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Composite, S-Video, and HDMI to HDMI Converter and Switch with HDMI PAL NTSC Support
HDMI® is taking over the world, or at least the video world. All new TVs sport multiple HDMI inputs, while legacy inputs, such as composite and S-video are found on fewer and fewer displays. But what if you still have some legacy equipment, such as an old VHS player and VHS tapes? There is no need to throw it away or to get a replacement. Just get this Composite, S-Video, and HDMI to HDMI Converter from Monoprice!
The primary purpose of this converter is to take legacy Composite or S-Video input and convert it to HDMI for use on your newer HDTV. The converter accepts a low-resolution 480i legacy input and upscales it to a high-resolution 720p or 1080p HDMI digital signal.
The HDMI input allows the converter to perform upscaling on low-resolution HDMI signals, so you can view them at the full 720p/1080p resolution supported by your TV. The output can be switched from 720p to 1080p at the press of a button. Another small button on unit switches between the composite/s-video input and the HDMI input.
The converter is powered by a 5 VDC, 2A AC power adapter, which is included in the package. The AC adapter has a 46" long cord. The converter measures 5 1/16" x 3.5" x 1.0".
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Questions and Answers
PROS: Supports s-video for newer TV's without S-video
CONS: Does not allow switching between 16:9 and 4:3 aspect ratio, stretching the source image
This is probably an okay product for just hooking up older devices with composite out to HDMI only sets. My use for it is very specific, and probably only something a small percentage of people are going to use it for. While I don't think it's a huge deal it would be nice to see a choice for aspect ratio. In most cases your TV should let you control that, but it would be a nice feature to see in future iterations.
PROS: Compact. Switchable from 720p to 1080p. May be a good solution to input older devices to modern HD TV's that no longer support composite inputs.
CONS: May not work with modern hd video capture cards. No aspect ratio adjustment.
PROS: super small and slim.
PROS: Easy to hook up mechanically.
CONS: Instructions are a little vague. Not all of us are up on electronic lingo.
Hooked it up, plugged it in, pressed the selector button until the picture appeared and done.
If the blue light is too bright, electrician's tape will dim it down.
10 months ago
PROS: Just what I needed. Straightforward hookup.
CONS: Seems a little pricey, although I'm guessing Monoprice's price is competitive.
PROS: Saved me over $1,000
The main complaint i've seen is the lights are too bright....WHO CARES!!!... turn it sideways and hide it behind your tv or entertainment center or whatever :) that's what i did and also works as a free nightlight.
PROS: best bang for the buck and so far as i'm concerned the ONLY s-video to HDMI out there.
CONS: next model or upgrade should have a auto power off or standby when no signal is present feature or at least an off switch.
that would solve the light too bright problem at least part of the time, but mainly would increase the life of the unit an reduce power waste.
PROS: Convenient for connecting legacy equipment to your HDTV. Compact and easy to use. Does a good job of conversion with both 720p and 1080p outputs. Can share one HDTV input with S-Video source, Composite Video source and one HDMI source. Also encodes audio onto the HDMI output.
CONS: Blue power light is very bright and can be annoying if near the HDTV screen. Plastic case is a bit flimsy. Must be manually switched between inputs. No remote.
PROS: Almost works well. At least most daylight tv events can be seen without much problem. With my 1080p new Vizio tv, I am able to connect my old DVR receiver using the S video out. This is the only output and apparently the only solution I have with old equipment.
CONS: Can only use 720p. Even then, the picture blocks up in the shadows with no detail. (worse with 1080p.)