My first MSX! Loving it, but I have questions about the video

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By liveinabin

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30-06-2020, 20:06

Nprod wrote:

They're not something i'd use daily, but the color reproduction and black levels of CRTs remain unmatched by anything you'd get out of a modern LCD. I get that they're bulky and inconvenient, but i prefer them for retro stuff. Here is what i'm getting from my setup:

No jailbars, any blurryness at the edges of pixels gets cut off by the trinitron slot mask so the image looks sufficiently sharp. The only thing i'm not happy with is how the black spills over as green in the white areas, perhaps there is a pot for that?

That does look good, I will admit.

By Nprod

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30-06-2020, 23:19

liveinabin wrote:

..exactly the same picture on all of my displays!

Kind of funny getting an entire new machine just to test this but hey, as long as it works... Reminds me of how i originally got my HB75 to troubleshoot a Sanyo machine, but everything about the Sony was just better so i ended up using that.

liveinabin wrote:

That does look good, I will admit.

Thanks Smile The TV is a Sony KV-M14. If you end up looking for a CRT, be aware that since "retro" stuff has become more sought-after these days, opportunistic sellers will try to flog any garbage with a trinitron badge on it for ridiculous prices. I got mine locally for about 15€ from people trying to get rid of it.

By liveinabin

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01-07-2020, 12:59

Sadly, I didn't have much of a choice. The MSX was a huge flop here in UK and I've never met anyone else who owns one. The chances of me borrowing another for diagnostics were nil Smile
Still, given that it was not either MSXs fault, I can just give this new one a good clean and service and sell it on eBay (I'll definitely get more than £50 for it). It's a hassle, but it was certainly useful.

I did used to own a KV-M14. That was a decent TV.

By Nprod

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01-07-2020, 19:12

They never even sold MSXes where i live, the Sanyo one i originally found listed locally as an "old keyboard"... As far as i can tell the Toshiba HX-10 was the most popular one in the UK - theres plenty of them on ebay.co.uk. I'm a fan of their animated adverts:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03GGIxMGcq8

By liveinabin

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01-07-2020, 22:57

It is. I can't help but think that if the UK had been exposed to literally any other MSX model, things might have been different. I'm sure the HX-10 works fine, but it has none of that cool Japanese 80s styling that MSX does best.

By CASDuino

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01-07-2020, 23:33

I prefer the look of the HX-10 to the Sony Hit-Bits.

By liveinabin

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02-07-2020, 15:16

I must admit, I've not seen one up close.

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