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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 23:15
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    XCM 1080p Mega Cool VGA Box
    Manufacturer: XCM
    Site: Buy from Play-Asia / Buy from Divineo China / Buy from Divineo France / Buy from ConsoleSource / Buy from Amazon
    Price: $79.90-120.00


    Overview : Connect any Component Video source to any VGA monitor for the best resolution possible! Supports up to 1080p HDTV resolution! New sleek design.

    Features :
    • Supports PC video display resolutions up to UXGA (1600 x 1200 @ 75 Hz) or HD TV (up to 1920 x 1080)
    • Supports 480i, 480p, 576i, 576p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p
    • Display pictures from your console (Game Cube, Playstation 2, Xbox, PSP Slim, Wii , Xbox 360, Playstation 3) on your PC monitor (up to 1600 x 1200) or HDTV (up to 1920 x 1080)
    • Supports SDTV, HDTV, XGA, SXGA, and UXGA video formats.
    • Works on both PAL & NTSC systems.
    • Easy Plug and play installation.
    • Connect any compatible YPbPr (component video) device to your VGA monitor via Integrated YPbPr to RGBHV converter.
    • Applications: TFT LCD monitor, CRT monitor, Set-top box, Display projector
    • Works on LCD TFT monitors
    • Video output: VGA
    • Automatic video source mode detection (film/graphic)
    • Motion-adaptive interfiled de-interlacing
    • Uses the power from your USB port, no extra power supply needed!

    Quality/Usability : I dont like to have lots of wires dangling or have to constantly plug/unplug cables so I opted to use the XCM Multi-Console Component Cable v3. The XCM 1080p Mega Cool VGA Box is housed in a sturdy chrome casing with component cable input, VGA input and output, stereo speaker input and USB power input. The top of the XCM 1080p Mega Cool VGA Box contains a SOURCE button as well as directional pads. The SOURCE button lights up when in use (blue for component and green for VGA) and allows you to switch between your computer/laptop or consoles. The directional pads allows you to change resolution and frequency on your monitor.

    Below is a video of the Mega Cool VGA Box being used with the Multi-Console Component Cable.


    I connected my PSP Slim, Wii, PlayStation 3, Xbox 360 and Dell computer to the Mega Cool VGA Box and to my Dell 24" 1080p Widescreen monitor. All worked flawlessly without a problem. Pictures displayed just like it would on a TV/monitor. There were no lags or distortions. I liked that you were able to change the resolution and refresh rate from the VGA box rather than going through all the menus on your monitor/TV. What I dont like however is that it only supports 1 component cable. Luckily, I have the multi-console cable but others might not and this may be an annoyance.

    When switching devices, it does not remember the display resolution. So you'll have to go and change it each time. Its not a big problem but would be nice if it remembered the previous setting. I like the fact that it gets it power through the USB. Having multiple consoles, TV, satellite box, computer and other devices plugged in, I am running out of sockets in the surge protector. So using a USB port from either the Xbox 360, Wii, PS3 or PC is a PLUS in my book. If you're not using that device that the VGA box is connected to, it wont be powered. So you'll have to turn it on.

    Conclusion : Overall, the XCM 1080p Mega Cool VGA Box works great but as mentioned, it only allows for one component input. So if you have a PS3, Wii and Xbox 360, you can only connect one. If you want to play a different console, you'll have to unplug the cable and insert the other one. If you're like me and want to make your life easier, I suggest looking into XCM Multi-Console Component Cable v3. One cable that has all the connections for all consoles. When you want to use that console, just move the switch to that corresponding console and you're ready to go. No unplugging or plugging needed.

    Would be nice if this was extended to incorporate additional component cables and turned into maybe a selector?

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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 23:15
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    XCM Universal YPbPr 1080p VGA Box
    Manufacturer: XCM
    Site: Buy from Play Asia / Buy from Divineo China / Buy from Amazon
    Price: $59.00


    Overview : A true universal VGA box compatible with the new generation consoles on todays market (Xbox 360, Playstation 3, Wii) and also with Xbox.

    Compatible with both PAL and NTSC system, it is available with European or US power supply. A plug and play installation will give you Ypbpr input with all consoles, now with a 1080p resolution!

    Features :
    • High quality 3rd party product.
    • Fully Compatible with all component devices - e.g. x-box, x-box 360, PSX3, Wii, DVD players, etc...
    • Compatible with PAL or NTSC system.
    • Double scan conversion (31.5KHz for NTSC, 31.25KHz for PAL,67.5KHz for 1080p).
    • Output resolution ; up to 1080p
    • Plug and play installation.
    • Connect compatible YPbPr device to your VGA monitor.
    • Integrated YPbPr to RGBHV converter.
    • Supports 480p, 720p, 1080i, and 1080p.
    • Applications: TFT LCD monitor, CRT monitor, Set-top box, Display projector.
    • Works on LCD TFT monitors.
    • Video output: VGA.
    • Automatic video source mode detection (film/graphic).
    • Motion-adaptive interfiled de-interlacing.
    • Get the power from USB port of consoles or PC, no extra power supply needed.
    • Comes with 3 component cables - PSX3, Wii & XB360.

    Quality/Usability : The XCM 1080p allows you to hook up your PS3/Wii/Xbox360 computer monitor via VGA. With all the new consoles and the ability to output into high-definition, and the high costs of HDTV's, not everyone has them. But we actually do...our computer monitors.

    Included in the package, you'll find the following items:
    • XCM 1080p VGA box unit
    • USB to USB-miniB cable
    • Component cables:
      • Wii (non-shielded)
      • Xbox360 (shielded, includes optical digital audio connector)
      • PS3 (shielded)
    • Instruction booklet

    Unfortunately, no VGA cable was included. This was probably due to cost factor. Had XCM included the cable, price of the product would of been higher. So to keep the price down, they didnt include the VGA cable.

    Like all cables that XCM releases, they are sturdy and high quality cables. You will not be disappointed.

    The VGA box itself is also sturdy and well built. The outer casing is made of opaque clear plastic. The connectors are standard quality and nothing special. Something caught my eye though. Under the VGA CARD slot, although the connection is a male connector, there was a female type connector. This connector uses the two screws similar to that when you're connecting your monitor to your video card on your PC. You can see it in the image below but on the mock up images, you dont see it. To fix this problem, simply remove the shield around it so that you can connect the cable.

    Before purchasing this product, you must know that the VGA box does not change the output resolution. So you should check your monitor to see if it supports the resolution you are going to be used.

    Connecting everything to the VGA box is fairly simple and is explained easily in the instruction manual. On top of the box is a switch that allows you to switch between VGA and COMPONENT. The front has a MONITOR and VGA CARD port. On the back, it has YPbPr inputs. To the left are SOUND IN, SPEAKER OUT and 480p~1080p/1080i switch. And on the right side is the USB POWER port to power the VGA box.

    All images looked crisp and I didnt have a problem with any of the consoles. Just remember that the Wii can not upscale images as it is not capable of doing so.


    Conclusion : Overall, the XCM Universal YPbPr 1080p VGA Box is a useful product for those who do not have HDTV. It would of been great if they included the VGA cable as the box allows you to switch video signals. So you can use video signal from your console or connect to your PC's video card to output to your monitor. Its understandable that they left it out to keep costs low. If you have an extra VGA cable around the house, you wont have to worry.

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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 23:15
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    XCM HDMI Blaster Converter
    Manufacturer: XCM
    Site: Buy from Play-Asia / Buy from Divineo China / Buy from Divineo France / Buy from Amazon
    Price: $99.99


    Overview : The XCM HDMI Blaster will allow you to connect any Component Video Source to your HDTV via HDMI inputs to save those valuable Component Video Inputs for other devices or for use with sets that do not have component video inputs but do have HDMI inputs.

    Features :
    • Finally an HDMI converter for older (hdmi-less) consoles that brings the analog signal into the digital age.
    • Converts your old analog signal to the new High Definition standard digital signal (HDMI).
    • Compatible with Wii, PS 2, Original Xbox consoles, Gamecube, PSP Slim and more.
    • Also compatible with any component (YbPbR) signal (ie: DVD Player, DVB, Cable Box, Satellite Receiver, etc).
    • Experience the Brilliant, Colorful and Sharp video output on your HDTV.
    • Supports any device with VGA output. Input resolution for vga is 800x600, 1024x768.
    • Works on any HDTV or Monitor with HDMI or DVI inputs.
    • Fully automatic power supply management. When there is no input signal, the power supply will shut off automatically for energy savings.
    • Includes DVI to HDMI adapter.

    Quality/Usability : XCM has been pumping out a lot of audio/video adapters for video game consoles whether it be VGA or DVI/HDMI. The newest product from XCM is the HDMI Blaster. The HDMI Blaster lets you converter analog signal to digital signal. It claims to be compatible with the PS2, Original Xbox, GameCube, PSP Slim and many more. However, older consoles dont have HDMI so you'll need a YPbPR (Component) cable. Since older consoles never came with these, you would have to purchase them separately whether they be OEM cables or XCM Multi-Console Component Cable v3.

    In the package, you'll get the HDMI Blaster, HDMI Male/Male cable, HDMI to DVI Converter, Power cord and supply and instruction manual. Since I rarely read the manual to any of my electronics, hooking up the HDMI Blaster was pretty much straight forward and simple. You simply plug the component cable to the HDMI Blaster, plug the power to the wall and turn on your video game system and HDTV. The top of the HDMI Blaster contains a switch. This switch lets you toggle between Component output and VGA.

    Component signals are outputted at 720p and resolution of 1024x768 on VGA. Although low even though you might have a display/console that can output 1080i/p, the quality is excellent. Since I got rid of my launch PS2 and original Xbox, I had to go and borrow one from a friend who actually likes to keep everything. I did however, have some games left since the PS3 and Xbox 360 are backwards compatible.

    The colors were vibrant. From a normal and distant distance, the quality looks great. Of course, if you look up close, you will see jagged lines and pixels. Some will say that component will give just as good of a visual but if you're connecting component cable to the HDMI Blaster and connecting it via HDMI to the monitor, the quality is actually improved and better.

    Since I was testing some older consoles, I thought I would try the Wii since it outputs at 480p. Yes, I can use component but wondered how it would look. After connecting the Wii to the HDMI Blaster, the quality was a lot better just like the older consoles. I was impressed. The PSP also produced great quality but was hampered with the length of the cord so you would be sitting close to the display.

    Those looking to use VGA on this or computer monitor, I would not recommend this option. Using VGA would result in the quality being blurry and stretched out. If you're looking for a VGA adapter, I suggest taking a look at XCM 1080p Mega-Cool VGA Box. I would solely use the HDMI Blaster for component and DVI/HDMI.

    Here is a video of the HDMI Blaster Converter in action...


    Conclusion : Overall, the XCM HDMI Blaster is a great product for those looking to connect their old consoles and Wii via HDMI. Consoles connected via component will look great coming out of the HDMI Blaster. Unfortunately, the highest output for the HDMI Blaster is 720p and resolution of 1024x768 on VGA regardless if your console or monitor can display 1080i/p. Hopefully, XCM will release a 1080p version of this.

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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 22:30
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    EmuCenter2 is a simplistic interface that combines the best emulators *
    cfor video game consoles with greater simplicity

    * Console emulation: enables a computer to run games like a video game console

    Highlights :

    - A simple interface that combines all your games (emulation, pc or internet).
    - Brings together the most popular console emulators for both 32 and 64 bits.
    - Sets all emulators for immediate use with good settings.
    - Brings together the most common settings for all emulators on the same page.
    - Automatically sets the controller for all possible emulators. (plug and play
    - Automatic and regular update of EmuCenter2 and its emulators.
    - Download the game covers with a few clicks.
    - Automatic seeking of description and a slideshow of the game (Work in progress to make the last 2 points automatic)

    Supported consoles :

    - Nintendo : Nes, Super nes, Gameboy, 64, Gamecube, DS and Wii
    - Sega : Master system, Genesis, Gamegear, Saturn and Dreamcast
    - Sony : PlayStation 1, 2 and PSP
    - Other : Neogeo and arcade systems (Capcom CPS, Taito, Sega model 2, Arcade LaserDisc, ...)

    version 1.5.8.0 (Complete / Full)
    - Ajourne emulateur PCSX2 (PS2) -> SVN 0.9.7 build 4271
    - Ajourne emulateur Dolphin (GAMECUBE / Wii) -> SVN R 6954 x86/x64
    - Fixed some games appearing in the wrong section

    Version 1.5.7.22 beta (partial)
    - Prevents automatic search of covers more than 3 times per day
    - Fixed various bugs
    - Improving the filter before renaming a search (pouches, descriptions)
    - Add passive mode to share games MD5 (avoids an error)
    - Add a delay of 3 sec. before applying an update
    (Supposed to fix an error when updating: s)

    1.5.7.8 (partial)
    - Allows a large amount of ROM to be displayed without problems
    (Multithread)
    - Option to display a list of games in list
    - Redisplays description when the cursor returns to the game
    - Add a search function pocket auto
    (Uses a database being created)
    (Option to share the results are output to enlarge the database)
    - Removes extension displayed in the title description
    - Attempts to correct aspet ratio pockets Nintendo DS (110px/100px)

    1.5.7.4 / 1.5.7.7 (partial)
    - Fixed interface colors applied even if cancel
    - Attempt to filter the name of the game before finding description
    - Adjourn translations (Français corrected: fredi125-> fredi8282@hotmail.com)
    - Google Images.nl for Dutch language
    - Corrects the name of a language Deutsch -> Dutch (Netherlands)
    - Improved search function description and slideshow
    - Fixed bug: Unable to delete a file storage for Megadrive
    - Add support for missing extensions (*. rom; SEGACD *. mp3, ...)
    - Fixed refresh after adding faulty games (PS2, Sega Genesis)
    - Straighten resolution does not MAMEUI modifiée

    1.5.7.3 (partial)
    - Added option to change the language interface
    - German Language added Thank tom9358
    - Allows the addition of several storage directories games section
    - Recursive Search games in their cases
    - Adds a 1900x1080 resolution 16 / 9
    - Fixed bug when adding bios when there is already
    - Try to avoid having the residue icon JoyToKey
    - Add support for missing extension (PSX, Fusion)
    - Fixed window Desmume partially hidden for small resolutions
    - Saving window position before leaving EmuCenter2
    - Compact the interface principale
    - Copy inftead move the games when adding

    1.5.7.2 (Partial)
    - Adds search function automatically description (EN) and slide show of a game
    (To function, the name of the game must be perfectly written)
    - Adds a description and a slideshow (5 images max) for games
    - Allows the addition of several games in one section of a sudden
    - Fixed location of the backup bios Saturn
    - Improves various things

    1.5.7.1 (Partial / Partial)
    - Fixed an error in the update
    - Simplifies the operation of the daphne emulator in EmuCenter2
    read:
    '.\EmuCenter2\EMULATEURS\daphne\roms\README - daphne roms PART1 (Arcade LaserDisc emulator).txt'
    '.\EmuCenter2\JEUX\Arcade\README - daphne roms PART2 (Arcade LaserDisc emulator).txt'

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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 21:54
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    First version available for the GameCube's multimedia player " MPlayer EC ", a combination of MPlayer Team of Twiizers and Geexbox .







    r648 - January 30, 2011

    * Upstream sync. [FFmpeg d33ed7b]
    * Enabled several Broadway-specific L2 cache features.
    * Added paired single optimized H.264 plane prediction.
    * Various minor optimizations.
    * Initial GameCube port.

    Previous

    * Upstream sync. [MPlayer r32724 / FFmpeg r26068]
    * Improved performance and quality.
    * Added support for mono audio output.
    * Added Dolby Surround mixing on any 4/5.1 channels sources.
    * Added disc light VU meter.
    * Any synchronized Wiimote or connected GameCube controller can now be used.
    * Added support for USB keyboards.
    * Added hardware analog volume control.
    * Added blip.tv playlists.
    * Added support for IOS58's USB 2.0 interface.
    * Added direct DVD drive access with HW_AHBPROT.
    * Extracted DVD encryption keys are now cached on the local storage device.
    * Wiimote timeout now depends on the battery level.
    * Improved resume accuracy.
    * Improved video scaling.
    * New VI initialization.
    * Added support for the title element of some playlist formats.
    * Added support for international text encodings on file systems.
    * Cache and memory information have been moved to a new OSD level.
    * MPlayer's messages are now available over USB Gecko.
    * Removed Nintendo Channel content.
    * Deprecated gx_zoom, hor_pos, vert_pos and horizontal_stretch.
    * Fixed crash when stopping while using libdvdnav.
    * Fixed crash when stopping while a scaled DVD subtitle is displayed.
    * Fixed crash related to text subtitles.
    * Fixed VP6 decoding.
    * Many more bugs fixed.

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    by Published on February 1st, 2011 21:01
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    Zoozen Action PRO Toolkit v2
    Manufacturer: Zoozen
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    Price: $19.95


    Overview : If you have ever attempted any repair or improvement of any kind, you know that the right tools can make the difference between a good experience and a bad one. The Access Pro Toolkit by Zoozen has everything you need to get into your console and accessories. It is the only toolkit that includes tools for every console and handheld on the market today. And it includes unique and custom tools that are only available from Zoozen.

    This tool kit includes the tools you need for the:

    · Microsoft products, including: Original Xbox, Xbox 360 and accessories like the Xbox 360 wired controller, and the Xbox 360 wireless controller. Special tools: the OneSnap, the only one-piece Xbox 360 case separator, and a special long neck tamper resistant Torx bit.

    · Nintendo products, including: the Nintendo Wii, GameCube, GBA, DS, DS Lite, and most accessories like Nintendo Cartridges, Gamecube controllers, and power supplies. Special Tools: Triwing bits in two sizes and two sizes of rare Linehead Nut Setters in hardened steel. Also has the correct tools for most of the retired Nintendo game machines (those not currently for sale in the marketplace).

    · Sony Products, including: PS3, PS2, PStwo, and PSP and many accessories (for example: Sony controllers).

    · The Access Pro Tool Kit also has the correct tools to open most third party products.

    The tools are all housed in a convenient plastic case that keeps all the parts just where they belong. And, duplicates of most bits are provided, just in case you drop a bit behind your desk during a critical procedure.

    Includes:
    • 1pc Easy grip screwdriver handle
    • 1pc Magnetic Tweezers
    • 1pc "OneSnap" tool for opening Xbox 360
    • 1pc Linehead nut setter (small size)
    • 1pc Linehead nut setter (large size)
    • 1pc Flathead bit, Long
    • 2pcs Torx Size 6, Tamper Resistant
    • 2pcs Torx Size 8, Tamper Resistant
    • 2pcs Torx Size 10, Tamper Resistant
    • 2pcs Torx Size 15, Tamper Resistant
    • 2pcs Torx Size 20, Tamper Resistant
    • 2pcs Hex Size .05
    • 2pcs Triwing Bit
    • 2pcs Phillips #000
    • 2pcs Phillips #0
    • 2pcs Phillips #1
    • 2pcs Slotted 7/64

    Quality/Usability : Those who mod consoles or want to start modding, the Zoozen Action PRO Toolkit v2 will help you out tremendously. The Zoozen Action PRO Toolkit v2 has tools for Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo products ranging from console to games and accessories. This toolkit will open even the new nex-gen consoles.

    Xbox 360 – Torx T8, T6, T8, T10, Hex 0.05, Slotted 7/64, OneSnap and a Long Slotted Screw Bit
    Xbox – Torx T10, T15, T20
    PS3 – Torx T10, Phillips 0, Phillips 1, Phillips #000
    PS2/Two – Phillips 0, Phillips 1
    PSP – Phillips #000
    Wii – Triwing, Phillips 0, Phillips #000
    Gamecube – Linehead Nut Setter #8
    DS/DS Lite – Triwing #00, Tripoint #0, Phillips #000
    Gameboy – Triwing #00, Tripoint #01
    Nintendo Cartridges – Linehead nut setter #6

    The screwdriver handle is made of a rubberized grip instead of plastic like some screwdrivers are made of. This allows for easy gripping. Each bit that was placed was held in place very tight.

    Each bit unscrewed each screw nicely without stripping the screws. Screwing each screw back into place worked wonderfully as well.

    Dropped a screw and cant reach it or need to hold a wire or LED in place? Zoozen also included a magnetic tweezer to help hold those thin wires or screws that may be too small to hold in your fingers.

    Conclusion : Overall, the Zoozen Action PRO Toolkit v2 is a modders dream come true. Everything you need to help open your mod frenzy finger is all in this Zoozen Action PRO Toolkit v2. Add a dremel and a soldering iron and this would be the Ultimate modding tool! It would also have been useful if the bits were magnetic to pick up the small screws. The price of $19.95 is definitely well priced and worth it.

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