Pound HD Link Cable for Sega Dreamcast - HDMI Cable Converts Native VGA Signal for HD Video Quality and Accurate Colors On 4K TV with Dreamcast
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- SEGA DREAMCAST ON HDTV: enjoy classic Dreamcast games like Sonic Adventure, Crazy Taxi and Shenmue in high definition on a 4k TV, with our Dreamcast HD cable
- VGA CONVERTER: play many Dreamcast games on a modern TV - the Pound link cable uses the native VGA signal of the Dreamcast and converts it to digital HDMI
- CLEAN PICTURE, SHARP TEXTURES: upgrade from a standard Dreamcast AV cable to our HDMI cable for a sharper, crisper display, with clear text and no fogginess
- ACCURATE COLORS: the Pound HDMI cord for Dreamcast converts your console's analogue VGA signal into pure, digital HDMI, for an increase in color accuracy
- PLUG AND PLAY: no cable mess - the Pound HD cable seamlessly connects your Sega Dreamcast console to a modern TV via HDMI with no adapter or power supply
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The Dreamcast was far ahead of its time with groundbreaking graphics and processing. With the HD Link cable for Dreamcast you can finally take things a little further and enjoy maximum video quality and convenient setup with your modern HD television.
We use the Dreamcast's native VGA signal and convert it to digital HDMI. Because of that, some games that are not VGA compatible will not work.
Maximum possible video quality and compatible with all modern TVs. Video quality based on media capability and is not limited by the cable. Games that are native 480p will run in their respective resolutions.
PLUG AND PLAY
Seamlessly links your old system to a modern television via HDMI with no adapters or power supplies.
If you want your original Dreamcast system to connect to your television via HDMI then the HD Link Cable is the best and only all-in-one integrated solution. We pull directly from the VGA signal on the Dreamcast for maximum video quality.
Standard AV vs HD Link Cable
AV Left / HD Link Right
Screenshots are taken from the original source. The images are cropped to fit on top of each other. No color corrections have been applied.
Take the fogginess out of the picture by upgrading from standard AV cables to Pound HDMI cables - the best way to connect your Dreamcast to your modern TV via HDMI.
Say goodbye to blurry textures. The Pound HD Link Cable produces nice, crisp textures.
More Accurate Colors
Color accuracy is preserved by converting the Dreamcast's analogue VGA signal into pure, digital, HDMI.
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Single cable. No power requirement.
Longer than a lot of after market cables
Audio is handled without a second cable.
Cheaper than a VGA to HDMI setup for similar quality.
Requires VGA compatible games
No upscaler (so you get soft images on most modern TVs/monitors)
Somewhat dishonest box/advertising. Well, at the very least, misleading.
Because there's no upscaler, your TV *must* support 640x480
Some capture cards don't support the output stream (ex: El Gato HD)
Now to clear up some misconceptions. With a VERY few exceptions any television that has an HDMI port must be able to accept a 480p signal that’s the bare minimum.
Those TV’s that are the very few exceptions, must be why you see people complaining about incompatibility issues on TV’s in certain reviews.
I have two Samsung television sets one is a 4K TV while the other one’s highest resolution is 1080p both work and accept the cable just fine.
A very few select DC games were not VGA compatible and thus will not work with this cable. You can find list of the games that aren’t VGA compatible online. There is a workaround with a boot disc to varying degrees of success.
As someone who owns a DC VGA box I think the image is still really good on the HDMI cable but as for which one is better the VGA box is SLIGHTLY better in terms of color and sharpness but for the convience and affordability I would go with the HDMI link cable by Pound.
When being displayed on your HDTV at first everything is stretched to fill the TV’s display but simply changing the aspect ratio to 4:3 in your TV’s settings solves the problem. I will say that there really should be a 4:3 switch on the device itself or if the image was set to 4:3 to begin with. Hopefully in a future revision there will be such a feature. Not a big issue just a minor inconvenience.
From what I understand there are ways to capture footage but it’s a bit of a hassle and something I cannot personally comment on. The Elgato from what I’ve been told does not 640X480 resolution so this cable will not work.
Overall I think this was a great and affordable solution to play DC games on your HD televison. If pound is reading this I do hope you put a 4:3 switch in a future revision but overall I am very happy with this product.
1. The cable really does use the VGA signal from the Dreamcast and convert it to HDMI
2. The cable does no upscaling - so if your TV doesn't accept the Dreamcast's odd resolution and refresh rate which is interpreted as 640×480 VESA by most TV's, it may not work. 480p on a TV is supposed to be 720x480. Not the fault of the cable, but of the Dreamcast.
3. If your TV doesn't work and you get a blank screen or no signal message, try turning on the Dreamcast first, and then turning on the TV. You can also try changing to a different input, and then back while the Dreamcast is on and some Televisions will pick up and trigger the 640x480 signal.
4. My cable when comparing it to my VGA output was too dark and the colors were off. I took mine apart and changed (increased) the resistance on the RGB input lines. This will both add clean brightness color to your final output signal and I increased mine finally to similar values to that of my built in VGA output. To do this change the three 75ohm SMD resistors and replace them with 120ohm resistors. See my picture for reference. If you want one step down, you can use 100ohm instead, but I get some really good results with the 120ohm.
5. This cable out of the box produces a slight loss in sharpness (noticeable) compared to the native Dreamcast VGA signal. It's not bad and less noticeable on a TV compared to a monitor. It may be possible to adjust this also by changing the filtering components (usually capacitors), but unfortunately their values are unknown since they are not printed on them like the resistors.
Hope this helps someone out there that doesn't mind tinkering and isn't intimidated by soldering. I really like my Pound cable much more after I made these changes because I didn't have to change a bunch of things on my television to compensate for brightness and contrast.
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However, after a while I didn't even notice. Quick and convenient way to play Dreamcast on a modern TV.
I’m well happy with it. 😃👍
私の場合、普通のFULL HD テレビに接続しています。