Steve Judd wrote: > > Hello Hackers! > > As you may recall, the V-Box is a device for hooking up an NTSC/PAL source > to a VGA monitor. I received one today, and thought you might like a > mini-report. Note that there are several other similar devices out there, > like Jam!!, but I have no experience with them. > Here is My review of Jam (originally posted comp.sys.cbm on 2000/08/07): Today I picked up an intersting device, it is called Jam!!! This is one of those Composite/svideo to VGA adapters that was previously mentioned. The unit originally sold for $79 at toys-r-us, but I found one heavily discounted. What it is mainly designed for those PlayStation and Nintendo 64 owners to play on a quality monitor or use their PC monitor instead of having to get another TV/composite monitor for the game. The device plugs into your multi-sync monitor and speakers, and you plug your computer video and audio output into the device (some cables included), when it is powered down or off it passes your Computer's video normally (and audio to your speakers), when it is on it will convert any composite or s-video input (NTSC or PAL) to a 30 - 31.5khz signal horz. and 50 or 60 Hz vert (depending on PAL or NTSC respectively) and channel the game's audio as well. (a special cable is provided for Playstation interfacing) I plugged it in and tested it with a 64 and Plus/4, - I wasn't able to try separate video as the Jam needs an s-video mini-den connector - fortunately a RCA composite adapter was provided. Picture was maybe a tad better than composite on a good commodore monitor, still a little fuzzy, but ok. I am sure it will improve with s-video. No scaling featues (beyond the monitor's own scaling controls) and no zoom modes, it does have a volume control, which I didn't try either. Essentially what it does give you is the ability to use an already in-use VGA monitor as a composite/s-video display! The box also says you can use it with your VCR, Laser Disc, etc. will try that later. So if you have a good multisync and composite monitor for testing you can just get away with a multi-sync and add in PAL compatibility too (=)). to clarify previous speculation it does not 'clean' the signal much (which many classic owners may prefer because the 'composite blur' is sometimes 'a good thing') but provides the conversion promised and enables you not to need an extra multi-sync monitor around if you already have one in use. -- 01000011 01001111 01001101 01001101 01001111 01000100 01001111 01010010 01000101 Larry Anderson - Sysop of Silicon Realms BBS (209) 754-1363 300-14.4k bps Classic Commodore pages at: http://www.jps.net/foxnhare/commodore.html 01000011 01001111 01001101 01010000 01010101 01010100 01000101 01010010 01010011 - This message was sent through the cbm-hackers mailing list. To unsubscribe: echo unsubscribe | mail email@example.com.
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