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Considering buying an amstrad CPC
« on: 06:17, 20 June 20 »
. I'm considering buying one down the line and would like your opinions (despite the fact that my desk is at beast 25 feet across with barely enough room for my tv). I am across the pond in NTSC land and don't want to have to shell out the cash for a PAL to NTSC converter if i don't have to. any ideas for a beginning collector?

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Re: Considering buying an amstrad CPC
« Reply #1 on: 10:18, 01 December 20 »
. I'm considering buying one down the line and would like your opinions (despite the fact that my desk is at beast 25 feet across with barely enough room for my tv). I am across the pond in NTSC land and don't want to have to shell out the cash for a PAL to NTSC converter if i don't have to. any ideas for a beginning collector?

Hi! Not sure why you would need a PAL to NTSC converter. Amstrad CPCs come with their monitor.

You would need a way to provide it 220-240V AC still. Which, according to Technology Connections is available in all US homes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMmUoZh3Hq4

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Re: Considering buying an amstrad CPC
« Reply #2 on: 13:00, 01 December 20 »
Hi! Not sure why you would need a PAL to NTSC converter. Amstrad CPCs come with their monitor.


Yes but a lot of second hand units don't get sold with their monitor and they need to get a separate power supply and SCART cable.
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Re: Considering buying an amstrad CPC
« Reply #3 on: 15:41, 22 December 20 »
You would need a way to provide it 220-240V AC still. Which, according to Technology Connections is available in all US homes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jMmUoZh3Hq4

Feel free to question again.


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Re: Considering buying an amstrad CPC
« Reply #4 on: 16:53, 22 December 20 »
That's always been the case. They have two 120V circuits in every house which are 180° out of phase, so you can create a 240V circuit by using both phases instead of phase and neutral.

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Re: Considering buying an amstrad CPC
« Reply #5 on: 17:00, 22 December 20 »
Learn something new every day.

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Re: Considering buying an amstrad CPC
« Reply #6 on: 17:10, 22 December 20 »
Learn something new every day.

I skipped today, but I promise I'll learn two new things tomorrow.

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Re: Considering buying an amstrad CPC
« Reply #7 on: 17:16, 22 December 20 »
Or you can teach one, levels out, so you're all set.

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Re: Considering buying an amstrad CPC
« Reply #8 on: 03:06, 23 December 20 »
. I'm considering buying one down the line and would like your opinions (despite the fact that my desk is at beast 25 feet across with barely enough room for my tv). I am across the pond in NTSC land and don't want to have to shell out the cash for a PAL to NTSC converter if i don't have to. any ideas for a beginning collector?
Late to this party, I know but I had a lot of success plugging in my standard CPC464 into my 15KHz capable LCD with a simple adapter I made with $5USD worth of components. I based mine off this design: https://www.octoate.de/articles/connect-cpc-to-vga-display/
Because I had a 15KHz LCD, I didn't even need the scaler.


The picture is so crisp!
(The 15KHz monitor has been one of my best purchases for retro computing. I use it with my Atari ST, my Amiga 1200, the CPC464, and, of course, all my modern hardware via HDMI. I got it for around $80USD. See this list: http://15khz.wikidot.com/ )


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Re: Considering buying an amstrad CPC
« Reply #9 on: 09:45, 23 December 20 »
Late to this party, I know but I had a lot of success plugging in my standard CPC464 into my 15KHz capable LCD with a simple adapter I made with $5USD worth of components. I based mine off this design: https://www.octoate.de/articles/connect-cpc-to-vga-display/
Because I had a 15KHz LCD, I didn't even need the scaler.


The picture is so crisp!
(The 15KHz monitor has been one of my best purchases for retro computing. I use it with my Atari ST, my Amiga 1200, the CPC464, and, of course, all my modern hardware via HDMI. I got it for around $80USD. See this list: http://15khz.wikidot.com/ )


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Which exact model of 15Khz monitor did you buy?

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Re: Considering buying an amstrad CPC
« Reply #10 on: 09:50, 23 December 20 »
I have an Acer V226HQL I picked up from Ebay for $129AUD.


Would happily buy again :-)


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Re: Considering buying an amstrad CPC
« Reply #11 on: 12:15, 23 December 20 »
@cheshirenoir does that Acer monitor support 15hz signals?


I use a fairly old lcd TV mostly with scart, component, vga,, hdmi and av inputs, lots of optiond to connect devices but it's far from perfect.

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Re: Considering buying an amstrad CPC
« Reply #12 on: 12:51, 23 December 20 »
@cheshirenoir does that Acer monitor support 15hz signals?
Yes it does. It's rock solid. Tested with an Atari STfm, an Amiga 1200, a CPC464 and an Apple IIgs. All at 15KHz. I should test it with my Megadrive II. :-)

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Re: Considering buying an amstrad CPC
« Reply #13 on: 13:07, 23 December 20 »
A CPC displays perfectly well on a Samsung UE32B6000 TV.
That TV accepts 15kHz / 50Hz on SCART input only, not on VGA input, that's what CPC adapter cables provide anyway.

Don't remember if I used my Amstrad MP1 adapter or the cable bought on coolnovelties, anyway it work great.
Perfect picture: no blur, no jitter, no flicker, 4:3 aspect ratio, no crop, black border left and right as needed, no noise.

Indeed http://15khz.wikidot.com/ looks like a great resource. Adding entry about Samsung UE32B6000 there.
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