Connection diagram of video games and other devices w/TV and Receiver (22 items)

In 2015 I did here in one Skooter Blog article explaining how to make the connection of classic and current consoles in a TV and a modern receiver. Since then a number of items have been added or updated in setup. How to connect many devices on same TV and receiver? This is a question that often keep getting, so I decided to make a second part, this time talking about all devices.

While some connections are fairly straightforward and simple to understand, others have a specific justification, mainly involving the issue of video capture, which is the most complicated factor.

To begin, present the new diagram, with 22 connected devices. Note that I am showing only the audio and video connections, it also included the power and network connections in the same diagram would be much more complicated.

Diagram of Connections - Family Room

Diagram of Connections – Family Room

Many of these devices have been presented here in Skooter Blog. Check out the articles:

  1. Sony XBR TV-55X905E
  2. Receiver Yamaha Aventage RX-A870
  3. Playstation 4 For
  4. Minix Neo U9-H
  5. Chromecast Ultra
  6. Playstation 3
  7. HDMI Switch Vention VAA-S20
  8. Blu-Ray Player Sony BDP-S490
  9. HDMI HUIYISHUN HDMI splitter-400
  10. Sky Decoder SHR23
  11. HDMI Splitter 1×2
  12. MSI Cubes 2
  13. Elgato Game Capture HD60
  14. Switch HDMI LINK-MI LM-SW04
  15. Nintendo Switch
  16. Framemeister XRGB Mini
  17. Analogue Super Nt
  18. gscartsw_lite
  19. Sega Genesis
  20. Super Nintendo
  21. Playstation One
  22. Atari 2600

The HDMI cables that currently buy are the Vention, although I still have several cables of other brands working perfectly in my setup. When can I use the original cable that comes with the devices. But often they are short and need to replace them with larger ones.

As for RGB SCART cables, also I have spoken of them all here in Skooter Blog. Those who are currently in use are these:

  1. SCART RGB cable for Mega Drive 1 / Sega Genesis 1 / Mega Drive 2 by Tec Toy with Stereo Audio (Pack-a-Punched!)
  2. RGB SCART Cable for Super Nintendo (CSYNC) com upgrade para Multicore Coax
  3. SCART RGB cable for Playstation One (Sync-on-Luma) com upgrade para Multicore Coax
  4. SCART RGB cable for Atari 2600 and Nintendo (NES) - IN 8 pins + P2 Stereo c/upgrade for Mini-Coaxial
  5. QED SQART Dual Screen Silver Reference AV 0.5 Meter Video Scart Data Cable

To explain the diagram I believe it is more didactic starting with the outputs and go walking for entries.

The HDMI input 3 of Sony XBR TV-55X905E It is connected to the output Receiver Yamaha Aventage RX-A870. A HDMI 3 ARC is input, then it also serves as audio output to the receiver when the content is being used the own TV (open TV channels, applications, and other inputs).

At the 3 entries that supports HDCP 2.2 from the Receiver Yamaha Aventage RX-A870 I use the devices with support for 4K and HDR, which are the Playstation 4 For, the Minix Neo U9-H, and the Chromecast Ultra. Note that despite the TV have the functionality of a Chromecast, Youtube in HDR only works via Chromecast Ultra.

At the 4 entries with only supports HDCP 1.4, connected other devices: Playstation 3, HDMI Switch Vention VAA-S20, Blu-Ray Player Sony BDP-S490, and HDMI HUIYISHUN HDMI splitter-400.

The Blu-Ray Player Sony BDP-S490 must be in a HDCP input 1.4. For some reason unknown to me it presents problems in HDCP inputs 2.2. Anyway it does not need HDCP 2.2, it is an old model.

The decoder is connected to Sky HDMI HUIYISHUN HDMI splitter-400 because I have two slaves points in other rooms.

On HDMI Switch Vention VAA-S20 They are connected to one HDMI Splitter 1×2 and the MSI Cubes 2. This connection is quite strategic, for my capture device (Elgato Game Capture HD60) It is not connected MSI Cubes 2 and the HDMI Splitter 1×2 divides the signal of my games between Receiver Yamaha and the Elgato.

The HDMI Switch Vention VAA-S20 It is problematic with sign 4K HDR, but it works well in 1080p and has the advantage of acting as a switch seamless. This means that it does handshaking HDMI with all the entries priori, and changes quickly from one entrance to another. Since my TV is the only monitor MSI Cubes 2, I need to switch to his input to start / stop capture or live stream, and then return to the HDMI Splitter 1×2 to be able to play.

It seems an easy task, but switches common, receivers, etc. only do handshaking at the time the entry is selected. This means that when switching from MSI Cubes 2 for the HDMI Splitter 1×2, the splitter needs to redo the handshaking between inputs and outputs both. This stops the signal for the Elgato by a fraction of a second, what does he get out of sync and lose capture for a few seconds. In the case of live broadcasts this implies many seconds or even minutes of interruption.

Of course I could solve this by having a part to monitor the MSI Cubes 2 or even using a laptop to make the catch, so I did not have to switch inputs while I am capturing. But the idea is to let all connected and ready for use. Having to connect a laptop or monitor, which has no place to stay on a daily basis, It would be a further step.

With the HDMI Switch Vention VAA-S20, the exchange of input (seamless) does not cause signal loss for Elgato, and so there is no interruption in the capture or live stream. The only drawback is that I perceive not give any problem in MSI Cubes 2 and it stops recording, as has happened. To work around the problem usually use by tablet connected to my canal no Youtube to monitor transmission.

And how to know if a switch is seamless before buying? Well, some indicate that the characteristic. But a hint is to check whether the switch has PIP, that is the ability to display an image within another, in other words, gives to watch an entry while Spies who has in the other. A switch is typically PIP seamless. Another tip is to check switches that can display more than one entry dividing the screen, they also tend to be seamless.

It is worth noting also that the remote control HDMI Switch Vention VAA-S20 uses code compatible with the Framemeister XRGB Mini. Give way, care must be taken not to change settings Framemeister to change the entry Switch. For example, the input button 3 muda o Framemeister to or mode “PICTURE”.

On HDMI Splitter 1×2 It is connected to one second switch, the Switch HDMI LINK-MI LM-SW04, that allows me to capture or convey the image of several islands without messing with connections. On LINK-MI LM-SW04 They are connected to the Nintendo Switch, the Framemeister XRGB Mini, and the Analogue Super Nt. So I can capture / transmit these two modern consoles and also the classic consoles that are connected to Framemeister.

Only two consoles are not connected before LINK-MI LM-SW04 and before Elgato Game Capture HD60: Playstation 3 and Playstation 4 For. The Playstation 3 It is not connected because they do not get along well with LM-SW04, then I would have to change this switch with one that is compatible with the Playstation 3. The Playstation 4 For uses 4K resolution (e HDR), incompatible with the Elgato. I will not give up and 4K HDR to capture the video on Elgato. And anyway himself Playstation 4 For is broadcast on Youtube in 1080p.

I think of replacing the LINK-MI LM-SW04 eventually, to at least include the Playstation 3 the list of consoles catchable, but I have not yet found an ideal candidate, with many entries, seamless, and with support for modern standards as HDCP 2.2, to ensure longevity.

And we come to Framemeister XRGB Mini. As he has only one RGB input, the gscartsw_lite makes the switch function SCART, automatically switching between inputs of the four classic consoles: Sega Genesis, Super Nintendo, Playstation One, and Atari 2600.

And that's how I connect 13 different devices on my TV and my receiver, without mess with any cables to select any of them.

The next device to be added is Analogue Mega Sg. He will occupy one of the two doors that are still empty in LINK-MI LM-SW04, so I will be able to capture / transmit his image without major problems.

Another device that I think to add and can be somewhat more complicated is the OSSC. It can not completely replace Framemeister for either Elgato Game Capture HD60 It is not compatible with its resolutions pattern out. Just how to duplicate lines (480p) it's compatible, and I do not want to be limited to 480p. An alternative would be to leave both connected at the same time, taking advantage of the gscartsw_lite It has two outputs. Thus the Framemeister continue working on the image to be captured, and the OSSC It would be connected directly to the HDMI Switch Vention VAA-S20 to provide the image and sound that go to the TV and the receiver, respectively. But have no doubt that the extent to which OSSC It is compatible with my TV and my receiver, and even with Vention VAA-S20. Então pode ser que isso não funcione.

On the other hand, to Analogue Super Nt eu praticamente não uso mais o Super Nintendo original. O mesmo provavelmente acontecerá com o Sega Genesis com a chegada do Analogue Mega Sg. Thus the OSSC ficaria apenas para o Atari 2600 and the Playstation One. Não prentendo comprar novos consoles, mas por outro lado Atari 2600 and Playstation One provavelmente não terão um clone em FPGA tão cedo. Então fica essa dúvida.

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Interessante o diagrama. É curioso pq vc não deve jogar estes consoles antigos nem receber visitas que jogam, mas mantém tudo ligado na TV. O seu principal hobby talvez nao seja colecionar os consoles clássicos, mas colecionar dispositivos ligados na TV. Talvez por isso vc mantem ligados simultaneamente o SuperNES e o clone dele. O that vc acha?

Cool. I have a similar organization, Odyssey with a tube in 14 TV″, SNES, NES e Playstation1 em um switch Scart, Mega Drive and Master System Switch to another Scart, Nintendo 64, GameCube , Atari Flashback, Dactar, Atari 2600 Jr in a AV2HDMI converter, Playstation 2 directly in component input, PS3, Retron 5 e Wii em um switch HDMI, Direct PS4 in an HDMI port and the start (SCART, of) em outro switch HDMI.
I want to make a storage cables now, that was an area, ehehehe.

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