Using ZX Spectrum on LCD TV or Monitor

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Re: Using ZX Spectrum on LCD TV or Monitor

Post by hikoki » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:23 pm

Yes, it would be good to know if wav files are supported as well.
I think this gizmo is not for instant loading as in Divide, Dividemmc, and other TR-DOS compatible interfaces.
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Re: Using ZX Spectrum on LCD TV or Monitor

Post by PeterJ » Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:33 pm

I seem to remember, and the the reviews seem to confirm this, it was it MP3, and it would load at normal tape speed. Good for nostalgia value I suppose if you own a +2!, but much better solutions exist.
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Re: Using ZX Spectrum on LCD TV or Monitor

Post by Alessandro » Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:01 pm

hikoki wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:04 pm
^^^
Do or do not there is no talk or rather the other way around I'm afraid.
I think @Alessandro had one
No, I just used a car stereo cassette adapter for the +2A - other models had data fed straight into the EAR socket. Chinese general stores here still sell them for € 3 each if I remember correctly.
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Re: Using ZX Spectrum on LCD TV or Monitor

Post by hikoki » Sat Jun 23, 2018 12:09 am

PeterJ wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 8:33 pm
I seem to remember, and the the reviews seem to confirm this, it was it MP3, and it would load at normal tape speed. Good for nostalgia value I suppose if you own a +2!, but much better solutions exist.
You are right, only mp3 allowed. Anyways I like the gizmo and don't care much about ultrafast loading speeds.
There seems to be a tool to make fast to load mp3 files, K7ZX
These settings are recommended to get good results : http://www.retrowiki.es/viewtopic.php?t ... p100054518
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Re: Using ZX Spectrum on LCD TV or Monitor

Post by hikoki » Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:30 am

Alessandro wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 9:01 pm
hikoki wrote:
Fri Jun 22, 2018 7:04 pm
^^^
Do or do not there is no talk or rather the other way around I'm afraid.
I think @Alessandro had one
No, I just used a car stereo cassette adapter for the +2A - other models had data fed straight into the EAR socket. Chinese general stores here still sell them for € 3 each if I remember correctly.
Do these adapters make a difference for Spectrums other than +2A models? Do they help with deafness?
Do you use them on 48K models just for the fun of it? :)
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Re: Using ZX Spectrum on LCD TV or Monitor

Post by Alessandro » Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:59 am

hikoki wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:30 am
Do these adapters make a difference for Spectrums other than +2A models?
I casually discovered that with the +2A the tape adapter can feed data to the Datacorder's head without the need to keep the Play key pressed. If you are interested to know more there is an old thread on the WOS forum and a video on Youtube where I demonstrate that.

It's not necessary with the 48K/128K/+3 because data can be fed directly from the PC via the EAR/TAPE socket.

With the +2 you have to press the PLAY key, and turbo loaders can sometimes not work correctly.
hikoki wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:30 am
Do they help with deafness?
:? I don't understand. Anyway, I am not hearing-impaired so I cannot really say.
hikoki wrote:
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:30 am
Do you use them on 48K models just for the fun of it? :)
No. :mrgreen:
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Re: Using ZX Spectrum on LCD TV or Monitor

Post by hikoki » Sat Jun 23, 2018 9:55 am

Thanks, I'll give them a good read.
I plan to get a psu and a walkman for a 48K+ that I have somewhere in a box. Loading from cassette again may be fun for a while!
By deafness I mean people complain that sometimes sound is not picked up from apps like teezx, tapdancer, speccy tape. I wondered if this adapter would help someway by filtering the signal.
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Re: Using ZX Spectrum on LCD TV or Monitor

Post by yang » Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:42 am

Hi,

Thank you all for suggestions, I have ordered the Car stereo cassette adapter, which @hikoki suggested.
Back to the original question - As I don't own the classic old CRT TV anymore, I am interested how I could use either an older LCD Computer monitor with VGA plug or a more recent LCD Computer monitor with HDMI plug? Any idea about this, what kind of adapters would I need to buy? That is for using it with the original ZX Spectrum 48k.
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Re: Using ZX Spectrum on LCD TV or Monitor

Post by stupidget » Wed Jun 27, 2018 12:27 pm

Hi,

I got a very nice, boxed Speccy 48k from Gumtree a couple of years ago and sent it this chap to add the composite mod so I can use it on a modern TV:

http://www.mutant-caterpillar.co.uk/shop/

Che
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Re: Using ZX Spectrum on LCD TV or Monitor

Post by PeterJ » Wed Jun 27, 2018 6:25 pm

yang wrote:
Wed Jun 27, 2018 10:42 am
I have ordered the Car stereo cassette adapter, which @hikoki suggested.
I hope you have more luck than I did and all the conversion goes OK. Let us know how you get on.
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