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Trying to connect roku to tv with no hdmi port...help

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Hello, I purchased my parents a roku and I am trying to connect it to their panasonic th-42pwd8 tv. The tv only has vga, component, svideo, and I think coaxial inputs. Right now the cable box is using the component input and a oppo dvd player is using the vga input. the roku is hdmi and composite out. I tried going composite to svideo with a small adapter put the picture looked like crap. I am thinking I will have to go composite or hdmi to component then use a component switch. Are there anyother options? I could also buy an hdmi blade for the tv but they seem hard to find and expensive.
Thanks
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A new TV would be the best solution. A 42 inch plasma might be the most cost effective. With 52" plasmas available for $600 and up, a 42 should be very reasonable.
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Originally Posted by Graphixaddict View Post

I am thinking I will have to go ... hdmi to component then use a component switch.

That's a messy configuration but it will work. Probably your best option if you are going for decent video quality. Monoprice sells a HDMI to component adapter (~$38) with very good reviews and one reviewer specifically stated it worked with his Roku 2. Don't forget the stereo sound has to be output also. They also have a highly rated component video switch (~$18) to round out your configuration. Good luck.
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A new TV would be the best solution. A 42 inch plasma might be the most cost effective. With 52" plasmas available for $600 and up, a 42 should be very reasonable.

Ditto!
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A new TV would be the best solution. A 42 inch plasma might be the most cost effective. With 52" plasmas available for $600 and up, a 42 should be very reasonable.

$56 versus $400-$600 would be more cost effective? Hardly. If you're thinking that a new HDTV with 2 HDMI inputs would be a neater solution, then yes. You folks would actually run out and buy a new HDTV just to watch your Roku? Must be nice.
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mr g. thanks! just the kind of solution i was looking for. It IS a 42 inch plasma! And it was well recommended here when i bought it, lol! (that was 2006 though)
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