I've been following this discussion for quite some time now and due to circumstances which changed within the past week, I've come to the following conclusion:
7 days ago
IMHO, there are TWO reasons to use a 'XXX-to-YYY' converter. You want to record:
- 'Watch-and-Delete' HD 16:9A from your HD STB / PVR onto your SD DVDR.
- 'Watch-and-Keep' HD 16:9A from your HD STB / PVR onto your HD PC (ala Hauppauge PVR-1212, for example).
For the sake of this discussion, let's say that
, based on the posts in this forum regarding 'Conversion Quality
' and 'Analog Sunset
', I ordered:
- HDMI Splitter Amplifier 1 In to 2 Out Dual Display
- HDMI to YPbPr Component Video Converter for HDTV PC PS3 STB, DVD and Projector (Support HDCP 1.2)
- HDMI to Composite /S-Video Converter 3RCA CRT TV CVBS
- Digital Coax & Optical Toslink to Analog Audio Converter
Then, let's say 6 days ago
, Newegg put the Hauppauge PVR-1212 *ON SALE* for ~$155 plus tax ($195 - $15 Promo - $20 Rebate - ~$5 FWCB).
Although I read everything I found about the 1212, I wasn't swayed until the HUGE price drop - AFAIK
, the "Best Price EVER" was ~$150. So, on impulse, I bought it. WOW!!!
IME, there's a STEEP Learning Curve for the 1212, with no (that I've yet to find) FAQ or Tutorial. Since I have to return my "FREE-For-One-Year" FiOS Motorola 7232 HD PVR on 05/22/12, I initially jumped in with my 'Best Guesses', while I continued to read everything I could find on the 1212. After a couple of days, 'Experimentation' and 'Reading Posts' CLICKed and I 'Found-My-Way'. I'm currently 'Converting' all of my saved HD videos to the 'MAX Possible' VBR to fit on an AVCHD DVD, using TOSLink to get 5.1 sound (where available). Yeah, some 'Best Guesses' were wrong and I had to RE-CONVERT. But, watching these HD videos on one of my ~$50 Media Streamers is just heaven.
I also added another 40" x 3" x 3/4" strip of plywood to the back of my 'Entertainment Center' so that I could add another row of 3 'Multiple Outlet' (i.e. 6 or 7) strips. The majority of the 'Chinese Device' Walwarts require a 'Readily-Available' horizontal
(i.e. prongs go in horizontally) strip, while I've been constantly shopping for the 'Rare' vertical
strip, which the majority of my existing walwarts *AND* X-10 modules have required.
Thus, I've been able to test the HDMI-to-S-Video Converter - UGH!
The HDMI Splitter works well - I split the output from my FiOS PVR to the TV and to the HDMI-to-S-Video Converter. The TV looks the same. The output from the HDMI-to-S-Video Converter doesn't even belong in the same room with the output from the 1212.
Following the same logic as jjeff
, I also bought the HDMI-to-Component Converter for ~$30 just in case the 'Analog Sunset' removes Component Outputs from STBs / PVRs (I haven't tried it yet - no time right now - the 1212 is running almost 24x7).
The Coax / TOSLink-to-Analog Converter unfortunately arrived DOA. Good Coax or TOSLink outputs that feed other devices provide NO OUTPUT from the Converter. I'm glad that I used Amazon as the go-between in case there's a problem getting a replacement *AND* a prepaid mailing label to return the DOA one.Closing Thoughts:
- The output from the 1212 is VASTLY superior to the output from the 'Chinese Device'.
- The output from the 1212 is slightly inferior to the original STB / PVR output, even @ 13.5VBR w/TOSLink.
- SD output from either the 1212 or the 'Chinese Device' is still 4:3.
- ~$155 for a 1212, plus ~$50 for a Media Streamer (everyone already has a PC) for a grand total of ~$205 produces some *GREAT* HD videos, which you can also burn to DVDs as AVCHD (haven't had the time to try this yet).
- As someone who was previously perfectly satisfied watching Analog Cable recorded @ STD / Low on a ReplayTV 5XXX and viewed on a CRT, along with being even more perfectly satisfied watching Digital 'Clear QAM' FiOS recorded @ MED on a ReplayTV 5XXX (fed via S-Video from a Mag DVDR) and viewed on a LCD HDTV, I can honestly say that I'm surprisingly pleased that I can create AVCHDs (aka 'Pseudo Blu-Ray') shows on 4.7GB DVDs *AND* store them on my 'Media Server HDD(s)' where I can then view them via one of my (previously 'under-utilized') Media Streamers.
Anyhow, that's my contribution regarding 'XXX-to-YYY' Converters. Accept / Be-Aware-Of UPFRONT their 'Price vs Capabilities' so that you won't be disappointed after your purchase.[/OPINION]