Good for old consoles. 07/05/2013
This review is from: Gefen GTV-COMPSVID-2-HDMIS Composite to HDMI Scaler
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.
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.
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.
Decent options in the scaler's menu. You can adjust aspect ratio in there if the TV/monitor does not support it.
Finetune>Hue, Saturation, Sharpness, Noise reduction
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)
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