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WTD: NTSC Compatible TV

Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 7:10 pm
by nOmArch
Hi Guys,

I have aquired a US NES for playing Tetris but need a compatible TV for it, preferably under 20".

Had a look in the usual places but no joy.

Anyone got any ideas or a set hanging around they would be happy to part with?

thanks

nOm

Re: WTD: NTSC Compatible TV

Posted: Sat Mar 10, 2018 10:13 pm
by danielj
If it has composite out - I think it does?- then pretty much any modern TV will display it AFAIK.

d.

Re: WTD: NTSC Compatible TV

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 12:02 am
by nOmArch
Yes, but composite only outputs B&W which would not work at all for tetris on the higher levels.

Unfortunately Classic Tetris community is pretty clear that you need an NTSC campatible TV to be able to play properly. It comes up a lot as the PAL version of Tetris runs faster than the NTSC one and because of that is essentially a different game.

Re: WTD: NTSC Compatible TV

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 1:22 am
by 1024MAK
I don't have a NES, so forgive me if this is unhelpful.

What video outputs does a NTSC NES actually have? I'm guessing just RF and monochrome baseband/composite video...?

Mark

Re: WTD: NTSC Compatible TV

Posted: Mon Mar 12, 2018 9:52 am
by johnkenyon
nOmArch wrote:Hi Guys,

I have aquired a US NES for playing Tetris but need a compatible TV for it, preferably under 20".

Had a look in the usual places but no joy.

Anyone got any ideas or a set hanging around they would be happy to part with?

thanks

nOm
If the NES has a composite video (yellow RCA/phono jack) output, try connecting that to an existing TV - I think many late model CRT sets were multi standard by default as it was cheaper to have a "one size fits all markets" design - the cheapo 32" CRT I bought in 2004 definitely accepted various flavours of colour encoding plus VHF.

Re: WTD: NTSC Compatible TV

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:26 am
by nOmArch
1024MAK wrote:I don't have a NES, so forgive me if this is unhelpful.

What video outputs does a NTSC NES actually have? I'm guessing just RF and monochrome baseband/composite video...?

Mark
Yup thats correct.

Re: WTD: NTSC Compatible TV

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:30 am
by nOmArch
johnkenyon wrote:
If the NES has a composite video (yellow RCA/phono jack) output, try connecting that to an existing TV - I think many late model CRT sets were multi standard by default as it was cheaper to have a "one size fits all markets" design - the cheapo 32" CRT I bought in 2004 definitely accepted various flavours of colour encoding plus VHF.
NES wont arrive on these shores til next week but I'll give my 22" a try which was late 90's IIRC.

Looks like its time to start hitting the charity shops. I suppose worst case scenario I could get one of those cheapy knockoff extron IV (???) boxes and just plug it into something a bit newer.

Re: WTD: NTSC Compatible TV

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 12:30 am
by 1024MAK
That's a shame, as although European TVs are usually able to display NTSC colour pictures via baseband/composite video, most are unable to do this via the RF 'aerial' input :(

Mark

Re: WTD: NTSC Compatible TV

Posted: Tue Mar 13, 2018 5:56 am
by danielj
Composite on the NES is colour, I'm quite sure. NTSC colour, but colour nonetheless.

d.