Quoted from Fytr:
I completed a few mods on the weekend...
3. Tilted the stock monitor back so it points directly at the head/eyes of the player. This totally resolves the poor contrast and bad darks problem and makes the screen pop! I used 1 1/2" nylon spacers and longer wood screws to mount the top of the monitor to the speaker panel, and just screwed the bottom screws in without bending the monitor or adding spacers there (for now anyway, they seem secure enough). I also used Gorilla tape to fashion a light shroud around the monitor but this ended up being pretty "tacky" looking so might replace with black pastic or cardboard at some point.
Here's a before pic showing orig., speaker mesh setup and stock monitor angle with washed out picture quality:
Here's what it looks like now with the angled monitor and speaker mesh in front of the lights...
FYI My monitor settings are:
Monitor mounted with the spacers...
Picture with a flash on to show the monitor angle from the side-front. Normally you wouldn't really notice the white spacer post.
One issue with the slanted monitor is that the top of the screen is now blocked on some screens in the game by the top of the monitor cutout in the speaker panel. It's not nearly as bad for me while playing as this picture would indicate, but still lose the top 1/3 of the top row of text on that screen. An ideal fix would be to expand the hole in the speaker cutout slightly but this would require cutting, sanding, and re-painting the speaker panel.
The monitor controls look like there should be an option to allow sizing/moving the picture but you can't select it. Too bad or this would be an easy fix.
I'm okay with this for now as the increased PQ is well worth it. It somehow "feels" so much better to have the screen slanted so it's pointed directly at the viewer, I wish Spooky would have fabricated a proper monitor mount and done it this way from the factory.
Well I finally went back in and improved my slanted-monitor mod on TNA (see the quoted post for the original details).
My original work had 2 glaring issues, the top of the display was clipped by the top edge of the speaker panel, and the finish around the outside edge of the monitor wasn't very clean (I had used black duct tape to seal around the open edges between the monitor and the speaker panel).
I solved the first problem by lowering the mount location of the monitor slightly. This allows a perfect view of the bottom and top of the monitor - at least for someone of average height like myself. A really tall person would still see some clipping of the top edge.
To improve the finish I used some black bristol board carefully cut to match the size of the openings between the monitor and the speaker panel. This stuff worked really well as I could just slide it between the monitor and the panel and because it has a sort of foam in the middle it would compress slightly and wedge in securely without requiring anything else to hold it there. Completely reversible and provides a professional finish.
I love this mod now, the picture quality and contrast is sooo much better than stock and it feels great to have the monitor slanted to your eyes with its lower-than-normal location on the TNA cabinet.
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PS> Fortunately, Spooky has adopted a sloped speaker panel for R&M, making this mod unnecessary on that game.