Doing further tests of Blur Busters strobe tuning of EVE Spectrum’s motion blur reduction mode.
I did some emulator tests on my EVE Spectrum prototype with my Blur Busters Strobe Tuning.
Damn. I think the EVE Spectrum makes a fantastic Original / RetroArch / MAME panel. Probably one of the best LCDs for a standup arcade machine. Hopefully this produces a legitimate alternative to CRTs because CRTs are getting rare and harder to find.
And Blur Busters has been working hard on making strobing more retro-friendly with multiple manufacturers with single-strobe 60 Hz built into the monitor without needing “software BFI”. But this panel, specifically, seems to tick multiple checkboxes for arcade cabinet builders:
Size similar to arcade CRT. A portrait EVE Spectrum is approximately the same width as a portrait arcade machine CRT tube (Just taller, but can be masked off if you want to a more 4:3 shape, for portrait games like Galaxian or whatever without excess LCD showing)
Retro friendly motion blur reduction. EVE Spectrum supports retro-friendly motion blur reduction built into its hardware. It has less motion blur than a plasma display. True hardware 50Hz / 60Hz single strobe, with the motion clarity more resembling CRT than LCD. 100% image retention proof, no burn in, no need for software BFI on this LCD. Compatible with all real & emulated games / MAME / FPGA / original arcade machine (via HDMI Fury type adaptor). Perfectly clear SEGA Sonic Hedgehog games!
Slim bezel, flat back, stand is optional. EVE Spectrum is slim bezel and can be purchased without a monitor stand.
Ease of mounting inside Arcade Cabinet. EVE Spectrum is easy to wood-mount inside a MAME cabinet. The Eve Spectrum uses rectangular protrusions on its rear – beveled rear shape – that makes it stupidly easy to build a wood frame to securely hold an Eve Spectrum in a MAME arcade machine cabinet.
IMPORTANT TIP: Add a quiet slow-spinning 120mm or 160mm fan inside the cabinet to cool-off the waste heat emitted inside the closed cabinet, since the Spectrum 4K144 gets too warm in a fully enclosed area.
Resolution for CRT filter. CRT filters look kickass at 4K. MAME HLSL type filters. 'Nuff said.
Color gamut of CRT. NanoIPS gamut makes it more colorful, similar to a real CRT tube. No “crappy LightBoost colors”, this is strobing at better than NTSC color space!
The main thing that seems to look off (relative to a CRT tube) is the flatness of the display, and imperfect LCD blacks, but par for the course for current LCDs. One can put a tempered glass layer on top, to hide the LCD’s flatness and protect the LCD from damage in an arcade machine.
The design of Eve Spectrum is all accidentally coincidental to being perfect for an arcade cabinet.
Even though the “144Hz” feature of EVE Spectrum will become dormant when an EVE Spectrum is installed in a 60Hz arcade cabinet, it’s one of the best arcade LCDs I’ve seen.
Note: Due to science & physics, refresh rate headroom is very good for CRT-clarity at low Hz – since higher-Hz panels tend to do a better job of blur-reducing 60 Hz. A faster-refreshing screen has more time to hide LCD pixel response between refresh cycles in the dark period, unseen by eyes. Creating a more CRT-like image. So the 144 Hz feature should not scare away 60 Hz cabinet builders.