$80 Analogue DAC Obtainable For Pre-Order

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Analogue has just opened pre-orders on their Digital to Analog Converter (DAC) that makes it possible for RGB, element, S-Video and composite video output from their Kevtris-created Mega Sg and Super NT consoles:  https://www.analogue.co/dac/

I at present have a prototype in hand and have mixed feelings about it due to expense.  1st and foremost, the RGB output is great, producing this the only plug &amp play RGB Genesis answer that calls for no mod for superb audio and video output.  That alone will be sufficient for a lot of enthusiasts to buy this more than some thing like a Genesis 1 + Sega Triple Bypass, as no modding is necessary.

SNES customers may well have a challenging time justifying that price tag, when you can get a 1CHIP SNES and an RGB Cable for significantly less dollars than the DAC + shipping.  That brings me to an additional complaint…

Why does Analogue usually charge SO Considerably for shipping?  The DAC itself is significantly less than two ounces and 6″x3″x1″.  How does that equate to these insane prices…and is not it a bit misleading to get in touch with a item $79.99 when it is far from that after it basically hits your door?:

We absolutely have to have to concentrate on price tag for a moment, as this DAC only comes with itself and a USB energy cord:

That implies you will also have to have to get a quick HDMI cable to connect it to your console, plus get what ever output cable matches your output requires.  A custom higher high quality RGB cable fees about $50 immediately after shipping, but you will also have to buy separate cables if you’d like Element, S-Video or Composite Video output.  These are not also costly, but it is baffling to me why we have to have custom cables at all?  Couldn’t they have incorporated these jacks suitable on the board and saved us the problems?  Confident, you’d nevertheless have to buy some type of RGB cable, but if they’d employed a MiniDIN9, we could just use a typical Genesis two cable and any (possible) 32x assistance could just use what ever cables you currently owned.

So all round, that implies if you reside in a city that is affordable shipping distance, you are nevertheless spending about $170 if you’d like to have access to all outputs…and you are spending a great deal much more if you reside far sufficient away that shipping is greater.

Although I’m a huge fan of Kevtris and his function, I’m completely disappointed in this item.  If it had been $50 total, I’d really feel the opposite and would be singing Analogue some giant praise suitable now, but “$170″…or even $150 for the device + RGB cable is way also a great deal.  I recognize Chris Taber, the owner of Analogue enjoys promoting “premium products” and has a history of promoting points like brushed aluminum instances, all wood instances and even 24k gold instances!!  This feels like the opposite although:  A standard device at a premium price tag.

For $170, I’d have anticipated far much more:

  • Why are not all output ports just out there on the board, so we can use cables we currently personal?
  • How come there’s no SPDIF output?  Can not we take pleasure in digital audio and analog video?
  • How come there’s no dual-output assistance at ALL, unless you construct a custom VGA cable that breaks out all the signals and even then you’d only get several analog outputs, not analog + digital*.
  • For that price tag, how about some cool, exclusive capabilities like a three.5mm jack for 3D glasses???  Confident, there are only a couple of 3D games worth playing, but if this is a “premium product”, is not that the great instance of a premium function?

 

I’ll continue to aid test this item and assistance Kevtris in any way I can, but as usually, I can only be sincere about how I really feel about this:  It is also costly.  It either requires to be less costly, or redesigned to contain sufficient capabilities to justify the price tag.  Perhaps when Analogue’s subsequent items are released, individuals will really feel it is worth the price tag, but for now, unless your particular setup seriously calls for this, I wouldn’t advise spending the dollars on it.


*To clarify, I’m not insinuating that dual HDMI + Analog is either quick, or even some thing that ought to be incorporated with this item.  If the device had been $50 total, I’d by no means even have talked about it, but at such a premium, I felt it worth mentioning.

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