How to hook up your SEGA CDX

This page will show you the various ways to get your SEGA CDX up and running!

SEGA CDX

Ports and Connections

SEGA A/V OUT:

This port is used for the SEGA Composite RCA AV Cable (red, white & Yellow). And can be used with an RF Box.

 

AC ADAPTOR:

This is the power supply port for the SEGA MK-4122 AC unit. Do not use any other power supply with the SEGA CDX!

The SEGA CDX has two different ways to connect to your television.

RF: the cable that was packed with all the units, but provides the worst picture quality. You should only use this method if you television does not have RCA available.

SEGA Composite RCA AV Cable: this provides the best picture quality available from the SEGA CDX and is what Gametrog recommends.

METHOD #1 – RF Connection

What you will need:

SEGA CDX

SEGA RF Box

(MK-1632)

SEGA CDX MK-4122

AC Power Supply

This is the method that most of you will remember if you were born before the 80’s. It was the staple method of hooking game systems up to a TV starting with PONG and still used for the XBOX and Playstation 2 (never do this). It is by far the worst way to go for picture quality. The reason being is that all the video and audio signals are compressed into one coaxial cable and jammed in to the TV, letting the television split it apart on its end. This causes a fuzzy picture, often accompanied by rolling lines! But if you only have a Coaxial input on your TV, what else can you do. Let’s begin.

STEP #1 

Plug the SEGA RF Box cable into your SEGA CDX. You use the cable with the end that just plugs in, not the end with the screw on it.

STEP #2

Attach the other end of the SEGA RF Box to your television cable port. (see diagram) If you are currently using this port for you Antenna, Cable or Satellite TV, and you only have one port (unlike the diagram). Unscrew the cord, screw in the RF box, and then screw the TV Cord to the port supplied on the RF box (shown on bottom of illustration). This way your TV source will continue to work.

STEP #3

Change the CH3-CH4 switch (Which is located on the MK-1632 RF box) to desired channel. The channel shouldn’t matter. This channel would be yout TV’s tuner channels or local channel. Not a cable or satalite providers channel. On your TV’s INPUTS this is normally refered to as AIR.

STEP #4 

Plug the SEGA MK-4122 Power Supply into the back of the SEGA CDX.

Note: The SEGA CDX can run on batteries, but that is for listening the Music CDs only, and will not power the game playing ability.

STEP #5

Plug the SEGA MK-2103 Power Supply into the wall.

STEP #6

Plug in a game and turn on the SEGA Genesis, even if you don’t see it on the TV yet. You should see the power light on the SEGA Genesis light up (a good sign) and doing this first will help in finding the right TV settings, when you’re searching for the right channel  or input and you see the game, you got it right!

STEP #7

Turn the TV to the channel you picked on the back of the game system. If you have a newer model TV, you probably have several INPUTS SOURCES available from COMPONENT, VIDEO 1 2 & 3 and so on. If this is the case you will most likely need to change it to AIR, which you may also have more than one option (AIR 1 or 2 or A and B, as shown on the above diagram). To change to these different video signal options, you usually have a INPUT or SOURCE button on your remote or television. If everything went right (and your game works…) you should be in business!

STEP #8

Enjoy some classic gaming goodness!

METHOD #2 – RCA Connection

What you will need:

SEGA CDX

SEGA Genesis Model 2

RCA AV cable

SEGA CDX MK-4122

AC Power Supply

This method will give you the best picture quality you can get from the SEGA CDX. It is the method you should use whenever possible as the improved image quality over the RF connection, is very noticeable. So let’s get started!

STEP #1 

Plug the SEGA Genesis Model 2 RCA AV cable into your SEGA Genesis.

STEP #2

Attach the other end of the RCA cable to your TV. You could have multiple options available like on the diagram. You can place it in any one that is not in use. YELLOW is always the VIDEO and should be plugged into the YELLOW port. RED and WHITE (right and left respectively) are the sound and should be plugged into the proper color for the cable.

STEP #3 

Plug the SEGA 4122 Power Supply into the SEGA Genesis.

Note: The SEGA CDX can run on batteries, but that is for listening the Music CDs only, and will not power the game playing ability.

STEP #4

Plug the SEGA 4122 Power Supply into the wall.

STEP #5

Plug in a game and turn on the game system on even if you don’t see it on the TV yet. You should see the power light on the SEGA light up (a good sign) and doing this first will help in finding the right TV settings, when you’re searching for the right channel and you see the game, you got it right!

STEP #6

Turn your TV to the appropriate VIDEO SOURCE. You probably have several INPUTS available from COMPONENT, VIDEO 1 2 & 3 and so on. In the diagram above you would need to change your TV to VIDEO 1. To change to these different video signal options, you usually have an INPUT button on your remote or television.

STEP #7

Enjoy some classic gaming goodness!

Well, those are the basics. If you have any additional questions, feel free to send us an email. The Trog is always happy to help!

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