Looking for a Video/Sound Switch.

Discussion in 'Product Recommendations/Reviews' started by neoelectronaut, Oct 20, 2004.

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    neoelectronaut

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    I'm gonna make ya'll a quick little doodle in Photoshop here to explain my situation....

    Okay, there. It's basic but it sort of describes what I want to do.

    Currently I have a 15" CRT VGA monitor on a bookshelf in my room. Connected to it via a special cable is my Sega Dreamcast. I also have a RCA stereo (not the one pictured) that is connected using a .8mm headphone-style to RCA plugs that are connected to the stereo.

    I just ordered a VGA cable for the eMac so I can use the monitor also as a secondary display using the screen spanning hack. However, I'd also like to connect the computer to the stereo while this is being used.

    So, my question is: "Is there any sort of switchbox available that I can use that will allow two VGA inputs and two .8mm-style inputs and will output in the same fashion?

    I'd like to easily switch between the Computer and the Dreamcast being connected to both the monitor and the stereo without the hassle of disconnecting and reconnecting each time.

    Is there such a product available? Where can I pick it up?
     

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    neoelectronaut

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    Okay....a whole bunch of views but no replies.

    I guess it can't be done.
     
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    hotwire132002

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    What about a KVM switch? It won't switch the audio source, but it will allow you to switch the video.
     
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    neoelectronaut

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    Well that's kind of a waste of two ports. Hell if I can get a separate video switch and a separate audio switch I guess I could live with that, though it'd be more expensive.
     
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    neoelectronaut

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    Yeah that's what I'd like....but uh...$160? Yeesh...I was hoping somewhere between $15 and $35.
     
  7. macrumors 6502a

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    A really good KVM switch like one from the Belkin SOHO series, will allow you to switch audio and video.

    In fact, it switches VGA/DVI + Audio Out + Audio In + USB + Keyboard + Mouse
     
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    neoelectronaut

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    That's still $130. Besides, I have no need for PS/2 ports, or USB. Just Audio & Video.
     
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    You could get a standard video (RCA) switch, use the Apple Video connector and .8 to RCA for the eMac and the orginal Dreamcast cord in the inputs, and then connect the RCA output to your monitor and stereo somehow (if the Dreamcast cord is just a VGA-RCA connector cord, that would work, but I'm sure that there is someone out there that has a connector for this (If you are up to it, you could even take a Apple mini-VGA cord and a Apple Video connector with mini VGA and connect the VGA pins with some wire.....)
     
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    neoelectronaut

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    Nah, that's won't work...

    I already ordered the eMac VGA cable, for one.

    And the VGA cable I use with the DC is a VGA-only deal.

    [​IMG]
     
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    You can use the eMac VGA cable...here...let me put it in a picture for you (attatched).

    These are the parts you need:

    RCA Video Switch
    2 miniVGA to RCA adapters
    miniVGA to VGA adapter
    1 VGA cord (unless your monitor has one bulit in)
    3 RCA cords
    line out to RCA adapter
    Dreamcast RCA cord
    1 custom bulit miniVGA to miniVGA cable (just connect connector to connector...pretty easy to make)
     

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    neoelectronaut

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    That's a fine idea except for the fact that I'll have to order 2 more of the mini-VGA to RCA and mini-VGA to VGA adapters (Which'll get REALLY freakign expensive), and having an RCA connection to the Computer Monitor means I'll lose the "True VGA Quality" I get from using a special VGA cable from the DC to the monitor.
     
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    I'm almost positive that the Dreamcast outputs RCA quality anyway, and the VGA cable just converts the picture. That means that you will get the same, if not better, quality. The only place you will loose quality is the eMac screen, but there is nothing you can really do about that. In total, this runs you about $80, which is still $50 cheeper than every other solution offered.

    The only other way to do this, really, would be to buy a VGA switch and a seperate audio switch, but that would run you about $70.
     
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    neoelectronaut

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    No, when you connect a Dreamcast to a VGA monitor using an official or third-party VGA Box/Cable, it outputs it to TRUE VGA QUALITY. So much so that folks with HDTVs shell out the big bucks to get VGA to component converters. Some have said that the Dreamcast looks even better on HDTVs than the Cube, PS2, and XBox do.

    Too bad there's no way I can't just use my eMac as a screen. That would solve anything.
     
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    Well, then you could buy one of these one of these and one of these. It will run you around $40. Use the KVM for video and the speaker switch for audio.
     

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