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Roku to Panny EH55 Connection?

post #1 of 20
Thread Starter 
Call me naive and a bit backwards but I still buy my books at a brick and mortar bookstore and I still (when I'm not watching a filming the big screen in a movie theatre) rent my DVDs from my local video store, as long as it stays in business.

Occasionally, I want to watch DVDs not found in my store and I get them from the library, but, most often, because the movies are older classics, I record them from TCM and watch them later, either from the HD or from DVD-Rs I've dubbed.

A friend has introduced me to Roku and I'm fascinated by this new potential additional movie resource. Unfortunately all the Roku boxes sport just a single HDMI output. My EH55 has an HDMI output also, but no HDMI input. Are there conversion cables that will connect to the Roku HDMI output but provide, on the other end (to connect to my EH55 input) composite red, white and yellow audio and video connections, or, better yet, the red and white audio plus an S-video connection?
post #2 of 20
Have you purchased your Roku yet? I believe some models still come with composite connections (and maybe S-video). If not, search for older models.
post #3 of 20

All Rokus except the latest 3 output 480i over composite:

 

http://www.roku.com/roku-products?gclid=CO-9h_Lx0rYCFRKnnQodMgsA0w

post #4 of 20
http://www.avsforum.com/t/1335030/hdmi-to-component-or-s-video-composite-converters
But I agree with crabboy, if you can get a device with a native S-video or even composite you'll get better picture quality doing that. Note if the output of a Roku is CP'd then you'd need a filter or in that case one of the HDMI to S-video converters would probably be your best bet as they also remove CP.
post #5 of 20
Thread Starter 
Wajo,

You may be correct that "...all but the latest three output 480i over composite", but I would logically expect to purchase a new Roku and my examination of my friend's Roku and photos of the Rokus on the company website indicate only an HDMI output. I guess one could find an older Roku on EBay but that's always a bit chancey. Are Rokus sold at retail? Perhaps a dealer would have a remaining older model.

jjeff,

Have you any suggestions for a good source for an HDMI "out"' -- combo S-video, composite audio "in" cable resource?
post #6 of 20
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Originally Posted by Jim Mohundro View Post

Wajo,

You may be correct that "...all but the latest three output 480i over composite", but I would logically expect to purchase a new Roku and my examination of my friend's Roku and photos of the Rokus on the company website indicate only an HDMI output. I guess one could find an older Roku on EBay but that's always a bit chancey. Are Rokus sold at retail? Perhaps a dealer would have a remaining older model.

jjeff,

Have you any suggestions for a good source for an HDMI "out"' -- combo S-video, composite audio "in" cable resource?

Did you do the comparison on Roku's site? You'll see that Roku still sells three models that have composite out.
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
On a side note, Netflix and Amazon Prime are cp'd. But HBOGO, EpixHD and Crackle are free to record.
post #7 of 20
Thread Starter 
I did view the current models on the Roku website. The text talks about a 480i composite output but the photographs of the backs of each model show only an HDMI port, a single circular orifice labeled "A/V" and what appears to be the power cord input from what is likely a transformer and AC cord.
post #8 of 20
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Originally Posted by Jim Mohundro View Post

I did view the current models on the Roku website. The text talks about a 480i composite output but the photographs of the backs of each model show only an HDMI port, a single circular orifice labeled "A/V" and what appears to be the power cord input from what is likely a transformer and AC cord.
Um, what exactly were you looking at? I just looked at the Roku page, and pictures of both the LT and HD models clearly show composite outputs.
post #9 of 20
Only the new Roku 3 is restricted to HDMI only.
post #10 of 20
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Originally Posted by Jim Mohundro View Post

the photographs of the backs of each model show only an HDMI port, a single circular orifice labeled "A/V"
That is common for small devices that need to save space and don't have room on the back for discrete yellow/red/white RCA jacks. An adapter plugs into that mini-jack which splits into a 3 X RCA plug lead for composite video, L/R Stereo.
post #11 of 20
Thread Starter 
Thanks, Kelson.

I'll visit a Best Buy to see if I can get them to show me a demo model or open a box.
post #12 of 20
The Roku website has a "what's included in the box" description of what each device comes boxed with. It states an a/v cable is included, so you shouldn't have to buy anything else. To get an idea of what the cable looks like, Radio Shack has one on their website (Gigaware Camcorder A/V Cable, model/catalog # 16-894). It shows a price of $26.99. I was in one recently and would swear it was only $9.99.
post #13 of 20
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Originally Posted by RangerDave View Post

The Roku website has a "what's included in the box" description of what each device comes boxed with. It states an a/v cable is included, so you shouldn't have to buy anything else. To get an idea of what the cable looks like, Radio Shack has one on their website (Gigaware Camcorder A/V Cable, model/catalog # 16-894). It shows a price of $26.99. I was in one recently and would swear it was only $9.99.

http://www.roku.com/accessories



post #14 of 20
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Originally Posted by Jim Mohundro View Post

I did view the current models on the Roku website. The text talks about a 480i composite output but the photographs of the backs of each model show only an HDMI port, a single circular orifice labeled "A/V" and what appears to be the power cord input from what is likely a transformer and AC cord.


As you can see in the photos tomwil's posted, the new style a/v cable has a single plug for the back of the Roku, with the traditional yellow/red/white 3 head, that goes to the tv. It's easy to look at the Roku's backside and wonder if you can connect it to a tv without HDMI. Only the new Roku3 doesn't have that composite out jack.

post #15 of 20
I recommend getting a Roku 2 XS while you still can. That model has vanished from Roku's website but still can be found new at places like B&H and J&R. The XS is the only model that has both wired and wireless network and also has both HDMI and composite video outputs. The Roku 3 is a step backward in connectivity options but has a better interface and includes ear buds that plug into the remote. The Roku 3 interface will be pushed to the Roku 2 models in the next few weeks.
post #16 of 20
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Originally Posted by Ken.F View Post

I recommend getting a Roku 2 XS while you still can. That model has vanished from Roku's website but still can be found new at places like B&H and J&R. The XS is the only model that has both wired and wireless network and also has both HDMI and composite video outputs. The Roku 3 is a step backward in connectivity options but has a better interface and includes ear buds that plug into the remote. The Roku 3 interface will be pushed to the Roku 2 models in the next few weeks.

And the PQ from the composite jack is excellent on the R2XS!! smile.gif
post #17 of 20

I finally got around to ordering a component out cable for my XDS from Roku.com.

 

When I get the chance, I'll have to try to record with it to my Sony RDR-HX900.

post #18 of 20
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Originally Posted by Ken.F View Post

I recommend getting a Roku 2 XS while you still can. That model has vanished from Roku's website but still can be found new at places like B&H and J&R. The XS is the only model that has both wired and wireless network and also has both HDMI and composite video outputs. The Roku 3 is a step backward in connectivity options but has a better interface and includes ear buds that plug into the remote. The Roku 3 interface will be pushed to the Roku 2 models in the next few weeks.

 

I saw the Roku 2-XS at my local Sam''s Club store yesterday (and online also). Store price was ~$87 best I can remember. $85 on Amazon.

post #19 of 20
You can buy a refurbed Roku 2XS for $75.00 on Roku's website. Go to www.roku.com scroll to the bottom of page,in the lower right corner click on "Accessories".Grab 'em while you can.
Edited by greaser - 4/25/13 at 12:36pm
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