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Use of display technology to produce the best possible image from the N64
Topic Started: Jan 27 2014, 05:43 PM (8,211 Views)
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A CRT TV is high on my things to get list, but I want to use it for other things.

Other pre 7th gen consoles, mainly GameCube for Melee. Consoles I plan to get for CRT.
Xbox OG
Dreamcast
Super Famicom
Famicom
Maybe a PS1 and 2
SNES (PAL).


DVD's of old 4:3 shows.

And eventually a LaserDisc player.

Is there a (preferably large) CRT with minimum over scan or adjustable over scan that's good for all this while still getting the full power of the 64, or should I get two CRT's?

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Thanks for the help man. I actually fond a guy was giving away a hardly used TV for free but it was too late, already taken. :bowser: Gonna try and get any CRT by the end of June.
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Sorry for DP. I just got a Philips 29PT5026/79 for free from some guy waaay out in the mountains.
It's 29 inch, has S-Video, standard AV and component inputs. It uses a "real flat picture tube" which I think is bad but it has 50/60 HZ display. Oh and it looks very new for a CRT from the country.
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Still haven't tested out that CRT but after watching My Life in Gaming's RGB series I've decided to look into PVM's with RGB. I was wondering what a good small entry level PVM is for testing the waters. I've seen iddy biddy little Sony PVM's but I was wondering if there's a better alternative for small cheap pro CRT monitors.

I've been interested in picture quality since I was a kid, so I think it's time to really get into getting optimal video.
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Thanks for the info. One last question, is there a simple way to convert JP-21 to BNC, and do they have JP compatible TVs outside Japan? For a few reasons I've decided to get a Japanese N64 to mod for RGB and HDMI, and also ditch getting a SNES and just get a Super Famicom
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Got around to testing that CRT, it doesn't work....

OK after much research, comparing etc I've decided to make the XM29 my long term goal, so I have to ask. Just how rare are they? Can they be found with consistent and persistent searching, or are they nigh impossible to come by?
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If I end up not liking the heavy scanline look I was thinking of trying to hunt down the same model I used to play at my Nans house for my old 64.

It was a very small 14-20 inch Toshiba (I think) CRT. It had a button grid on the front that let you change the channel without the need to click though every other channel, it would display a red digit to let you know what channel you were on.

Any idea of what model this could be? As far as I know it could only do composite and mono (never really checked since I used a purple RF cable as a kid). It would be perfect for my old PAL 64 since I don't plan to mod it.
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Last night I got my hands on a hardly used 20 inch Phillips TV. It's pretty much a smaller version of the dud TV I got earlier including component inputs. I hooked my PAL N64 and GC up via composite, It looks amazing.
It can't do 480P and probably can't do 576P either but it does standard def really well.
For some reason I can't get scanlines. Up close the picture looks as if it's behind a screen door or like it's made up of dots. This is fine since this is how my systems have always looked on a CRT but I'm curious as to how to get scan lines.
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Another oddity is that Mario 64 comes up letter boxed for some reason.
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Edit: I've learn't about vertical TV lines and how a low TV line count makes scanlines harder to see and that Mario 64's letterbox appearance is due to how it was ported to PAL systems.
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My Phillips TV only cost $50 AUD and it looks fantastic.

As AndyK said, it's mainly about finding an underused CRT.
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