Authentic 29" Arcade Monitor (27" Viewable)
Each Magnum Monolith comes equipped with a 29" Arcade Monitor. The monitor that we use is a powerhouse -- capable of displaying horizontal frequencies from 15.75kHz to 38kHz (CGA, EGA, VGA and SVGA modes). What this means in layman terms is that the Magnum Monolith can display arcade games in the precise frequency and resolution of the original arcade game. No stretching. No squishing. Exact one to one pixels. You'll see your favorite arcade games EXACTLY how they were meant to be displayed. After seeing arcade games emulated on a Magnum Monolith, you'll never want to use emulators on a standard PC again.
It is a common misconception that LCD and plasma screens are better than CRT screens for every purpose. Nothing could be further from the truth. Computer monitors and HD TVs are simply not capable of displaying arcade frequencies and resolutions. LCD screens are great for movies and home theater setups, but for arcade games they are completely inadequate and inferior to arcade monitors. Most flatscreens also use a widescreen aspect ratio, which is great for movies but inappropriate for arcade games. With a widescreen, it is necessary to either stretch the game image to fill the screen (causing distortion) or leave the game in its original aspect ratio (leaving large black bars on both sides of the image -- wasting space and making the machine unnecessarily large). LCD screens are actually cheaper than arcade monitors, so it would cost us less to include LCD screens with the Magnum Monolith. Our goal, however, is gaming perfection so we use only the best screens.
Also, because the Magnum Monolith's monitor supports SVGA resolutions, you can play all your favorite PC games on the Magnum Monolith in SVGA resolution. Most arcade monitors cannot do this. Most home arcade cabinets come with low-end monitors capable only of low resolution modes. That may be great for the classics, but they won't even play modern arcade games let alone PC games. The Magnum Monolith lets you have your cake and eat it too. Lastly, the monitor looks fantastic with a sharp picture.