My objective is to connect my Amiga computer’s to modern monitors without having to destroy the original Amiga video cables. Being most Amiga’s video output is set to 15khz only a very few select LCD monitors can handle the 15khz signal. A solution would clearly require some sort of an upscaler to go in between the Amiga and the monitor. For me using an upscaler is not a problem as I have grown to love the Extron scalers and I use the Extron DVS 304 scaler for my Atari’s, Commodore’s and now Amiga’s.
The Extron DVS 304 has both composite and a 15-pin RGB input which is perfect for this project as I will be using the 15-pin RGB input (also known as the VGA input). In addition to using the Extron scaler I would no longer have to worry about using a 15khz monitor. So, I will make an adapter to connect on to the end of my Amiga display cable’s 6-pin DIN converting it to a 15-pin RGB.
Using my adapter, I can then connect my Amiga’s to the Extron scaler which in turn sends the signal through a VGA output. This will allow me to connect directly to any monitor with a VGA connection or I convert that VGA output to HDMI for HDMI monitors. I can even convert the VGA output of the Extron to HDMI to connect to a video capture device. So, no matter what I want to connect to the Extron will help fulfill my needs.
I decided to make this adapter instead of a whole new cable to go between the Amiga and scaler for a couple of reasons.
The first reason is the video connector on the Amiga computers are a very unique 23-pin connector and the fittings for them are as common as a real-life unicorn. I could convert a 25-pin connector to fit the Amiga 23-pin but I also wanted something simple.
The second reason is that I have a ton of VGA cables laying around and the female 6-pin DIN connector is only a few bucks online for a pack of 5 so that makes this a very economical project.
For the pinout of the Amiga video cable 6-pin DIN I used a pinout guide for the Amiga 1084s monitor that my cable connects to. The wiring diagram I used is pieced together from a couple of online sources to match connections between the Amiga and VGA.
Well enough talk, the QUICK-BIT video above will quickly go through the build of this Amiga Display VGA Adapter and show if it even works in the end!