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    Which screen to use?

    Hi,

    Another newbie question. I am planning a build and I am going to go with a LCD/LED screen. Monitor or TV? or doesn't matter?

    27" vs 32"?

    Thanks Ray

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    Whats free works the best
    Its really up to what you won't.
    Try playing the game on the screen first before making cab around it.
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    Get a proper monitor. 19 or 22 inch available from one of Aussie Arcade Sponsors
    Good price, Suited for the job (Viewing angle & brightness & mounting)

    https://www.ebay.com.au/str/mygamesroom

    Be aware your going to have to deal with widescreen issues for larger non 4:3 screens.

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    Agreed. Do not go with widescreen. I'd rather do without than have a cab with widescreen monitor in it.

    Brad

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    Quote Originally Posted by ozfalcon View Post
    Get a proper monitor. 19 or 22 inch available from one of Aussie Arcade Sponsors
    Good price, Suited for the job (Viewing angle & brightness & mounting)

    https://www.ebay.com.au/str/mygamesroom

    Be aware your going to have to deal with widescreen issues for larger non 4:3 screens.
    Thanks. I didn't even know these existed.

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    Dell 2001fp or 2007FPB or Benq Q20U3 are both 4:3 IPS 20 monitors. You can pick them up 2nd hand from time to time and they are just the job. Pay between $50 and $75 generally.

    I have used these successfully before several times. They are getting harder to find though.


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    So what is the native resolution of the 19 or 22" Arcade LCD screens listed above? I grabbed a 27" I think for my cabinet so am curious what the actual size difference would be maintain correct aspect ratio between say the 22" and the wide screen 27"

    For those not happy with using a bigger Wide Screen - what's your reasoning? I actually think some games look fine stretched to fill the screen (so bigger image) and for those that don't you can still maintain the correct aspect ratio (albeit with black bars - as per above not sure of the difference in physical displayed size) so was just curious. Like if you went a big Viewlix or equivalent and run older stuff your going to have to decide one way or the other.

    Also for those using LCD in cabinet are you adding scan lines etc. (either hardware or software) and other filters to try for more authentic CRT look?

    The last question I had what are people using for a bezel if mounting LCD? I used some art card but wondered what others have used.

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    If I had no option but to use widescreen, I'd force aspect ratio and build a bezel that masked the ends of the screen. I'd still hate it but what else would you do.

    I've stockpiled 4 x 19" screens for so I don't need to worry about this pain for a while.

    Brad

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    Quote Originally Posted by midwinter View Post
    So what is the native resolution of the 19 or 22" Arcade LCD screens listed above? I grabbed a 27" I think for my cabinet so am curious what the actual size difference would be maintain correct aspect ratio between say the 22" and the wide screen 27.
    Wed need to know the aspect ratio of your widescreen to calculate.
    A 16:9 full HD screen would need to be 24.7 to have the same real estate in forced 4:3 mode with a 2.6 border either side.

    Your 27 monitor is the equivalent of a 22 4:3 monitor. I think the screens I quoted are technically slightly more than 20?? 20.1 I think. They are 1600x1200.

    Id rather have a screen without the borders and definitely not stretched! You can customise what ever look you want so unless you have a crt its just preference and doesnt matter which screen you pick. IPS or equivalent is important for more than one player and even more so in a cocktail.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Brad View Post
    If I had no option but to use widescreen, I'd force aspect ratio and build a bezel that masked the ends of the screen. I'd still hate it but what else would you do.
    Brad
    If you were building a custom cab what are peoples thoughts basically sizing the cabinet to the size of the screen used (so a big lcd like 32 etc.) and then using a software bezel for games that are 4:3 - or whatever (rather than physically masking the ends of the screen as per above - so centre game image in the LCD)?

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    Thanks @tas1981 - no idea what screen I grabbed - actually haven't fired up the cab for ages and cant remember how I had it setup (video filters etc.). I think I salvaged the power supply out of the desktop that was in there for a friends kid so now I am using so old netbook and vaguely remember it struggled with the display filters etc.

    Reason I was wondering about using a bigger screen but then only using a particular section of the screen (so 4:3 or whatever) is seeing some of those virtual pinball builds that do similar for the back screen etc.

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