The Toro is the latest and most advanced video output box for the Sega Dreamcast, made by the
Behar Bros. It's packed with features and outputs every signal the Dreamcast is capable
The Sega Dreamcast is a 6th generation console that can output 240p, 480i and 480p. Until recently,
accessing all resolutions would require two cables: One for 240p & 480i and another for 480p. The
Behar Bros' have created products that allow for only one output solution and the Toro is the culmination of all of
The Toro offers both SCART and VGA outputs, as well as L/R stereo audio. Both ports support
all resolutions and output video at the same time, allowing for dual-outputs. Also, both the SCART
connector and RCA jacks output audio at the same time as well:
I found the Dreamcast cable to be a bit snug, so make sure it's pushed in all the way, or it won't work:
Once you remove the top cover, all the features are accessible:
- On the bottom left, you'll see the scanline on / off switch.
- Next to it is the switch that adjusts the scanline width.
- The even / odd switch has two uses: When scanlines are on, it adjusts which horizontal lines the scanlines
are generated on and when scanlines are turned off, it adjusts the luminosity of the image.
- On the right is the VGA / RGB switch. This should only be changed when the Dreamcast is off!
Here's a close-up of the sync combiner switch. When it's in the "up" position, the Toro generates
an RGBHV signal, which is what's expected in VGA devices. If you push the button down, the sync is
combined from H/V to "S", allowing it to output RGBs in all resolutions, including 480p. This is
extremely helpful for people with RGB monitors that only accept 480p through RGBs inputs (such as many
480p-compatible Sony PVM and BVM's), as well as devices like the XRGB Mini. If you're not familiar with the terms "RGBHV" and "RGBs", please read the
sync page for more information.
One last cool feature: The input port is mounted horizontally, so you won't need to remove the top cover to
switch between Dreamcast and VGA inputs.
I took screenshots of each mode to compare. Please keep in mind that the "thick scanlines"
option is designed for upscalers, which is why they look may a bit strange in native resolution. Click on
the image for a full-sized view:
I also wanted to take screenshots of the 240p mode and used the awesome 240p Test Suite to access the Sonic The Hedgehog background. This image is the
actual size, but you can click on it for a version doubled in size that might showcase the differences a bit
The scanline feature can even be used with CRT monitors to make 480p games look more like 240p.
While it's not perfect, it's a cool trick that can be used with any VGA source. Click for full-sized:
In my opinion, the Toro is the best choice for any Dreamcast fan that wants every option
available. If you don't need any of the extra options or don't use a SCART switch, something
like the Kuro might save you a bit of money. That being said, I'd prefer any of the
Behar Bros products to having separate VGA and RGB cables, as they're all extremely high quality and
don't require swapping between cables: http://www.beharbros.com/#!toro/cfom