N64 TV differences

Adillis
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January 20th, 2014, 1:01 pm #1

So I have seen lots of discussion on people comparing LCD to CRT TVs, but I don't see very much comparing different flat screens (LED, LCD, Plasma). Has anyone compared these? I've stopped trying to play my N64 for now as I have a cheap LCD that doesn't display it too well.
N64 Collection:
Games: 7 (3 CIB)
Consoles: 2/16
Controller: 3/30

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danikei
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January 20th, 2014, 1:43 pm #2

Check this 500eur tv Sony W6 review

Still, I doubt it will look anything like connecting the n64 to a crt...
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January 20th, 2014, 2:43 pm #3

I'm not really in the market for a new flatscreen. I do have plans to get a crt, I was just looking for a bit of discussion on the displaying properties of the different types of flatscreens.
N64 Collection:
Games: 7 (3 CIB)
Consoles: 2/16
Controller: 3/30

Nintendo ID and Playstation ID: Adillis
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January 20th, 2014, 4:00 pm #4

Not everyone has the space to keep a extra CRT TV on hand for legacy console gaming so it behooves us all to discuss modern HDTV's that do a good job with the N64's low-res output signal.

My Sharp Aquos LC-40D68UT is excellent for any console feeding it via either component or HDMI but the N64's signal through composite (the set doesn't support S-Video :( ) looks absolutely horrible. The image is very washed out and blurry.
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kartmaster
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January 20th, 2014, 4:45 pm #5

I don't think the type of display will be a significant factor, as all of those technologies are fixed resolution devices. Meaning displaying anything other than the native resolution (whether it's Plasma or LCD) will result in distortion.

The determining factor I would think, have more to do with how that signal is encoded and upscaled inside the TV, which will probably have more to do with brand of TV and scaling methods used in the hardware rather than what type of flat panel display is used.

It's a discussion worth having though, which models do a better job of this than others? In my experience, I haven't seen any that look "good". But some are definitely better than others. My 46" Vizio LCD looks real crummy hooked to the N64, but it's also about 5 years old (I'll have to find the model number). I'd think newer TV's would scale better, but many new sets won't even accept the composite signal from an N64.
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January 20th, 2014, 7:00 pm #6

wrote:Not everyone has the space to keep a extra CRT TV on hand for legacy console gaming so it behooves us all to discuss modern HDTV's that do a good job with the N64's low-res output signal.
Exactly my point and the reason for this thread. I do have a new Vizio LED smart tv that I can connect to at home, I just don't use it for gaming so to keep my small children from getting into everything. Just trying it out will be fine though and I can at least give one example of whether a new tv works or not.
N64 Collection:
Games: 7 (3 CIB)
Consoles: 2/16
Controller: 3/30

Nintendo ID and Playstation ID: Adillis
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January 20th, 2014, 7:48 pm #7

I just brought the W6, its rubbish for RETRO consoles lol
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January 21st, 2014, 1:02 am #8

I think it depends on the size of the HDTV, mine is a 24" hisense - from Australia and my n64 is hooked up via composite.i can get away with playing it on that without sacrificing to much quality and stretching out although The quality isn't as good as it was on the old tv but I just don't have space for one. I tested it on our lounge room tv which is about 55" via composite and it looks way worse then on the 24"
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kartmaster
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January 21st, 2014, 3:19 am #9

I'd be nice to compile some sort of list of sets that at least provide an acceptable display of legacy consoles. Of course what is acceptable is going to be pretty subjective.

I do agree that smaller screen sizes are likely to be more forgiving.
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Adillis
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January 22nd, 2014, 12:35 am #10

Well, just tried connecting to my 55" vizio m551d.

It seems to display pretty well, auto changes resolution to 480i for super mario 64 and changes to 4:3 aspect.

Unfortunately this tv does not have S-Video so I had to use composite. Still a nice picture though
N64 Collection:
Games: 7 (3 CIB)
Consoles: 2/16
Controller: 3/30

Nintendo ID and Playstation ID: Adillis
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