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Pinstadium vs ColorDMD vs PDI/InvisiGlass


By Eskaybee

41 days ago



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“Pinstadium vs ColorDMD vs PDI/InvisiGlass”

  • Pinstadium 12 votes
    6%
  • ColorDMD 175 votes
    85%
  • PDI/Invisiglass 20 votes
    10%

(207 votes)

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#1 41 days ago

Thinking about spending a little money on my AC/DC. Which mod would you guys go with for AC/DC Pro? I’m leaning towards Pinstadium as I’ve never seen it in person and enjoy lighting effects with music pins such as ACDC.

Also, regarding pinstadium; there seems like so many choices now; i.e. pinstadium, Orion’s Belt, fusion, etc... What’s the best way to go for an ACDC Pro?

#2 41 days ago

colorDMD or invisiglass

#3 41 days ago

I’d go color dmd here. Don’t see any version of pinstadium as a must have for this game. I’ll be getting a set eventually but it will be for streaming to brighten up the playfield for the camera.

If you do go with pinstadium it should help with a lot of glare too. So there’s that.

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#4 41 days ago

colordmd for the best impact, PDI the best mod nobody knows you installed (it's that good), pinstadium doesn't belong w these 2....aquired taste (for some)

#5 41 days ago

I should also clarify that i do have invisiglass on Acdc now (and all 3 of my games), but i am pulling the trigger on a new game very soon and that will get priority for the invisiglass leaving Acdc with standard new glass.

#6 41 days ago

I installed an LED colorDMD on my AC/DC Premium and I really think the game should have originally been made with a color DMD.
It makes a big difference and Stern should be ashamed to have created this game originally without it.
The color DMD, either LED or LCD should be first thing that you upgrade in my opinion.

#7 41 days ago

I just cannot live without color anymore. Must have for me.
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#8 41 days ago

Pinstadium vs Color DMD? Hmmm. Let me think.

One is the most unnecessary, obnoxious and over-hyped mod ever.

The other is a huge improvement that everyone loves and also adds monetary value nearly equal to it's cost.

#9 41 days ago

Color DMD
Invisiglass
Mirror Blades
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Pinstadium (only if I got them significantly discounted)

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#10 41 days ago

I don’t own Pinstadium lights but I do have PDI glass and Color DMDs. The PDI glass is an indulgence. The Color DMD a necessity.

#11 41 days ago

ColorDMD all day and twice on Sunday!

#12 41 days ago

Your poll results give you the easy answer O.P. you will see images you never noticed before with color.

#13 41 days ago

ColorDMD. No question

#14 41 days ago

Thanks guys. I thought there would be more support for pinstadium, after all, we don’t play the display right?

Reason I was leaning towards pinstadium is because I’ve heard many people say you don’t need invisiglass with pinstadium.

That all said; poll results says it all so far. Too bad the same people weren’t voting on the TWIPYs

#15 41 days ago

So...this is pretty much convincing me to snag a color dmd for my ac/DC. What's the consensus for ac/dc, LCD?

#16 41 days ago

Make your own lights, and at a faction the price of pinstadium. If you’re going to spend money buy the ColorDMD.

#17 41 days ago
Quoted from Eskaybee:

Thanks guys. I thought there would be more support for pinstadium, after all, we don’t play the display right?
Reason I was leaning towards pinstadium is because I’ve heard many people say you don’t need invisiglass with pinstadium.
That all said; poll results says it all so far. Too bad the same people weren’t voting on the TWIPYs

Genuinely appreciate the effort and time put into the TWIPY's, but as w any awards show, it's rare the "winners" are of consequence.

I actually think you don't need the sun, air, or water w the rainbow....

on a serious note....LCD can do HIRES, LED is a bit brighter w darker blacks, but can only do dots. I'm a HIRES guy on all my games, so I'd say LCD, then you can choose.

#18 41 days ago
Quoted from NorCalRealtor:

Pinstadium vs Color DMD? Hmmm. Let me think.
One is the most unnecessary, obnoxious and over-hyped mod ever.

Amen brotha!!!

#19 41 days ago

Pinstadium is an overpriced and overhyped product. WAY overpriced.

Color DMD is the best mod, and sells used for almost same price so you can pull it and resell if you choose

#20 41 days ago

This is the easiest decision you've ever made....color dmd by a mile....glass is second....

#21 41 days ago

Vs. Pinsound? I just took the plunge on a Pinsound board for my GNR as well as a couple ColorDMD's. I recommend making these purchases at 3:30am half blind off of tequila. That way you won't remember how much you spent. I know I won't regret it in the long run.

#22 41 days ago

Not to be that guy.... but while I agree of the three a color DMD is by far the most valuable improvement (and awesome) doesn’t seem necessary so crap on PS for creating a product many appreciate? He has for the record stayed in his marketing channel as many wished yet these threads keep popping up to slam his effort and a rather nice product (for some games) that I personally like. Not for everyone but not really a need for hate?

#23 41 days ago
Quoted from dannylite:

Vs. Pinsound? I just took the plunge on a Pinsound board for my GNR as well as a couple ColorDMD's. I recommend making these purchases at 3:30am half blind off of tequila. That way you won't remember how much you spent. I know I won't regret it in the long run.

Pinsound (not PinStadium) kicks ass...have in a couple of my games.....you're correct on the best time to buy mods...bourbon makes me push "buy" the further into the evening I go......

#24 41 days ago
Quoted from dannylite:

Vs. Pinsound? I just took the plunge on a Pinsound board for my GNR as well as a couple ColorDMD's. I recommend making these purchases at 3:30am half blind off of tequila. That way you won't remember how much you spent. I know I won't regret it in the long run.

Not the correct thread but how do you like the Pinsound and was it hard for an average guy (me) to set up? So want to try this just not sure if I’ll make it worse.

#25 41 days ago

Colordmd is the best mod I’ve ever bought.

#26 41 days ago

Yah but Pinstadium won the Twipy award for best mod so it must be the best mod.

#27 41 days ago

Not to be that guy.... but while I agree of the three a color DMD is by far the most valuable improvement (and awesome) doesn’t seem necessary so crap on PS for creating a product many appreciate? He has for the record stayed in his marketing channel as many wished yet these threads keep popping up to slam his effort and a rather nice product (for some games) that I personally like. Not for everyone but not really a need for hate?</blockquot

I disagree totally. He’s a money grabber that doesn’t care about much but a profit. I’ve nicely asked many times if he planned on offering a cheaper version that just lights the playfield without all the flash and he ignores me. I can’t stand the bling. It love the idea of a nice fully lit playfield. If he cared about customers at all he would offer different levels of product. Just my opinion and if everyone else doesn’t agree I can live with that. But I sure will post an opinion of the guy if it’s appropriate and it was asked about in this thread.

#28 41 days ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Not to be that guy.... but while I agree of the three a color DMD is by far the most valuable improvement (and awesome) doesn’t seem necessary so crap on PS for creating a product many appreciate? He has for the record stayed in his marketing channel as many wished yet these threads keep popping up to slam his effort and a rather nice product (for some games) that I personally like. Not for everyone but not really a need for hate?

Choosing not to engage, but definitely not for everyone, as marketing might suggest...(nor belongs w the other 2 mods mentioned).

#29 41 days ago

I have Pinstadiums and love them. Plus I have the Hooked led blue lightning bolts.

#30 41 days ago

I voted colordmd because it makes such an improvement on Stern games. The red dmd just looks so bad in comparison. I have colordmd on my MET and cringe whenever I play another MET without one.

Regular glass seems perfectly fine to me. I don't think I have seen pdi/invisiglass so maybe seeing it would change my mind. Glare from dmd only an issue on a few of my games and a $15 glare guard from Comet fixes that. Pinstadium also seems like overkill on a modern Stern game that is already plenty bright.
It would cost $3000 to put the glass and pinstadium lights on all 5 of my games. Just don't see the value in doing that.

#31 41 days ago
Quoted from SuperPinball:

Yah but Pinstadium won the Twipy award for best mod so it must be the best mod.

Isn't Pinstadium one of their sponsors?

#32 41 days ago
Quoted from jawjaw:

I voted colordmd because it makes such an improvement on Stern games. The red dmd just looks so bad in comparison. I have colordmd on my MET and cringe whenever I play another MET without one.
Regular glass seems perfectly fine to me. I don't think I have seen pdi/invisiglass so maybe seeing it would change my mind...

We have MagicGlass on Houdini and it really does look great. Very noticeable, but obviously depends on lighting conditions. But ours was a package deal, so less painful on the wallet.

We also have a ColorDMD for our JD - huge difference and that would by my first choice for AC/DC. Really had a hard time figuring out the JD display at times when I would glance up just for a sec. Color (LCD) made all the difference. But I still like the bright red dots on AC/DC - goes well with the playfield. Picking between Color DMD LED and LCD might be a tough choice. The LED's are brighter.

#33 41 days ago
Quoted from NorCalRealtor:

Isn't Pinstadium one of their sponsors?

Retracting....Site has been a bit volatile for me today...Hope people like their pinstadiums..Just not for me

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#34 41 days ago

If I bought a game from someone and it had PinStadium, I would pay them extra to rip it out of my new game.

ColorDMD all the way.

#35 41 days ago

C-DMD is the far and away winner, here

#36 41 days ago

Dudes.......do you not get it? It was a joke. April fool's. It's obviously a month long event

#37 41 days ago

Color dmd and invisiglass are a must!!!!

#38 41 days ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Not the correct thread but how do you like the Pinsound and was it hard for an average guy (me) to set up? So want to try this just not sure if I’ll make it worse.

I'll let you know how it goes I purchased them in the wee hours of Saturday. I'm still hungover

#39 41 days ago
Quoted from dannylite:

I'll let you know how it goes I purchased them in the wee hours of Saturday. I'm still hungover

Thanks, appreciate any feedback. Which game did you end up doing?

#40 41 days ago

ColorDMD is my favorite upgrade mod by far.

#41 40 days ago
Quoted from Yelobird:

Thanks, appreciate any feedback. Which game did you end up doing?

Have one in my BSD and it kills!!! Pretty straight ahead install, similiar to LEDOCD with some additional things to tweak and speaker connections (downloading favorite sounds via usb or doing custom, etc.). Replaces the Audio board completely. Creech is next for me!!!

#42 40 days ago

ColorDMD BEST MOD EVER.........Those dumb playfields lights that ruin everything WORST MOD EVER

#43 40 days ago

You couldn't pay me enough money to put pinstadiums in any of my games. I would do either ColorDMD or PDI but careful now as this is a very slippery slope because once you do one game you will wanna do the next and the next and the next... until your entire collection is done. At least this is the trend I noticed for my friends with ColorDMD or PDI

#44 40 days ago
Quoted from mwong168:

You couldn't pay me enough money to put pinstadiums in any of my games. I would do either ColorDMD or PDI but careful now as this is a very slippery slope because once you do one game you will wanna do the next and the next and the next... until your entire collection is done. At least this is the trend I noticed for my friends with ColorDMD or PDI

This^^^^^

#45 40 days ago

Hands down Colordmd. After that (for me only) invisiglass but I think pinstadium is a great product and great idea. Want to put them on my games but every time I go to pull the trigger I do something else instead (like buy another game).

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#46 40 days ago

The results of the poll in this thread kind of make you wonder about the twipys.

#47 40 days ago

Just got an IMDN premium and put it next to my TWD pro
Never had an issue with TWD, but now next to Maiden the playfield looks dark and was thinking about pinstadium? no?

#48 40 days ago
Quoted from BMore-Pinball:

Just got an IMDN premium and put it next to my TWD pro
Never had an issue with TWD, but now next to Maiden the playfield looks dark and was thinking about pinstadium? no?

Try adding a couple spotlights first. Works on every other pin.

#49 40 days ago

If you're asking which ORDER of preference of the three mods, this is what I would do. Keep in mind I have PDI and ColorDMD on all my games. I don't feel I need Pinstadiums personally.

1. PDI will ALWAYS be my first choice. Why? Because you're ALWAYS looking through the playfield glass during the game. I won't try to defend whether the price is worth it because to me, it is.

2. ColorDMD is a MUST as well. Do you NEED it? No. The DMD display is kinda secondary anyways so all this does is help upgrade the overall look of the game. Case in point - I just installed a ColorDMD on a friend's BBB and was amazed at how it immediately modernized the look of the game. The original orange DMD on that game made it look so dated.

3. Pinstadium. Never used this product, never felt the need for it.

#50 40 days ago
Quoted from Lermods:

The results of the poll in this thread kind of make you wonder about the twipys.

Exactly. I can think of many other mods better than pin stadium. Very fishy

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