Hello Skooter Blog readers. Today I talk about a SCART Audio and RGB video cable + RCA sound for the Mega Drive III by Tectoy, Japanese and European Mega Drive II, and Sega Genesis 2 and 3 (Sega Mega Drive / Genesis 2 AV RGB Scart cable + RCA sound), acquired on eBay from the seller retro_gaming_cables, directly from England.
This cable allows you to get audio and video from the Mega Drive with very superior quality than traditional RF cables and composite video RCA cables + stereo audio. Many people do not know, but the Genesis is able to offer natively, without any modification, image separated by RGB components, in other words, with separate channels for each color (red, green and blue). This translates into a picture as good as the component video cables, that did not even exist at the time the Mega Drive was released.
The SCART Audio and RGB video cable + RCA sound for the Mega Drive III by Tectoy, Japanese and European Mega Drive II, and Sega Genesis 2 and 3 is plugged into the Mini-DIN 9 on the Mega Drive and, at the other end, it features a SCART plug containing stereo audio and the 3 video components (red, green and blue). There is also a pair of RCA plugs that also offer audio, just in case you use a SCART converter -> HDMI that does not have audio support.
This cable model, with Mini-DIN plug 9, works on the Mega Drive III made by Tec Toy, equivalent to the Sega Genesis 2 from the U.S.. It also works on the Japanese and European Mega Drive II and Sega Genesis 3 from the U.S.. If your Mega Drive is the Mega Drive (the first model) or the Mega Drive II by Tec Toy, Sega Genesis (the first model) from the U.S. or the Japanese Mega Drive (the first model), you need a different cable (Sega Megadrive 1 / Genesis 1 RGB AV Scart Cable NEW), which also available in the store from the seller retro_gaming_cables. In this case, it is a DIN cable with mono output, but also RGB video.
But how to connect the SCART cable in the Brazilian TV? The SCART is standard in Europe and Australia, is available in virtually every TV sold in these countries. But in Brazil these connectors are rarity, actually never seen a Brazilian TV with SCART input. To solve the problem there are basically two options: 1) RGB SCART to Component Video and 2) SCART RGB para HDMI.
The first option consists in using a SCART adapter for RGB Component Video. This option only changes the color components, converting the RGB signal (red, green and blue) for YPBPR (brightness or luminance, blue – luminance, and Red – luminance). The signal remains analog and at the same resolution, it is for the TV do upscale to. The problem here is that many modern TVs do not support the resolution of the Mega Drive, 240p (240 lines, progressive video) via component video out. The Sony Bravia are among those that do not support, so I had to discard this option, that for those who can use, often the best.
The second option is to use a SCART RGB to HDMI adapter, like this SCART Video Converter + HDMI to HDMI (SCART + HDMI to HDMI Video Converter – Black) available from DX – DealExtreme, that was what I chose (I will speak of this purchase in a future article). In this case, analog stereo audio and video SCART RGB analog is converted to digital format. This converter also upscale to to 720p or 1080p. Supports all color systems, inclusive o PAL-M, Brazilian standard and used only in Brazil. The PAL-M is used in the Brazilian Mega Drive (Tec Toy) and also in imported and transcoded that were sold in Brazil. Transcoding was common at the time, as Brazilian TVs formerly supported only PAL-M. They did not support the NTSC and PAL-N as do most modern TVs. O aspect é turned to 16:9, that is the only thing I did not like the SCART Video Converter + HDMI to HDMI, but in most games end up getting good anyway.
I must confess that I was impressed with the quality offered by the Mega Drive set III + SCART Audio and RGB video cable + Som RCA para Mega Drive + SCART Video Converter + HDMI to HDMI. The image quality depends largely on the quality of the converter, and many of them are not good, but this is not the case SCART Video Converter + HDMI to HDMI, that has great quality, higher than the many more expensive models.
It is very interesting to see the jump in image quality of the Mega Drive set III + SCART Audio and RGB video cable + Som RCA para Mega Drive + SCART Video Converter + HDMI to HDMI, compared to RF and composite video cable. My first was a Sega Mega Drive Genesis American, the first model, that came with the Sonic, the Hedgehog (first). He was connected with the RF cable that came with the console, along with a balun to convert the cable 75 ohms to 300ohms antenna tape entrance to the old color TV Sharp, probably older than me. The Sega Genesis I got from my parents, eventually sold later when they gave me the Super Nintendo I was wanting. My second and current Mega Drive, I have already a few 20 years, from (probably) 1993 until today, is a Mega Drive III Tec Toy. By twist of fate, in 1993 I had a TV with cable entry to 75 ohms (Eltec one that came through Paraguay), but the Mega Drive Tec Toy only came with that old box switching antenna with tape output 300 ohms (the same as the Atari Polyvox in 1987), so now I used a balun to make the inverse function: convert 300 ohm box for 75 ohms da TV. In other words, continued with a mouth half image, although not notice it as a child (for he had never seen anything better than this).
The fact is that I ended up never playing Mega Drive in my childhood with quality audio and superior video provided by the RF cable. Even the composite video (one A / V cable with RCA plugs of three colors: white and red for audio and yellow for video) I could see why the cable did not come with the console and I never found for sale (remember that at the time there was no Internet, much less eBay). Power now play with all the quality of RGB SCART cable and the upscale to 1080p is something awesome, well above not only the image of the RF cables as well as the composite video cable pictures. Along with Mega EverDrive to play any game, is an accomplished childhood dream. 🙂
Note that there are several other consoles that support RGB SCART output, among them the Super Nintendo and Playstation One. Use the SCART Video Converter + HDMI to HDMI with them also, but I will talk more about this in future articles.
The purchase was made in 21/01/2013. The next day was already sent via Royal Mail with tracking code. It arrived in Brazil in 31/01 and unfortunately ended taxed by the IRS. Slutty much tax a single cable, neither here is manufactured by, but this is Brazil. No give 15/02 was already waiting withdrawal.
|21/02/2013 11:50||AC (Removed)||Delivery Effected|
|Object received by: (Removed) RG: RG (Removed)|
|15/02/2013 10:13||AC (Removed)||Waiting withdrawal|
|15/02/2013 08:07||CSD (Removed)||Routed|
|Forwarded to AC (Removed)|
|14/02/2013 16:31||CTCI SAO PAULO / GEEXP – SAO PAULO / SP||Routed|
|CTE transit Em CAMPINAS – VALINHOS / SP|
|14/02/2013 16:30||TREATMENT UNIT INTERNATIONAL – BRAZIL||Awarded|
|Freed peels alfândega|
|05/02/2013 14:45||CTCI SAO PAULO / GEEXP – SAO PAULO / SP||Routed|
|In transit to RFB – NOTE ISSUE-taxed Taxation / BR|
|31/01/2013 10:33||UNIT international traffic SAO PAULO – SAO PAULO / SP||Routed|
|In transit to Customs Enforcement|
|31/01/2013 10:32||UNIT international traffic SAO PAULO – SAO PAULO / SP||Awarded|
|Received / Brazil|
The seller retro_gaming_cables declared the contents as “SCART CABLE” and declared the £ value 11 (GBP). The IRS accepted this value, that converted in real gave £ 34,24, carrying charged the £ tax 20,54, in other words, 60% the value of the product, as send our absurdly protectionist laws (protecting non-existent national SCART cable industry). But it was worth it anyway.
Stay up with a video showing the result. Unfortunately it does not reflect as well the quality that all Mega Drive III + SCART Audio and RGB video cable + Som RCA para Mega Drive + SCART Video Converter + HDMI to HDMI offers, not least because the camera resolution is only 640p and the iris is adjusting the brightness of the game, leaving the bad image in the darkest screens. But at least gives you an idea.
And I'm ending here with a very positive recommendation for the SCART Audio and RGB video cable + RCA sound for the Mega Drive III by Tectoy, Japanese and European Mega Drive II, and Sega Genesis 2 and 3 (Sega Mega Drive / Genesis 2 AV RGB Scart cable + RCA sound) and for the seller retro_gaming_cables.
Update (13/04/2021): O Bob da Retro Gaming Cables não está mais vendendo no eBay, mas você pode comprar os cabos diretamente da loja dele, directly from England.