I bought these two machines from a local op. The machines came
with a 30 day warranty which would sooner than later prove valuable.
The machines were delivered on a Friday. I powered up both machine
and immediately noticed the sound was off. The machines have
four channel surround sound and neither machine worked properly.
I also asked the technician why the subwoofers weren’t
working. The machines are supposed to have subwoofers built
into the seats that rumble when you crash. The technician said,
“You don’t have any subs in the seats, look.”
I looked were he was pointing and indeed no subs. A few weeks
later the sound problems were resolved.
About a month later I was cleaning the machines, something
ops never do well. When I was cleaning the mechanical parts
of a seat adjuster I found a subwoofer. The sub was mounted
up in the seat, it was attached, but the sound was just barely
audible. I contacted the op and told him the technician was
wrong and the subs were indeed in the machines but weren’t
working properly. They agreed to try and fix them. They removed
the low pass amplifiers from the machines and decided to replace
the main amplifier chips on the boards. Same result, no audible
sound. At this point the technician wanted to leave the boards
in the machine. I asked him to do further troubleshooting
because I had talked to people who owned Daytona 2 machines
and they all said the subs were cool.
I contacted Ken Westerfield at Advanced Repair Center (www.irepairsega.com)
Ken worked for Sega and will do board level work on the advance
Sega systems. He gave me some troubleshooting tips and also
said there was a flaw, of sorts, with those systems. It seems
Sega decided not to provide a volume control for the sub woofers
in the seat and instead shared the rear speaker volume control.
The problem is that when you turn the volume up high enough
to hear the sub the rear speakers are hurting your ears. I
thought we had tested for this before but couldn't verify
since the amps weren't in the machines.
The technician came back out and re-installed the low pass
amplifiers and the subs worked. We had to turn the rear volume
way up like Ken suggested but IT WORKED! I would still swear
I tried this, but I've been wrong before =D My next step will
be to install a volume control specifically for the subs.
Ken gave me this tip and it should do the trick.
I think it’s widely accepted that Sega has always had
the best driving games. They manage to mix the fun factor
and realism perfectly. The original Daytona machines are the
perfect example of this. I chose Daytona 2 because the graphics
and sound are much better than the original machine. There
is also the added bonus of being able to install different
games in the same cabinet just by changing the ROMs. Sega
made a number of games using the same platform, Dirt Devils,
Sega Rally 2, Sega GT, and Emergency Call Ambulance.
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