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Old 01-07-2013, 09:35 AM   #1
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Hi all,

I just purchased a Toshiba BDX 2250 blu ray player and I am trying to connect it to a Westinghouse LTV- 27w2 LCD TV. This is an older model HDTV, therefore it does not have an HDMI input, just component, DVI, and VGA inputs.

My question is can I just buy an HDMI to component cable or do I have to purchase a switchbox of some sort.

Some specs on both products that may or may not be useful:
Westinghouse LTV- 27w2:
720p resolution
supported DTV res: 720i, 1080i, 480i

Toshiba BDX 2250:
1080p
video upconversion: 720p, 1080p, 1080p- 24fps, 1080i

When doing some of my own research before deciding to ask for help, it discussed supporting picture qualities as the main issue in this situation, so hopefully those specs are useful.

Thank you in advance, and I apologize if this a similar thread already exists.

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:53 AM   #2
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John,
You've run into the problem in that newer BD players are abandoning component outputs for content protection purposes. Otherwise, it would be a simple matter to connect to your TV using those. One option is to see if there are any older BD players available (going back a couple of years) which have component outputs (the other, of course, is to buy a TV which accepts HDMI).

You can get an HDMI to DVI adaptor:

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

but the problem is that won't be HDCP compliant and chances are, your BD player may not work with the adapter.

The other choice is to get an HDMI to component converter which is an electonic box that converts the HDMI signal to component. Again there can be HDCP problems with this, though the manufacture suggests that it's HDCP compliant.

http://www.monoprice.com/products/pr...seq=1&format=2

It's probably your best (and least costly) option, and chances are, it will get you by until you buy a TV with HDMI inputs.

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Old 01-07-2013, 10:59 AM   #3
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Hi all,

I just purchased a Toshiba BDX 2250 blu ray player and I am trying to connect it to a Westinghouse LTV- 27w2 LCD TV. This is an older model HDTV, therefore it does not have an HDMI input, just component, DVI, and VGA inputs.
Have you tried one of these:

http://www.amazon.com/DVI-HDMI-Cable.../dp/B0002CZHN6
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Since your TV won't take a 1080p input, you might still have issues no matter what converter you use. You say it takes 720i, but there isn't a 720i, it is 720p. If you can set your Blu Ray to output only 720p, it MAY work.
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Old 01-12-2013, 01:32 PM   #5
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I meant 720p, not 720i.

I went with the converter suggested by RBTO and hooked up my Blu Ray player to another TV I have that has an HDMI connection to change the output to 720p. Once the setting was changed, I hooked up the Blu Ray to my older HDTV through the converter and so far it works fine.

The only issue I have is that the display is off center. It is almost as if the display is set for a TV that is a couple of inches wider to the left. THe center of the display is about 2 inches shifted to the left of the center of the screen and the left part of the display is cut off. I may just have to play around with the settings the get that fixed, but if anyone has any quick fixes, I would be open for suggestions.

Thanks for all the help,
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