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Downgrade component to composite

post #1 of 9
Thread Starter 
Is there a reasonably cheap device (I suppose a cable is out of the question) which can downgrade RGB (3 RCA) component to composite? I have some sources which are primarily used as component HD, but occasionally I'd like to view them on SD composite equipment. I'm hoping that I'm not looking a full-blown scaler device of some kind.

Actually the main device of interest is an Oppo 970HD ... I don't have a convenient arrangement to test this right now, but does anybody know if it'll simultaneously output on the composite jack when the RGB jacks are in use? That would probably solve my problem the point that I wouldn't worry much about this other hypothetical device unless somebody came up with something really cheap and convenient...
post #2 of 9
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While researching this need further, it would appear that the cheapest (a relative term) and most direct solution is probably the Audio Authority 1361. There is a TVOne device which does this and more, but it costs nearly twice as much.

I really wish I could find a product without all the unneeded bells and whistles of the AA1361. I don't care about PC input or zoom or bypass or all that other junk. I just want RGB in, and composite out. What really kills me is I know an inexpensive device like the $169 Oppo contains all the necessary equipment to do this... which isn't to say I would expect the Oppo to do it, but rather to question the $500 pricetag of the AA1361...
post #3 of 9
if your only concern is the Oppo DVD player then i'm sure you can just get another DVD player and since you only need composite video, then quality is not really an issue and you can just get a really cheap one. you might even consider a video iPod and just transcode your video...
post #4 of 9
I am looking for the exact same thing. But at $500 to down convert I need to start think of upgrading some TV's. I have all my equipment in a central AV rack for house. I am working to upgrade the house for HDTV which means more cables to run and a HD matrix switch like the Neothings Avalon http://www.neothings.com/Avalon.html. My problem is The Plasma in the living and the projector in the theater are the only two TV's that will accept componet inputs. What I would like to do is take the third output of the Matrix switch and downgrade it to composite so it can then be modulated and distributed on my current system. That way the kitchen, office, garage, and bathroom TV's can watch the same programing. And thats why just getting another DVD player or extra equipment one for HD one set for standard would not work. Most of the time I like to play the same thing on all my TV's at the same time. Or watch the Tivo recorded programs at different locations.

So if anyone knows of a cheaper device than the Audio Authority 1361 please let us know.

Ryan
post #5 of 9
Thread Starter 
The Oppo isn't my only concern, by any means. I presently have four other HD source devices, and I expect I'll have more as time goes on. The Oppo is just the one I most urgently wanted to get up and running, and fortunately it turns out the Oppo does output to both connections simultaneously. Using a separate device wasn't really an option either, as I was trying to distribute the same signal to about nine composite-video locations in addition to the three (and soon to be four) HD-capable locations.

Of course, HDMI+HDCP will be along shortly to completely screw this up. Thanks Hollywood!

For a nice component HD matrix switch, check out Inday.com.

I talked to the Inday guy about this downconversion issue, and he said they get requests for that all the time from both private buyers and installers, so the demand is there.

I wonder if anybody makes PCI cards to do this sort of thing? I have no shortage of spare computers...
post #6 of 9
I have everything connected through my receiver (Onkyo TX-SR702) and have a component out to my projector, and there is a monitor s-video output that goes to my TV, and it works fine. I could hook up the composite monitor out also if I wanted to. The signals are concurrent.
post #7 of 9
Thread Starter 
So your Onkyo is doing the downconversion? Is your component signal HD? I've found some devices that will convert an SD component signal to composite, but that isn't what I'm looking for here.
post #8 of 9
Hmm, I guess I can't say for sure now. I have an S-video and component going from the DVD player to the receiver, so it's possible that the S-video monitor is coming from s-video inputs. I don't think I've tested downconversion now that I think more about it - otherwise I wouldn't have a reason to run the s-video.

When I had an HD source, it was going through DVI/HDMI, so that wasn't tested. Sorry I couldn't be more help.. maybe there is a receiver that can do this, though. Aren't there other outputs on your source devices? That may be an option as I've done.. you just use the composite outputs & monitor out.
post #9 of 9
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Originally Posted by McGuireV10 View Post

The Oppo isn't my only concern, by any means.

I believe that this is a valid concern. I need the same converter to use with Broadcast preview rack-mount like a DataView Quad 4"

Most preview racks only have BNC Composite as inputs. B/W is still common


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Originally Posted by McGuireV10 View Post

I really wish I could find a product without all the unneeded bells and whistles of the AA1361. I don't care about PC input or zoom or bypass or all that other junk. I just want RGB in, and composite out. What really kills me is I know an inexpensive device like the $169 Oppo contains all the necessary equipment to do this... which isn't to say I would expect the Oppo to do it, but rather to question the $500 pricetag of the AA1361...

If you run-over to Copper box the have the AA1361 For $480, but they have also have seemingly Identical/Re-branded version from AV toolBox (AVT-3190) for the same price.

Copper Box's video processors.. Look at the Pictures

They are the same price, but if you wander over to B&H, they have the AV toolBox version (but they call it "TV one AVT-3190 ") for $390

That the best I can do. Please post if you can find
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