Samsung CXF0933 9" CRT RGB mod
This tutorial covers the RGB mod for the Samsung CXF0933 CRT TV. This is a beautiful 9" CRT that looks like something from a Star Wars movie. It's a combo unit and well built and really heavy for a 9" CRT. This CRT only supports mono audio. To select the AV input, you will need the original Samsung remote control.
For smaller sets such as these, I decided to use a custom micro RGB board with XRGB-mini (8 pin input).
Please also review the RGB mod for TXD1973, as this mod is very similar to it.
It was noted on Reddit, RCA T09082 is very similar to this CRT. However, it's not known whether the chassis used is the same.
You can die doing this! So read carefully! CRT TV is not a toy. Do not open a CRT TV. If you don't have any prior knowledge about handling high voltage devices, this guide is not for you. CRT TV contains high enough voltage (20,000+ V) and current to be deadly, even when it is turned off.
Plan of attack
Sometimes it is nice to know the theory behind the mod. I have put this on a separate page. This shows how the various resistor values are calculated.
- Manufactured: 1997 June, SUWON, KOREA
- NTSC, 60 Hz, 65 Watts
- Chassis: KCV12D
- Tube: Samsung A23KQU22X01
- TA1201AN Jungle Chip
Samsung CXF0933 Schematics (KCV12D)
Prototyping the mod
I reviewed the schematics and came up with the below plan.
This is a VCR/CRT combo unit. However, great news is that the main board is fairly compact and comes off the CRT completely, if all the wires are carefully disconnected. This makes it easier to perform the mod. Please make sure to remember or take photos as you disassemble, so that you can reassemble the way it was prior to disassembly. Turning on the CRT with disconnected wires can result in shorted components.
Simplified circuit diagram that was created to perform this mod. Check the RGB theory page to find more details around how to calculate the resistor values.
Increasing RGB termination resistance
This CRT uses a Toshiba chroma chip that benefits from increased RGB termination resistance. Using 220Ω instead of 75Ω gives the right level of contrast and brightness. This made a significant difference in image quality. Image went from slightly darker, washed out to a vibrant desirable image. This fix applies to the following Toshiba jungle chips. Might also work for other jungle chips, where the RGB signals go through only RGB cutoff block.
- Toshiba TA1201AN
- Toshiba TA1286N
- Toshbia TA1242N
I also made an apparatus to sweep through multiple termination values. 220Ω termination seems to give the best result.
Performing the mod
This CRT was fairly straightforward to mod.
STEP 1: Audio and sync wires
STEP 2: Remove components
- Remove R204, R205 and R206 resistors. These should be 820Ω resistors.
STEP 3: Add diodes
- Replace 56Ω resistor with 1N4148 diode (pay attention to the direction)
- Add 3x 1N4148 diodes to R916, R917 and R918 (4.3kΩ) (see pictures below and schematics above)
STEP 4: RGB and blanking wires
Holes left from removing the R204, R205 and R206 resistors can be used here. Before mod
STEP 5: Build your mux board
|Audio LR (R7, R8)||1kΩ|
|RGB termination (R1, R2, R3)||220Ω|
|RGB inline resistors (R4, R5, R6)||1kΩ|
|Blanking Resistor (R11)||4.7kΩ|
|Changes on CRT chassis||CXF0933|
|Resistors removed - R204, R205 and R206||820Ω|
|Replace 56Ω with 1N4148 diode||1N4148|
|Add 3x didoes to 4.3kΩ R916, R917 and R918 resistors||3x 1N4148|
In this setup 4.7kΩ should produce the necessary voltage for blanking.
Standby mode, using the remote
POWER should bring you to the service menu.
HS - Horizontal Shift was adjusted to center the RGB image
Sega Genesis - Sonic
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Commando - Not liking a picture taken
Grid composite vs RGB
CRT volume is really low
The CRT volume was super low. Volume buttons worked, but increasing and descreasing the volume only resulted in low volume. After going through several steps found out it was actually the speaker that was defective. This CRT uses a 2.5W, 8Ω. Luckily I had a spare speaker with the same specs I salvaged from an old Toshiba AF series CRT. While the shape was different, it just worked fine and also sounded much better.
Noisy RGB video
I saw couple of video interference issues when I modded this CRT for the first time. Ringing noise, grainy noise and a jailbar. Originally I used an unshielded ribbon cable and no diodes on the RGB lines coming in from the OSD. Using the shielded cables (for RGB, Audio and Sync) + using diodes inline so that the external RGB signal only went to the chroma chip and not the OSD chip, cleared up some of the noise issues. I believe the grainy noise went away with shielded cables, jailbar issue went away with the diodes used on the RGB lines. However, the ringing noise was still there. This is hard to show on pictures, but basically looks like few ripple bands that keeps scrolling up/down slowly. This video artifact was cleaned up by adjusting the blanking voltage and adding an inline diode to prevent current from going back to the OSD chip's blanking pin. Having the RGB tuner board that I built came in very handy here. 4.7kΩ worked well as the inline resistor for blanking.
Read more about how to fix the noise issues here.