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    Default Need advice on SCART / Component Output for SNES, Sega CD, and Saturn

    Hey guys,

    I've been doing a lot of research lately on how to get the best possible video output of my favorite retro systems, but i need some of your help to clear a few things up.

    I know there's been a lot of posts about this, but none of them are any good.

    Here's the systems that i want to use, and have native component output without modding (please correct me if I'm wrong about the native support):


    Super Nintendo Model 1
    Sega Genesis Model 2 (w/Sega CD 2)
    Sega Saturn Model 2


    Now here's the tricky part... after doing alot of research, there seems to be a few different ways to hook these bad boys up. Stick with me here:


    Configuration A:


    Step 1 is easy: by SCART cables for each system.

    Step 2a: buy this Female to Female adapter: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=220377093461

    Step 3a: buy this SCART to Component cable: http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=320347831077


    This setup would look like this. (game system > SCART cable > Female to Female adapter > SCART to Component cable > TV)


    Now, theoretically i would be good to go with that setup. However, I've heard that I might need a video converter to convert the signal type? Can someone please clarify this for me? that would be much appreciated.


    Configuration B (if converter box is required):



    Step 2b: buy this SCART switch box (required for sound output): http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.d...m=230329784777

    Step 3b: buy this SCART to Component Converter box (plus additional SCART cable, and Component cable): http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-SCART-RGB-to...efaultDomain_0


    That setup would go like this: (Game system > SCART Cable > Switch Box > SCART Cable > SCART Component Converter Box > Component Cables > TV). I would also have to run RCA cables out from the Switch box to the TV for sound.


    By now your saying HOLY SHIT, that's crazy talk dude! VideoPhiles out there you guys feel me on this right? =)

    I'm actually hoping plan A will work. It would cut the cords down by half.... but i honestly don't know if it would be that easy

    Anybody good with this stuff? if so, please help a retro brother out =)


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    plan A won't work, sorry, to say. Scart is complete RGB, but component is mucked around with a bit (i.e. one cord carries b/w, others carry colours). Option B is the only way, I'd reckon.

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    Exactly, only the PS2 and later consoles output Component YPrPb video. Everything previous is RGB and would need a component transcoder (Plan B)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retromangia View Post
    Now, theoretically i would be good to go with that setup. However, I've heard that I might need a video converter to convert the signal type? Can someone please clarify this for me? that would be much appreciated.

    Those SCART to component adapters are for devices that use the RGB lines of the SCART connector to send component signals, like some DVDs and such. They aren't meant to do an RGB -> component conversion, that's why they won't work with your consoles.

    Some RGB to component transcoders:
    JROK (this one will require a custom cable, but you can use the SCART cable to make it)
    http://jrok.com/hardware/RGBv4/index.html

    CSY-2100
    http://www.cypress.com.tw/product.ph...rocessors&SR=0

    Aptus-1
    http://www.keene.co.uk/electronics/m...hp?mycode=apt1

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    hey guys,

    thanks very much for advice!

    I have a great plan now thank you.

    can anyone post pics of what SNES looks like in Component vs S-video?

    someone should make a you-tube video on that =)

    if you don't have time to post pics, please just let me know your thoughts on Component vs S-video, and if it's worth spending over $100??

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retromangia View Post
    what SNES looks like in Component vs S-video?

    someone should make a you-tube video on that =)
    Found this gem looking for the best way to output Sega Saturn video and registered just to say wow. So many unintentionally wrong things with that statement.

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