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videogames4ever1

I have been getting back into retro gaming, but there's one big issue; getting the best picture out of my SNES, and I bought a Hyperkin 3-in-one HDMI cable a couple of days ago that I'm using on my model 1 SNES, and I'm not sure if this is any good, or should I return it.

I read reviews on Amazon for this thing, and I'm seeing that it has a three star average with 47 reviews, although a couple of reviews are five stars.

However, the one star reviews I came across mentions that the sound becomes extremely distorted after a while, and I'm seeing that the other options on the table if I were to return the cable would either be to purchase the Pound cable, or the LevelHike, and I don't even mind shelling out $100 for a RetroTink, but I do want to examine the cheaper options first. Any inputs regarding this matter is greatly appreciated!

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CurryPowderKeg79

You can get a Hyperkin Suparetron HD @videogames4ever1 for like $59.99 on Walmart.com. The Suparetron is a HD (720p) SNES clone that is hardware based instead of software based which is what you'd want IMO. I have one and a Megaretron HD (HD Genesis) and couldn't be happier. Are they as good as the $200 or $300 clones NO but their a steal at under $60 for the Suparetron and under $50 for the Megaretron. And both systems will play SNES & Genesis games from North America. Europe, Asia/Japan in Widescreen or 4:3.

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videogames4ever1

@CurryPowderKeg79 Thank you for the suggestion, but I prefer to play on the real hardware I already have for compatibility, and I'm wondering if there are any other cables that will be less prone to having problems like the sound distortion I mentioned. Thanks!

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I went ahead and bought one of those adapters on my list for the SNES, and a RetroTink for setting up the N64, and since that system doesn't support RGB, I am thinking about going the S-video route. I'm seeing on this eBay link here https://www.ebay.com/itm/S-Video-SVHS-Cable-Nintendo-N64-SNES... and then there's this one that is official https://www.ebay.com/itm/Official-Nintendo-S-Video-Cable-N64-... but not sure if this will make a big difference or not. Thank you!

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Sinton

@videogames4ever1 I’m considering getting a Retrotink 2x for my 1980s-90s consoles, but was wondering: Why don’t you use the Retrotink for the SNES as well? And how did it work out on the N64?

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videogames4ever1

I'm impressed enough with the Levelhike on the SNES, as that does a direct conversion with RGB, because I don't feel like plowing down a bunch of money for Retrovision cables, which is why that I don't feel like using Retrotink on that.

Its awesome with the N64, though its going to be better when I get the official S-video in the mail, and it is outstanding on my NES! N64 doesn't support RGB, which is why I got the Retrotink for that one. Speaking of S-video cables, I might order the third party one for the N64 to use the official one on the SNES if I run into any issues with the Levelhike which seems unlikely, since so far, it seems much more reliable than that horrendous 3-in-1 Hyperkin cable.

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Sinton

@videogames4ever1 Thanks for the reply. Just a quick follow-up question: You say you don’t feel like buying Retrovision cables for the SNES - but can’t you just use the N64 composite cable (unless you don’t want to unplug/plug the SNES/N64, depending on which you use). I have the standard (PAL) composite cables for NES, N64 and Gamecube, and was thinking of using these in combination with Retrotink on those three systems plus my SNES.

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