November 22, 2017 at 5:17 PM #17425
I’m currently trying to decide whether to get a Hydra or a gscartsw, but since the latter isn’t readily available, and customs in Germany can be really bothersome and expensive, a Hydra would be far easier for me to get. However, in the very few posts I could find about the Hydra, I read that it’s a little picky with the cables it accepts, and Lotharek, its creator, told me that it will work great, as long as you don’t use “hokus pokus” SCART cables.
Specifically, I’m using the cheapest RGB cables from Retro Gaming Cables that I can get for each of my consoles that I want to route through the Hydra, but Lotharek mentioned that those are “hokus pokus in majority”. My questions, for anyone who has a Hydra are: Which cables are you using? Have you experienced any problems? And do you have experience with the compatibility between the Hydra and RGB SCART cables from Retro Gaming Cables?November 22, 2017 at 6:23 PM #17434
I wonder what he means by “hocus pocus” exactly? RGC’s cables are usually fine, especially his more recent designs as he takes on board feedback from the community when improving and re-designing the cables.November 22, 2017 at 6:46 PM #17435
His exact words were: “SIMPEL RGB CABLES ONLY – no hokus pokus ones” and “[RGC’s] are hokus pokus in majority – extra electronics like sync stripper inside..”
Edit: I guess his FAQ for the Hydra also addresses this.
“for 99% percent You have sync stripper installed. Please, remeber and keep in mind, that HYDRA has already fitted sync stipper and will not lock on scanning on input with clean sync.”
“problematic are Your cables. Please, keep in mind, that hydra has built in many features, like sync stripper, signal termination, low/high pass filters. Please, use regular and simple cables to connect Your systems. ”
I’d like to know how much of a problem this really is with the RGC cables. If I had to get new cables for all my consoles for 100$+ I might as well import a gscartsw, that would cost about the same, but it has a better reputation.November 23, 2017 at 12:34 AM #17439
If there are sync strippers inside the cables then it says so on the sales page.
Seems odd he’d include a sync stripper and low pass filters etc IN the switch, there is no need for such functionality and this should be up to the user if they need it or not for their equipment.November 23, 2017 at 1:08 AM #17442
Yea, I think so too. I guess he built it for his specific use-cases, and not for general use. Which is kinda ironic, seeing how the Hydra is actively sold in online shops, while the seemingly more general use applicable gscartsw is supposedly sold at almost no profit in very limited runs.
I’ll probably try to get my hands on a gscartsw if they become available again next month. It seems much more well established and better geared towards consoles. Even if I have to go through customs…
I’d still like to know how well the Hydra really works though.November 23, 2017 at 11:44 AM #17453
I have one here I tested briefly, it seemed to work OK with my “hocus pocus” cables 🙂
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