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.
- 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
Documentation, support and returns
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.
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Does exactly what it says on the box - super clean conversion without any additional processing to a 576i signal. Noise included; latency is super low; color is pretty faithful in digital space to my analogue vector scope. PAL C64 / Vic20, close to perfect (with a bit of contrast / color tweaking, just like a real monitor). Atari 2600, perfect. MSX, as good as it goes to a CRT. PAL NES, looked fine; tiny bit of ghosting, but when I looked closely, that was on my CRT too. I don't use PAL60 or anything... just legit "legal" PAL signals. Maybe I'm just on a new firmware that fixes things a bit, but it's been solid and looks a ton better than any cheap eBay converter. That said, it's still never going to have the smoothing / hiding of visual artifacts that a CRT adds.
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.
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.
If your country is not listed as a shipping destination please contact me, I may be able to sort something out for you!
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