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Old 01-07-2013, 02:45 PM   #1
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Just moved in to a new area and got a free deal with my internet where I get a cable box and free cable for a year when signing up. However, they sent me a cable box that only has composite output. I've looked around online for boxes that can upscale from composite to HDMI but I haven't found anything under about $130. Does anyone know of anything cheaper out there? I hate to watch a 480i or whatever picture on my 55 inch plasma.
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A converter will do nothing to improve the SD feed/picture. So do not waste your money.
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Why won't it help? Sorry, this is the first time I've ever had cable so I don't know a lot about how the boxes work.
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You probably have an SD box, you need to call them and get the HD box. The tv will not upscale a SD image coming from that box, regardless of the wires used.
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Use the component

Might be confusion
composite is yellow red white


do you mean component?

red blue green red white, if so just use those
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Why won't it help? Sorry, this is the first time I've ever had cable so I don't know a lot about how the boxes work.
Because it still will be a SD feed. All that converter will do is convert the analog composite 480i video signal to digital video 480i signal so your HDMI input can process the video. You will need a HD cable box and service to get HD. You may want to try and connect your coax strait to the TV and do a scan and see if you can pick up any HD channels (locals).. IMO a converter will do very little to nothing to improve your picture and would be a waste of money. It may even make it worse.
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Use the component

Might be confusion
composite is yellow red white


do you mean component?

red blue green red white, if so just use those
No, it's composite (red, white, yellow). I just figured if I bought a converter box that upscales composite to HDMI it would help out. I guess I'll have to call and see if they can give me an HD box without an extra monthly charge.
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your tv will already 'upscale' whatever image it get's to the tv's native resolution (either 720p or 1080p) so eventually EVERYTHING ends up there at that resolution but in order to get a true unaltered HD image you must give your tv HD material for which you need a box that has an hd feed.
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No, it's composite (red, white, yellow). I just figured if I bought a converter box that upscales composite to HDMI it would help out. I guess I'll have to call and see if they can give me an HD box without an extra monthly charge.
I am almost positive they WILL charge you for the HD box-- and they probably will try to talk you into HD service too . . .

Take Bigloww's advice: connect the cable directly to the TV and do a complete channel scan. if your TV has a QAM tuner (and most all newer sets do), you will probably see some HD channels. While you will loose the "guide" from the box, if you set up your "favorites" in a thoughtful manner, you won't miss the guide all that much and you will have some HD.
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If it is not expensive , you can try to buy
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Composite out will not get you high definition no matter HOW you wire it. The old saying GIGO is apt: garbage in, garbage out.

Spring for the HD box...probably something like $6 a month. It's well worth it unless you have an old cathode ray TV set.

If you are willing to live with low definition just wire the composite into the composite input on the TV.
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