@Zaxour released a very cool kit that adds both RGB and S-video output to the Pioneer CLD-A100 LaserActive system called the CDL RGB SV mod. This is a no-cut mod that taps audio, RGB, and Y/C signals from the respective boards inside the LaserActive. The mod is housed in a tastefully designed and inconspicuous 3D printed box installed on the rear panel of the console. Both RGB and S-Video are accessed utilizing two separate DIN connectors.
The CLD RGB is ready! Play your cartridge and CD games in high quality RGB! I’ve usually only shown the Sega PAC in RGB, but it also works with the NEC PAC-N1/10!
I’ll be building a small batch of these throughout the week and will make another tweet when they’re ready. pic.twitter.com/GcaeeukHYG
— Zaxour 阿宅 (@zaxour) February 21, 2022
Now it must be noted that RGB output only supports video coming from the game PACs (both Sega and TurboGrafx/PC-Engine PACs are supported) and does not display LaserDisc movies. On the other hand, S-Video will only support LaserDisc movies but not the game PACs.
One slight shortcoming for S-Video is that all the overlay graphics when playing LaserDisc movies, such as Play, Rewind, and FF, are unfortunately not visible. Those functions still work just fine, but they will not pop up on screen like they do when using native Composite.
Additionally, Zaxour developed a kit for the Pioneer Sega PAC (PAC-S1 and PAC-S10) called the PAC Attack which improves the audio signature of the PAC by bringing it more in line with arguably the best sounding model 1 Sega genesis, the VA3. When used in conjunction with the CDL RGV VS mod it sort of becomes like the triple bypass but for the LaserActive which is awesome!
PAC attack on an S10! The bodge board (BB) makes it slightly more challenging, but otherwise the install is exactly the same as one without the BB. pic.twitter.com/5PGM46qXji
— Zaxour 阿宅 (@zaxour) March 30, 2022
If you’re interested in picking one up you can sign-up for it on a Google Doc linked in the Twitter post below.
Attention: those who have expressed interest in the CLD RGB/RGBSV or PAC Attack! Please fill out this form to get the process started:https://t.co/BOezVS2hGK
— Zaxour 阿宅 (@zaxour) March 2, 2022
To find out more about the kit, check out the video linked at the top of the page which goes over the installation process and features of the CLD RGB SV Kit.