Jan 032016

Contra / Gryzor shares almost the same hardware specs with Combat School / Boot Camp, Fast Lane, Flak Attack / MX5000, Haunted Castle / Akumajô Dracula and Trick Trap / Labyrinth Runner.

But among these titles, it is the only game that offers a stereo output thru a 4-pin connector on the board (labeled CN2).

First, you have to select stereo by plugging a connector on CN4 (and put switch 4 of DIPSW3 to off).


The thing is that all the boards I’ve seen still delivers mono sound when you plug this connector (originally brought by Konami and present on the board) on the stereo plug. Why ? Because it doesn’t have the good wiring…

As shown on the picture above, this connector originally comes with pin #1 wired to #2 and pin #3 wired to #4. In that way and plugged on the stereo connector (CN4), it mixes channel 1 and channel 2 from the YM3012 DAC to the LA4445 amp which results a mono output.

To separate the channels, you have to simply modify the connector by wiring pin #1 to #3 and pin #2 to #4.
Now plug it on CN4 and enjoy stereo sound out of CN2. 🙂

There are other Konami games that use the same connector to choose mono or stereo. I’m not sure about the wiring for every game. To my knowledge they are:

– Jackal / Top Gunner
Devil World / Dark Adventure
– Gradius II / Vulcan Venture

– Ajax

Lightning Fighters / Trigon (stereo works without modification of the connector)
– Parodius
(stereo works without modification of the connector)
Surprise Attack (that game seems to have a mono sound design, despite the stereo connector present on the board)

ps. If anybody knows if the original wiring on these boards allows to deliver stereo sound or any other board that is using this connector, I would be glad to know and add it here.

  2 Responses to “Contra / Gryzor stereo sound”

  1. I was intrigued by this and own Trigon, Parodius Da! and Contra. I tested it with Contra, and indeed it was mono only and is now stereo. However, Parodius and Trigon are in stereo without modifying the connector.

    I checked all my other Konami boards, and could only find one other that used the same connector, it is Top Gunner. However the PCB I won does not have the stereo position soldered in in order for me to check, and I have none around to solder it and test.

    Top Gunner: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/1403041/konamistereo/20160104_105324.jpg

    • Thanks Artemio for your feedback. I’ve updated my post with your information. Does the connector on Trigon and Parodius is originally wired like Contra ? (pin #1 wired to #2 and pin #3 wired to #4)

      There is a picture online of a Jackal PCB (same game than Top Gunner) with the stereo connector soldered: http://www.tvspels-nostalgi.com/Bilder/PCB/jackal_pcb.jpg
      Curious to see if stereo is working with or without modification on that one.

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