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I have been looking for a VGA to Component converter so that I can hook my HTPC (Mac Mini) to my TV, using something other than S-Video, which has crappy quality. My TV has no HDMI, or DVI, or VGA
So I settled for component video. I am not really willing to shell out $100 for something like the Audio Authority 9A60, so I found the RCA VHDC300 for $25. Is it any good? I don't think it matters but my TV is an RCA too. Thanks!


P.S. I have already looked into just a cable, they do not work with the mac mini, and my TV does not accept RGB.
 

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All I can tell you from experience is that cheap converters give poor results-having been through a few of them in trying to save a buck. Can't speak to this one in particular, but I've long since learned that there's a reason why some HDMI switcher/component converters etc. are $25 and "real" ones cost upwards of $100-$200. In every single case I through away the cheap one after trying it once.
 

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OK, so it came in, and it is really great! It took me a few days to find the right resolution/scan rate, and adjust the Front and Back porches. The RCA VDHC300 works perfectly at 1080i. My only problem, and I don't know if this is the adapters fault, or my Mac Mini's is that the picture was cut off, so much that I got to the limit of what the front and back porch adjustment could do. Luckily I found out how to enter the service menu of my TV, and could adjust the picture position. Overall great picture quality, MUCH better than S-Video.
 

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The issues with front/back porch and picture size may be because this converter was specifically sold for use with the RCA DTC-100 and Proscan PSHD105 HDTV tuners. Those tuners have a menu setting for use with the VHDC300 that affects their video output timing. Since it was made for one specific device rather than being a general RGB-to-component converter, its price was relatively low.
 
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