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1 hour ago, dogbert said:

Whelp, finally bit the bullet on a GDEmu clone after finally noticing  how simple they are to install. Wish me luck in a month or two when it finally arrives.

 

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Nice! 
Did you see the Mode announcement?

 

https://shop.terraonion.com/en/home/17-Terraonion_MODE_Dreamcast_Saturn_ODE.html

 

100% compatibility with the redump library. It also has  support for standard 2.5inch HDD’s and SSD’s, USB flash drives and SD cards. Swank menu system, oh and it works on the Saturn, too.:)
 

 

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10 hours ago, Romier S said:


Nice! 
Did you see the Mode announcement?

 

https://shop.terraonion.com/en/home/17-Terraonion_MODE_Dreamcast_Saturn_ODE.html

 

100% compatibility with the redump library. It also has  support for standard 2.5inch HDD’s and SSD’s, USB flash drives and SD cards. Swank menu system, oh and it works on the Saturn, too.:)
 

 

 

Yeah it was that announcement (and the price..) that got me looking at GDEmus again. Totally cool, but totally overkill for me. 

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  • 2 weeks later...

As you may all know, I’ve been looking for a “big” CRT to settle on for light gun games and general gaming, etc. I’ve  gone through a 36’ Sony FS100 and a 27’ FS300. Both of which were fine sets and I’ve always been a Sony aperture grill guy but the geometry on both sets have left me wanting and searching for better. The FV310’s are not easy to come by but I had the opportunity to pick up a JVC 36’ D Series 504 for $30 bucks and figured why not? I believe it’s a shadow mask tube and it’s curved which I’m usually leary of but I just finished cleaning her up and getting some game time in the last few hours and color me damned impressed! I think I found my big screen CRT to pair alongside my 20’ PVM and 14’ BVM. The geometry on this thing is stellar, black levels are deep and rich and the scanlines/sharpness really just left me in awe as my expectation was of a softer picture in comparison to the Sony sets from what I read. That couldn’t be further from the truth. The shadow mask tubes are also remarkably lighter than the Sony tubes. This beast was about 142lb’s compared to the 36’ Sony which came in at nearly 240lb’s.

 

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The remote is getting shipped to me so I can’t get into the service menu until Tuesday but it really only needs some minor adjustments (shift the HPOS over to the right and HSIZ/VSIZ adjustments for overscan). It’s my first JVC and I couldn’t be happier! The thing is legit!

 

The only downside is a bit of cosmetic damage on the bottom side of the plastic but it doesn’t effect the picture all. 

 

 

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The jump from composite to s-video is the biggest you can make in terms of picture quality. The jump from s-video to RGB is certainly impactful but not to the same degree. On a scale if I were calculating the leap in quality in percentage points....

 

RF - Baseline 

Composite - 30%

S-Video - 75%

Component - 98%

RGB/Scart - 100%

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Finally got the remote for the JVC and got into the service menu. I adjusted the geometry to near perfection and resolved the red push that is inherent to these sets. I hate to gush but man I haven’t seen a finer consumer CRT out there. I know Sony typically gets all of the love with their aperture grill tubes but this might be my favorite consumer CRT I’ve owned. No consumer Sony set I’ve owned has had the combination of image clarity with proper geometry and convergence. PVM/BVM’s are another story.:)


Oh and @Starhawk, I might have a bead on an 27in Sony FV310. I’m waiting to hear back from the guy on it.

 

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Some more retro fun, in preparation for a playthrough of Silent Hill 4 on the OG Xbox, I got my settings all dialed in for 480p on the OSSC. This is a line doubled image to 960p and it’s pretty damned nice on the TCL....

 

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This is one area the Framemeister can’t touch the OSSC on. The inherent noise in solid some colors and problematic color reproduction at 480p is a killer on the FM in comparison.

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So I won this on EBay for $200. It’s the 14L5 PVM. It’s multiformat so it can do up to 1080i. Specifically, it’s lovely for 480p titles. It’s bigger brother, the 20L5 is one of the most sought after PVM’s out there. It usually costs about $1500. This little guy usually goes for $6-700. So to get it for $200 is a damned steal. The reason for the discount is the cosmetic damage on the back side of the unit. Despite the case damage, it works flawlessly! This should have sold for at least $400 but the guy didn’t care and just wanted it gone. I’ll take it. I love how compact this little guy is.

 

 

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5 hours ago, ChrisBardon said:

Is that a VGA to component converter?  Really interested in impressions on this-if something like that works well, it might change what I do for my next MAME build. 


Yes, it’s a VGA (HD-15) to component which is needed for the DAC or a VGA to SCART. I’ve moved almost entirely sway from SCART at this point.

 

It works flawlessly with the Super NT and the DAC. Here’s the Super NT running Chrono Trigger on the D Series, 20M4U PVM and the 14G5U BVM. The 14L5 I just got is part of a different video chain for 480p supported consoles right now.

 

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12 hours ago, Romier S said:

Yes, it’s a VGA (HD-15) to component which is needed for the DAC or a VGA to SCART. I’ve moved almost entirely sway from SCART at this point.

 

Neat-is that just a passthrough connection then, or does the converter process anything?  I'll have to do some research to see what I can find.  Also suppose I should confirm whether the TV I have in the cab actually has a component input (although I could always convert down to svideo if I have to). 

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1 hour ago, ChrisBardon said:

 

Neat-is that just a passthrough connection then, or does the converter process anything?  I'll have to do some research to see what I can find.  Also suppose I should confirm whether the TV I have in the cab actually has a component input (although I could always convert down to svideo if I have to). 


Just a passthrough. The Analogue console is sending the HDMI signal to the DAC which is doing the processing to send the 240p signal to the CRT. The cable is just a vehicle to convert the HD-15 VGA connection on the DAC to something the CRT’s can use...

 

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Ah, ok, so it's a 2 part solution then.  I'll have to check and see what happens on a PC output then.  If I have a PC that can output at a CRT compatible resolution natively, then I wonder if it'll just work with a straight VGA to component cable?  Can't hurt to try I suppose.  Consoles are going to be a lot more limited in what they can spit out as far as resolutions go than PCs. 

 

Now that I think about it, I may have a converter around...or it may be in the office that I haven't been to in a couple of months. 

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53 minutes ago, ChrisBardon said:

Ah, ok, so it's a 2 part solution then.  I'll have to check and see what happens on a PC output then.  If I have a PC that can output at a CRT compatible resolution natively, then I wonder if it'll just work with a straight VGA to component cable?  Can't hurt to try I suppose.  Consoles are going to be a lot more limited in what they can spit out as far as resolutions go than PCs. 

 

 

 

Your problem is not only resolution but the frequency. PC's usually natively output at 31kHz and not the 15kHz that is required for consumer sets and PVM/BVM's. Because PC's operate at higher resolutions, they won't support resolutions down to 240p which most retro consoles use.

 

You would need to use a hacked video driver to allow the card to operate at 15kHz and output the desired resolutions. Hacks like that exists and work in tandem with other software to get the desired effect, thankfully. This is a great read that should provide the info you're looking for:

 

http://wavebeam.blogspot.com/2016/02/the-groovycube-diy-console-that-plays.html

 

 

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Has anyone tried 3DSen? I literally joined the Discord last night on my phone to download the beta, which I was going to download this morning. Woke up to find a message that the beta has ended and going early access soon. 
 

It looks pretty cool, but is it worth paying for?

 

For those that might not know what I am talking about. 
 

 

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47 minutes ago, Eldorado said:

Almost. I think that was like the one accessory I never bought. 


There was so much crazy stuff in the 8bit/16bit days. Stuff keeps popping up in my YouTube feed that I never knew existed. 
 

What would you say the craziest or most obscure accessory you had was?

 

Mine was probably the UForce. It wasn’t great, but it worked 1000% better than the Power Glove did. It was especially good for Punch-Out.

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