• CGA Monitors

    When looking for a monitor for the Expression (1) or MicroVision family of consoles you need a CGA monitor, which is an older video format that is not compatible with the current video formats (VGA_ or (SVGA).

    These consoles cannot be upgraded to the new video format, so you will either need to find an old CGA monitor, or a CGA to VGA converter, or if you have certain NEC monitors (see below) you can order an HD15 to DB9 adapter cable PN: 4000B7026. Below are the specs for the video outputs:

    FormatConnectorRefresh Rate
    CGA/Digital RGBDB-954.5 Hz Vertical, 18.36 KHz Horizontal
    CGA/Digital RGBDB-964.5 Hz Vertical, 16.0 KHz Horizontal
    TTL MonochromeDB-9
    Composite MonochromeBNC

    Format Refresh Rate Connector
    CGA/Digital RGB 54.5 hz Vertical 18.36 Khz Horizontal 9Pin DB-9CGA/Digital
    RGB 54.5 hz Vertical 16.0 Khz Horizontal 9Pin DB-9 (MVSN, MVFX)
    TTL Monochrome 9Pin DB-9
    Composite Monochrome BNC

    11Common (AC Ground)
    812Horizontal Sync
    910Vertical Sync

    There are some additional options in getting video output out of the MicroVision and Expression 1 consoles:

    1. We make an HD15 to DB9 adapter cable for old out of production Multisync monitors.  Part#4000B7026.  Multisync models that worked with the adapter: NEC 2D, NEC Mutisync 3D, NEC Multisync 3DS
    2. If you can do without color, the console will also support TTL Monochrome and Composite Monochrome monitors.  You should be able to find TTL or Composite Monochrome monitors at used computer stores. You may want to take the console with you to verify video format.
    3. Kyle Chepulis at Technical Artistry ( has developed an upgrade video card specifically for the MicroVision FX that allows it to output a standard VGA signal in parallel with its old-style CGA signal.

    Go to and select Links (Far right).

    Note: ETC does not sell this device or support it. ETC has not tested this device with any of our lighting consoles.