Sega Genesis / Mega Drive
The Sega Genesis / Megadrive versions 1, 2 and CDX require no modification to get RGB output. The Genesis 3’s can output RGB, but some require a modification. I strongly recommend you read this entire section, so you can find exactly what’s the best for your needs.
This section shows you which is the best version of the Sega Genesis and why.
This page explains what RGB cables you need with each Genesis system.
32x – Clarifying RGB Cables and Recommended Setup
If you want to use your 32x with a Genesis 1 and enjoy stereo sound, you’ll need to use the method described on this page.
This page clears up the confusion on the proper way to wire your Sega CD for stereo sound.
This page shows you an easy way to get stereo audio from your Genesis 1, without using the front headphone jack. Installing a “Triple Bypass” or a Mega Amp would be an overall better solution, but if you have early edition Model 1’s, this would be a very easy way to accomplish stereo audio.
This page talks about integrating the Sega Master System 3D glasses adapter into a Sega Genesis Model 1, utilizing the headphone jack as the 3D Glasses input.
This page shows how to bypass the Genesis’ internal RGB amp to remove jailbars and get the best possible signal output.
Summary / Tips:
There have been so many amazing enhancements made available for the Genesis / Mega Drive in the past few years. We went from having a few complicated options to some GREAT ones! Based on all the great updates, here’s what I suggest for Genesis consoles:
– All Genesis systems output good quality RGB video, but are plagued with jailbars. If you’re looking for the best quality, plan on doing at least one hardware modification. If you’d like, here’s some no-mod tips: https://youtu.be/UaPs4VGG-Po
– Genesis 1 owners can get a quick video improvement by simply lifting the subcarrier pin on the VDP. This disables composite video, but greatly reduces the jailbars.
– It’s my strong opinion that all Genesis 2 and 3 owners should install a “triple bypass” board, that bypasses both the audio and video circuits. In many cases, this disables composite video (depends on motherboard revision), but the improvement is huge. I also feel all Genesis 1 owners should consider this as well; The audio improvement isn’t as big and you’ll still have some interference, but you’ll be able to utilize a Genesis 2 style DIN and there’s a definite overall improvement.
If you’d like info on mods for other systems, head to the Getting RGB From Each System page or check out the main page for more retro-awesomeness.