So it's been a while since I've had any major update and for a reason, I've been patiently waiting for my second cab
Yesterday, this massive box finally arrived! It's nicely packed and I didn't have any issues with additional customs fees for fumigation or anything like that.
These little critters were a massive PITA to line up.
Each one of the 30 or so pieces needed to be straightened out like this
First piece of wood taken off
After all panels were taken off, the cabinet is clearly seen and decently packaged
As you could appreciate, my excitement levels were pretty high by this stage
Foam wrapping taken off and she's a beauty!!
Put her right next to the existing one to see if there are any "major" differences, and the only thing I picked up was the speaker casings aren't the same black as the metal panel (unlike my first cab). The speakers themselves had silver cones and not black like my first cab
A quick test of the HDMI splitter shows everything works as expected.
Unfortunately, the wiring of the Jamma harness that was installed appeared to be all over the place. None of the sticks worked nor the buttons. So I ripped them straight out and installed the Brook UFB I made using the wiring loom from the other cab. The CP's were quickly switched to single player ones and everything worked straight away. All PS4 functionality that I installed worked. Directional keys and buttons functioned as expected.
As you can see in this image, the right cab is waaaaay brighter than the original cab, I'll try and work out how to lower the brightness and make the image less saturated over the coming days/weeks.
One accessory I requested from the supplier was a marquee. To my surprise, there was a blue LED fitted and wired on the second cab and when I placed the marquee on it, it was quite a nice thing to see - ie. the marquee being accentuated by the LED
After seeing the marquee in action on the cabinet, I decided not to bother trying to find the connector of the first cabinet's LED and just hard wire it to the 12v source, so I tapped in to the 12v fan source, gave it some solder and heat shrink and looky looky - you wouldn't even think I did it
Voila!! Just in time for SFV:AE!!
Things to do:
- split the audio and directly wire the 3.5mm to the 2nd cab's amp as there is no sound going to it at the moment.
- calibrate the monitors
- clean the glass panels on the monitor
- fix up the wiring so it's all coming from the primary cab into the secondary cab
- get a second set of vinyl's for the sides
- organise artwork from sellsellsells200 (want an Ultra SFIV and a SFV:AE one made up)
- configure the PC for hyperspin
- download the AE update on my silly 2Mbps connection, so that'll take a good 16 hours
After all that, I think my journey is coming to an end!
I started with an impulse purchase and have ended with my dream of having a head to head setup becoming a reality
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask. I would have loved to have read a thread like this when I first started and I'm hoping this helps others out there.
I'm sure one of the first questions will be how much or where did I purchase from?
I'll quickly answer those now
It cost 550 USD to purchase the unit BEFORE
, but since I got heaps of additional accessories (spare rectangular pieces from the control panel, spare side bezels from the CP, marquees, coin mech, brackets to rotate the monitor), it ended up costing closer to 650 USD
Shipping costs will vary depending on where it's going. It cost me an additional 700 USD to get it to my door (I went with a company that provided door to door service, so I didn't have to worry about any of the things that one normally worries about when importing via sea ie. Shipping to port, document fees, taxes/duties, brokerage fees, freight forward fees, delivery to your house from port - normally will be a lift tail gate truck etc).
Who did you purchase from?
I went with WanMo
https://www.alibaba.com/product-detail/ ... 0.0.OXfmOm
I pretty much contacted everyone I could on Alibaba and found A LOT of the suppliers are pretty much the same. Some varied in price quite substantially from my research eg some quoted me 900 USD for one complete unit. Some just don't want to send 1 unit as it's not worth their time.
For me personally, the experience I had with WanMo and their sales rep Crystal was fantastic and I'd recommend them
How long did the process take?
About 7.5 weeks for me. Payment was made December 1 and I received my cabinet on the 15th of January.