Noob to MSX, Which System should i get? (MSX, MSX2/Brand Etc..)

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Por sd_snatcher

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05-03-2016, 02:14

I bought one of these for myself, so I can recommend it. Smile

The only real drawback I could find is that it needs to be calibrated to output the correct colors, as it's a fully analog circuit. It's only once, but it needs. It has a series of knobs inside for that and doesn't come with any manual explaining what they do.

Then I fiddled with them until I found what each one does, and published the findings in my website, as shown bellow.

1) There are three input knobs that control the amount of each color from the RGB input that it will consider.
2) Then there are three knobs related to the output that are very similar to the tint/saturation/brightness control of the old analog TVs. You can use a well known reference image to do the calibration. Usually, only the hue and saturation knobs will need some adjustment.

After this initial calibration, you're done. I never needed to calibrate my converter anymore. The image quality is superb and there's zero latency added since it's a fully analog circuitry.

Other (very minor) issues were more related to ease of use, and I solved them myself this way:

1) The device does't have an on/off switch. To turn it off you have to unplug the power connector. I just added a toggle switch at the front.

2) The power LED is located at the back of the device. I just moved the power led to the front side.

3) It doesn't output the audio that comes from the SCART connector. It was very easy to add it myself. I used the hole in the back where the power LED used to be to install a [url=https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Phone_connector_(audio)]3.5mm TRS socket[/url] and connected it to the audio pins of the SCART connector using a shielded cable.

4) The last improvement was to add a heatsink to the 7805 voltage regulator, since as you can see from the picture it comes with none and gets quite hot.

Por Brandon Jay Stickle

Rookie (30)

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05-03-2016, 04:00

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/204344-any-way-to-find-chea...

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'Arkhan', on 01 Nov 2012 - 06:28 AM, said:
The MSX Forums (MSX.org) are home to some of the European resellers... lol
Tell me about it, the entire marketplace there is completely dominated by the resellers. If it weren't for them I'd probably have a lot more MSX games instead of the literal handful I have now.

Por Brandon Jay Stickle

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05-03-2016, 04:01

@sd_snatcher
im not sure what that is, im pretty handy with electronics but i believe that might be a little much for me!

Por foobarry81

Master (148)

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05-03-2016, 07:01

Brandon Jay Stickle wrote:

http://atariage.com/forums/topic/204344-any-way-to-find-cheap-msx-computers-and-games/

Quote:

'Arkhan', on 01 Nov 2012 - 06:28 AM, said:
The MSX Forums (MSX.org) are home to some of the European resellers... lol
Tell me about it, the entire marketplace there is completely dominated by the resellers. If it weren't for them I'd probably have a lot more MSX games instead of the literal handful I have now.

(I've personally never sold any of my games or computers/consoles. Just to get that out of the way first: I'm not a reseller and not related to any in any way either.)

The thing with those type of comments like the ones on atariage is that there is literally nothing that's keeping posters like that guy ApolloBoy (who you quoted) from importing games or computers themselves, directly from Japan, rather than passing through those "evil European resellers". You just have to put some footwork, time and dedication to it. But I guess it's easier to just blame someone else rather than doing a little introspection.

Also, it's a common misconception that resellers set prices. In reality, the problem are the people who actually pay those inflated prices. If no one would pay €200+ for Metal Gear 2, resellers wouldn't be offering the game at that price. There apparently is a market out there though. People are clearly willing to pay that kind of money, so can you really blame resellers for trying?

There is an ongoing thread on here that mocks those inflated prices, btw: https://www.msx.org/forum/msx-talk/trading-and-collecting/ms...

I don't think any of the sellers on here want to end up in that thread. :P

Por mfeingol

Champion (266)

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05-03-2016, 07:50

@sd_snatcher:

That's pretty cool, thanks for the detail.

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