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5 out of 5 eggs Good for old consoles. 07/05/2013

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
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