luxurious looking pro monitor, the KX-20PS1
was meant to be the "analog hub" of its times. Built as
a strict monitor, it needed the adjunction of a tuner to receive
TV channels and of another to decode the European Teletext.
Litterature diagrams showed with much appetite the sources the KX-20PS1
was prepared to be fed with: computers, satellite and cable
TV, Laserdisc, CATV, video cameras, VCRs, ektachrome-to-video converters
(very expensive in those days) or video games.
It naturally boasted a Trinitron tube that naturally couldn't foresee
its "Super", "Black", "HiBlack", "Wide"
let alone "Wega" futures... And although it sported a
cool wireless remote control, the KX-20PS1
had still yet to gain a 'flat' tube, Nicam, PIP, POP, PAP, PDS/VPC
or any other of those frivolous acronyms pros don't give a hoot
KX-20PS1 sold extremely well worldwide,
both on the consumer and professional sides of the market and many
production companies got one - or two, or three, or more. Surviving
units can still be seen tucked away in some studios - before Sony
launched the dedicated BVW line or the black ProFeel in the late
1980s, a TV monitor was nothing else than a KX-20PS1.
And if those over-worked PS1's tubes have seen better days, they
are are too reminiscent of a blessed era and too good-looking, too,
to be simply thrown away.
Several versions were released, even a 27" (KX-27PS1, a real
bestseller in production companies), before the black ProFeel lineup
came in in '87. But it is the original ProFeel,
the 20PS1 that became a well remembered