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Great solution for old games consoles and modern televisions
on 6 August 2014
Modern televisions are great aren’t they? They are lighter, flatter and can be wall mounted. The picture is better then anything we could have dreamed of years ago. But ask any retro game collector and they’ll tell you there’s one flaw that’s becoming increasingly common. There are not enough sockets! This is why I bought the Digiflex switch box, from Amazon.
The Digiflex is a small, compact item in a nice black colour. It has one output, and three composite inputs with a switch for changing between the sources.
We all know that composite connections (also known around the world as Phono or RCA) are about the most basic way of connecting components, and in particular the video quality is nothing special. But not every device is capable of connecting via HDMI or even RGB SCART, so that’s why we still need composite. And with high quality cables, a surprisingly good picture can be achieved.
Switch boxes can be very variable in quality. Many result in ‘interference’ when two or more devices are connected, or result in a poorer picture quality. So buying this was a bit of a gamble, but at the low price there wasn’t much to lose. How did it fare?
I tested mine with a PC Engine Core Grafx and a Sinclair Spectrum which had been modified to output a composite signal. First I tried one device on its own (the PC Engine), in case the picture was downgraded by going through the box. The picture and sound were both flawless.
Next I tried adding a second device (the Spectrum) which I expected to be more susceptible to interference. Not only did it work brilliantly, but both devices could be powered on at the same time with no detectable loss in picture or sound quality.
In summary, here we have a cheap, compact device which works excellently. In fact, I’ll probably order another one as a backup. I’ve seen at least one person on YouTube who has bought two switchers and uses one for audio and the other for RGB component video from more modern consoles (like the original Xbox). So there are lots of possibilities here.
On the down side, the Digiflex could do with a way of securing it, such as a wall fixer or hook. It’s no big issue though, it could easily be stuck to a surface if required.
Lastly, the Digiflex came with a free cable which is absolutely hopeless! Send it on its way to the dustbin, and go to a supplier like Kenable and get some quality cables instead. Buyers are recommended to attach the switch box to their television with the shortest, most high quality cable that they can afford - for maximum results.
Verdict - essential if you have old equipment and don’t want to keep swapping leads around the back of the television. But do replace those cables!