Originally Posted by jjeff
It's more expensive than the Apple device but it seems to do much more. AFAIK the other component to S-video adapter Nextoo talked about, it will only convert 480i component to 480i S-video. The device you linked looks like it will take 480i-1080p and both downconvert to 480i for S-video/composite and pass thru the native resolution. That sounds really nice and would sure work with something like the DTVPal DVR which does not output 480i via component, so the other converter wouldn't work while this one would.
If you don't mind I'm going to put your link in the other thread since the title of this thread is "cheaper" component to S-video converter. Yours isn't cheaper but sure sounds more flexible. Lastly, are you sure the Ambery device removes CP? Maybe I missed it but I didn't see it mentioned in your link.
It appears to be much better than the apple svideo converter for the reason you mention. It down converts a high definition source to 480i output. Plus it seems to offer high definition passthrough via component output simultaneously.
The apple svideo converter requires a 480i feed (it does not down convert) and some cableco boxes are now not providing a full widescreen image if the box is set to 480i - even via component output. So in these cases the apple svideo converter becomes useless.
As far as CP is concerned it seems that when a component input is converted to svideo the CP gets left behind. So pretty much any device that does this type of conversion eliminates any CP concern (edit - cableco/satco CP concern). This is probably the number one reason why DVD recorders with component inputs disappeared from the market as quickly as they did.