SNES AV Multi-out

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SNES AV Multi-out
The SNES AV Multi-out is quite a useful connector, having provisions for all necessary audio/video signals any retro console requires. Cables are readily available online making this an ideal choice. Sadly, until now there was no easy way to integrate one into a custom project. Moreover, existing 3D printed AV shrouds and PCBs can be purchased from online sources but they are WAY TOO expensive and the PCBs they ship with are not even gold-plated! I aim to fix that by providing an open-source solution which any of you can use and improve upon. [toc] <h1>The Shroud</h1> Below here you will find an embedded link to my Tinkercad project. Tinkercad is an online CAD tool which is sufficient for this simple project. Tinkercad easily exports to .STL which is the filetype most 3D printer slicers require. Feel free to use this design as your please, it is shared under the <a href="">Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 license</a>. I designed my SNES AV Shroud to be panel mounted and held in place by two screws. The cutout for the shroud would need to be approximately the size of the octogonal body, leaving enough exterior wall for the oval base to be flush against it and screwed into place. The print requires 4 grams of material at 20% infill. <a href="" target="_blank">SNES AV Shroud Tinkercad Project link</a> <center> <iframe src="" width="725" height="453" frameborder="0" marginwidth="0" marginheight="0" scrolling="no"></iframe></center> <h1>The PCB</h1> The SNES AV multi-out is actually a type of edge connector, the cable end "bites" onto the PCB found inside the shroud. Therefore, you also need a PCB to insert into the shroud. The PCB is held in place by a screw (4-40 in my case) and a nut - nothing special. Below is a link to the gerbers for the PCB. Each signal is clearly labelled on the PCB. There is a pad for each signal to solder to, I much prefer pads over plated through-holes because with pads there is no need to flip the board upside down which would be difficult once the shroud is mounted inside an enclosure. For the love of the Flying Spaghetti Monster please get hard-plated gold finish on your PCBs if you get this manufactured (and yes, I know that my prototypes in the picture are HASL no need to remind me). [google-drive-embed url=";export=download" title="CAM for" icon="" style="download"] <a href=""><img class="alignright wp-image-841" src="" width="500" height="281" /></a><a href=""><img class="alignleft wp-image-840" src="" width="500" height="281" /></a> &nbsp; <a href=""><img class="aligncenter wp-image-848 size-medium" src="" width="300" height="270" /></a> <h1>The Cables</h1> Let's be serious, the absolute most bestest cables out there are the <a href="">HDRetrovision SNES component cables</a>. Those cables are a perfect match for any custom SNES AV Multi-out project! If you haven't bought any yet, or at least haven't tried to buy any then you should be ashamed of yourself. <a href=""><img class="aligncenter size-medium wp-image-851" src="" alt="" width="300" height="225" /></a>

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7 thoughts on “SNES AV Multi-out

  • 2017-02-02 at 15:10

    What is the recommended location for installing the shroud and PCB in my front loading NES? Any reference for soldering the lines from the PCB to the NES mainboard? Thanks! Great work.

    • 2017-02-06 at 22:29

      I’m providing these connectors as is, they work, but I’m not a modder and I do not want to start giving out modding advice.

  • 2018-02-01 at 13:23

    Do you have recommendations as to where to have the pcbs manufactured?

  • 2018-10-09 at 21:20

    I also am curious about PCB manufacturing. I would like to make this (I have one of the original HASL boards from Buffalowing) but I can’t find any place able to do small run PCBs in hard gold for less than $100 USD. Do you know a place with decent pricing? If not, there is no economic benefit to this design.

    • 2018-10-09 at 22:55

      Hard gold is only worthwhile in large quantities.

  • 2018-10-23 at 04:08

    What should the thickness of the PCB be?

  • 2018-12-05 at 19:33

    I, too, am wondering about the PCB thickness. I think it’s 1.2mm, but I can’t be sure unless I disassemble a console (which I can’t do at the moment). Calipers don’t fit so well while the console is assembled, but I’m pretty sure it’s 1.2mm.

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