Stereo Audio Video Cable
From Sega Retro
|Fast facts on the Stereo Audio Video Cable|
|Made for: Sega Mega Drive|
The Stereo Audio Video Cable, known as the RCA Video Cable in Europe is the name of the official cable used for carrying composite video (yellow) and audio (left white, right red) from a Sega Mega Drive model 2 to a television.
Like the Video Monitor Cable before it, in Japan Stereo Audio Video Cables were bundled with every Mega Drive console from launch in 1993, however in North America and Europe, Sega originally opted for lesser RF cables, presumably to accommodate differences in television markets. Stereo Audio Video Cable were instead separately for those who had televisions (or monitors) that supported the standard, or in the case of Japan, for those who needed replacement leads.
Unlike the original model Mega Drive, the Mega Drive 2 has the ability to output stereo audio to a television, and as the A/V pin shape is different, this cable is only useful for later Mega Drive systems. There is a slight caveat, as although it uses the same standard as the Video Monitor Cable before it, the Mega Drive 2 console is known to output a slightly lesser picture than some original model Mega Drives, although this is purely on a console hardware level rather than an issue with the cable itself. Genesis 3 consoles are bundled with this cable and it is also compatible with the Sega Nomad.