Atari 2600 Composite Video Modification
When you buy an Atari 2600 from us or if you already have one, it has RF output (Coaxial or "Cable TV" output). The video quality of that signal is not great. It wasn't great in the '80's either but we didn't know any better back then.
If you would prefer, you can get composite TV output on your 2600. Composite input on your TV says something like "Composite Video/Audio", or "CVBS". The dead giveaway that you have round yellow, white and red connectors. Some TV's have composite inputs built into their component video input as well. It's harder to spot that, you might need to check your TV manual.
BUT, getting composite output on an Atari 2600 does require a modification inside of the unit. We can do that for you. It involves removing the existing RF output and adding a tiny video circuit board, and then your choice of either the jacks for the composite cables or the composite cables themselves. USUALLY, the composite video output is better than the RF output, but the quality can vary significantly from unit to unit (generally the 6-switch Atari 2600's don't benefit much from the upgrade). We can't make any promises!
If you would like this modification to an Atari 2600 that you purchase from us, just add this product to your cart along with the Atari 2600 you want. We'll figure it out from there.
NOTE: There are three versions of this upgrade. Pick the one you want from the drop-down under the product when you're adding this to your cart.
The first is "JACKS WITHOUT CABLE". This is like picture #1 above. You will have to supply your own composite cable.
The second is "JACKS WITH CABLE". This is like picture #1 above too. But we will include an 8' composite cable set with your order.
The third is "BUILT IN CABLE". This is like picture #2 above. The cable comes out of the back of the Atari like the existing RF cable does (or did, before we removed it for you). You'll have approximately 8 feet of cable to play with sticking out the back of the unit.
ALSO NOTE: We will bill you separately for return shipping once we have your address. In the United States, this usually runs about $15.
All of our systems are graded based on cosmetic condition, relative to how they came from the factory. Pluses and minuses may be assigned when a system is slightly better or slightly worse than the three grades we offer.
The grades are as follows:
Grade 1: System is as new, with no more than one or two minor blemishes in places not visible when placed in the traditional position a desk. Yellowing must be non-existent or barely observable. Cases have no cracks, no nicks, and no deep scratches. All chips are original or OEM replacements. System will be fully operational. For software, all manuals and disks are present and the case has very little sign of age, wear, or use.
Grade 2: System is very presentable, with few blemishes in areas visible when placed in the traditional position a desk. There may be some level of yellowing but not to the extreme. Cases have no cracks. Cases may have some minor scuffs or light scratches in visible areas. Cases may have nicks or dents in places not apparent when looking at the unit from the traditional operating position. White keys may have some yellowing. Chips may be original, OEM replacements, or third-party reproductions (ex: ArmSID or SwinSID replacements for SID chips). System will perform all key functions normally, except where third party reproduction chips may alter functionality slightly (for example replacement SID chips may sound slightly different than original chips). For software, check the item description to determine if manuals and disks are included. The packaging will be very nice, with some signs of age (rubbed spots, slight creases or tears, some fading).
Grade 3: System may have cracks on the case, significant blemishes in visible areas, missing trim pieces that do not affect proper operation, or significant yellowing. White keys are probably fairly yellow. These systems are discounted significantly and intended for people who want a system but don't care that it doesn't look great on a desk, or would like to do a more extreme restoration on their own (ex: painting cases). Chips may be original, OEM replacements, or third-party reproductions (ex: ArmSID or SwinSID replacements for SID chips). System will be fully operational, except where third party reproduction chips may alter functionality slightly. For software, check the item description to determine if manuals and disks are included. The packaging will have significant signs of age or abuse (many rubbed spots, creases, tears, or heavy fading).
NOTE: If you order a Condition 3 unit, please keep an eye out for an email from us confirming that you intended to do that. We won't ship until you confirm you wanted a Condition 3 and it wasn't just a mistake of picking the lowest cost option in the store! Hope you understand.
Ungraded: Non-working parts machines, non-working components, or items that obviously can't be graded (such as cables or disks).