I thought this was the beginning of the end, but apparently it is the end of the end.

Over the last few years it has become difficult to buy new cathode ray tube televisions (the best medium through which to play old consoles), but I had no idea the A/V situation had become so dire...

When buying new TV's recently I discovered that not only are RF inputs been removed, but now also composite (Y/R/W) inputs, and in some cases even component inputs (R/B/G/R/W). HDMI and USB are in full support, and I suspect that USB3 will ultimately make even HDMI obsolete.

The good news is that NTSC and PAL is a thing of the past (but for the absense of a radio frequency TV Tuner).

So I can now play a healthy chunk of my NTSC games, (but I had to buy a special conversion cable for the composite input), but my RF systems are now (hopefully temporarilly) dead.  Those include (hushed intonation): Sega Genesis, Sega CD, Sega 32X, Intelivision, Atari 2600, 5200 and 7800. (I had long since upgraded my NES and SNES to component).  Hope is still out there, for $185 I can buy a thing that converts NTSC RF to component, but the seller gaurantees nothing.

Retron 5 is starting to look good.

Posted by aspro Mon, 02 Mar 2015 08:46:02 (comments: 11)
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Mon, 02 Mar 2015 14:04:31
This is why buying old CRTs off ebay is useful. But you aren't local to a major city I guess?
 
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:04:09
And old TV's (Meaning all CRTs) are not NTSC/PAL agnostic. So I'd need to get a CRT from the US (good luck shipping that without breaking it).
 
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:18:37
That's weird because the UK had NTSC/PAL compatible CRTs for a long time.
 
Mon, 02 Mar 2015 19:37:59
gamingeek said:
That's weird because the UK had NTSC/PAL compatible CRTs for a long time.



NO, the UK is weird. Nyaa
 
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:21:56

I hope you can figure something out soon, Aspro.

I've been thinking of turning my 20" CRT into a dedicated Atari 2600 gamestation, just like the one I had as a kid, except that one had a 13" B&W CRT. Ahh the memories.

 
Tue, 03 Mar 2015 01:25:30
gamingeek said:
That's weird because the UK had NTSC/PAL compatible CRTs for a long time.

Yeah, pretty sure that's the case with CRTs in Australia, too.

 
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:41:55
Foolz said:
gamingeek said:
That's weird because the UK had NTSC/PAL compatible CRTs for a long time.

Yeah, pretty sure that's the case with CRTs in Australia, too.

I've bought 2 already and they are now in landfills, I am done with experimenting.

 
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 07:45:39
Ravenprose said:

I hope you can figure something out soon, Aspro.

I've been thinking of turning my 20" CRT into a dedicated Atari 2600 gamestation, just like the one I had as a kid, except that one had a 13" B&W CRT. Ahh the memories.

I remember those. My dad burnt one up once while smoking in bed (while passing out drunk).  Ahh, the good old days.

EDIT: I found the actual model:

 
Wed, 04 Mar 2015 10:28:18

I remember as a kid playing my NES on a little 13 inch RCA and thinking it was incredible. Now I'm not satisfied unless I'm playing on at least a 42 inch HDTV. LOL

 
Thu, 12 Mar 2015 03:07:46
edgecrusher said:

I remember as a kid playing my NES on a little 13 inch RCA and thinking it was incredible. Now I'm not satisfied unless I'm playing on at least a 42 inch HDTV. LOL



I used to play 4 player split screen on a 13 inch Sanyo. I had it from 1994 through 2005 when I got my current 19 inch RCA CRT TV.
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