monitor but it was huge and wouldn't work with external speakers. I hate the thought of having to use a headset every time I'm editing in Camtasia. I do some screencasting, sometimes just with Camtasia and other times with SnagIt videos into Camtasia.

Any thoughts are appreciated. Thanks for your help!
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Ed Covney

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Cheryl - don't worry about external speakers, they can plug directly into your computer. I have a 28" 4K monitor on one system, but set its display to 2560 x 1440 (2K) so my old eyes don't strain reading tiny text.

As far as a recommendation, why not visit a big box store and get educated. You may not know that some monitors can rotate 90° and 1920 x 1080 becomes 1080 x 1920 preferred by desk-top publishers. Some can be height adjusted and swiveled. And there's probably a dozen other considerations I can't think of at the moment.


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Thanks for your response, Ed. I could use some education, for sure.   
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Paul

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If you want to use external speakers, can't you plug them into your computer?  Or are you using the monitor to act as a hub so you don't have to make multiple connections from e.g. a laptop?

Not all monitors have audio outputs so check the specs carefully 
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In todays market you can usually get a TV cheaper than a monitor depending of course on the size you want..

I'm using a 24" vizio TV  with 1920x1080 resolution as my monitor.

I just saw a @24" in wallys a few days ago  for like $69.00.

The neat thing about getting a TV is you can use it as a TV or a monitor for PC.


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Hi, Paul. That's what my setup is like now. They plug into the computer and work fine. For some reason we couldn't get it to work with that new monitor, a customers in reviews complained about the same issue.
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What connectivity are you using between computer and monitor?  If it's VGA or DVI, those don't carry sound to the monitor.  You need to use HDMI or connect the output jack from the computer to the input jack on the monitor if it has one.
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That monitor is now gone which is why I'm looking for a new one. Thanks for the information. I'll keep this in mind!
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What output options do you have on your PC?

That will tell you a lot when you get to the store.

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Cheryl Hoover

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Thanks. I have DVI, but I could use a converter if necessary, I think, right?
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There are three types of DVI - DVI-D* (digital) and DVI-I / DVI-A (analog).
DVI-D to HDMI or DP** (display port) cables are available where ever good cables are sold. DVI-A had an advantage over old VGA in that you could connect two VGA monitors to one connector. Dual Link means they can drive two monitors.
* This is the one want (Single or dual)
** Gamers and High Speed camera bufs prefer Display Port (high bandwidth, no sound)
most PC users  prefer HDMI (has a sound channel).
Cables are available that convert any DVI-D type to DP or HDMI.




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As you can see there are 5 different types of dvi plugs so that would be very important to get that right for your computer end.

Then I  would have to recommend HDMI for the monitor or TV end as that is pretty much the standard ATM.

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Thanks for all the extra information.  These are details my IT department normally handles and I don't even think about. I think I'll let them handle it! Thanks again.
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By all means let IT assist you.You need to be certain before making any purchases {:>)

It sounds like your other monitor had speakers? And therefore "Odds are" it was hooked up with a DVI to HDMI cable adapter.
As long as the computers graphics card supports it. DVI ports support audio out. But you need a HDMI in on the monitor to complete process.
https://www.cables.com/blog/does-dvi-support-audio/

Having no way of knowing this actually applies to you. Makes it food for thought really.

As far as a monitor goes. Most monitors don't produce quality sound. There isn't enough room in a monitors case for decent speakers.
If you've got room on your desktop.Your much better off with a set of speakers.

When I purchased this pair in 2012 they were $70
They would set you back $100 today.They have 4" drivers and sound fantastic to this day.
https://www.amazon.com/Genius-SP-HF1800A-Three-way-Hi-Fi-Speakers/dp/B0041Q9PZ0/ref=sr_1_6?crid=2CZS...


I believe a more practical choice might be these.Same company "Genius"
1 Driver........ 3" and one tweeter. $40

It's all about desk space.Do you have any and enough to spare? This company has proven itself to me. I wouldn't hesitate to buy another pair like the ones I have or take a chance on the smaller ones.

Regards,Joe
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OK I  will ask the obvious question.

II you are using this in a company with an IT department then why are YOU paying for a monitor for the company?


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Thanks for the speaker recommendations. I appreciate that.

I'm not paying for a monitor. I had a 1680x1050 Acer monitor, and the quality of the videos I was producing was very poor. They got me an Acer 4K monitor to replace it, but we couldn't get it to work with my external speakers, which I prefer. The sound only came through the speakers, and it was horrible. So IT told me to tell them what to buy and they'll buy it. I was just looking for recommendations for monitors that definitely work with external speakers.

Thanks again! You've all been very helpful.
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Cheryl - Oh my, all you needed to do was [Device Manager], [Sound, video and game controllers] and (Rt. Click) to turn off the offending sound card/speakers.
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Good to know. The monitor had bad reviews, and that was one of the issues commonly cited. There were other problems with it, as well, so I'm not concerned.