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#1 jrhodes OFFLINE  

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Posted Thu Mar 21, 2019 8:21 PM

I came across this monitor on ebay.

It has hdmi, vga, and composite video in connections (the composite is over one of those headphone style ports with a adapter, see pic below)

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Think this would handle the TI's video OK?

I was also thinking of using it as a Pi monitor too.

 

Anything else around the same price range i may want to consider instead/also?



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Posted Thu Mar 21, 2019 9:02 PM

LCDs of this nature usually have the worst 15KHz broadcast video scalers out there.  Might or might not display the video (since it'll have the usual issues with attempting to deinterlace the signal).  Really, for 15KHz uninterlaced Composite upscaling at an affordable price, the RetroTINK 2X is king, these days.  And the Micomsoft Framemeister remains king for folks with deep pockets.  While the OSSC is ideal for anyone with an F18A modded console (Framemeister works too, but 31KHz signals aren't really its strong suit). 

 

The upscalers in Samsung, Sony and Panasonic HDTVs in most cases also handle "240p" video just fine.  But that shouldn't be surprising.  These were made based on the assumption that consumers would be plugging in their legacy devices, and an upscaler which actually gets the job done and done well is a basic and essential feature.  There are still models which will literally display nothing at all, or experience severe issues.  But they're in the minority.  

 

But who knows.  It might just work.  Well, sort of.



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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2019 6:19 AM

If you're a gamer, I'd say forget LCD with its inherent lag and blocky look. Check your local Craigslist for deals on free (or next to free) 13"-20" CRT TV's or monitors with composite in.

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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:21 AM

I just picked up a Magnavox professional monitor on Craigslist for $100. Works great and in really great condition. They are out there!

I actually have spares now to sell, if someone wanted to pick up in western WA. (I won't ship, too many things can go wrong.)

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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:37 AM

If you're a gamer, I'd say forget LCD with its inherent lag and blocky look. Check your local Craigslist for deals on free (or next to free) 13"-20" CRT TV's or monitors with composite in.

Also Facebook on the (local) Marketplace, you'll often find free older TV's.



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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2019 7:48 AM

Also Facebook on the (local) Marketplace, you'll often find free older TV's.


For some "strange" reason, I always seem to forget about Farcebook. :lol:

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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2019 3:17 PM

best monitor for retro stuff.. samsung 910mp..  does rf, composite, vga, SCART (15khz RGB) and svideo.. AND its 4:3 ratio

 

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#8 jrhodes OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:12 PM

In the future, i'll look into that, Greg.

Not got that much $$$ to throw around right now.


Edited by jrhodes, Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:16 PM.


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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:19 PM

In the future, i'll look into that, Greg.
Not got that much $$$ to throw around right now.

I just picked one off epay for 75 plus shipping

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#10 jrhodes OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:43 PM

I did a fast search for that monitor and was seeing $100+ prices...

Anyway, i'll probably get the monitor i mentioned earlier in this thread, that mini-monitor that Home Automation has, or cheap $10 composite to vga dongle to use on my old vga computer flatscreen monitor. (https://www.ebay.com...XgAAOSwMVFXIFIe)


Edited by jrhodes, Fri Mar 22, 2019 4:43 PM.


#11 Airshack OFFLINE  

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Posted Fri Mar 22, 2019 10:41 PM

Think this would handle the TI's video OK?
I was also thinking of using it as a Pi monitor too.
 
Anything


I have one of these which works beautifully with a VGA modded F18A system.

On the downside it looks absolutely horrible with regular TI composite hooked up. Think blocky snow and really bad shadowy text.


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Posted Sat Mar 23, 2019 2:20 PM

i guess i'm an outlier, lol.  before i gave the tv to my daughter, i just used a TI composite cable and an el cheapo $99 walmart tv and was tickled pink at the picture.



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Posted Sun Mar 24, 2019 1:48 AM

i guess i'm an outlier, lol.  before i gave the tv to my daughter, i just used a TI composite cable and an el cheapo $99 walmart tv and was tickled pink at the picture.


The composite cable image looks good on a CRT. I’d agree with that. Especially compared to RF.

I’m just ruined by that F18A image with an LCD. It’s perfect...really just perfect.

I’ll post a few shots here of my 10” LCD hooked to the TI F18A vs the composite look. It’s dramatic.


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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:05 AM

https://rover.ebay.c...tm/273229239752

W F18A
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Composite

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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:08 AM

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Composite looked much better the second time I tried it out. Not really that bad compared to F18A after all.


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Edited by Airshack, Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:09 AM.


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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:11 AM

2dd4ae0effca39031606869513ff5a13.jpg F18A again

I ordered the 10” 1080 model w HDMI and composite inputs:

https://rover.ebay.c...tm/273229239752

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Edited by Airshack, Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:13 AM.


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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:37 AM

no 4:3 to 16:9 stretch?



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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2019 3:58 PM

Sony PVM broadcast monitor



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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:27 PM

no 4:3 to 16:9 stretch?


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Remote allows for 4:3 to 16:9 at a button press!

Composite here at 16:9
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#20 Airshack OFFLINE  

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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2019 6:38 PM

F18A 16:9
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The speaker inside is more than adequate as well.


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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:06 PM

A few years back I scored an off-brand "Coby" TV set, that I use at Fest Wests, but mostly for testing purposes and occasional streaming with a Chromecast.  

It has nearly everything onboard, HDMI, VGA, Composite, S-Video, RF and even a separate PC audio in when using the VGA plug (like with an F18A). 

<< Specifications >>

 

Here's a view of all the on-board connectors

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Here's a view of it at the last Fest West

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The sound is actually pretty good.  If you ever come across one on the used market, I'd suggest snatching it up if it's in good shape with a decent price.  



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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:17 PM

I ordered a small LCD because I needed something portable for the VAST meetings. It’s like two-man Festwest with donuts every month in PHX.

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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2019 9:19 PM

I ordered a small LCD because I needed something portable for the VAST meetings. It’s like two-man Festwest with donuts every month in PHX.

 

Speaking about that... when is the next one?  I bought the webcam for the meetings but it never gets used.



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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:36 PM

We’d or Thursday this week. Time pref?


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Posted Mon Mar 25, 2019 10:43 PM

We’d or Thursday this week. Time pref?


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