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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on 3 July 2014
I was just about to give this 5 stars but noticed the price has gone down by about a fiver (I paid about £15 for it)!

But with regards to the product, I have a Google Chromecast and a flat screen TV with no HDMI or USB sockets. Plugging the Chromecast into this converter and then attaching phono leads from the converter to the TV works. You need a power supply for this to work... And the Chromecast needs power as well so I am going to look at buying a small powered USB power adapter for two devices (either a powered USB hub or some sort of wall plug with two USB sockets). This item does not come with a power cable or adapter, you will need to source that yourself. The USB socket on the converter is not a micro socket, it is a mini USB (i.e. not the usual one that comes with mobile phones).
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 23 May 2014
Received it fairly promptly (after about a week or so).

Easy to set up, and decent video quality (I connected it from a new Apple TV). However, the unit I received had problems with the audio. It was initially poor (static-y), then audio dropped out altogether.

Also worth pointing out that the device does not support HDCP (the awful ‘copy protection’ system for HDMI). So you’ll be able to connect your computer to it, but cannot (for example) play many videos or movies on it via AirPlay/AppleTV. (Can you detect the bitterness in my tone?) That’s not the fault of the device, but other similar products DO at least claim to support HDCP.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 20 June 2014
Here's the story behind the reason why I purchased this. I bought myself a PS4 (PlayStation 4) with 3 games, and then I realised I don't have a HDTV - yes, I don't have a HDTV, but I already know that this console can only be played in HD. I thought to myself what can be done about playing my PS4 on my standard TV, so I searched the net, and that's when I came across this. This little white box converts a HDMI signal to a AV signal - that yellow, red, and white cable that is used for scarts. How does it work? I have no idea, I'm not an expert, but it does convert the signal. I read the reviews about this, some people said it didn't work and some people said it did work. I watched a video proof of a guy using this, so I decided to buy it myself. It came yesterday, and then I realised something was missing. I needed a double AV cable to connect the box up to my TV. I found one and I bought it. The cable came today, and I just tested it a few minutes ago before I wrote this review.

The moment of truth, does it work? Yes it does bloody works despite a few people saying it doesn't work, something must be wrong with their TV. It's not perfect, that's why I didn't give it a 5 star rating. Here's how it works. There's 3 sockets on the box, one for HDMI, one for AV, and a USB. What you do is insert the HDMI into the console and into the box. Next, insert the double AV cable into the TV and into the 3 sockets on the box. Finally, the USB that comes supplied with it just needs to be inserted in the USB socket on the front of my PS4. A few people said that it needs to be inserted into something else, but no, it simply inserts in a ordinary USB socket to make it work, I guess some people are wrong with what they said about this.

One thing I don't understand is the box has a switch for PAL and NTSC. If switched to PAL, the picture is black and white with no sound. If switched to NTSC, the picture is colour with sound. I'm from UK, and I have to use the NTSC format for my TV, and I don't understand why - is my TV NTSC? I don't know, I guess it doesn't matter, as long as it still works. As for the picture, it's not perfect. It may look jagged, but the picture still can be seen. The sound is alright, there is a little bit of fuzziness comes through, but the sounds still can be heard.

This can be used for the meantime while people are waiting to get a HDTV. This can also be used for people who can't afford a HDTV, and still want to be play their PS4 or Xbox One on a standard TV. This white box is good, it may save lives for different reasons, but it might not work for everybody.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on 5 October 2012
I wondered about buying this since there were no reviews yet. Then I thought that if it didn't work, Amazon's excellent returns service would back me up.

But it works - perfectly! I plugged in my notebook laptop via a standard HDMI cable into the converter. I powered the converter via the USB port, and then connected the converter to our somewhat ancient Sony TV using an AV phono 3-way cable. When I worked out what to set on the notebook, hey presto! A very clear picture and a great sound. We can now watch the BBC iPlayer on the TV screen.

This seems to be a very good value and simple solution to allow a laptop with an HDMI output to display to a TV that does not have HDMI, but does have AV input.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
I wanted to play Bluray disks but my DVD player couldn't do this (obviously). But as my TV didn't have an HDMI input I either had to buy a (bedroom) TV that did or find a gizmo that converted HDMI from my Bluray to composite video, which my TV did understand.

I tested it first using my digibox (that normally connects via a SCART lead but has an HDMI output too) and confirmed that the quality was acceptable and that audio, as well as video, was coming through loud and clear. I had to buy an HDMI cable AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI Cable 3 Feet / 0.9 m Supports Ethernet / 3D / Audio Return (Newest Standard) to do this but as cables are no longer included in any home cinema device I knew I had to do this anyway.

Testing complete I bought a new, simple Bluray player LG 3D Slim Smart BP325 Blu-ray Player - Black from Amazon and wow! it didn't just work, it exceeded my expectations.

What's to like?
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It powered up without using the (supplied) UDB cable which meant less cables.

There's nothing to configure. It takes all formats of high definition HDMI in, and spits out much lower definition composite video. I tried 576i, 720p, 1080i and 1080p (the latter two when my Bluray arrived).

The quality of the composite on my TV is better than the SCART input from my digibox, so I am well impressed (not to say tempted as to what a modern, new TV with HDMI inputs would give me!)

It just works.

What could be better?
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There is no 'on' LED on the device but if you're getting a deep blue picture on your TV (even without an input connected to this device) it's working.

Conclusion
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Saved me buying a new small, bedroom TV for the odd hour at night. I'm still tempted but I can now ponder in peace whilst this little gizmo does the business.

If you can't connect an HDMI cable but do have composite phono plugs then this is for you.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 5 May 2013
had my doubts about this when i decided to purchase it but it sounded like just what i needed if it worked.
glad to say my doubts were unfounded.
a great little piece of hardware for the price. does exactly wot it says it can and was so easy to setup that anyone with even basic skills could get this to work. 10 out of 10.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 3 November 2013
This does the job, no issues. I've put in a home cinema AV receiver, the TV is next on the list, but until then the old CRT stays. With this little box I can take the HDMI out and display it on the old clunker. So now I can also use my Apple-TV etc.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 28 July 2013
It seems that more and more products now come with no direct way of outputting to Scart or SD component, only to HDMI. Rather than buying an accessory for each of them I've bought one of these.
It does a pretty good job of downscaling onto my TV, and lets face it, if you've still got a low-def TV like us then Top Notch AV Quality isn't exactly your highest priority!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 11 November 2014
In spite of its name, this is not a HDMI to CVBS converter. It has no scaling function and it will not accept HDMI at 1080p and output PAL or NTSC. What it does instead is to negotiate with the HDMI source to force it to output 720x576 (in the case of PAL) with 4/3 aspect ratio. This makes it useless in a dual screen application where one screen is HD and the other PAL. The HD picture is distorted and low resolution.
If you are able to override the negotiation and make the HDMI source output 1080p, the converter outputs nothing - at least nothing that can be used by a PAL monitor.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on 21 April 2014
When I searched for a composite to hdmi converter, this was the 1st option that came up. Unfortunately it turned out to be a HDMI to COMPOSITE converter. An easy mistake to make, so I requested a refund. Luckily enough, the seller KFLY UK understood the dilemma and gave me a full refund. Oddly enough, when I asked which address to return it to they said I could keep the product. This is never something I have experienced with a company before, so congrats KFLY. Will definitely purchase from them in the near future.
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