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On 29/08/2022 at 10:49, Kevvy Metal said:

I have a connundrum. 

Does anyone know of some decent (does not have to be great) powered-speakers that are actually magnetically shielded?


I had to ditch my original speakers as they were not magnetically shielded, and causing a bit of interference with my PVM. So need a replacement! 

I bought some from Amazon, that claimed to be so, but they absolutely were not! So back to Amazon they go! https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/product/B000WQIKJ0/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1


As mentioned, they don't have to be amazing because basically... I'm skint! 

I have an old set of Yamaha YST-MS50 speakers and sub woofer, back from when I first had a PC around 2000. I haven't used them for ages but they always used to sound pretty good for the size - maybe you can find a cheap set? The user manual suggests they are magnetically shielded:

  • Although the YST-MS50 speakers are magnetically shielded, keep floppy disks and tapes away from them.
  • The YST-MS50s may cause picture distortion when located close to a television or computer monitor. In this case, move them away a short distance.
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10 hours ago, Popo said:

Hello! I’m getting a bit curious about sourcing a CRT with the intention of getting my old consoles currently stored in my mum’s house and hooking them up, particularly for some light gun game action. I haven’t read the whole thread here, but I have done a bit of Googling about what I’m after. Unfortunately most websites focus on advice for North American enthusiasts, who don’t have easy access to RGB SCART, and therefore isn’t really worth reading as a European. 

I understand that PVMs are considered best in class due to their high durability, excellent refresh rates and sharper image reproduction thanks to the higher quality materials used in the screen and the cathode ray. Conversely, they are small, expensive, don’t have speakers built in and generally have a poor selection of inputs (and definitely no RGB SCART). Did I get that right?


I think I want a 21 inch, 4:3 aspect ratio consumer grade screen with at least component and RGB SCART inputs which supports both 50 and 60 Hz refresh rates, ideally built after 2000. Are there any models I should specifically be on the lookout for? Is there a CRT equivalent of the LG CX? The absolute slam-dunk model that you’d be daft not to buy?


Would component and RGB SCART cover the needs of all systems from MegaDrive to GameCube? I am guessing any set that supports these will also have composite, either through RCA plugs or through the SCART socket using an adapter?

Be careful about assuming all PVMs have high quality displays. A low quality display used to monitor an x-ray image or security camera and fitted with a rack mounting kit would be classed as a professional video monitor (PVM), so always read the specifications for connector details and tube quality.  A BVM (Broadcast Video Monitor) is pretty much guaranteed to be high quality, but is a bit overkill considering SNES, MegaDrive, NeoGeo etc tend to run at only 1/4 SD resolution. And sometimes PVM and BVMs from the same manufacturer share the same internals, it's just that the BVM has been calibrated before it leaves the factory.


RGB is the most important connection type, component (YUV) is only of use if you want to watch PS2 DVDs at full quality or you have a monitor that can scan higher; 480p, 720p, 1080i for consoles that can output those standards.

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Did anyone have one of these as the TV you'd play your Spectrum on?


I loved mine. I don't think colour CRTs could really display the images the same way. The lines that made up the image seemed to be just long straight lines that were not broken up by the 3 colour aperture grille on a colour CRT. 

(As a 7 year old boy with a magnifying glass I was always going to learn these kinds of things)


I'd love to pick one up but I've no real console hardware so wouldn't be able to drive one without making some kind of RF transmitter. ☹️




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2 hours ago, acidbearboy said:

Are those old CRT PC monitors with a hardwired VGA out cable instead of any input sockets of any use? Can things be plugged into them with some sort of middleman device?

Pretty much everything with VGA output will have a female VGA port so you plug the monitor into them rather than the other way round. 

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