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S Video to HDMI Converter

TVTex
08-10-2007, 02:41 PM
Hello Everyone! This is my first post and was glad to come across the forum.

I recently bought a Samsung LCD and also made the switch from cable to DIRECTV. I continue to recieve poor picture quality and have been able to get very little help from DIRECTV... Because of my downtown location, I am not able to get HDTV. Besides composite cables the best I am able to use with the DIRECTV DVR box is S-Video. I have beend reading about a device that will up-convert my S-Video to HDMI. Has anyone tried this? Thoughts? Also, any other help would be greatly appreciated!!!!

rbinck
08-10-2007, 03:22 PM
Your best bet is to get a HD receiver from Directv. The problem is with the SD receivers. They only output as good of a signal as a SDTV will put out. Hook one of the SD receivers to a HDTV and you got real crap. Mine is worse than my VCR!

By getting a HD receiver from Directv the signal is scaled to HD by the receiver which means it is done digitally. The SD receiver will convert to analog s-video (or composite) then that is sent to your set where your TV converts it back to digital and scales it to the resolution of your TV.

Lee Stewart
08-10-2007, 03:24 PM
Hello Everyone! This is my first post and was glad to come across the forum.

I recently bought a Samsung LCD and also made the switch from cable to DIRECTV. I continue to recieve poor picture quality and have been able to get very little help from DIRECTV... Because of my downtown location, I am not able to get HDTV. Besides composite cables the best I am able to use with the DIRECTV DVR box is S-Video. I have beend reading about a device that will up-convert my S-Video to HDMI. Has anyone tried this? Thoughts? Also, any other help would be greatly appreciated!!!!

Hi and welcome to HDF:hithere:

If all you can use is NTSC (480) then that's all you can use and the S-Video is about the best connection you will be able to make.This is an analog connection

The HDMI connection is for HD and upscaling DVD to 1080 so think of it as a 720/1080 connection. This is a digital connection.

Have you tried an indoor HDTV antenna? How far are you from the transmitter? Give us your Zip code and someone will show you what you need - if available.

billinprinceto
08-10-2007, 05:27 PM
Your best bet is to get a HD receiver from Directv. The problem is with the SD receivers. They only output as good of a signal as a SDTV will put out. Hook one of the SD receivers to a HDTV and you got real crap. Mine is worse than my VCR!

By getting a HD receiver from Directv the signal is scaled to HD by the receiver which means it is done digitally.

I agree, this seems like the proper approach. Also, with the HD receiver or HD DVR, you should be able to use either component or HDMI from the reciever to your TV.

TVTex
08-13-2007, 03:09 PM
Thanks for the feedback guys! Here is my zip code- 75204. I'll also give DIRECTV a call and see about getting an HD reciever. Do you think they'll provide an HD reciever without an HD satellite?

jolow
08-24-2007, 09:40 PM
looking to run hd cable into bose lifestyle system via s-video and then to plasma's hdmi or component input (i have a panasonic th50px77u). best video output on bose is s-video. researching online and found an adapter that runs s-video and composite and converts it to hd signal with hdmi output. it claims to convert composite or s-video inputs to hdmi and scale it as well. any comment on whether this will give me the hd quality i'm looking for while routing everything through the bose for easier operation?

billinprinceto
08-25-2007, 11:08 AM
looking to run hd cable into bose lifestyle system via s-video and then to plasma's hdmi or component input (i have a panasonic th50px77u). best video output on bose is s-video. researching online and found an adapter that runs s-video and composite and converts it to hd signal with hdmi output. it claims to convert composite or s-video inputs to hdmi and scale it as well. any comment on whether this will give me the hd quality i'm looking for while routing everything through the bose for easier operation?

mmm, new, huh?

It's not nice to jump in on other people's open threads.

If you wish to open a new topic, go to the main page, select the appropriate category (Cable & Connections, for example), then on about the center left of the screen click on "New Thread".

We'll watch for the new thread.