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ColorDMD - LCD versus LED?


By goatdan

4 years ago



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Post #3 Vendor update on available combinations Posted by Dmod (4 years ago)

Post #23 Vendor update on hardware revision for future display boards Posted by Dmod (4 years ago)

Post #30 Led displays take less power than lcd setups Posted by Dmod (4 years ago)

Post #64 Discussion on smoothing algorithm Posted by Dmod (4 years ago)

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#715 11 months ago

This is now my second ColorDMD, both LED. The first in a TFTC and another in a BSD.

I first opted for LED in the TFTC because I didn't want to dremel the interior of my speaker panel for the LCD to fit, and didn't like how the top of the LCD screen could be seen as a black form in a bottom part of the translite. I'm so happy the way the LED looked and never considered changing.

Then had an opportunity to grab color for BSD, and once again I couldn't be happier with LED. Looks great and I don't have to lower my speaker panel every time I want to swing open my light panel to see the boards.

It's really personal preference, both are a luxury, both are awesome, and may always be a game to game decision. I seem to like MET in LCD, but sticking to the original technology of an LED screen just with a splash of color feels right. With all the odd fittings it seems weird to mount a laptop screen in a game. I'll probably feel different when I try LCD one day.

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#720 5 months ago

I love my ColorDMD LED's, and with the PinballLife glare guard it looks amazing. It's a must have addition if you do go LED. Couldn't be happier with it.

#729 5 months ago
Quoted from Codeman00:

Do I need to order the inner or outer mounting no glare film for the LED ColorDMD?

The pictures in the product link below show the stripping that is probably already attached to your panel. The film sits on top of that stripping, and with the help of spacers, the DMD sits just slightly off the glare film. As others have stated if you see a gap, then fill in where necessary to your preference. But I don't recall seeing any on my BSD.

https://www.pinballlife.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=PROD&Product_Code=PBL-100-0115-00

From there, increase the brightness of the DMD to shine through the film, and it looks great. I can barely see the dots anymore when the game is off and almost looks like an LCD screen is in there.

Feel free to DM me if you have any questions on install.

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#780 4 months ago
Quoted from cabuford:

Anyone put an LCD in a Data East game? I think you have to cut the DMD/speaker panel.

Yes you have to dremel the interior of the speaker panel to fit an LCD in a Data East game.

The LCD screen will leave a half inch (give or take) tall shadow along the bottom of the translite. Some games it’s not noticeable and others it is. I had TFTC and the comic art goes from top to bottom, so I didn’t want to block any of that or permanently alter the panel.

Couldn’t be happier with the end result.

#800 4 months ago

I would ask PinballLife since it’s their product.

I’ll try to replicate it tonight.

#802 4 months ago

Awesome man. Glad you’re getting clarity on what you like. Again, people seem to think those stern models do very well with the smoothing.

And with the glare of the PF, you may never get it perfect. I will say that the LeD reflected off the PF glass a lot, but a glare guard plastic under the DMD panel blocks it completely both ways, but you gotta live with the plastic, which mentally disappears over time, and of course your first attempt at the glare film had an issue.

As discussed, try both with and without supporting accessories like the glare guards and see what works for you.

I have good news to report that you may not be crazy on the double image. This weekend I tested it with a variety of angles and I think I recreated what you seen. The pic below shows my camera on my toes as high as I can to grab a shot, and it shows what looks like an extra set of blue dots under each set of real dots. Is this what you were seeing?

If so, it’s the glare guard and the way it’s made I guess. You said to me pinballlife is promising to return it for you so I would do that. I’m 5’ 11” so it isnt an issue for me and very happy with mine, but I am super curious to try the comet version now.

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