Iceman, I hope you know this is a 1080i HD CRT set. Light gun games are not going to work, as there is digital processing going on.
240P consoles are not going to look like they do on standard definition CRTs either, you aren't going to get the big chunky scanlines. The shadow mask and phosphors are going be a fine pitch for the higher resolution. SNES games for example are going to look closer to the look of 240P on a modern flat panel, that chunky pixel look.
If you were looking for the ultimate retro gaming TV, I'm sorry this isn't the one. It would be great for something like the original XBOX, or Wii. That's about it I'm afraid.
True on light guns not working, it is an HD CRT. Has to be an SD tube either curved or flat glass.
As an owner of multiple SD and HD CRTs, I prefer my Atari 5200, NES and newer consoles on the HD CRT. Do not believe the hype about scanline loss ruined on HD CRTs, especially when one does not even own the different CRTs for an honest assessment. 240p/480i video is crystal clear with no upscale blur on the HD Tube.
An LCD or LED are outstanding for HD, look horrible with SD images. Not chunky pixels associated with retro consoles, but usually show "out of focus" blur or pixelated crap. Even a PS2 set to 480p for games that offer the supported are an upscale mess on even older 720p max resolution LCDs; imagine what a 4K TV does to SD images. If you want sharp imagery with SD video, stick with CRTs; either SD for scanline or HD CRT for detailed video with smooth rendering. I would switch to a 1080p LED only if every signal source is in HD.
So if you don't follow the thrift finds, last Friday I scored a KV-40XBR800. It did not come with a stand. Since this this TV weighs a massive 304lbs I need a heavy duty stand.
I am going to say you are wrong and others are right that this TV is one of the best for retro gaming. Especially since it has a built in sub woofer. I like flat screen CRT's and if I have the option of having a TV that is only 240p and has to downscale everything else or a TV that goes up to 1080i and will upscale certain video to 480p that should be 240p, I will take the 1080i TV.
Hey is cold weather bad for these TV's? I just went out and tried to turn it on and it will not turn on now. It has been in the single digits the last few days. The TV worked when I got it. It has just been sitting on a cart in my unheated garage and now will not turn on. It just sits in standby mode and that is it.
As mentioned earlier in the finds thread, be sure the custom shelf is very robust. Solid at least on inch thick vertical center support under the TV is critical. Due to the CRT front heavy, recommend an anchor in the back od the TV as pointed out in my twenty dollar repair guide.
That sub woofer speaker encapsulates the best sound feature that modern flat TVs cannot duplicate; the huge speaker enclosure of the CRT TV shell. Thrown in that WEGA CRTs include the third subwoofer for true built in surround sound. I have my CRTs hooked up to an amp with rear speaker and leaving the TV speakers enabled for a full sound field. You picked a great TV, a superb screen for any retro or modern console as well as DVD and Bluray view.
The cold air in that garage will cause damage due to condensation and could short out components inside. Kicking on the high voltage Flyback transformer in such lower temperatures really putting a risk on your rare TV. Get the TV inside, might just work normally again. Once you move the TV indoors, let it dry out and warmup for a day before plugging in. A good idea to remove the back panel for a proper dust out with soft brush and a can of air. KEEP CLEAR OF THE FLYBACK TRANSFORMER DUE TO RESIDUE HIGH VOLTAGE. I do not recommend the ground out technique to release the high voltage, that in itself a risk of injury, damaging capacitors and sensitive chips. Just clear of the flyback and the fragile electronics at the back of the tube, not a big deal.
Take a read of the chip replacement guide all the way thru, the hair dryer is a temporary maybe fix. Note the date of the OP, it has been years and my HD CRT still working just fine. A meteculous desolder and resolder; I added chip sockets for an easy just in case future chip replacement.
Repair your rare WEGA for under twenty dollars
Edited by CRTGAMER, Sat Dec 30, 2017 4:23 PM.