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    Default Anyone have experience with WG d9800 arcade monitor?

    Does anyone own this or has anyone seen it in action? I want to buy the Wells Gardner d9800 arcade monitor from X-Gaming and have been looking around the internet for reviews but haven't had any luck. I plan to run the oldies up to the newer Golden Tee and Big Buck Hunter.

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    Default Re: Anyone have experience with WG d9800 arcade monitor?

    Should handle anything you run on it without any problems. Not used one but looking at the specs for it, its a full range multi-synch so should handle any scan rate, freq or resolution that an arcade game will throw at it.

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    Default Re: Anyone have experience with WG d9800 arcade monitor?

    Recently, I purchased Project Arcade: Build Your Own Arcade Machine from Amazon. The author (John St. Clair) mentions the Wells Gardner d9800 on page 296, but opts to go with a 27-in Vision Pro arcade-VGA hybrid monitor. He refers to both of these models as similar to one another, implying it might have been his second choice. I also reviewed the specs and I'd say you'd be happy with it if you're looking for an authentic experience. If you just want a quality picture go with a computer monitor. Then there's a comprise solution, a television. It looks similar to an old style arcade monitor (scanlines and whatnot), but comes at a much cheaper price. You can use the money you save to bet a bigger screen! Anyway you go, I'm sure you'll have fun.

    Try some of these sites, I bookmarked them from the CD-ROM that came with the book:


    I've been doing notes and sketches for sometime now and hope to start my project soon. It's just so damn expensive. It was even more expensive for me because I bought the tools instead of borrowing or renting them, but I wanted to do more than one project and also to be able to take my time. Anyways, I hope this helps you.

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    Default Re: Anyone have experience with WG d9800 arcade monitor?

    Thanks everyone, I feel confident in the WG D9800 now. I wanted to make sure I didn't buy it and then hear from someone online about why not to get it. Thanks for all of the links, I saved them for future reference.

    The monitor is expensive at about $430 after S&H but if I'm doing this I may as well do it right. My concerns were that I couldn't play newer hi-def games or a music program to double the arcade as a jukebox. I think the amount of low-res games I play will far exceed the amount of hi-res games so this will work great. Also, iTunes is fine in 800X600 so this monitor will suit the majority of my needs. One factor in my selection is my cabinet size. I have an old Block Out cab which is about 24" wide so the bare-bones frame of an arcade monitor will be much easier to fit with little modification. I should have held out for a bigger cabinet but I'm a noob and jumped at the first available one.

    Good luck with your project. My problem is that I don't have expertise in any of the BYOAC areas. I bought an old cabinet ($160) because I don't trust myself making one of great quality, I bought the X-Arcade Tankstick ($200) to use as starter controls until I learn more about wood-working and control/button wiring, and most of all - unfortunately I'm not a super computer tech so hopefully that side of it doesn't cause me too many problems. I will learn it eventually, but doing this is something you can't pass on. It's just too awesome.

    Thanks again!

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    Default Re: Anyone have experience with WG d9800 arcade monitor?

    Oh yea, check out this thread from ArcadeControls.com. The LED work this guy did is pretty cool.

    www.ArcadeControls.com

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    Personally if it were me, I'd just buy a nice $200 range 19 - 21" LCD. They run a lot coolers and you can always turn scanline filters on in MAME and others that support it. But I also respect going with actual hardware more suited to the task. I guess it comes down to how much you're willing to spend.

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    Default Re: Anyone have experience with WG d9800 arcade monitor?

    Quote Originally Posted by nickmas80 View Post
    My concerns were that I couldn't play newer hi-def games or a music program to double the arcade as a jukebox. I think the amount of low-res games I play will far exceed the amount of hi-res games so this will work great.
    The 27-in Vision Pro arcade-VGA hybrid monitor I mentioned earlier is built just for the purpose of running arcade games using authentic hardware, but still being able to run hi-res pc games, jukeboxes and the like. It even comes in the bare-bones frame.

    Quote Originally Posted by nickmas80 View Post
    My problem is that I don't have expertise in any of the BYOAC areas. I bought an old cabinet ($160) because I don't trust myself making one of great quality, I bought the X-Arcade Tankstick ($200) to use as starter controls until I learn more about wood-working and control/button wiring, and most of all - unfortunately I'm not a super computer tech so hopefully that side of it doesn't cause me too many problems. I will learn it eventually, but doing this is something you can't pass on.
    I would certainly recommend the book, I got it for $13 in the used books section. The seller was a library so it was in great shape. It comes with plans, supply lists, step by step instruction, pictures, and much more. I plan to build my own cab, but after buying the tools I had to stop and save more money. I'll probably do do like Neco said, use a computer monitor and emulate the scanlines. That way I can play new games too.
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    Default Re: Anyone have experience with WG d9800 arcade monitor?

    I originally wanted to use a PC monitor but one of my favorite arcade games is Big Buck Hunter and I think shooting games would be better off with a bigger screen so I decided to look at TVs. Then I read some projects in which people tried to use TVs but the picture quality was not very good so then I changed my mind to an arcade monitor.

    Do you have any idea where he found that 27" Vision Pro?

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    I sure do, Happ Controls. Here's the exact page. For some reason they only list sizes up to 19in, maybe if you call them they can tell you about the bigger model mentioned in the book. It sure is one very expensive piece of equipment.

    I also have a bunch of links to online stores that sell arcade machine parts. If you want I can post those links too.
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    Default Re: Anyone have experience with WG d9800 arcade monitor?

    Yea, I saw the 19" but no 27". I decided just to order the D9800. If higher resolution proves to be important for my use I'll upgrade in the future.

    Please post those links. I've checked out Happ, Betson, and Ultimarc but those are all I know.

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