Master System help?

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Lucien
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PostMaster System help?
by Lucien » Tue Jul 10, 2012 2:50 pm

I'm looking to get one of the old MS consoles so I can play a few retro games; however, I'm not sure which model is best to get, gives the best picture, etc?

I remember the last time I played one it was the Master System II, which had a pretty poor picture from the RF cable...

Any suggestions would be ace. :D

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PostRe: Master System help?
by TheTurnipKing » Tue Jul 10, 2012 3:47 pm

It emulates perfectly well.

I've always loved the 80s stylings of the angular Master System 1, but you may prefer the sleek, smoothed Master System 2.

Or if you already have a game gear or Megadrive, I believe there were adaptors for those systems to let them play Master System games.

There are also a series of official licenced clones from places like Brazil that actually come with a large number of games built in.

Just don't get completionist on it, because collecting MS games is a world of pain. :lol:

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PostRe: Master System help?
by systematic » Tue Jul 10, 2012 7:25 pm

If you want to stick to original hardware an RGB cable is probably the best way to go.

Megadrive: http://www.robwebb1.plus.com/megadrive/megadrive.htm
Master System 1: http://www.robwebb1.plus.com/sms/sms.htm

Avoid the Master System 2 because RGB was disabled in that revision.

And avoid the stock RGB cable that came with the Megadrive 2:

The Pal Sega Megadrive 2 (model n° MK-1631-50) is a beautiful and more compact update of the original Sega Megadrive. It also came standard with an RGB cable aimed at providing the best and most clear image quality. Indeed an RGB cable give you a much better image definition and clearer visuals than an RF or composite cable.

Unfortunately many if not most of these Sega RGB cables (model n° MK-1637-09) were flawed and showed "line effects", bad image quality and even caused sound problems (a "whistling" effect or distortions). Luckily this very simple mod improves the image output of this RGB cable significantly, eliminating in most causes the problems mentioned above.

http://www.retrocorner.net/index.php?Mo ... dification

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PostRe: Master System help?
by Lucien » Wed Jul 11, 2012 12:59 am

Thanks for the help guys, it's really helped me out today. :)

I have a Megadrive II, so I looked at the adapter needed for that. It didn't seem like it cost much less than getting the Master System (and I think I'd prefer that option) so I'm thinking I'll go for the Master System 1 with the RGB cable.

I wasn't sure if using a Megadrive w/ an adaptor would be better somehow in the sound/visuals department but I don't think that's the case.

[A useless bit of info below if anyone is interested]

Apparently the French Master System II has alternatives to the RF cable. I'm not sure how that would all work, but it's the least attractive option anyway from what I do know.

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PostRe: Master System help?
by TheTurnipKing » Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:27 am

Lucien wrote:Thanks for the help guys, it's really helped me out today. :)

I have a Megadrive II, so I looked at the adapter needed for that. It didn't seem like it cost much less than getting the Master System (and I think I'd prefer that option) so I'm thinking I'll go for the Master System 1 with the RGB cable.

I wasn't sure if using a Megadrive w/ an adaptor would be better somehow in the sound/visuals department but I don't think that's the case.

The Power Base convertor is almost literally a Master System that plugs into the Megadrive, but it does mean you can reuse existing cables, setups and controllers, which is why I mentioned it. It also opens up some interesting cart stacking opportunities.

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The original power base convertor does look really cool when combined with the original Megadrive, though.

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PostRe: Master System help?
by Lucien » Wed Jul 11, 2012 1:48 am

That is ridiculous. :lol:

It turns out it will be a bit cheaper for me to get an adapter/RGB cable for the Mega Drive II. I misjudged how much the Master System 1 cost... it'd be about £30 [with postage] for the console, but only £20 for the MD adapter.

I'll decide later which one to get, if there's no real difference it just comes down to space/ease of use/wanting another console/etc!

Thanks again to you both. :)


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