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This review is from: Gefen GTV-COMPSVID-2-HDMIS Composite to HDMI Scaler
Pros: Very low latency. According to one of the reps from Gefen it is less than a frame. I believe it. When recording video between my LCD and a CRT with the same signal going to both, it's all just the CRT being faster by design.
Picture quality is very good. Using S-Video I can actually see the dithering in N64 games.
Supports just about any modern resolution for computer monitors and TVs. Works with an HDMI>DVI adaptive cable. Audio can be sent out through 3.5mm or optical audio out.
Decent options in the menu. You can adjust aspect ratio in there if the TV/monitor does not support it.
Uses a universal AC adapter for various regions. I am only familiar with the North American plug but I would presume one of these is for Europe.
Cons: Gets a bit warm for my liking. I have all the classic consoles hooked up to one power strip that I turn off when not in use. This scaler is hooked to that. The AC adapter has these swappable 'plates' for the region you are using the unit in. They require a bit of force to get seated. Snug once in though.
Other Thoughts: I bought this out of frustration with my TV not having S-Video and generally looking awful with composite. The scaler in my TV was very fast already, but this matches it and has far superior picture quality.
I have used it with N64 and NES so far. In composite you can get away with turning sharpness up to 5 before you start seeing artifacts, S-Video I put it at 45 and it looks good.
It would be nice if there was some sort of scanline emulation to make games look a bit like they did on CRTs, but extra processing just leads to higher latency which is the last thing anybody (sane) wants.
Menu map: Decent options in the scaler's menu. You can adjust aspect ratio in there if the TV/monitor does not support it. Contrast Brightness Finetune>Hue, Saturation, Sharpness, Noise reduction Color Size> Full, Overscan, Underscan, Letterbox, Panscan Output, varius resolutions, including european 576P/I Audio>Source: L/R and Optical, Delay: 40, 110, 150. OSD, H-Position, V-Position, Timer, Background (Opacity) Factory Reset Information
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