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New to 2600 - Best AV mod right now?


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I recently bought my first 2600 ever the other day! (I had it's competitor, Intellivision, when I was a kid.) I have a question, though:

What's currently the highest quality AV mod commonly available *right now*? My Google-Fu only turns up confusing tidbits about mods that aren't available anymore, ones 'coming soon' but not released, schematic-only things, etc. I'm thinking people with your expertise who live the Atari life every day will have a more comprehensive answer. :)

 

For what it's worth, I'm looking for something that's prebuilt and ready to wire in to my 4 switch woody model, best quality available, and that's for sale currently. What would you folks recommend?

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2600RGB + Framemeister XRGB scaler:

 

http://etim.net.au/2600rgb/

 

https://solarisjapan.com/products/xrgb-mini-framemeister-compact-up-scaler-unit

 

 

Best picture output, period (mostly because it can actually properly handle the input, without blending or chopping frames, not to mention the quality of the output). No contest.

 

-Thom

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Er, whoa. Ok, yep, I know I said I was looking for best quality, but the $300+ Framemeister is a bit more than I was expecting. My fault, I got what I asked for good and hard. ;) I'll bet that looks beautiful, though.

 

Crap, there's one more thing I should mention - I'm looking for composite (Right/Left/Video RCA jacks) output.

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If you check ebay, there are a few of the basic mods out there. I use the 1 transistor, 2 resistor which is the most common/basic one. I'm sure there are better ones, but on a CRT, it looks great. I wouldn't say night and day, but no static/interference to worry about and good colors.

 

One example:

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Atari-2600-7800-Composite-Video-Mod-Upgrade-Kit-DIY-/300592126324?hash=item45fcafd974:m:mjyZk3U_a7jYA4o6YoJN0Cg

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2600RGB + Framemeister XRGB scaler:

 

http://etim.net.au/2600rgb/

 

https://solarisjapan.com/products/xrgb-mini-framemeister-compact-up-scaler-unit

 

 

Best picture output, period (mostly because it can actually properly handle the input, without blending or chopping frames, not to mention the quality of the output). No contest.

 

-Thom

 

I find the input lag introduced by the Framemeister completely unacceptable for games that require precision timing, especially paddle games (and yes, I'm a Framemeister owner and lover). As far as I'm concerned 2600 is CRT or bust, I don't think you can get away with any lag.

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2600RGB + Framemeister XRGB scaler:

 

http://etim.net.au/2600rgb/

 

https://solarisjapan.com/products/xrgb-mini-framemeister-compact-up-scaler-unit

 

 

Best picture output, period (mostly because it can actually properly handle the input, without blending or chopping frames, not to mention the quality of the output). No contest.

 

-Thom

Don't. Just get the mod board itself, and instead of that frame eister thingy get a good pvm monitor...

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