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Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: December 2nd, 2015, 4:50 pm
by andrewe1
Hello,

I was lucky enough to get in on the pre orders... I have a PSone but I didn't want to wait for the PS-IO version for that so I decided i'm going to get a used system.

I know the later systems do not have a parallel port, but i'm interested in a version that was less prone to overall failure... Since I plan to buy it used and will not know what kind of abuse the system has been put through.

I would obviously like the earlier versions with the RCA outputs but i'm guessing these units are too old and might break down sooner.

Thanks!

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: December 2nd, 2015, 5:40 pm
by MateriaMind
I would get a 5501 series if you're in the NTSC/US area. If I recall correctly it uses the same audio DAC as the 1001 series and if you're looking for good video quality RGB/SCART is the best, S-Video is 2nd and composite is 3rd. If you use R/F- just stop right there.

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: December 2nd, 2015, 11:29 pm
by alimadhi
HI,
what is matter to use PSX 5000,5500,7000 or 7500 I own them all and all made in Japan not in China

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: December 3rd, 2015, 5:05 am
by MateriaMind
alimadhi wrote:HI,
what is matter to use PSX 5000,5500,7000 or 7500 I own them all and all made in Japan not in China
Nothing is wrong with any of those models at all. But the hardware was reduced internally to cut manufacturing prices overtime so that the PlayStation could drop in price for the consumers. So stuff like the better audio DAC seen in 1000 and 5000 models was replaced with a general audio unit. I have an old Sony theater TV and when you power it on, my 5501 model has a fuller, beefier sound compared to a 7501 I have that has a very high mid-treble-esque sound.

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: December 3rd, 2015, 1:13 pm
by andrewe1
Thanks for the replies!

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: December 18th, 2015, 2:18 pm
by Greg2600
But the 5000/7000 series have smaller mainboards, making them easier and cheaper to ship flat rate to Australia.

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: January 24th, 2016, 10:55 pm
by gøcon
i recommend buying a over ebay and not on used nearby European psx 10 frames slower than japan /usa dont forget ac adapter when plugging in or you kill it and fuse . i remember playing a pal game on ntsc and it was slowmotion on ps2 Music sound effects 2 Seconds later

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: January 25th, 2016, 4:38 am
by squallrs
gøcon wrote:i recommend buying a over ebay and not on used nearby European psx 10 frames slower than japan /usa dont forget ac adapter when plugging in or you kill it and fuse . i remember playing a pal game on ntsc and it was slowmotion on ps2 Music sound effects 2 Seconds later
Wrong, it's not the console the problem, but the game PAL or NTSC for the speed...
You can play with an european console @ 60 Hz on a NTSC game.

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: January 25th, 2016, 5:34 am
by Gradius
Won't be better if you extract the audio directly to a digital form/way ?

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: January 25th, 2016, 7:31 am
by aloram
Shadow, which model do you think is the best overall?

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: January 25th, 2016, 3:35 pm
by Matt
aloram wrote:Shadow, which model do you think is the best overall?
SCPH-1002 (or 1001 if you're in the US) with a dual-oscillator mod, working CD-ROM drive, modchip, Switch Board and PSIO.

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: January 25th, 2016, 4:31 pm
by aloram
Shadow wrote:
aloram wrote:Shadow, which model do you think is the best overall?
SCPH-1002 (or 1001 if you're in the US) with a dual-oscillator mod, working CD-ROM drive, modchip, Switch Board and PSIO.
Thanks for the reply. Is the modchip for games that the PSIO currently (and might never?) support?

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: January 25th, 2016, 5:58 pm
by Matt
Yes. Just as a backup/fall-back solution to make life easier.

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: January 26th, 2016, 9:07 am
by Gradius

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: January 27th, 2016, 3:26 pm
by aloram
Shadow wrote:
aloram wrote:Shadow, which model do you think is the best overall?
SCPH-1002 (or 1001 if you're in the US) with a dual-oscillator mod, working CD-ROM drive, modchip, Switch Board and PSIO.
If someone has only modest technical skills, what do you recommend for fixing a 1001 with a bad laser? Swapping in a lens from a PSOne (SCPH-101)?

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: January 27th, 2016, 4:59 pm
by Matt
aloram wrote:
Shadow wrote:
aloram wrote:Shadow, which model do you think is the best overall?
SCPH-1002 (or 1001 if you're in the US) with a dual-oscillator mod, working CD-ROM drive, modchip, Switch Board and PSIO.
If someone has only modest technical skills, what do you recommend for fixing a 1001 with a bad laser? Swapping in a lens from a PSOne (SCPH-101)?
The ribbon cable it too short to do that. You'd need to use a KSM-440ADM which is found in a 7500.

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: January 27th, 2016, 10:55 pm
by bacardi
The ribbon cable it too short to do that. You'd need to use a KSM-440ADM which is found in a 7500.
You can always use an extension cable, like I did, using a PS One laser in my 5502 model, works flawlessly :) I also think that the 100x model has a connector very close to the motherboard but I wouldn't bet it's as short as the PS One.

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: January 27th, 2016, 11:42 pm
by Matt
bacardi wrote:
The ribbon cable it too short to do that. You'd need to use a KSM-440ADM which is found in a 7500.
You can always use an extension cable, like I did, using a PS One laser in my 5502 model, works flawlessly :) I also think that the 100x model has a connector very close to the motherboard but I wouldn't bet it's as short as the PS One.
Do you have a link for the extension cable? I was actually thinking about getting some made.

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: January 28th, 2016, 2:41 am
by aloram
Shadow wrote: The ribbon cable it too short to do that. You'd need to use a KSM-440ADM which is found in a 7500.
Thanks. Do you only recommend using one from an actual Playstation, or is there an off-market replacement you recommend?

Re: Buying a new (used) PSX, recommended version?

Posted: January 28th, 2016, 2:42 am
by Matt
From what I understand, the lasers you find on eBay are refurbished units, and even if you did get a brand new laser, it still needs to be calibrated. Something you can't do without an oscilloscope (analog preferably).