SUBJECT: An Answer from DEEP Left Field...
Originally Posted by mjdbb1
I'm helping a friend set up a Replay 5040 (of which I have 2 of my own!) and he has a newer TV that only has available HDMI ports
. I've done some research online, and there's a couple of component to HDMI converters and they all seem to have mixed reviews. Does anyone have any experience with any converter that is ok with replaytv?
Obviously I know it's only SD picture, I only need HDMI because I have no other connections available.
If you visit the DVDR Recorders (STD- Definition) Forum
and SEARCH, you'll find a *LOT* of discussion on this topic (i.e. CONVERTERS).
IIRC, you'll also discover that to get GOOD QUALITY, you'll need to spend ~$300-400 on a converter (i.e. Fury 3).
I chose a different route. I bought a NEW Magnavox 2160A DVDR w/HDD (@~$229, IIRC, from Walmart.Com), then a REFURBISHED 513, then a REFURBISHED 515 (~$160-200 from JR.Com). Direct FiOS Cable (i.e. no STB) delivers *BEAUTIFUL* 16:9A 480p from the *UNSCRAMBLED* OTA Channels to the Magnavox DVDR HDD, which, @ SP, looks great to me via HDMI on my 32" Panasonic 720p LCD (with my 60+ year old eyes). The Magnavox DVDR(s) ALSO feeds *BEAUTIFUL* 16:9A 480i via S-Video to my 5XXX ReplayTV(s) which also looks great to me via Component, which I can then share on Poopli as TRUE 16:9A @ MED.
YES, I made sure that *ALL* of my HDTVs have INPUTs for:
- Composite (S-Video is *DEAD*! )
I also have (multiple, sometimes cascaded) Automatic Switch Boxes for:
So, by planning WAY AHEAD, I'm now pretty much set until my current 3 HDTVs die.BOTTOM LINE:
Buy a REFURBISHED Maganavox DVDR for LT $200 before you waste any money on an 'El Cheapo' ~$100 Converter. You won't regret it!