Drixxel Posted October 21, 2012 Share Posted October 21, 2012 While it's routinely bagged as the worst of the model 1 hardware revisions due to its infamous audio problems, I feel that the VA7's really not that bad. A point that isn't brought up enough, in my opinion, when talk of differences in Genesis/Mega Drive model 1 hardware revisions surfaces is that of video quality, and the VA7 shares the best of the video encoders (the Sony CXA1145, as identified in the ubiquitous thread of hardware revision knowledge) among all models, as I take it. I only clued in yesterday, after moving my Genesis to a different TV (a Samsung CRT), that my VA7 Genesis throws out a picture free of rainbow banding. Not only that, but it's a mono TV I have the console hooked up to and I hear very little hiss when running audio either from the composite connection (also mono) or as one half of the stereo output from the headphone jack. For what it's worth, I've determined that the volume level of the mono audio via the composite connection on my Genesis is equal to the volume slider for the headphone jack being set to 90%, almost precisely. Also, I hear zero difference in the audio quality from either source, but I admit that closer listening through a better sound system (not the built-in speakers on this TV) may reveal something more. Anyhow, I ended up taking a chance on this particular Genesis after running into it at a Value Village a couple years back, my recall from that Sega-16 thread being thoroughly incomplete and making it pure speculation as to the good-or-bad-ness of the console I was dealing with. I was disappointed when later I determined what hardware revision I had, but I've never given this specific model a fair shake and impartial go of it until just recently. The video quality is worlds ahead of the model 2 I'd been playing on previously, and that for me is far more important than any imperfections found in the audio. Any thoughts on the VA7, one way or the other? Anyone here gone through with, or had done, TmEE's extremely clever audio mod? Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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