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The High Definition Retrogaming Thread (Including CRT/BVM/PVM Chatter)

Kazin

did i do all of that?
(he/him)
I forgot this thread existed.

I got my Retrotink 2x Mini today! I know there was just orders for the 5x but I didn't really need one because I only wanted to hook up my N64, and I'm pretty impressed with the results. First of all, it outputs in 4:3, which is great because my TV doesn't let me force 4:3 from a HMDI source. Second, both the smoothing filter looks great for games that benefit from it, and the sharper other option looks great for the other games. The included s-video cable is great, too, since I certainly never owned one for my N64.
 

ShakeWell

Slam Master
(he, etc.)
I got my RetroTINK5x today.

I played about an hour of RE2 on N64 with the Expansion Pak in. It's... glorious.
 

Sarge

hardcore retro gamin'
Nice. I tell ya, I really wanted one the other day when I decided to goof around with Die Hard Arcade. The 2X just doesn't switch fast enough and it's virtually unplayable. Gotta stick with the CRT for now.
 

Tegan

dirtbag lesbian
(She/Her)
What's the PVM market like these days? I've never super liked the 14" CRT I use for the N64 and wanna replace it with a small PVM.
 

Ludendorkk

(he/him)
What's the PVM market like these days? I've never super liked the 14" CRT I use for the N64 and wanna replace it with a small PVM.
For something with color you're looking at probably $200 US minimum unless you get exceptionally lucky, plus whatever it costs to ship a CRT these days. Small black and white ones can sometimes be had for double digits. Units larger than "10 can often go $500-$1000 in price.
 
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Ludendorkk

(he/him)
From my experience small Trinitrons are probably the best for retrogaming nowadays unless you are seriously trying to to squeeze maximum performance out of your setup, you can still find a ton of them for relatively cheap on Facebook Marketplace, thrift shops, etc. and probably locally too so you don't have to ship. @ShakeWell and @Ixo probably know this better than me, though
 

Ixo

"This is not my beautiful forum!" - David Byrne
(Hi Guy)
The thing about looking online for a CRT is there’s no middle ground. Someone with a set is one of two people:

a) “Old tube TV? No one wants those. Just take it to the dump, who cares.”
b) “PVM / CRT Model [whatever] RETRO GAMING OOS L@@K!!! $$$$”
 

ShakeWell

Slam Master
(he, etc.)
I thought you had an UltraHDMI mod, no? Were there still issues with resolution switching with that one?

Nope. eTim's RGB kit with Borti's deblur.

What's the PVM market like these days? I've never super liked the 14" CRT I use for the N64 and wanna replace it with a small PVM.

It... honestly depends on what you're looking for. You can get a very small PVM (like 8"?) with just composite for probably under $100 pretty easily. I have a 12" PVM with RGB inputs that was about $120, but I got it local pickup, because fortunately for me, one of the premiere repair/refurbish guys, Steve Nutter, lives in up the road in Murfreesboro, so it's just a 20 minute drive.

One option might be to look into RGB modding your current set, though that can be quite literally dangerous if you don't know what you're doing.
 

Ludendorkk

(he/him)
I do want to underline dangerous there -- a CRT can very easily discharge a lethal shock even if not plugged in. (I don't want to sound patronizing but I'd rather be safe than sorry here).
 
Yep. Get something metal under the anode cap without protection and it could stop your heart just like that. Watch some videos online to see which precautions you should use. I don't screw with CRTs at all for that reason; too risky.
 
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