The TV I am referring to is the Samsung UN32EH5300 32-Inch 1080p 60 Hz Smart LED HDTV.
Edited by GAMESHARQ - 11/24/13 at 11:01am
As mike said with many of the new TVs that look to only have a component input, one of the component jacks are shared with composite. I personally don't like this since I use both component and composite and unless one wants to unplug things each time you can't but this seems to be the wave of the future, analog is dead
If your device didn't have composite, you could always purchase something like this, but I've always found the picture quality of such devices to be dubious at best.
I wonder how those TVs with a shared component/composite jack work.... I mean I wonder what tells the TV that you are using composite vs component? Is it a voltage sensing circuit or some sort of mechanical switch like was used on VCRs.....Reason I ask is if it's voltage sensing then maybe something like this would work but if it's a mechanical switch then it wouldn't work because with all 3 wires plugged in the TV would always be looking for a component input, even if you only had composite going to one of the inputs of the switcher.
On my Vizio E500i-A1, purchased June 2013 (5 months ago), the component Y (Luminescent) connector doubles as the Composite Video connector. The "Input" selection has these selections: TV (F connector for antenna or cable), AV, Component, HDMI-1 through HDMI-4.
So, at least with my TV, I have to select "AV" to use the Y connector on the component port for composite video, and "Component" to use the component port as component; that is how it knows whether to extract color information from the Pb and Pr connectors, or to demodulate color information from the Y connector. I haven't actually tested the Composite/Component port because the only devices I had ever hooked up to it have been connected via HDMI.
That was the first TV I had owned that had a combined component & composite port. It is also the first TV I had no need to connect any analog devices to it.
That would suck, sounds like the Vizio got it right. AFA how the TV knows, when S-video was popular it was common for it to be shared with a composite jack. Even if the other end of the S-video cable went no where the device would still look at the S-video and ignore the composite, even if their was signal to the composite input. I always assumed it was some sort of mechanical switch(triggered when a S-video cable was plugged into the socket) and maybe your TV uses a similar thing for it's other component inputs(the ones other than the one shared with composite). I was never able to use a switch box in the case of the S-video/composite situation, I always left the composite jack hooked up but had to manually unplug the S-video cable to use it. Of course to use the the S-video I could still leave the composite jack plugged in since with a S-video cable inserted that had priority.