Looking to MAKE some high quality RGB cables...

Discussion in 'Retro Console Modding' started by Shugs81, May 12, 2017.

  1. Shugs81

    Shugs81 Member

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    Hi guys..

    Just wondering what cable i should use if i want to make my own RGB cables... I understand people will tell me to buy them... but cables are one of those things I've struggled with and want to get better as well as make my own hardcore cables...

    Would like something fully shielded... not bothered about price as it's just looking at the moment...
     
  2. BuffaloWing

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    On other forum I've read people use VGA cable to build their own RGB SCART. I haven't tried it myself, however I'm in the process of building some cables using HDMI since there are many lines within the bundle. They are cheap and plentiful. They also typically come with at least four shielded pair of wires which should be good for R,G,B and Sync (or audio if you prefer). I'm aware that HDMI cables may not have the right impedance value but so are the VGA cables.
     
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    cheers buffalo! Gives me a good place to start looking... Dunno why I didn't think of that!!
     
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    I use VGA cable myself , they have four separately shielded cables inside which are usually properly colour coded and all other wires are shielded as well in the main cable. For my Mega Drive I just used shielded CAT 5 cable (not for high def obviously) .
     
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    I was only wondering about cat5 today!!! Cheers!!!
     
  6. L2000

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    I've actually seen posts over the inter webs of people making component cables for PS2 using CAT 5 cable so it might just work
     
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    Are you trying to make it fully wired?

    Or something like RGBs + LR audio to BNC/RCA? Or just making extension cables? I've been making scart cables like that using BELDEN 7790A.

    If you are trying to wire to make like a Nintendo mutliout connector then you will need something smaller such as VGA like buffalo mentioned.
     
  8. Shugs81

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    looking to making some kind of switcher and i also have a massive bag of mini din's which i'm planning to use... we'll see what happens! ;p
     
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    that looks good!!! Ive got some 8 core shielded stuff that's way too thick and I've had to cut the plug to fit... This looks a lot better!!
     
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    This is interesting so I'm gonna reply in here so I dont forget about it, but also because I am curious my self. So I have heard about the VGA cable method but the way I wanted to wire up my systems was with custom BNC cables that go straight from the console to my Extron Switcher.

    I have no existing RGB cables, so originally I figured I might ask someone that makes RGB cables to just bulk build me some cables for all my systems using BNC. I would do it my self but BNC crimping tools are expensive hmm :|
     
  12. citrus3000psi

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    Not as crazy as you think. I have extron switches as well and have been using extron cable/bnc connectors.

    These crimpers work with their MHR connectors

    Crimpers:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/hex-Crimper...258721?hash=item1eb5de39a1:g:z7sAAOSw3xJXpZuT

    MHR connectors:
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Extron-...251819?hash=item5431974beb:g:POcAAOSwepJXaaND

    I haven't been able to find MHR-6 cable unless you want to buy a whole 1000ft spool. I built my cables with MHR-5P/RGBHV to interconnect between multiple extron switchers/distribution boxes.

    You would need the MHR-6 if you wanted to build RGBs + Audio. You might be able to get some other type of cable to work such as a belkin.
     
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    I'm thinking of building my own Mega Drive 2 cable as most prebuilt ones still wire composite sync even though md2 outputs pure sync as well. This from eBay is double sheilded which is all u should need for RGB
    https://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/310215797402

    I would recommend adding caps to the RGB lines and relevant resistors between pin 8 and 16 depending on needs.
     

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