RetroClarity Kickstarter Launched: HDTV Adapter For Mega Drive, Super Nintendo, TurboGrafx-16 & More

RetroClarity-HDTV-Adapter-on-KickstarterIf for whatever reason you’re still looking for a more modern solution to playing your favourites on a HDTV then look no further. The newly launched RetroClarity Kickstarter is raising funds for a lag-free adapter to play the likes of the Super Nintendo and Mega Drive on modern displays.

Coming in three different flavours - one with support for two simultaneously connected systems, one supporting up to three, and one with three and a special connector to plug into the back of a TurboGrafx-16’s expansion port - the RetroClarity is promising a crisp 240p (NTSC) / 288p (PAL) signal, through its easy to use plug-and-play solution.

Out of the box the most advanced version of this new adapter will be compatible with the TurboGrafx-16, Super Nintendo, Mega Drive, Master System, and possibly the Neo Geo AES. Furthermore the device will also support the Nintendo NES, Turbo Duo/PC Engine Duo, and Nintendo 64, if they have been modded to output an RGB signal.

With plenty of promising examples of their upcoming kit in action on their Kickstarter page, the RetroClarity are hoping to raise just $27,00 over the next four weeks. A pledge of $65 will secure a DIY kit of the most basic model, while $110 will guarantee you get the most advanced model with TurboGrafx-16 support - along with the necessary cables.

RetroClarity HDTV Adapter Demonstration

Link: RetroClarity HDTV Adapter on Kickstarter


Last Updated ( 08 June 2015 )  

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(Link to this comment) BuckoA51 2015-06-09 11:13
"Please note: The RetroClarity will only work with HDTVs that support 240p(NTSC)/288p(PAL) resolution and all CRTs with component video inputs"

It's a Transcoder, they want "just" 27k for a transcoder? A transcoder won't do crap to make your retro consoles look better on HDTV, especially if you live in Europe and have SCART already.
(Link to this comment) YouBoob 2015-06-09 13:33
Quoting BuckoA51:
"Please note: The RetroClarity will only work with HDTVs that support 240p(NTSC)/288p(PAL) resolution and all CRTs with component video inputs"

It's a Transcoder, they want "just" 27k for a transcoder? A transcoder won't do crap to make your retro consoles look better on HDTV, especially if you live in Europe and have SCART already.


That's not entirely fair. In the US, a transcoder will do something to make your consoles look better on an HDTV that accepts 240p. I have no idea what the situation is in Europe so I'll defer to your expertise. This guy lives in the US anyway.

And 27k is a small amount of money to manufacture something like that. Maybe you feel the individual units are overpriced, which is fair. But the total sum is probably not even enough to develop and mass produce those things, especially if they end up needing custom moulding.
(Link to this comment) BuckoA51 2015-06-09 19:40
SCART to Component transcoders are readily available, seems to me he's trying to pass this off as some magic box (especially judging by his comments on Youtube and elsewhere). Claiming it's "lag free" etc, of course it's lag free its just a basic transcoder.
(Link to this comment) Oradainer 2015-06-14 23:27
Lag free? Why not put it to the test... Post a video with the light guns working on the nintendo and the master system. The primary problem with light guns on HDTV is transcoder lag, if it is lag free, the light guns should work, right?
+1 (Link to this comment) BuckoA51 2015-06-16 22:54
No, the reason light guns don't work is because there's no CRT electron gun, it's nothing to do with input lag.
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