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== Review: Magitronic C-SV1500P Monitor By: William Near ==
HARDWARE: Magitronic C-SV1500P multisync monitor
No address or phone numbers given.
All support is supplied by the dealer.
DESCRIPTION: 15 inch multisync monitor with full digital controls
PURCHASED FROM: Lake Erie Systems and Service Inc.
5321 Buffalo Road
Erie, PA 16510
(814) 898-0704 - voice (ask for Bob Lechner)
(814) 899-1384 - fax
PRICE: $440 U.S.
WARRANTY: 2 years parts and labor
2 years on the tube
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS: Any Amiga capable of Horizontally syncing between
30 KHz. and 64 KHz.
SYSTEM TESTED ON: Amiga 2000 (Rev 4.4),
ECS chip set,
GForce '030 accelerator @ 50 MHz.,
2 megs CHIP + 6 megs FAST memory,
2 standard floppy drives,
Quantum LPS270S hard drive with Trumpcard Professional
ICD Flicker Free Video 2 board
Screen Size - 15 inch flat screen with non-glare, dark
Dot Pitch - 0.28mm
Display Colors - Infinite
Resolution - 1280 x 1024 non-interlaced (max.)
Compatibility - All graphics modes with horizontal
frequencies between 30 kHz. and 64 KHz.
Horizontal Sync. - 30 KHz. to 64 KHz.
Vertical Sync. - 55 Hz. to 90 Hz.
Bandwidth - 75 MHz.
Input Signal - Video: RGB Analog
Sync: TTL Separate
Signal Cable - 15-pin D-connector
Dimensions (HxWxD) - 14.25" x 14.5" x 15"
Radiation - Low radiation model meets MPR II 1990:10
- The monitor is an off-white color and has a lighted power button and
a control panel door on the front. There are no speakers included with the
- This monitor supports the Energy Star requirements for reducing
power consumption. Since the Amiga doesn't output the proper control
signals, this feature doesn't work. Sometimes, while rebooting into PAL
mode when using Degrader, the monitor would go into its power saving mode.
The only way I've found to recover from this is to reboot the computer.
This isn't a major problem since it doesn't occur very often.
- A tilt/swivel base is included with the monitor.
- The power cord that was included with this monitor was the type that
is made to connect into the special monitor power connection on the back of
most PCs. The dealer that I purchased the monitor from gave me a standard
3 prong power cord for use with the Amiga.
- The signal cable is a hard-wired, 15-pin, D-shell connector. I used
the 9-pin to 15-pin adapter that came with my Flicker Free Video 2 board to
connect the monitor to my Amiga.
- Behind the control panel door are the following controls:
* Degauss button
* Memory Recall button - the monitor comes with 10 preset screen
modes that are not very useful with an Amiga attached. You can
add additional presets to the monitor's memory for non-standard
signals. For some reason, the user-defined screen mode entries
are mentioned in the manual, but the steps necessary to do this
aren't covered in the manual.
* Both the Horizontal and Vertical display size can be digitally
controlled from a set of four buttons. This feature is very
handy for eliminating all ugly black borders on the Amiga's
display area. I can actually stretch the display too far in
* Both the Horizontal and Vertical position of the display can be
digitally controlled from a set of four buttons. Again, this
is a very nice feature for Amiga owners. After you've
stretched the screen to a desirable size, you can then center
it on the display area.
* The Brightness can be digitally controlled with two buttons.
The Brightness control has a wide range of settings from too
bright to too dark.
* The Contrast can be digitally controlled with two buttons. The
Contrast control also has a wide range of settings.
* By pressing the left and right screen positioning buttons
simultaneously you can control the Pincushion/Barrel
compensation of the monitor.
* By pressing the left and right screen size buttons
simultaneously you can control the Trapezoid compensation of
COMMENTS: I must admit that I was a little concerned about the Magitronic
name, at first. The dealer assured me that they had used many of these
monitors on clone systems with no problems whatsoever. The two year
warranty, digital controls, 15 inch, .28 dot pitch screen, and the
unavailability of a good multisync monitor made specifically for the Amiga
at the time, all influenced my decision to purchase this monitor.
It's really nice to be able to resize the screen both horizontally and
vertically with the digital controls. Also, the ability to center the
display on the screen in both horizontal and vertical directions is a nice
feature not found on many other monitors. No more ugly black borders as
found when using many other clone-type monitors.
I did lose some of the Amiga's display modes when using this monitor even
though I am using a flicker fixer. I lost DblNTSC and DblPAL under WB 3.1,
and Super72 modes. The Super72 is no great loss, but it would have been
nice to use the higher resolution of the DblNTSC mode (since all of these
modes are 4 colors, it's not too much of a loss because I always run a 16
SUMMARY: This is a very nice monitor and it suits my needs quite well. I
suppose the ability to sync lower than 30 KHz. would have been nice
because then I could disable the flicker fixer and regain those lost screen
modes. At any rate, I'm very happy with the monitor and would recommend it
to any Amiga user.