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NOTE: THIS GUIDE IS NOT YET COMPLETE IN THIS ONE POST! THERE IS PLENTY MORE TO KNOW AND I'M JUST GETTING STARTED! CHECK BACK IN LATER POSTS FOR MORE INFO! Hello AtariaAge! This is a guide I've wanted to put together for a while about getting the best possible image (and audio!) quality from all of your retro consoles, including Nintendo, Atari, Sega, Sony, Microsoft, and even other consoles like the Colecovision, TG-16/PCE, Neo Geo, and Intellivision! IMHO one of the coolest things about collecting games today is the fact that we can experience them better now than we did years ago with the new technology available to consumers via the magic of the internet. If you've ever wanted to make your games look amazing on real hardware, this is the guide for you! Check out this comparison! It is truly stunning to see. For starters, you need to understand the issue non-HD consoles present: to plug into the largest amount of standard consumer televisions, all consoles from the Atari 2600 all the way until the Wii were packaged with either a Coaxial RF (Radio Frequency) cable or composite RCA cables. These pack all of the audio and video into one and three cables respectively. The video is condensed and is ruined before it even reaches your TV. However, with the power of better cables many systems can output superior quality right out of the box! Take the SNES (non-mini) for example. It can output a superior Video signal! Check out this comparison! It is even more stunning in person! However, the SNES can still do even better! RGB is a video signal that carries the video and audio over even more pins than S Video, separating the red, green, and blue parts of the image. Most RGB signals are carried over SCART cables, which were popular in Europe but never available in the USA: Here it is! The glory of RGB! However, you may have already noticed an issue here: even if your console does output a superior signal like S Video, RGB, Component, or VGA, how do you display it? Like I said no American TVs had SCART inputs ever. Also, what about systems that don't output anything anything above RF, let alone RGB, like the Atari 2600 and ColecoVision? Don't worry, there's much more to come very soon! This is just a teaser post for anyone who hasn't been lucky enough to see the glory of RGB and retro consoles looking their best.
Hello! So I've been stumped on this issue for awhile now, and it's one of the last things to setup before I'm happy. I've got a NTSC GameCube DOL-101 with a D-Terminal cable hooked into an XRGB Mini Framemeister. I recently picked up a Sony PVM-20M2MDU. All of my Retro systems (Modded NES, SNES, Sega Genesis, Modded N64, PS2) currently go through a Shinybow DB-5525 SCART switcher which outputs video to the PVM, and the XRGB Mini Framemester to the HDTV simultaneously. I thought buying a D-Terminal to Component adapter to AV Component to SCART Passthrough into the SCART switcher would do the trick, but this wasn't the case. The video output to the PVM was fine, however while the XRGB Mini Frameister handled the audio fine, it wasn't able to detect the video input, thus displaying a blue screen. I'm now unsure of how to proceed. I'd love to display RGB to both the PVM and TV at the same time like the rest of my setup. Does anyone have any suggestions on how to get this working? For now I've just reverted back to the D-Terminal to XRGB to display on my main TV leaving the PVM and SCART switch out of the mix. Thanks!
I recently purchased a Sony PVM20-L2 off of eBay for a decent price, but there was one catch: the monitor didn't come with a power cord. I bought this cord off of amazon: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00073FCNK/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 It seemed like it would do the job just fine and reviewers used it for similar purposes. I seem to remember the listing saying it was a 110v cord and the PVM accepts 100-240v, but I don't see that number on the amazon listing anywhere anymore, so either it was changed or I'm remembering wrong. I received the PVM today and the wire seems to fit into the AC in fine, but the monitor will not power on . I have no idea if it is the fault of the cable or the PVM being broken. Additionally, when I press the power button, it does not "spring back" when pressed again to turn it off as I presumed it would; instead the button has to be manually pulled out. Does anyone know if this intentional or if my power button is broken? Do any of you guys have any ideas as to whether the cable I bought should work, whether its the PVM's fault, whether the power button is functioning properly, or how I (as someone who has essentially no modding/electrical experience) could check to see if it is broken internally? Thank you!