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Re: Post pics of your CRT monitors

Postby Zack_H » 2019-9-10 @ 14:29

Wow, 2048 x 1536! That’d be my dream, as I love high-res displays! Great find!
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Re: Post pics of your CRT monitors

Postby Intel486dx33 » 2019-9-10 @ 18:47

oeuvre wrote:heh looks so odd seeing those giant monitors on top of small desktops


Yeah, that’s the way Silicon Valley started with “Start up companies”
People would sleep under there desks in sleeping bags.
Desks ( fold up tables ) with very expensive computers.
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Re: Post pics of your CRT monitors

Postby looking4awayout » 2019-9-12 @ 23:58

And here we are, finally with the new CRT, the RDD can finally be "retro" once again.

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The new monitor is an Olivetti CDU 1458MS/HA71 from 1993, and back then it was one of the high end monitors made by the italian company. It was a quite advanced monitor for its time, since it featured 19 memory states, 9 set at the factory and 10 that were user programmable, allowing the user to adjust and store picture size and position parameters per resolution. Indeed, the monitor automatically adjusts the picture if its settings are stored in memory, kinda like a modern LCD monitor when adjusts itself, that is pretty cool to watch. It also has a seven segments green LED display that shows the memory state the monitor is using at the moment.

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To add some extra flair to the monitor, it was entirely made in Italy, by Hantarex in Florence, and it seems that everything I heard about the top notch quality of their CRTs is true: the picture is razor sharp, Trinitron like I'd say, and the colour fidelity is spot on. I have never seen such a sharp 14" CRT before, so I suspect that the dot pitch might be 0.27 or even 0.26mm, as not even the previous Trust monitor I had, that featured a 0.28mm dot pitch, was as sharp as this Olivetti. As a nice bonus, it also supports 1024x768 at 60Hz and 70Hz without the text looking fuzzy, unlike other monitors of the time.

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Overall, what to say? It's been definitely a good purchase. This monitor was fully loaded for its times, and came with several features that we take for granted nowadays, but back in the early 90s they were considered features for high end monitors, and Olivetti computers had a reputation for being quality products. The only drawback is that this monitor, just like the Trust I had previously, likes to whine often, and since I'm still young to hear the high pitched squeal of CRT monitors, it makes me crazy, but I'm going to live with it: maybe the situation will get better with time, since the Trust stopped doing that after a month of usage so I'm confident the Olivetti will do the same thing, as it takes time for capacitors and other components to re-energize.

Shall I recommend this monitor to other people? Sure, why not. You'd get a 14" with an excellent colour fidelity, almost Trinitron-esque sharpness, digital control for size, pincushion and position, 10 user programmable memory states to store parameters for custom resolutions, a green LED display that shows the memory state in use at the moment, and an overall 1980s design that makes this Olivetti one of the best 14" monitors I ever tried on the RDD so far.
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Re: Post pics of your CRT monitors

Postby twiz11 » 2019-9-13 @ 00:16

i miss my crt monitors, though they were heavy as fcuk, though nice and toasty during the winters, ah fcuk
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Re: Post pics of your CRT monitors

Postby bjwil1991 » 2019-9-13 @ 01:14

I miss my CRTs. Hearing the coils going when turning them on and, of course, space heaters when the heater broke. The old IBM monitor had issues where the color on the display was pink, but still showed a picture, at least and the other 19" monitor that went up to 1600x1200 stopped working all of a sudden. Still have a CRT Sony PVM-9L1 for my Commodore 64 and some consoles (s-video only works, sadly as the composite BNC doesn't work any longer and could be a cracked or cold solder joint on the board somewhere and a CRT TV/VCR combo.

CRTs are better for older computers and consoles than flat panel displays as they either stretch the picture or doesn't look right. Upscalers are better for me to hook up older consoles, like the SNES/N64/GameCube, Genesis Model 1 (HD Graphics)/Nomad (Genesis Model 2), PS1, and Original Xbox to my 43" TCL Roku 4K UHD HDR TV and have the display set to 4:3 ratio, including the LCD monitors, like my Samsung MultiSync 215BW and other displays that do that, and they will work with text mode (DOS mode/DOS prompt/DOS Box) as well.
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Re: Post pics of your CRT monitors

Postby Pentium4User » 2019-9-13 @ 05:09

I had my first CRT in 2017, it was the Daewoo.
Much better for Terminals in Linux systems, because black is really black.
I used my first CRT in school, it was a Belinea. I liked it. Then in 2017 I bought one, my father said I'm insane.
When I got the iiyama my mother was disappointed because of the size.
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Re: Post pics of your CRT monitors

Postby SSTV2 » 2019-9-18 @ 02:46

Ah, the Olivetti CDU line, I have a Olivetti CRT monitor with the same chasis, but it has a gas spring leg instead, looks truly unique.

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Re: Post pics of your CRT monitors

Postby looking4awayout » 2019-9-20 @ 11:10

It has an excellent picture quality and is multiscan, so behind its 1980s design it has a very advanced technology. Unfortunately mine isn't in the best shape: there's a subtle sign of burn in on the screen, two of the vents on top are broken and you have to keep the cable in a particular way otherwise the red will flicker on and off. I will purchase another one of the same model some day though, as I like this monitor a lot. Wouldn't you mind to share a picture of your Ollie CRT? I'm curious about the gas spring pedestal.
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Re: Post pics of your CRT monitors

Postby jaZz_KCS » 2019-9-20 @ 11:13

SSTV2 wrote:Ah, the Olivetti CDU line, I have a Olivetti CRT monitor with the same chasis, but it has a gas spring leg instead, looks truly unique.

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It truly does look unique.... In the sense that it looks like it has an additional bezel around the already existing bezel... like a double case. Makes the screen size look small compared to the whole size. Very weird/unique design.
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Re: Post pics of your CRT monitors

Postby looking4awayout » 2019-9-20 @ 11:20

It definitely does. The actual monitor is a 13" rather than a 14", or at least it is much smaller than the other 14" monitors I had previously. The tube was manufactured by Hantarex and the monitor itself was made in Italy, in Florence. The design dates back to the mid 1980s, as it was originally introduced with the M240, the successor of the M24. They kept sticking to that design until the mid 1990s, so it wouldn't look out of place on a 286 either. ;)
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