Quoted from Shredder565:
Didn't think of that angle. I assumed because real production cabs where made, it also worked on real machines. something to ask about .
Also, plasma/LED. interesting point. sometimes too fine a detail isn't great either.
What's odd is the LED one is about $30's cheaper than the LCD one.
Depends on the game.
Some of the animations look better on the LCD when smoothed on some games. Mostly later ones.
Early games have simpler animations. LED versions look better on these imho.
The smoothing effect on games that have little shading in the artwork looks cartoonish and poorly executed.
TAF and DW for example is WPC89. Very early animations from 1993 with little shading.
I think LED works better.
IJ is later and ToM even later being WPC95. Much better animations on those.
I used smoothing on my ToM and it looks great.
Smoothing in my IJ was not what i wanted.
The big dots fixed it nicely.
A good compromise for LCD versions is the big dots setting.
However im thinking of going to LED in my current IJ resto.
The LCD version has 5 built in settings that you can scroll thru to get the game looking the way you want.
The LED version only has screen and brightness control.
One issue on the LED version is that the LED they used is tiny in a big black square.
So it looks like theres miles of blackness at lower brightness settings.
Its not as noticable at higher brightness settings.
The LCD isn't as eye searingly bright as the LED even at max brightness.
Darker games benefit fron the LED version, they look crisp and bright.
So, i think early games benefit from LED displays, later ones use LCD.
Im fortunate to have both types to play with in my shop. So for me its how they look and feel on the individual game.
Im thinking of going LED on my next TAF restore.