# 20inch Sony PVM

Thread in 'Hardware' started by Marq, 15 Apr 2015.

2. ### aperturegrillz

The 20L5 is one of the best PVM's, in my opinion. I have its little brother, the 14L5, and it's great. $200 CAD is quite a good deal -- eBay completed listings imply they go for ~$500. I'd jump on it. And yes, it has RGB inputs.

3. ### KevinDDR

You need this. The 20L5 is highly sought after as it's arguably one of the best PVMs. If it's in OK shape jump on it.

4. ### XeaL

What's better - a PVM or something like a FW900?

5. ### KevinDDR

It depends on your use case: for stuff that's 15KHz video (240p/480i), you'll need the PVM as the FW900 doesn't sync below 31K (480p). If you're only playing Dreamcast and newer stuff, you can probably get away with an FW900; they are gorgeous!

Edit: @Marq, I'm sure you already noticed but the PVM 20L5 is so desirable because it can take HD inputs as well as low-res without scaling unlike the consumer CRT HDTVs that were made in the early 2000s. Being a true multisync monitor means that it's completely lagless with any kind of input that you throw at it. They also just look completely fabulous when in good condition. I would go so far as to say that they're more or less the pinnacle of CRT technology, with a few of the later BVM models maybe surpassing them (but definitely not surpassing the quality vs. price value of the 20L5).

6. ### Marq

was taken. way before I could make the 10 hour round trip ( that I was overly willing to make) to get it

7. ### Marq

the seller told me she had a lot of interest and suspected that she priced it too low, since local buyer where going to buy it I told her what it was really worth

I wish I had been local to snatch it up in time... the search continues...

8. ### aperturegrillz

Ah well it happens. Best of luck finding something!

9. ### Marq

I might end up getting a lamo burnt out monitor from a burger time or etc. for price and availability reasons.