Overview

Bring back a legendary vintage television from the space age!

This guide walks through how convert a classic RF CRT TV into a monitor for Raspberry Pi or any desktop computer.

With a couple cables and a signal boosting box, you can output the signal from just about any computer to the JVC Videosphere.

We'll cover which parts are needed as well as how to wire and set up the cables and parts to output most computer displays to the Videosphere.

This setup could work for other RF TV CRT models with similar input, but we've only tested the Videosphere.

Parts

To find a Videosphere, check out Ebay or other online marketplaces. There are lots of great 70's vintage choices from Ebay user robertom60

Here's a manual for the Videosphere for further specs and info.

Converters and cables

1 x RF Modulator
Converts the video signal from the Pi / computer to RF signal
1 x RCA Matching Transformer
Connect the coaxial cable to the Videosphere
1 x RG 6 Coaxial Cable
Connect the RF modulator to the transformer

For Raspberry Pi output

You can use any Pi, here are couple options with their respective power supplies

Raspberry Pi 4 Model B - 1GB RAM

PRODUCT ID: 4295
The Raspberry Pi 4 Model B is the newest Raspberry Pi computer made, and the Pi Foundation knows you can always make a good thing better! And what could make the Pi 4 better...
$35.00
IN STOCK

Official Raspberry Pi Power Supply 5.1V 3A with USB C

PRODUCT ID: 4298
The official Raspberry Pi USB-C power supply is here! And of course, we have 'em in classic Adafruit black! Super fast with just the right amount of cable length to get your Pi 4...
OUT OF STOCK

Raspberry Pi 3 - Model B - ARMv8 with 1G RAM

PRODUCT ID: 3055
Did you really think the Raspberry Pi would stop getting better? At this point, we sound like a broken record, extolling on the new Pi’s myriad improvements like we’re...
$35.00
IN STOCK

5V 2.5A Switching Power Supply with 20AWG MicroUSB Cable

PRODUCT ID: 1995
Our all-in-one 5V 2.5 Amp + MicroUSB cable power adapter is the perfect choice for powering single-board computers like Raspberry Pi, BeagleBone or anything else that's power...
OUT OF STOCK

A/V and RCA (Composite Video, Audio) Cable for Raspberry Pi

PRODUCT ID: 2881
This A/V RCA Cable for Raspberry Pi is a great way to turn your Pi 3, 2, A+ or B+'s output into a full on composite video and audio device.  Simply connect the cable to your...
$4.95
IN STOCK

For laptop or desktop computer output

You will need some way of converting your computer's display output to HDMI. Note that if you use a Pi 4, you'll need the Micro HDMI to HDMI cable, the Pi 3 and older all use a standard size connector. If you use a Mac, please read up on how to cable to an HDMI connector as it can vary.

Micro HDMI to HDMI Cable - 2 meter

PRODUCT ID: 1322
Connect an HDMI device with a micro HDMI port to one with a regular size HDMI port together with this basic HDMI cable. It has nice molded grips for easy installation, and is 2 meter...
OUT OF STOCK

HDMI Cable - 1 meter

PRODUCT ID: 608
Connect two HDMI devices together with this basic HDMI cable. It has nice molded grips for easy installation, and is 1 meter long (about 3 feet). This is a HDMI 1.3...
$4.95
IN STOCK

HDMI to RCA Audio and NTSC or PAL Video Adapter

PRODUCT ID: 3365
Do you have a display, television, projector or some other older device that isn't compatible with your HDMI devices? Here's an adapter that will allow you to convert HDMI...
$13.95
IN STOCK

You'll also need

1 x RCA to RCA cable
Connect HDMI adapter to RF modulator
This guide was first published on Nov 06, 2019. It was last updated on Nov 06, 2019. This page (Overview) was last updated on Nov 17, 2019.