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I think you might be looking for a component video switch. I found this one on Amazon for a reasonable price.
This one seems similar to that other one on Amazon too, they look exactly the same but this one has "Amazon's Choice", whatever that means haha.
The Gamecube is they only one of those systems that do component (and that requires a special cable). I think you meant composite (single yellow RCA connector for video plus red and white for audio) and you want a switch not a splitter (a splitter would be used to take the signal from one of those and output it to two TVs, also know as a distribution amplifier).
I use this component switch to route my PS2, Xbox, and N64 (using composite) into my RetroTINK. No idea about a composite only switch but so long as you connect the inputs and the outputs to the same color it is all the same and you just end up with some unused ports.
You know I've used a generic 3.1 mechanical component switcher for years using an ossc at 1200p and I've never seen any image degradation. And that's on a 4k screen where any mistake is visible.
You're using a crt so the imperfection are even harder to spot.
That said try and go for quality cables.
Heres the switcher I use
You could use two of these. Its not perfect but its cheap and it can work. Its advertised as 3 input 1 output, but because it's passive/mechanical you can use it as 1 input 3 output as well.
The first box is being used as a 1 input 3 output. The second box is being used as a 3 input 1 output. You would run your Extron output for that TV to the output line of the first box. From input 1 on that first box, run a line directly to input 1 of the second box. From input 2 on the first box, run a line to your rgb2comp and run that to input 2 on the second box. From the second box, use the output line to connect to the component input on your TV. Input 3 on both boxes goes unused.
The only issues with this setup are you now have two mechanical switches to operate, and that RGB2comp can only be used on the one TV.
If you also use composite and s-video, you could run them through this setup by adding a third switchbox between the second box and the TV. You would take the output from the second box and run it to the output of the third box. From there, run input 1 to composite input on the TV, S-video from input 2, and component from input 3. Simple right? 😀 Note that S-video would need an adapter cable to turn it into two RCA plugs so it can be run through this. I do this with my own setup.
They make these heard this one might degrade quality so a nicer one might be more desirable. https://www.amazon.com/Component-Switch-Splitter-Selector-Converter/dp/B01M4LOU12/ref=mp_s_a_1_1_sspa?crid=13X0LA9BTPSI2&keywords=component+switch&qid=1655614259&sprefix=component+switch%2Caps%2C233&sr=8-1-spons&psc=1&spLa=...
I got one of these for $19, should do the trick on my D Series. I don't like pulling the component plug so much.
4 inputs woulda been better than 3... but 3 is way better than 1
Will let me keep my gamecube, PS1/PS2, and my sega hooked up all the time. When I want to switch in my SNES HDRetrovision cables for the HDRetroVision PS2/PS3 cables. Leaves the retrobit gamecube component cables (when I get em) and the HDRetroVision genesis cables plugged in full time.
Pretty flexible setup. One more set of component inputs would rule... but eh. For $19 vs $260... I'll deal with it lol.
How many component switches are you using? How's that working? Do you get any image noise from stacking and coiling cables vs just isolated and straight in? I've been thinking about getting several component switches like this one:
I'm concerned about signal quality if it's going through more than one switch tho.
You’re not going to find anything with 4 in/2 out with s video and component.
Your best bet is upping your budget and then getting one thing for component and then a separate for s video/rca stuff.
I also don’t know if you mean switch instead of splitter,
But there’s some RadioShack switches that have s video that I use often I’ve seen from eBay.
And for component, I just use some of these:
3 In 1 Out Component AV Video Switch Box, Composite 3 RCA AV Splitter RGB Selector Video Audio Switch Converter for Xbox 360 Wii PS2 PS3 DVD/VCD/EVD/HDVD https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M4LOU12/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_glt_i_W02TXBPM3HW8W7KFWV21?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Thank you for the clarifications. Glad there is still use to my HD Retrovision cables. I'm checking out amazon and I've got my eye on this passive one. Do you have any recommendations?
looks like it's just a cheap switch box like this one.
The non-powered switches like this just have a physical switch inside that switches all 5 connectors when you press a button. Adds zero lag, at the worst a poorly designed one might add some interference, but if you're at the point you're worrying about interference from a switch you should probably be looking into something like an extron.
This is the one I've used for the last 3 months for my OG Xbox, Wii and PS2
I think the most cost effective upgrade is to move the SNES and Genesis to HD Retrovision or RGC component cables. Since you are using a Retrotink, this will greatly improve the picture for both consoles. And you shouldn't have any issues.
Then use this switcher to send the Genesis and SNES to the RetroTink.
Add a RetroTink 2X Mini for the N64 and use S-Video.
But if you are on S-Video for both N64 and SNES, using a RetroTink? I think you're good.
> Also wondering if anyone has solution for how to put 4 old consoles into 1 component input.
You can get switchers like https://smile.amazon.com/Component-Switch-Splitter-Selector-Converter/dp/B01M4LOU12/ but I'm only seeing a 3-way on Amazon rather than 4 or more
Buy a mister and replace all the consoles that it can play. Sorry, I know that is silly advice. But it is quite honestly exactly what I did.
I have been very happy with this cheap one from amazon, if you just want to add a switcher. Satisfying click mechanical switches. It is passive, which I know gets a bad rap, but I don't notice quality loss on PVMs.
i definitely wanted to use it as a switcher for component and RGB inputs. I didn't know about the lag though. Is there something else that you would recommend? I'm currently just saying this as a component switcher
You won't find any good alternatives to the original N64. It was a complicated device. Even emulating some N64 games can be a bit janky at times.
In my opinion I would keep the consoles you have. Check and see if your SNES can use component cables. Mod the N64 to support component. Pick up a basic component switch box on Amazon and feed that into a Retrotink. Reference links for you below.
There are cheaper ways to accomplish this but the above will get you solid image quality.
The retrotink 2x pro accepts s video as a possible input, but I don't know of any component switchboxes that also do s video, but you could get a component switch and just plug the n64 s-video in directly, you would need to press the input swap button on the retrotink instead of the switch box instead. Just be careful about which switch you get if you want to mix composite and component cables, if it has no smart or automatic functionality it should be fine but if it switches automatically you may have problems because you would be plugging the wrong signal into green and leaving red and blue unpopulated and the switch may not be designed to handle that.
edit: Here is an example of the type of switch box I am referring to. This one should work fine with the 2x pro, as long as you plug the yellow component into the green connector it should do the job. Just to make sure you get the right model of retrotink. I did a bit more digging and there are actually 2 models that would do what you need, the 2x pro is better at handling older 2d consoles and the 2x-M is more compatible with more recent consoles like the gamecube, ps2, etc. Here is an article describing the differences so you can decide which to get. Both are the same price though.
I found that monoprice switcher here
I've never heard of this website so I dunno how trustworthy it is, was wondering the same thing as you myself today haha. Mainly what I'm seeing is this over on amazon. Seems to have good reviews, might just jump on that and grab some amazon basic component cables to go with it.
There is no scaler (designed for gaming) with an integrated switcher, you have to get separate devices.
Looking at the systems you have you could get a RetroTINK 5x, one of these component switches (I use one of them in my setup) to connect the N64, NES, and PS2 (via PS2 component cables for best results), and get an RGB SCART cable for the SNES. Plug the SCART cable into the SCART port of the RT5x and the Component Switch into the Component jacks of the RT5x and then just setup profiles for each system on the RT5x to switch between.
That looks nearly identical to the one I have and I haven't noticed any issues with it. Are you using a good quality cable to go from the switcher to the TV? Are you sure you haven't mixed up the red for audio with the red for video (on many component cables the video wires are thicker and shielded while the audio wires are thinner and unshielded).
Links below. They're working great for me. I tested them both for input lag using the slow mo camera on my phone and detected no change in input response. I also did an image quality comparison and see no image degradation. I did have to have the component switch replaced because the 1st one I got had a dead audio input on one of the sets. The 2nd one is all good though. So I'd be sure to test all inputs when you get them, even if you don't need all of them, just to be sure everything is working properly.
3 In 1 Out Component AV Video Switch Box, Composite 3 RCA AV Splitter RGB Selector Video Audio Switch Converter for Xbox 360 Wii PS2 PS3 DVD/VCD/EVD/HDVD https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M4LOU12/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_GY5ZBEYXQ2GBVZAQM74E?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
GE 4-Way RCA Switch AV Splitter Switch, for Connecting 4 RCA Output Devices to Your TV, S-Video Support, Audio/Video, Game Consoles, DVD, VCR, 38807 https://www.amazon.com/dp/B07DYD5FSH/ref=cm_sw_r_apan_i_F4KWJMYWX0HNHWJXBRQ9?_encoding=UTF8&psc=1
Nice setup, here's a cheap component switch to check out https://www.amazon.com/Component-Switch-Splitter-Selector-Converter/dp/B01M4LOU12
This is the component switcher I use and have seen others in r/crtgaming use. Works perfect. I've also linked the cable I use to connect it up to the TV. The quality of the cable is just as important as the quality of the switcher.
This is pretty easy then. This is what I would do if it were my setup.
Get a s-video cable and red/white stereo cable. Connect the Phillips switchbox you've been talking about to the S-video input on the TV. This will be a dedicated s-video only switchbox. Plug the PS1, SNES, and N64 to it.
Get a separate component switchbox. Get a set of component cables with red/white audio cables. Plug it to the component input on your TV. Plug your PS2 and Wii to this switchbox. Amazon has a 3 input component box for $20. I use one, and it seems to do the job fine. https://www.amazon.com/Component-Switch-Splitter-Selector-Converter/dp/B01M4LOU12/
Plug your remaining composite systems up to the composite inputs on the TV. If the number of composite consoles exceeds TV inputs, just get a 3rd switchbox for composite only. Hook it up in the same manner as the previous two boxes, just with yellow composite and red/white audio cables. Composite only boxes are even cheaper. For example, here's a 4 input https://www.amazon.com/Panlong-Switcher-Composite-Selector-Consoles/dp/B00KXVBB3Q/
Having different switchboxes might seem kind of annoying at first, but it's really the easiest way. No need to invest in a huge receiver. I use a component box and separate SCART box to feed a number of consoles into one upscaler that is then plugged to my HDTV.
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I fixed it! The culprit was my component switch, it was this one https://www.amazon.de/Linkstyle-Komponenten-Splitter-Selector-Converter-3-Input-1-Out-Video-Switch/dp/B01M4LOU12
Plugged my consoles directly in the tv and everything works just as it should!
Now I need a good quality switch
You’ll need a component switch box: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M4LOU12
I like no powered mechanical ones. These work well without breaking the bank.
Hmm .... You can get 3 of these for $51 total and chain them together. I don't know how great they work, but you could buy one for $17 to test and then buy the other 2 later if the first works well. (I have a cheap 8x1 composite switcher that works great, but component switching is obviously a bit more involved.)
I have a couple of these. They do the trick.
It depends on what you need or what. Most of my switches years back came from www.monoprice.com. Now everything is RGB or ypbpr, for me.
I use this one right now:
I just got mine from Amazon, and it's working well so far: https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01M4LOU12/
It's actually just a couple of generic Amazon component switch boxes. For the component cables, I'm using HD Retrovision cables and have been very impressed with the results.
Why not just buy a switch box?
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