CRT Fetish Thread

doaal

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If it's the regular 2x it's just a basic line doubler, don't expect miracles out of it. Also if you aren't using component it's gonna look bad no matter what scaler is used since none of the gaming based scalers can process composite or svideo worth a damn.
I'm on SCART RGB. I've seen some nice scanline filters on the 5X, but the option on the 2X is poor.
 

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Had to leave my PVM with my parents back in Canada. Ain't no way that think is getting shipped to Europe.

I picked up a Retrotink 2X and it's nowhere near as good as people make it out to be. Maybe they've been doing all their retro gaming on flatscreens the past decade.
You shouldn't have bought that. The Retrotink 2X is basically just an adapter to help the analog inputs on new TV's work a little better with old consoles. It's a half-step solution for people who don't want to throw a lot of money at the problem.

Get an actual digital HDMI upscaler like the Retrotink 5X. The 2X and the 5X are completely different sorts of devices. For someone going from a CRT, there's no way you'll be happy with a half-assed solution like the 2X. There's a 4K version coming too.
 
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@doaal
Get an europeen consumer TV. They normally all do RGB and most of them also work with NTSC composite signals. It's still pretty easy to get a decent CRT here in Germany for free. Shouldn't be a problem in EU.
I picked one up for free two days ago, a very nice Sony Trinitron KV-14M1D. It's only 14" but that's right what I need in my setup. It came with a third-party remote control with slightly different button layout than the original which gave me a tough nut to track, took me several hours to find the right sequence for the service menu (it's "TV on standby, then press "INFO" - "5" - "VOLUME UP" - "TV/R").

Now my trusty old Commodore 1084 can finally get the refurbishment it badly needs.
 

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I have the same LMD sans stand. It’s alright, but no 480p sucks.
 

doaal

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Get an europeen consumer TV. They normally all do RGB and most of them also work with NTSC composite signals. It's still pretty easy to get a decent CRT here in Germany for free. Shouldn't be a problem in EU.
I'll see what's on classifieds. I got my PVM for free many years ago and when I have seen a good CRT for sale in recent years it's been for a dumb price. If not then maybe I'll try the 5X as Alec recommends.
 

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Some really awesome displays in this thread... I'd love to track down a decent sized (say 25") Sony or Mitsubishi broadcast monitor some day...

For now, I use this little bad boy. A Sony Trinitron KV-20WS1U. It's a 20" Widescreen set, quite novel when Sony brought them out (circa '97 / '98).

The speakers are awesome, and it's even got a built in subwoofer!

I paid a £1 for it. :D

I only really use it to play Time Crisis, although occasionally I will use it for other stuff.

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