Sega's second iteration of the Astro
series is 1996's New Astro City. There are a few adjustments compared
to the 1993 version. These changes are to the new and larger amplified
stereo speakers, which give a more robust tone to your games. Also
another alteration was to the monitor. Instead of just 15khz standard
resolution you also get 24khz medium resolution. So if your looking to
play some Virtua Fighter 1-3 your in for a treat.
I can't really say
enough great things about the monitors that are equipped in Sega brand
cabinets. Nanao is the usually the monitor of choice and you surely
can't go wrong with one. The colors are so bright and vivid you'll
want to stare at the attract mode in games, just being in awe. Another
spiffy feature is the anti-glare coating integrated on the monitor's
tube. If your in a room with tons of light if won't fuss with the
pictures definition almost at all.
Sega set the
standard for candy cab part compatibility. Most japanese control
panels will fit on an Astro City as this standard has been used since
the first Astro in 1993 and is still being used in their Naomi
cabinets. You could put a Blast City panel on an Astro and vice-versa.
It's a great feature since the Astro City is the easiest to find
replacement parts for compared to others such as Jaleco cabinets.
The New Astro City
really is a light cabinet. If your use to wooden Western cabinet, like
most are, you'll be in for one hell of a surprise. Like most Japanese
cabs, wheels which are located on the back side make for easy
maneuverability. One person can pivot and shift around to a different
location in a room in seconds.
Even though this
cabinet has many great features, I do have one gripe. There is very
little room for a PCB due to the odd position of the power supply.
Your left just a few inches of room between the wooden PCB board that
is mounted sideways. I suppose it's sufficient for most PCBs, but you
will no doubt have problems putting a Neo-Geo MVS or even a Naomi PCB
set for that matter.
There is little
doubt in my mind why this is one of the most highly imported and
wanted cabinets. It's made of great quality parts, inexpensive and
easy to locate replacement parts. So if your looking for a great
cabinet and have little space or just want the most bang for your
buck, do check out Sega's New Astro City. You won't be disappointed.