First, some common terminology:
- Composite: The yellow video cable
- Component: The red/blue/green cable
- Coax: The only cable that you can screw in
- HDMI: What everything is these days
Okay, so I've got me some "legacy" gaming systems which we will refer to as "A". This could be a Gamecube, a Playstation, you know, one of the older ones. The important commonality is that they only output via composite.
I've got a modern screen, which we will refer to as "B". It, as I'm sure you're guessing, doesn't take composite inputs. The inputs my TV does take are: HDMI, Component, HDMI, VGA, Coax, and HDMI.
Now, there's all sorts of technical jargon about 'scan lines' and 'resolutions', but all I want to know is this: How can I connect A to B?
My first thought was "no problem, I'll just use the composite ports on my DVD/VCR combo machine and use it to translate!". Yeah, that didn't work. Which I found surprising. I really expected that I could use the coax connection from the VCR to the TV to get the signal from A to B. Didn't work. Turns out, all those composite inputs are routed to the (unused) composite output. So, no signal to screen. Sad panda.
Now, I'm well aware of special A/V cables for certain systems that will give me (for that one platform) a nice digital output that will go into the TV no problem. Those cables are way $$$ and awfully device specific. I'm figuring there should be a box I can pick up for $40 and that'll connect A to B for all of my systems. One at a time, of course. Ideas?