Last week I bought an XBOX HD pack and a VGA to Component Transcoder so I could play titles in 480p on a CRT monitor. I did consider getting a decent 1080p scaler so I could use my LCD monitor but it seemed too expensive and old school PC CRT's are a lot sharper. Anyway here is my setup:
Softmodded PAL XBOX -> HD Pack -> Transcoder -> CRT Monitor
Soul Calibur 2 in 480p..looks better here than the game's 720p mode for HDTV's
Ninja Gaiden Black...this looks fantastic in motion
Guilty Gear XX
Monitor is an old 17" Hansol. I tried the set-up on my friend's 22" Lacie/Diamondtron and picture quality was the same. Seems most PC CRT's handle 640x480 the same.
Anyone else done something similar?