Firstly, we need to confirm that the Sega Master System MK1 and Mega Drive MK1 consoles use the same Multi-AV Output port which supported the same output options. So this AV cable applies to both systems equally. If you have a Mega Drive MK2 console (including Genesis 2 or 3 models), then you'll find the RGB SCART cable for those here. The AV Output on the Master System (MK1) Mega Drive (MK1) console was capable of outputting exceptional quality video and (mono) audio, although most of us have only expereiced the very poor quality Composite Video output from these beloved retro consoles. However if you want to get the best picure possible from your Sega system, you'll need a TV with a 21-pin SCART Input, and this awesome cable. Believe me, the difference is picture quality is huge!
Retro gaming cables are here at Cable Chick! Get the very best picture and sound quality from your Sega Master System (MK1) or Mega Drive (MK1) console with this awesome RGB SCART Cable! We'll explain how below...
What Are Retrogaming Cables?
Our Retrogaming cables have been specifically designed for the 8-bit and 16-bit video game consoles we grew up with, from companies like Sega, Nintendo and a little later, Sony. These cables have been developed to either serve as quality replacements for the original AV cables which shipped with the game consoles, or offer superior AV output quality so you can enjoy these old consoles like never before!
Cable Options for the Sega Master System MK1 and Mega Drive 1
When it comes to hooking up your Sega game console to a TV, you have four main options with a MK1 console:
A special note for Audio Support
It's important to note that the Multi-AV port on the series 1 Master Systems and Mega Drives only supported Mono-Audio. This may be fine for the Master System and it's more limited audio, however to enjoy Stereo audio on your Mega Drive 1 console, just use a 3.5.mm Stereo Audio to 2RCA cable from the headphone jack on the front of the console!
But what is a SCART Connector?
The SCART standard was a European standard for AV connections, and fortunately as we Australian's share the same PAL TV formats as Europe, some of our higher end TVs including SCART conectivity (while the USA has NTSC format, and missed out on the benefits of a superior SCART connection!).
The SCART connector is identified by a large, rectangular plug and socket design (with 21 pins), if you are a retro gamer you simply must hunt around and pickup an old SCART CRT TV for your retro gaming consoles. Whereas Composite Video and S-Video connections provide a very ordinary image with colour bleeding and noise in the image, an RGB SCART connection between a compatible game console and TV will give you a near perfect, crisp 240p signal. The Sega Master System (MK1), Mega Drive (MK1 and MK2), SNES, N64 and Gamecube are all capable of outputting an RGB SCART signal required for such a setup.
Retro Gaming on a modern HDMI TV or monitor
Our Sega Multi-AV 8-Pin DIN Cables are compatible with our SCART to HDMI Converter for 720p or 1080p upscaled digital audio and video output, with excellent output quality.
Keeping things simple
You may read all of this and think this is terribly complicated, however it's more the case that we are just trying to cover all the bases. When it comes to the early Sega consoles, you just need to remember these things: