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Need help deciding between Arcade Monitor or Sony PVM.

Posted: Thu Sep 17, 2015 7:56 pm
by zaid
Been having a difficult time trying to find a PVM, and was wondering if its worth it hooking up my retro consoles to a arcade monitor instead, since there easier to find and possible to get new. If so what would I need?

Re: Need help deciding between Arcade Monitor or Sony PVM.

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:02 am
by Bradtemple87
The pvm monitors are easier from a connection standpoint, and they also work with arcade supergun setups if that interests you.

Make sure to check local eBay auctions and Craigslist regularly.

Re: Need help deciding between Arcade Monitor or Sony PVM.

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 1:48 pm
by zaid
Ahh, yeah I was thinking that since they dont really have any straight connections like a pvm does. Yeah been checking both regularly, just for a quick reference how much do they go for now a days? So the great pvm seach continues lol. Thanks again.

Re: Need help deciding between Arcade Monitor or Sony PVM.

Posted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:25 pm
by bmoc
PVM prices vary wildly. There is a lot of potential to get one super cheap because most people consider all CRTs worthless. However, if the person selling knows that they are desirable to retro gamers, they will almost certainly charge more.

In addition to eBay and Craigslist, also contact any electronics recycling companies near you.

Good luck in your search! It took me several years to acquire my two PVMs but I was looking for 25"+ models. If you are willing to get one that is 20" or smaller, you will find a lot more.

Re: Need help deciding between Arcade Monitor or Sony PVM.

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2015 12:03 am
by zaid
Awesome thanks, I totally didnt think about the recycling company, ill defintally have to look into that. Yeah Ill defintally settle for something between the common sizes of 14 to 20 Iam leaning more towards a 20 though. Thanks again!

Re: Need help deciding between Arcade Monitor or Sony PVM.

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2015 8:18 pm
by Bradtemple87
20" size is perfect, I have two m4 variations

One is grey and one is the medical white

Re: Need help deciding between Arcade Monitor or Sony PVM.

Posted: Sat Sep 19, 2015 9:53 pm
by zaid
Awesome! How long did it take you find them? I got my eye currently on 2 on ebay, which kinda sucks cause Iam a little hesitant since there not local so I go no way to really test before I buy, so I kinda want to hold out :? Decisions Decisions :?

Re: Need help deciding between Arcade Monitor or Sony PVM.

Posted: Sun Sep 20, 2015 3:01 am
by Bradtemple87
I found both of these through eBay sellers that happened to be local. I sold a 14" one I found on Craigslist to a local buddy.

Be patient and look regularly.

Re: Need help deciding between Arcade Monitor or Sony PVM.

Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:27 pm
by zaid
Yup patience is a virtue lol took me like 4 or 5 months to get my lathe so Iam no stranger to that. Thanks for the tips, the search continues :mrgreen:

Re: Need help deciding between Arcade Monitor or Sony PVM.

Posted: Mon Sep 21, 2015 7:49 pm
by CRTGAMER
Most PVMs are too small for gaming from the couch. Good as a secondary monitor for link play, but for one player a larger screen would be much better. Get a Sony Wega TV CRT 27 to 36 inch for a much better size for the retro consoles. The WEGA series have a beautiful flat tube design, have clean sharp video and plenty of inputs.