I have a bunch of old consoles that I want to hook up to my HDTV. Does anybody know of a good solution that will keep the picture looking decent? Googling seems to point to the Framemeister. Is this still the best solution?

jdodson   Admin wrote on 02/21/2016 at 07:07pm

Yeah, something like that OR the Retro.

http://hyperkin.com/Retron5/

You can buy it online OR there is a sweet new retro gaming store I checked out the other day in Beaverton that stocks them all. Call before you head over but if memory serves, they have them all last I saw.

One nice thing about the Retron is that it's native HDMI and does a ton of the classic systems.

https://www.facebook.com/RetroGameTrader/

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 02/21/2016 at 08:47pm

If only it played N64!

jdodson   Admin wrote on 02/22/2016 at 03:51pm

Ah right. Well let me know what you do and how well it works.

What games are you wanting to play on your 64?

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 02/22/2016 at 06:09pm

I want to dust off Ogre 64 and Shadow Man

AdamPFarnsworth wrote on 02/22/2016 at 08:48pm

I want to know how it goes too. I've been contemplating the same thing.

Travis   Admin wrote on 02/22/2016 at 10:22pm

From everything I hear, the Framemeister is the best option for sure, but that's not a cheap option.

If your TV can handle 240p you might be OK with what it gives you by default. If not, you can buy a $40 upscaler like this one:

http://www.amazon.com/Mini-Composite-CVBS-Converter-Input/dp/B00I482KZI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1456179705&sr=8-1&keywords=upscaler

That doesn't preserve the scanlines and things like the Framemeister can do, but it'll get you playing if your TV won't do 240p resolution.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 02/22/2016 at 10:30pm

Now I just need to get over the $300 price tag for a framemeister.

Will_Ball   Game Mod   Super Member   Post Author wrote on 02/23/2016 at 12:00am

@Travis, yeah I have a cheap converter box that allows me to output to HDMI, but things still look pretty bad. I guess it comes down to, do I want a CRT hanging around, do I want a framemeister, or do I want bad looking games. None of these options are ideal for their own reasons.

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