[vcf-midatlantic] C64 CRT monitors vs LCD (was: PC speakers needed)
hjohnson at retrotechnology.info
Fri Sep 16 11:39:24 EDT 2016
1) I changed the subject line to match the discussion. I think that's a
good policy to follow.
2) It's reasonable to use LCD's over CRT monitors for many reasons; of
course it's good to show original equipment as well. But eight CRT's are
a tough exhibition to "mount", physically and because of failures. Eight
LCD's makes more sense - I can make that case if necessary, essentially
CRT's are a pain in the a**. This has been discussed, and I agree with
the considerations noted.
3) Dan Roganti and colleague's work on multiplayer C64 development is of
value, and is exhibited annually now at VCF-East. Thus local warehousing
of several LCD displays at once for that event, is a good thing. One can
argue for additional LCD's for other exhibitors, that's a policy issue.
But stock of them for museum use is reasonable and of course a stock
3) There are still old, small, analog TV LCD monitors available in
thrift stores and garage sales. I don't think they will be available
much longer - they don't sell, they sell cheap, there's no more analog
broadcasts TV to receive, small is out of vogue - and so on. My point -
soon these old LCD TV's won't be available as used/donated. The well
will run dry.
Therefore: If VCF Inc is going to gather these monitors cheaply, now is
the time to do that. To do that in a consistent way, means determining
some criteria - size of screen is first, perhaps other features are
important, maybe even brands/models desired or to be avoided. And: if
exhibitors are to be supported, others (those exhibitors in particular)
may wish to make contributions of LCD monitors or $$$ accordingly.
Bottom line: there's no point in moving and operating dozens of large,
heavy CRT monitors at exhibits and events, when a stock of small LCD
TV's can be acquired now - used, cheap - and put to use locally. They
won't be available used for much longer, a selection can still be made
not but not later - if so desired. Support can be asked, of those who
benefit - exhibitors and their audience. That's my point.
Herbert R. Johnson, New Jersey USA
http://www.retrotechnology.com OR .net
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