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N64 TV differences
Topic Started: Jan 20 2014, 07:01 AM (1,476 Views)
Adillis
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So I have seen lots of discussion on people comparing LCD to CRT TVs, but I don't see very much comparing different flat screens (LED, LCD, Plasma). Has anyone compared these? I've stopped trying to play my N64 for now as I have a cheap LCD that doesn't display it too well.
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danikei
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Check this 500eur tv Sony W6 review

Still, I doubt it will look anything like connecting the n64 to a crt...
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Adillis
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I'm not really in the market for a new flatscreen. I do have plans to get a crt, I was just looking for a bit of discussion on the displaying properties of the different types of flatscreens.
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Grizzmeister
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Not everyone has the space to keep a extra CRT TV on hand for legacy console gaming so it behooves us all to discuss modern HDTV's that do a good job with the N64's low-res output signal.

My Sharp Aquos LC-40D68UT is excellent for any console feeding it via either component or HDMI but the N64's signal through composite (the set doesn't support S-Video :( ) looks absolutely horrible. The image is very washed out and blurry.
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kartmaster
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I don't think the type of display will be a significant factor, as all of those technologies are fixed resolution devices. Meaning displaying anything other than the native resolution (whether it's Plasma or LCD) will result in distortion.

The determining factor I would think, have more to do with how that signal is encoded and upscaled inside the TV, which will probably have more to do with brand of TV and scaling methods used in the hardware rather than what type of flat panel display is used.

It's a discussion worth having though, which models do a better job of this than others? In my experience, I haven't seen any that look "good". But some are definitely better than others. My 46" Vizio LCD looks real crummy hooked to the N64, but it's also about 5 years old (I'll have to find the model number). I'd think newer TV's would scale better, but many new sets won't even accept the composite signal from an N64.
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Not everyone has the space to keep a extra CRT TV on hand for legacy console gaming so it behooves us all to discuss modern HDTV's that do a good job with the N64's low-res output signal.


Exactly my point and the reason for this thread. I do have a new Vizio LED smart tv that I can connect to at home, I just don't use it for gaming so to keep my small children from getting into everything. Just trying it out will be fine though and I can at least give one example of whether a new tv works or not.
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I just brought the W6, its rubbish for RETRO consoles lol
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madafsta123
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I think it depends on the size of the HDTV, mine is a 24" hisense - from Australia and my n64 is hooked up via composite.i can get away with playing it on that without sacrificing to much quality and stretching out although The quality isn't as good as it was on the old tv but I just don't have space for one. I tested it on our lounge room tv which is about 55" via composite and it looks way worse then on the 24"
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kartmaster
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I'd be nice to compile some sort of list of sets that at least provide an acceptable display of legacy consoles. Of course what is acceptable is going to be pretty subjective.

I do agree that smaller screen sizes are likely to be more forgiving.
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Adillis
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Well, just tried connecting to my 55" vizio m551d.

It seems to display pretty well, auto changes resolution to 480i for super mario 64 and changes to 4:3 aspect.

Unfortunately this tv does not have S-Video so I had to use composite. Still a nice picture though
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Consoles: 2/16
Controller: 3/30

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madafsta123
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Can all TVs change to 4:3 I couldn't find it in my tv settings?
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Adillis
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Jan 21 2014, 06:43 PM
Can all TVs change to 4:3 I couldn't find it in my tv settings?
I'm not sure if they all can. I didn't have to change any settings. Mine auto changed when I turned on the N64
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Grizzmeister
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All my HDTV's allow me to switch between 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios.
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Jan 21 2014, 08:05 PM
All my HDTV's allow me to switch between 4:3 and 16:9 aspect ratios.
I looked in all my TVs settings and can't find a 4:3 setting shame because if I changed to 4:3 and used s video I could get it to look half decent
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Grizzmeister
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Here in the U.S. my friend has a smallish Emerson (22 inch maybe) LCD TV and we often play Super Smash Bros. Melee on it. He's got his GameCube connected to the set with just composite cables and in 4:3 mode it doesn't look half bad. If I'm not mistaken the native resolution of that TV is 720p and it runs at 60 Hz.
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Adillis
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I have a Westinghouse (27" I think) that I can't seem to change to 4:3 and displays my n64 horribly using S-Video. It natively runs at 720i with 60hz
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