Extron Emotia PSU

The extron emotia line is a great device, as some of its models have the ability to downscale progressive scan content (480p+) to 240p! This can be great for those who want to play with real scanlines or on monitors that don’t support 480p. Check out RetroRGB’s page for more information.

However, they are often sold without power supplies, or the power supplies cost as much as the device itself. The device requires +5V, +12V, and -12V. Conveniently these are all available on a standard PC power supply, which are cheap and plentiful. I am in the process of testing one of these that I made with a female DIN port and a male to male 5 pin DIN cable to plug into the Emotia to clean things up. If it works out I will put up a page where you can commission me to make one, for much less than you can but an official one. These devices deserve to be used!

Update: be careful if you decide to make one of these. I haven’t been able to nail down the correct pinout and it’s possible to kill your emotia.

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Current Projects

I will be assembling a few of Borti’s boards for N64 RGB with csync for the NS1 N64s. Look for them to go up for sale later this week. Next I want to assemble a few of his SNES boards, and then I will attempt to tackle the GCDual for Gamecube. I’m also waiting on boards to construct this DIY 8 port automatic TOSLink Switch (all 3 of the initial run are reserved), which if it is successful I will start offering (I’d like to try to redesign the board layout first however). Let me know if you see anything you are interested in, or find a project out there that you want to build; if I can do it, I’ll definitely look into it.

Hiding in Plain Sight

Since I’m using Paypal for all of my transactions so far, I’m going to change some of the language on the site referring to “Mods” to hopefully preempt any objections from their end. When you respond to a PayPal invoice from me, make sure to never include “mod” or “hack” or anything like that to avoid problems that I know others have dealt with in the past.

Site Updates and Additions

I’ve updated the custom cable section with a separate order page and a project log page. I’ve also added a page to the Thicc Cable section to share some of my techniques for working with this cable. I’ll add more pictures and document my progress as I make things so that other people can learn from my progress without having to make all of the mistakes I did!

Thicc Cable For All

I have tested out making some cables with the multicore coax cable and I have to say it works wonders. If you’d like me to make you a custom cable and use this instead of regular shielded cable I can do so for a slight upcharge due to the higher cost of the cable and the extra work involved getting this cable to cooperate with connectors. All cables made with this Thicc Cable will be sleeved in this braided sleeving, available in black (pictured below), black and red (example here) or black and blue.61e5u1g4fol-_sl1000_

Multicore Coax – The Gold Standard

I bit the bullet and bought some multi-core coax cable, but now I have way too much of it. If you would like some high quality multi-core coax cable I am selling it by the foot over here. I’m pretty sure this is the only place (in the US anyways) where you can get this type of cable by the foot at a reasonable price. Check it out!

GCDual Cables

Component cables for citrus3000psi’s GCDual mod are now available over here. These work really well, especially with the jumper set so the cube will automatically switch to component when you plug these in! I have one set on hand and can make more on request.

Cable Too Thicc

I am currently redesigning the cable for the SSDS3, as the 9 pin din connector was too large. I’s going to try to use some “Old Skool” cables for this purpose.

As anyone who has looked into making their own cables has quickly found out, sourcing individually shielded RGB cables (aka mini coax) is difficult, especially in the US and at a reasonably diameter (just ask retro-access who had to get custom cable from Italy). There are 500′ spools on eBay for $400… might be a while before I can afford that.

So in the future I will probably just be using shielded cable, which should be acceptable for short cables and c-sync (doesn’t apply to SCART to BNC cables). I don’t want to make a ton of cables (retro-access and retrogamingcables have got that covered), so I probably won’t have to worry much.

NES Mods and Other “Coming Soon”

I am working through the pages on the site so that they are up to date. Pages that say “Coming Soon” are not yet available, everything else should have some information pretty soon.

NES mods (RGB and HDMI) will probably be “Coming Soon” for quite a while, as I don’t have a desoldering gun/station. If I make enough money to buy one then I will begin offering them, but it probably won’t be anytime soon. Take a look at all of the other available mods and hopefully you’ll find something you like.

Shopify Troubles, Custom Cables

My initial plan was to use this WordPress site ($4 a month) and Shopify’s “buttons” feature ($9 a month) for a cheap way to setup a store, but Shopify’s buttons don’t work with WordPress for some reason. Until I can get this sorted out, just use the contact forms on each page to place an order, and I will send you a Paypal invoice to the email address you provide.

For mod/repair services, I will send you the invoice once I have finished the job and it has tested working.

Check out the new custom cables page. I am working on a very unique request, which I will post pictures of when I am done. Here you can work with me to make a cable to suit your unique needs.