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Zero Delay Arcade To USB Encoder Review

Zero Delay Arcade USB Encoder

I finally received my first Zero Delay encoder straight from Hong Kong and I must say that I’m extremely happy with the purchase. In the past I’ve been using IPAC’s which are made in the UK by Ultimarc. The IPAC’s are amazing encoder boards, probably the best, but the price is a bit steep. For a 2 player IPAC you’re looking at $39 and for a 4 player IPAC be ready to give up your left hand at a whopping $65 plus shipping. It was obviously time to look for a less costly alternative.

I found the Zero Delay boards while searching around the usual arcade building forums. I was surprised to see that you can snatch one of these up on Ebay for about $10 including shipping. Too good to be true? Not one bit. One thing I love about it is the fact that it comes with all the wiring along with quick connectors already installed. This makes it a 10 minute wiring job instead of the hours you will spend stripping wires and adding your own terminal connectors which come at an additional cost.

Another great thing about these boards is that they come standard with a joystick hookup along with 12 button inputs as well as additional inputs for a HAT switch, turbo, and auto-fire mode. With the funtioning HAT swith, you could actually use just one of these boards for 2 players if you only had a few buttons each. There truly was Zero delay when I hooked it up and because each board registers as a gamepad the amount of these you could hook up to one machine is virtually endless. If you’re looking for a low-cost IPAC alternative, look no further. I give these encoders my respect and approval.

You can find them on Ebay by searching for Zero Delay Arcade USB Encoders.


Sit Down MAME Rocket Fighter By Mailmann006

rocket fighterI thought perhaps today I would do a quick story on someone I’ve never really written about before… me. As most people who visit this site know, I am the owner/operator of, but in my spare time I like to do a lot of other things like modding systems, building MAME cabinets, and pretty much anything else that has to do with electronics and PC’s.

Today i’d like to show you guys my latest MAME creation. It’s a sit-in rocket cockpit MAME cabinet. It will be sporting a Thrustmaster HOTAS flight stick, a gaming chair complete with 5.1 surround sound and active vibration, subwoofers, and a lot more once it’s finished. I went green on this PC build to save energy and be more efficient so I’m using an Intel Atom D270S mini-motherboard, 120GB Crucial SSD, 700 watt illuminated Apevia power source, and a Zotac GeForce GT 610 PCI graphics card. I’ll also be using a lot of illumination including fans and other stationary neons.

So far it’s been coming together pretty much how I wanted it to. It’s been too cold to paint the outside, but once I do i’d like to have someone airbrush the outside with perhaps a Halo theme of some sort. I was thinking of making it look like one of the Marine drop ships. The system runs well and plays everything up to and including PS1 and N64 without any slowdown. Once I seal off the top/front of the cab, the shelf with the PC and lighting on it will be covered with plexiglass and a swinging “hood” that you can see through so I can open it up easily if I need to get in there. Plus I think it’s cool that when people ask me whats in it I can just “Pop the hood”.

There are a few things I haven’t quite figured out yet. The door for instance. I was originally thinking of making some kind of sliding apparatus or possibly even a Lamborghini style door, but I think it would be too heavy and might prevent it from fitting through a standard size door frame. I may just go with the rod and curtain after all. I’d also like to cut a few holes in the back and add some more big fans to emulate thrusters. There’s still a lot to be done but I think it looks pretty good so far. Please keep in mind a lot of these pics were taken before everything was fitted, sanded, and primed. The images where the cab is white are the more recent images that are lacking any gaps and mistakes in the woodworking. Feel free to leave any comments or feedback as it is appreciated.