So, I found a Sega Genesis CDX unit at Goodwill for $4.99. It appears to be in good shape, some wear around the video port. I put some AA batteries in and the CD player part works, volume wheel a little twitchy, but the CD plays fine. However, like most rare systems you find in the wild for cheap, there are no cables. I have the controllers and AV cables from my other Sega systems, but the power adapter for the CDX is unique among Sega consoles. So, my quest begins.
I do my research. Checked the Wiki page. Hit the forums. Check Ebay prices. Some guy trying to sell an original for $80. Others claiming that plugs for others systems are also for the CDX. Decide to look for alternatives. I need a 9.5V 1.5A. Found some forum threads that lead to a promising alternative, the Sima SUP-60. These posts are old and the SUP-60 is now discontinued and going for $20+ out of package before shipping. None of the universal adapters currently being sold have a 9.5v setting, that I could find. The search continues.
I am not in a rush. I have a Sega CD model 2 already, so it is not like I am hurting to play me some Sega CD. $25 for a power adapter, for an extra system is a little much. I was hoping to find something in the $10 or less range. My next move is to hit the thrift stores and dig around in boxes full of tangled cables for a match, unless someone here can point me somewhere else.
Cables and power adapters are such a pain. I have crates and totes of the things for consoles, computers, stereos, cellphones, keyboards, routers, modems, and just about every other electrical device, I have ever owned, even the ones that are broken or gone, and I keep them for times like this and I still end up not having the right one when I need it. It's maddening, but I guess it a part of the hobby.
Any help would be appreciated. Thanks for reading my rambling rant.