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monitor impressions (to be merged with monitors pasta)

Jan 19th, 2017
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  1. -Personal experiences
  2. Here I will put personal experiences and impressions about monitors used / tested.
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  4. Me
  5. Consoles and signals used : Megadrive (S-Video, RGB), Super Nintendo (S-Video, RGB), AV Famicom (S-Video, RGB), Master System (RGB), PS2 (RGB, Component), Saturn (RGB).
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  7. Sony BVM-1410p
  8. Came from a local tv station, no visible burn-in nor scratches. Very heavy for its size and quite deep. SD.
  9. 1310p is the north american equivalent ; exists in 19" size (1910p for NA, 2010p for europe).
  10. Has 2 composite, 1 RGB/YpBpR inputs. Can't add more inputs (so not usable with S-Video). Accepts Composite and Luma as sync, and sync-on-green.
  11. Has slots for expansion cards, to decode other color encodings or for a calibration probe ; comes stock with region related card (PAL for europe, NTSC for NA).
  12. No sound.
  13. 700 TVL, for a 14" diagonal this makes it extremely sharp. Furthermore, has extensive convergence adjustments allowing near perfect convergence even in corners.
  14. Overall, extremely nice image, very bright.
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  16. JVC TM-H1750CG
  17. Came from a small video studio, no burn-in, broken face power button (seems common unfortunately). With RGB card. Decently light and with handles. SD.
  18. Exists in 19" size, TM-H1950CG.
  19. Has 2 composite and 1 S-Video input (shared with composite 2) built-in. Has 1 expansion slot for various inputs types, RGB/YpBpR card being the most sought after. Accepts Composite and Luma as sync, and sync-on-green.
  20. Integrated small mono speaker.
  21. 750 TVL, very sharp.
  22. Does extremely well in S-Video ; AV Famicom S-Video is nearly indistinguishable from RGB, Megadrive jailbars are nearly invisible.
  23. Overall, great image quality, excellent S-Video performance allows to use it even without an RGB card with very little difference.
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  25. Mitsubishi XC3730 Diamond Pro 37 "Megaview"
  26. Came from a retired display seller. Multiformat with a wide range of frequency and inputs. Huge and heavy.
  27. Variants exist in 32" size.
  28. Has 2 composite, 1 S-Video (shared with composite 1), 2 RGBHV (1 with BNCs, 1 with DA15). Very picky about sync, an LM1881 is pretty much mandatory. Works with PC VGA no problem on either RGB input with the appropriate cable. Does not accept YpBpR.
  29. Has 3 stereo inputs and speakers, also has outputs to drive external speakers.
  30. Has an IR remote.
  31. Has a cooling fan that is a bit noisy.
  32. Decently sharp, has some little focus and convergence issues in corners, to be expected given the sheer tube size. A bit dim, again because of tube size.
  33. For some reason, S-video tends to make Megadrive jailbars extremely apparent, other consoles look ok.
  34. Overall, one of the few swiss knife monitors, accepts nearly any resolution (within frequency limits), great range of inputs, one of the bigger direct view CRT. Minor downsides are not accepting YpBpR, not having a VGA DE15 input, and being a bit noisy because of the fan.
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  36. JVC TM-H1900G
  37. Came from a small video studio, no burn-in, nearly all face buttons broken. Reasonably light and with handles. SD.
  38. Has 2 composite and 1 S-Video input (shared with composite 2) built-in. Has no expansion slot.
  39. Integrated small mono speaker.
  40. 750 TVL, very sharp.
  41. Does extremely well in S-Video much like the 1750 ; again, AV Famicom S-Video is nearly indistinguishable from RGB, Megadrive jailbars are nearly invisible.
  42. Overall, great image quality, excellent S-Video performance allows it to stand toe to toe even against RGB monitors.
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  44. JVC DT-V1710CG
  45. Came from a 1-man video studio, no burn-in, 16/9 bezel. Screen has minor scratches where the bezel was. Quite heavy, with handles. Multiformat but less frequency range than the Megaview.
  46. Exists in 19" size, DT-V1910CG.
  47. Flat screen, with aperture grille.
  48. Has no stock inputs. Has 3 expansion slots, mine came with SDI and HDSDI (basically useless), used RGB card from the 1750.
  49. Integrated mono speaker.
  50. 800 TVL, very sharp, very bright thanks to aperture grille.
  51. Using the RGB card, works with PC VGA with a VGA-BNC cable. Works with YpBpR, up to 720p and 1080i. Accepts composite and luma as sync.
  52. Overall, great image and brightness, multiformat though not as versatile as the Megaview. Big downside is no stock inputs, and many DT-Vs are found with SDI or HDSDI, and the RGB card is rare.
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