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    Bought the SCART to HDMI and Composite/S-Video to SCART. Now to wait for them to arrive, from China.
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    I think S-video would work with this converter. I don't think it can tell the difference between composite, S-video and RGB, as these are all analog signals, but it converts them anyway. Am I right?

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    Am I right??

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    SCART to HDMI arrived today. It's a lot smaller than I imagined. Everything powers on but I'll have to wait for the Composite to SCART because I don't have any SCART cables yet. Also the manual that came with it is the eBay description

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    Quote Originally Posted by markusman64ds View Post
    Am I right??
    I was right! Composite/S-Video to SCART arrived today. I tested the SCART to HDMI out with composite and S-Video and they both work great. There is barely any lag.

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    Any chance of some comparison shots between composite, S-Vid, and crazy HDMI setup?

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    Quote Originally Posted by wiggyx View Post
    Any chance of some comparison shots between composite, S-Vid, and crazy HDMI setup?
    My TV doesn't have S-Video, which is one of the reasons I got the converter.

    I can say that composite looks ok on the converter (played some Robotron 64 and Mario Kart 64). Of course it's not gonna be XRGB quality on something like this. S-video looks good on it (tried the 3DO startup screen). RGB would look way better but I don't have any of those cables yet. Finally, using my VCR I got RF to Composite to SCART to HDMI and played Freeway in 1080p, which looks worse than composite but still ok.

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    What TV are you using, quality will improve not just not just on the cords but the output device as well.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bugrouleau View Post
    What TV are you using, quality will improve not just not just on the cords but the output device as well.
    1080i plasma by Samsung. Just checked again and composite is about the same as without the converter. The strange thing is that while S-Video works fine with 3DO, my Gamecube on S-Video only shows a black and white image. This is likely an issue with the cord, as it's one of those "works with everything except Dreamcast" video cables.

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    Are there any NTSC VHS players with SCART input and output? They would go well with my setup.

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    Quote Originally Posted by markusman64ds View Post
    Are there any NTSC VHS players with SCART input and output? They would go well with my setup.
    I don't think so, and it's not like you'll get any quality jump over composite that way. The best video quality you'll get out of VHS is composite video unless you have an S-VHS VCR which uses S-video.
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    I've seen some VHS/DVD combo players that I think have component output. Would that be for just the DVD side or both sides?

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    Quote Originally Posted by markusman64ds View Post
    I've seen some VHS/DVD combo players that I think have component output. Would that be for just the DVD side or both sides?
    That's only for the DVD side, the only VHS players that I know have component outputs are a few broadcast decks and DVHS machines which are becoming more rare and expensive. There was a weird VHS Blu-Ray combo deck that Panasonic put out a few years ago that had HDMI out for both sides, but it's way over priced now days. When it comes to VHS, S-VHS decks are the best and cheapest route to go since VHS has a low resolution to begin with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by alec006 View Post
    When it comes to VHS, S-VHS decks are the best and cheapest route to go since VHS has a low resolution to begin with.
    Specifically S-VHS decks with a TBC/DNR circuit. Not all S-VHS decks have these features, but these are what make S-VHS decks so desirable for normal VHS tapes. If you're going to bother with a really good VCR to play back tapes you might as well get a good one, otherwise you might as well just stick with a regular deck.

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