If you are like me there is no place for modern LCD/ Plasma displays in retro gaming. Some people have managed to get good results with scanline generators and the like, but while I still can use CRTs I will.
If you search on retro gaming forums there is often talk of what are the best quality CRT Televisions to use. Often mentioned is the Loewe Calida 5072. This TV uses a Loewe E3000 chassis, and together with the Black Matrix Philips tube produces a fantastic picture. Now I already have a NEC XM29 broadcast monitor and a variety of smaller PVMs and RGB monitors, but when I noticed one of these for sale locally I couldn’t let it pass.
The Calida 5072 ticks a few boxes for retro gaming:
– 4:3 Screen
– Not 100HZ!
– RGB Euro Scart
– Slightly curved screen but not flat
– Reasonable amount of adjustment possible via standard & service menu
These days CRTs of this size are hard enough to give away, let alone to sell. The Calida local to me was advertised for $75, with a fault where one speaker had a hissing noise coming from it. Only retro gamers who knew what I did would bother paying money for this TV these days. I talked the seller down to $25 and the deal was done.
Here is the TV – 68cm screen size.
Upon getting the TV home to try, the static noise coming out of one of the speakers was very distracting. To solve this I went for an easy method. Firstly I tried reseating the speaker connections within the TV. That made no difference, so I disconnected the internal speakers and used the RCA speaker out connections on the rear to use external speakers instead.
Before removing the back to have a look at the speakers I laid the TV down face first on the floor. Make sure the TV screen cannot get scratched when doing this. Remove the 5 screws as indicated, and the whole back cover will come off by lifting up.
The speaker connections will easily come off.
Now before having some serious gaming, you may need to do some adjustments to the TV. Some things to note:
– The RGB & composite ports may need to be assigned as channels. As part of the set up, you can also specify whether they are 50 HZ, 60 HZ or auto detect. I set up auto detect for each, plus individual 50 HZ & 60 HZ assignments.
– The Calida can be set to require a signal to use RGB, or not require one. This is handy for gear which does not put out a signal to switch a TV to RGB.
– The screen height and width may need to be adjusted slightly to fit a full 60 HZ NTSC screen. This can be done via the service menu.
– You need a remote to set everything up!
To help with all this here are some resources:
Accessing Service Mode – To access service mode turn the TV on, and pull down the front flap near the power switch. Press the function key (clockwise arrow) until Service is highlighted on the screen. Immediately press the Menu button on the remote control. The menu button is in the part of the remote control that the cover needs to be slid down to reveal. Now the Service Menu will appear.
User Manual LOEWE E3000 CHASSIS TV USER MANUAL
Service Mode Documentation Service Mode
A couple of pictures of Neo Geo AES hooked up to the Calida – a beautiful sharp RGB picture.