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    Hi, I'm new to this forum but it seems the best place to ask. I recently have developed an interest in reliving my childhood by reinvesting in classic console gaming. However, I understand that modern lcd televisions create input lag, ghosting, and reduced image quality from scaling / de-interlacing and any number of other negative side-effects.

    I currently have access to both a HD LCD, SD LCD, HD Plasma, and of the greatest interest a Sony KV-30HS420 30-Inch FD Trinitron WEGA. The Trinitron is what I've been using for gaming on my cube / ps2 / xbox and it seems to work pretty well. What I'm wondering is if anybody has any experience or recommendations as to how well this television would handle older consoles such as the nes / snes / n64 / genesis / etc.

    I'm not really interested personally in any of the older consoles such as the magnavox odyssey (even though I enjoyed playing it and I might want one in the future).

    In a nutshell I'm asking how well this TV will preform regarding image quality, and input lag on those older systems such as the nes. I hope this is the most appropriate forum and somebody is able to give me some guidance. Thanks in advance

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    if you want the real experience, go to a local goodwill or other donation center and pick up a nice 80's wood panelled CRT television for 10 bucks. I still say CRT is the best picture for any system that was made in the era when all we had were CRT televisions. LCD televisions look terrible!
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    Just buy yourself a CRT television and reap the results of nostalgia.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Sysop View Post
    Just buy yourself a CRT television and reap the results of nostalgia.
    The Sony Trinitron I mentioned is a CRT but it's a HD CRT. I was wondering how much of a difference it would be between a 1080i and a 480i tv in terms of quality and input lag because it would have to upscale the image. However my tv supports both native progressive 480p and 1080i so it wouldn't have to de-interlace.

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    if you want the real experience, go to a local goodwill or other donation center and pick up a nice 80's wood panelled CRT television for 10 bucks. I still say CRT is the best picture for any system that was made in the era when all we had were CRT televisions. LCD televisions look terrible!
    I didn't even realize you could get tvs at goodwill. 0_o

    Would picking up a standard def old school crt work better than just using my HD CRT?

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    i have a 27" inch sony wega. bar none the crispest image for a CRT. its got s video compnent and composite. slap a switcher on and you are in business. go on craigslist for a good deal, sometimes people are just giving them away.

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    If you haven't noticed any lag or picture quality issues with the CRT Wega with those last gen systems, older consoles should be just fine. If there is an issue, the TV should have an option in the on screen menu to turn off upscaling (the setting might go by some other name like DRC) Try it out and see if there's any noticeable difference.

    Be sure to get s-video cables for the old consoles that support it (SNES, N64) Genesis looks amazing too if you can get someone to mod the system with an s-video jack.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cynicalhat View Post
    i have a 27" inch sony wega. bar none the crispest image for a CRT. its got s video compnent and composite. slap a switcher on and you are in business. go on craigslist for a good deal, sometimes people are just giving them away.
    By a splitter do you mean something like this?

    http://www.amazon.com/Cables-Go-2875...110926&sr=1-20

    If so I already have one I'm using. I'm going to be picking up my 27 inch today and it sounds great, I'm just hoping I won't have problems getting it home and up the stairs because it weighs 60 pounds

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    Quote Originally Posted by cynicalhat View Post
    i have a 27" inch sony wega. bar none the crispest image for a CRT. its got s video compnent and composite. slap a switcher on and you are in business. go on craigslist for a good deal, sometimes people are just giving them away.
    This all the way. I also have a 27" Sony Wega with a switcher that has component/svideo/composite. I'm sure you can pick one up for next to nothing now. They look great. I think you're making the right decision.

    Also, I might suggest searching for a good switcher on CL also. I picked mine up for $15 bucks. It has space for 7 consoles, etc. It also has a remote to switch between the inputs and a programmable LCD screen that says what system you've switched to.
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