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EUR104.55 price includes VAT
EUR85.00 price excluding VAT


All our RetroTINK 2X units now ship with updated firmware to fix compatibility issues with the Commodore 64/128 computers.

RetroTINK 2X is in stock! These units feature the latest firmware with PAL60 support and small hardware improvements to audio handling and to prevent picture loss during bright scenes.

RetroTINK 2X is an affordable composite, S-Video, component video and analogue audio to HDMI transcoder/converter designed by Mike Chi. Finally, you can connect your composite or S-Video only systems to your HDTV and enjoy the best possible picture quality from those legacy connections. No more bad deinterlacing, no more 240p incompatibilities.

What does it do?

Processes (line doubles) retro games with NO input lag – Unlike other scalers, such as the XRGB Mini, the RetroTINK 2X works on individual scanlines rather than a frame at a time, that means there’s no input lag whatsoever (well, a few nanoseconds if you really want to be precise).

Eliminates ugly deinterlacing artefacts and bad scaling – Connect most retro consoles to your TV and if you get a picture at all, it’s likely to be ugly. Bad scaling combined with deinterlacing (which should never even be applied to 240p material) will ruin the picture and make you wish you had your old CRT back. Well, worry no more! RetroTINK 2X converts the image into a 480p image that is correctly displayed and processed. EVERY special effect, from 240p drop shadows to striped sprites, is rendered correctly. You can even apply a smoothing filter to smooth out those jaggy edges, if you like.

Supports composite and S-Video – Unlike OSSC, RetroTINK 2X supports composite and S-Video as well as component video (RGB video is not supported on the RetroTINK 2X). This allows a much wider range of legacy computer and games console equipment to be used with the unit. 

Functions as a transcoder too – RetroTINK 2X can function as a composite, S-Video or component video to HDMI transcoder. Pair the device with a suitable HDMI to VGA adapter and use it with your legacy 15khz displays or with a secondary scaler such as the OSSC.

USB Powered – Power RetroTINK 2X from a USB port (1 amp of current is required) or use one of our multi-region power supply units.

Specifications

  • Video inputs: Component, S-video and composite
  • Supported video formats: 240p/480i, 288i/576i, NTSC and PAL colour
  • Video sync recovery and regeneration for non-standard sources (e.g., SNES)
  • Output: MiniHDMI at 480p/576p (line-doubled mode) or input resolution (pass-through mode)
  • Audio: RCA analogue stereo input, 24-bit stereo output
  • Power: MicroUSB 5 volts
  • Ultra-low latency line doubling: less than 5 scanlines (83 micro seconds)
  • Optional smoothing filter
  • Plexi-glass enclosure

For more information, check out our in-depth review here.

Documentation, support and returns

Support Forum

Quick start guide

RetroTINK 2X Wiki

In addition to the standard 1 year EU warranty, we’re also giving a one-month no quibble return for all units. Test the RetroTINK 2X in your setup and if it doesn’t work, return it to us for a full refund. All we ask is that you pay return postage and send the complete unit and any accessories undamaged. Contact us here if you need to return a unit.

What are other people saying?

Don’t take our word for it, check out these other reviews around the web.

My Life in Gaming review

The RetroTink 2X – An Exclusive Review (Scarlet Sprites)

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 2 reviews
by Wise Guy on RetroTINK 2X
Too cumbersome to be of use

The passthorugh mode of this device only works with rock solid signals.

So using it for VCRs like MLiG said, is a lie.

Trying to capture it to PC or even only watching it without interruption is impossible.

It always crashes and falls back to a strange 480p/576p output with the two fields displayed ontop of each other instead of interweaving them.

No wonder nearly none of my devices could even display this mess, elgato cards even crash and you have to reboot your PC in the worst case to make them even work again.


Switching between 576i and 480i also makes it switch to this messy output and turning off your device does too.

And in every case you have to press the tiny filter button three times to make it work again with passthrough.

Information about this can't be found on his website and the featured reviews also don't mention this.


The bob deinterlaced and bob deinterlaced filtered mode work with any of the resolutions mentioned on the official website, but the bobbing effect can be a nuissance and effectly halves the resolution with 576i/480i.

So you can capture VHS footage in bobdeinterlaced mode and reinterlace it with ffmpeg if you want to waste your time.

Even then, small signal errors with luminance of chrominance of the s-video signal make the retrotink display black frames which happens a lot even with new commercial movie tapes.

So you can capture it but prepare to get seizures watching the captured footage.


Chi also ignored my mail for a month and then told me that it isn't supported, thanks for telling me this after spending 130$.

Sorry you didn't enjoy your RetroTINK. MLIG did mention the RetroTINK wasn't particularly suited to capturing VHS tapes. Many of these issues have been addressed in the firmware update too.

Buy from us and f the unit doesn't work well in your setup you can simply return it for a refund.

by Jonathan Steel on RetroTINK 2X
Disappointed

Doesn't support PAL60; I tried my PAL systems at 60hz (Master System, SNES and N64) and all had bad colours. They were fine at 50hz. I also had a bad ringing/ghosting issue with my NES on all TVs I tried. The final straw was that it doesn't remember what input you selected so each time I turned it on I would have to press a button twice to cycle to composite input. I returned it.

PAL60 is now supported in the latest firmware.


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20 comments

  1. Stephen Stratford says:

    Minor note – this works perfectly with CSY-2100 boxes if you’ve still got one of those laying around for a ghetto way of connecting SCART if you don’t have an OSSC.

  2. ERB89 says:

    Get more of these in stock, please.

  3. I second the comment about getting more in stock. I bought an OSSC from here now I want to buy a Retrotink.

    When are they likely to be back in sytock?

  4. Bart says:

    I’m another one waiting for this to get back in stock 🙂

  5. Andreas Karger says:

    Hello. The description says the retrotink workes with PAL60hz since last update. However, you can read a lot of comments that it doesnt. Whats now the truth?

  6. Josh says:

    Hi there,

    I’ve seen the recent firmware update for the Retrotink2x has added PAL60 support via Composite and S-Video. However, i’d like to ask if the device also supports PAL60 via component within the component option. I’m in a PAL territory and i have a few PAL PS2 games that have/ support 60HZ. Given i play my PS2 games via component cables, i’d love to ensure they’d work through the retrotink2x, as my primary use for wishing to purchase the retrotink 2x would be to play my library of PS1 and PS2 games on my PS2 console via component cables. If it’s not supported, would anyone know if there a likely reason component didn’t received PAL60 support in the recent update, and whether it might get it down the track? Many thanks to anyone who reads this and helps out!

    Regards,

  7. Josh says:

    Thanks very much for the reply and letting me know, that’s great to hear 🙂 If you do happen to come across any more information on it, please let me know if possible. Thanks again!

  8. mario sticchi says:

    I was disappointed with the retrotink.
    the c64 connected directly to a tv monitor with svideo can be clearly seen (example: the characters of c64 are white on a blue background)
    if I connect the retrotink via vga to a monitor of the latest generation and with all the possible settings, the colors are washed out ( the characters are white with blue contrast on a blue background)
    bad vision ….

    I asked to return everything at my expense to be refunded but nobody answers.

    • BuckoA51 says:

      C64 has notoriously bad S-Video output quality, it also varies a lot between machines. We’ve had generally good results with C64 here but it can’t compare to the s-video out of e.g a Super NES.

      Your e-mails were answered within 24 hours and return instructions given.

  9. James-F says:

    Josh:
    Component chroma is not encoded like Composite or S-Video and is more similar to RGB than the other two, therefor there is no such thing as PAL60, NTSC, PAL for Component, but only number of lines and refresh rate.
    Any standard SD Component signal should work with the Retrotink2x with no problem.

    Mario:
    The Retrotink2x is very transparent, so if you get wrong colors or noisy image it is probably in the source because of out-of-spec video signal.
    The Commodore 64 has weak luma signal and on a CRT will produce less contrasty “washed out” image compared to other consoles.
    The C64 letters are most definitely NOT white with the original Composite signal and a CRT, they are pale blue on a blue background.
    With that being said, the RT2x is not supposed to ‘enhance’ or ‘fix’ poor signal but show it exactly as a CRT would.

    Reference images or the C64 on a CRT:
    https://www.raphnet.net/divers/commodore64/with_crt.jpg
    https://www.thefuturewas8bit.com/media/sitebuildercontent/sitebuilderpictures/C64r2-7.jpg

    • Andreas says:

      So component works on PAL consoles that support only up to 480i? There is an upcoming component cable for GC. I would go the easier and cheaper route but a PAL GC does not support S-Video.

  10. Naeem McNair says:

    Hi. I want to order 2 of these retrotink units, but i need to know, do they come fully assembled, or do i have to request that they come fully assembled? Thanks.

  11. lfa says:

    Hi, is there a way to check what firmware a retrotink has?
    I bought one in August, now wondering if it came with the latest firmware?
    Thanks.

  12. Mick says:

    Hi, I currently have an Atari 2600 with a composite mod installed – will the RetroTINK 2X be a good solution to improve the quality of this, either straight into my HDTV or through my OSSC? I plan to pick up an RGB modded 2600 later but would like a solution in the meantime, cheers.

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