It appears that creators of the Toro, Kuro and Hanzo range of signal converters Beharbros feel the same way, and have recently unveiled the Akura VGA to HDMI converter for the Dreamcast.
"Our much anticipated secret project AKURA is finally ready for production. It's an HDMI video box for your beloved Dreamcast console. As our other legendary products, it has a scanliner function as well. Just like the Toro or Hanzo, you don't need to modify your console, it's a plug and play solution."
The Akura isn't available to pre-order just yet, but is anticipated to be in stock from mid January 2017 for a price of around $75 plus shipping. While it's true that there are a myriad of options when it comes to connecting a Dreamcast to a HD television, and a true HD mod that is soldered in to the Dreamcast console is in the works; the Akura aims to fill a hole in the market for those people who want an easy to use, no fuss solution. Furthermore, going from the previous adapters from Beharbros, the Akura's build quality will undoubtedly be of a very high standard.
I contacted Yossi from Beharbros and he supplied the following technical info on the Akura:
"It's not an upscaler, so 480i games can only be played via the VGA trick. It works as 1:1 480p so some games may still not support it. Others may require VGA patching too. Just like Hanzo/Toro it has scanliner function with even/odd width (thickness) and on/off switches for disabling the scanlines.
There is also the RGB/VGA switch to select the video mode and for doing the VGA trick as mentioned above. It outputs audio through the HDMI or the 3.5mm headphone jack. Other consoles or a PC can be plugged in with an optional scanliner cable just like before (Toro/Hanzo). It will convert any resolution (from 480p to 1080p) to HDMI without upscaling the input resolution (1:1, e.q 720p-720p).
We have a continuous support on our products and it's a lifetime warranty too. So in the event that there are any problems we replace or send the part broken."
- Yossi Behar
Hopefully we'll be able to secure a unit in the not too distant future and put it through its paces. For now though, here are a couple of images showing the scanline generator working on a HD television with Soul Calibur and Guilty Gear X:
So what do you think? Will you be investing in an Akura or will you be more tempted to wait to see how the true HDMI mod turns out? Let us know in the comments or join the discussion in our Facebook group.