> I can't thank you enough for the display measurement and resolution information.
No problem, man. Ever since I noticed 4:3 monitors being phased out, it's been an interest of mine to determine the best replacement. Again, go look at that ArcadeControls thread I dug up - I posted to it a few years ago and at that time found some pretty oddball ones - like a 28.5" 5:4 monitor that was 2560x2048 - but it had a shitty viewing angle, 25ms response where ideally you want 16ms or less... and it cost $1000's. Similar to this, the KDS Radius RAD-23 23.1in 4:3 1600x1200 LCD from 2002. There ARE non-widescreen ones out there larger than 21", but they're dinosaurs by today's standards and hella expensive.
A few things I should also note:
- Large 16:10 LCD monitors actually top out around 1920x1200. What's awesome about this is that your "pillarboxed" 4:3 display area becomes a familiar-sounding 1600x1200. Neat, huh? You might want to check that out, even if the diagonal area will be smaller than you want...
- Or maybe it will be the right size. Here's one dude's calculations on a 30" 16:10 panel from 2007. See harvestman's post here: http://forums.whirlpool.net.au/archive/654299
** Diagonal = 26.5" **
Unfortunately, this is 2560x1600, so again this is a weird resolution at 4:3: 2133.333333x1600
- Depending on the type of LCD panel (TN, IPS, S-IPS, etc.), the ability to rotate and have a decent viewing angle can increase. See Blanka's notes on this here:
- But don't forget with a rotated panel, you can make a LCD "marquee" area as easy as making a lay file: (from 2007) http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=70626.0
For me, the real question is: what are non-MAME cabinets going to do for drop-in replacements as things like raster CRT displays have ceased production? There's no drop-in solution as of yet, and the way things are going, I don't think there will be. Vector monitors have ceased production for many more years, and there's only one drop-in replacement I've heard of, and you DON'T get the same effects as on a true vector monitor due to the nature of vector technology...
PS. Here's another fun-to-play-with website: http://tvcalculator.com
Edited by Stiletto (04/30/11 06:37 AM)