What do you do for a retro TV?

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Yesterday I picked up a NES Zapper CIB at gaming auction held near my home. My daughter was very excited because it was the first time she's been to an auction with me. She said, "Great, we can go home and play that!" :sigh: "Actually dear, we can't. While I do have Duck Hunt, we don't have a TV that it works on. It only works on new TVs." Obviously she was disappointed, but fortunately they had Duck Hunt set up at the event so she got to play it for the first time.



She played for an hour straight, LOVED it. But I need a decent TV. After watching her play on these smaller ones, I started thinking maybe that's what I should get. I know there were a very few of these that actually had HDMI inputs, which I've been searching for, but not with much luck. What do you guys do for your retro systems?
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What do you mean "it only works on new TVs" in your post? I f have found that is only works on OLD TVs.

The Zapper should work on ANY CRT television. This would include final generation CRTs that were flat display. (I don't have a CRT to double check that, anymore, but, I really do think my zapper worked on my last CRT)

As for one with HDMI, I would suggest looking at the final product line of Sony Wega/FD Trinitron line. These were 480i/1080i 4:3 CRT televisions. I have not tried in on any LCD TVs in my house, but, I know that DLP/LCoS televisions did not emit enough light to be recognized by the zapper.
I did mean only works on old tvs. I never even tried it on a LCD or LED because I was always told they wouldn't work. What frustrates me the most is I had a big flat screen Sony with built in DVD and VHS and I gave it away when I moved because I didn't think I'd ever have a use for it. I had gotten all my old systems working on my newer tvs and I thought I was golden.
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I did mean only works on old tvs. I never even tried it on a LCD or LED because I was always told they wouldn't work. What frustrates me the most is I had a big flat screen Sony with built in DVD and VHS and I gave it away when I moved because I didn't think I'd ever have a use for it. I had gotten all my old systems working on my newer tvs and I thought I was golden.
Originally Posted by Kaens
LEDs are actually fairly bright. I know I have not tried on my LED. You could give that a shot.

Also, JVC put out a 720p/1080i (maybe 1080p - I really do not remember) 16:9 CRT with HDMI at the end of 2005. That might be a product line to look for on craigslist.org...
I thought you could change the brightness level of a TV these days.. like you can when a game prompts you to? Also if you need an older tv a lot of Pawn shops are trying to get rid of the older generation TV's so you may find one at a pawn shop for dirt cheap.. most pawn shops I know won't even take them in anymore.. You may also try an electronics recycling place in your area? You may also look for adapters.. they do make them.
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I thought you could change the brightness level of a TV these days.. like you can when a game prompts you to? Also if you need an older tv a lot of Pawn shops are trying to get rid of the older generation TV's so you may find one at a pawn shop for dirt cheap.. most pawn shops I know won't even take them in anymore.. You may also try an electronics recycling place in your area? You may also look for adapters.. they do make them.
Originally Posted by B8TINGU
It isn't exactly the brightness, but rather the lumens. A CRT with a dying picture tube that looks really dim still puts off more lumens than an LCD set to highest brightness. It's the direction of the light. LCD TVs have a single fluorescent bulb while LED TVs have multiple LEDs backlighting the display. CRTs actually provide the light as part of the display. It makes a huge difference in the ability of the zapper to pickup the light.
It isn't exactly the brightness, but rather the lumens. A CRT with a dying picture tube that looks really dim still puts off more lumens than an LCD set to highest brightness. It's the direction of the light. LCD TVs have a single fluorescent bulb while LED TVs have multiple LEDs backlighting the display. CRTs actually provide the light as part of the display. It makes a huge difference in the ability of the zapper to pickup the light.
Originally Posted by futiles
This is incorrect. The operational principle of the zapper "light" gun had nothing to do with lumen rating at all. it has everything to do with the difference between analog video and digital video rendering principles. I can explain but this guy already has.

http://www.howtogeek.com/181303/htg-...rk-on-new-tvs/
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This is incorrect. The operational principle of the zapper "light" gun had nothing to do with lumen rating at all. it has everything to do with the difference between analog video and digital video rendering principles. I can explain but this guy already has.

http://www.howtogeek.com/181303/htg-...rk-on-new-tvs/
Originally Posted by DJ Psyanyde
That helped me immensely. I actually bought a HDTV CRT ($20 at Goodwill) because it was a huge CRT that had HDMI. However when I tried to set up Duck Hunt for my daughter, the damn thing works at best 25% of the time. Now I have to research this TV I bought...

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I actually bought a HDTV CRT ($20 at Goodwill) because it was a huge CRT that had HDMI.
Originally Posted by Kaens
This is still the root of your problem. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a proprietary audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from an HDMI-compliant source device, such as a display controller, to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device. HDMI is a digital replacement for analog video standards. That TV will work absolutely fine if you connect the NES for any zapper games using analog means.
When will the bass drop
This is still the root of your problem. HDMI (High-Definition Multimedia Interface) is a proprietary audio/video interface for transferring uncompressed video data and compressed or uncompressed digital audio data from an HDMI-compliant source device, such as a display controller, to a compatible computer monitor, video projector, digital television, or digital audio device. HDMI is a digital replacement for analog video standards. That TV will work absolutely fine if you connect the NES for any zapper games using analog means.
Originally Posted by DJ Psyanyde
I'm connecting it through the coax, I only wanted the HDMI input so I had the option to hook up my Retron 5 to it. I actually ran my Xbox One on it to play MCC when my buy came over. Looked like shit, but worked. Conveniently I took a picture of the back of it at the same time..



So it's up, I am running it in "normal" mode to keep the ratios correct, but the colors look off. From that article, I doubt that matters because it's using black/white for the zapper. I don't know. If you want, I also have the manual available online too -

https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxW...ew?usp=sharing

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So it's up, I am running it in "normal" mode to keep the ratios correct, but the colors look off. From that article, I doubt that matters because it's using black/white for the zapper. I don't know. If you want, I also have the manual available online too -
Originally Posted by Kaens
So are you having the issues while connected to the coax input? Are you using the original RF converter?
When will the bass drop
Yes sir, original NES gear. Mario plays just fine, but Duck Hunt the light gun only registers every 4-5 attempts.
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I just read your entire manual.... Couple questions. When you display resolution what does it say the signal is. What cinema mode are you in. What aspect ratio. What picture mode. and finally what is the SVM setting set to?
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Originally Posted by Kaens
There's your problem, you're past the TV's expiration date...
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What exactly is the point of this thread?
Originally Posted by B8TINGU

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