Only recently did I go shopping for an inexpensive bluray player. At the big box store they told me blurays no longer are fitted with a composite connection which I use with an old Sony Trinitron.
The set is old but sharp and some connections on the back are flaky. I have connected the
video composite plug from the front to my Sony dvd player. The audio is connected to a receiver/amp.
If I want to simply get a new player to work with both dvd and bluray plus the occasional CD
what sort of cabling or bluray purchase can I get by with until a more general upgrade of
system is needed?
I have seen everything from HDMI boxes costing $20.00 to cable sets costing 66 cents.
Also the composite cable I'm using is long. Indicate what sort of patch is needed for a run of 25 ft. Box at one end plus long wire or other.
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So what do those cables and boxes do? Are they scams or vaporware?
I simply don't know the difference.
As you pointed out, there are boxes that claim to take a hdmi output (from your player) to a composite input (for your CRT)
If you read the reviews (Amazon etc.) there are mixed reports that they work. IIRC there is a topic or two on here about them as well.
One of the reviews I just read says that they do not support 60hz output so that might well exclude them for you. Someone with more technical knowledge might wish to contribute to that.
Yes I'd like to see a few more replies. If it's simply a no-go with the old screen that answers my question.
If HD quality is the concern, the Sony gives me adequate playback for my needs and has
for-- 25 years or close to it.
To view content I may take the other route of upgrading to a bluray recorder and view that content
on my 17in computer CRT.
https://forum.videohelp.com/threads/356492-What-s-the-latest-on-inexpensive-bluray-regi...=1#post2360599 He also recommended current model Blu-Ray player that has composite video out in that other thread, but the composite out only works for DVD playback, not Blu-Ray.
Out of curiosity, why are you so wed to such out of date equipment (composite only CRT and 17" monitor). While I understand the appeal of CRTs (I'm planning to get a Triniton for my retro games, but currently don't have space), newer and higher quality replacements (i.e. CRTs with component and HDMI, 19" - 21" CRT monitors) are so cheap and readily available, often FREE. I've even seen the the holy grail of Trinitrons, the 34XBR960 for less than $100 a few times.
I was a long-time hold out on CRTs (going through about two dozen Trinitrons and PC monitors over the years), but now having moved on to Plasma and LCDs, I don't know why I held out so long.
I already mentioned the need for HDCP compliance in his other Blu-Ray player thread. https://forum.videohelp.com/threads/356492-What-s-the-latest-on-inexpensive-bluray-regi...=1#post2360601
We are largely going over old ground here.
Wait till it comes out on 'Beta'!!
kidding, o' course, -c-Cranky Old Man
Quite frankly this thread continued after I read the part about needing separate software
for the Bluray recorders used in computer setup.
Things remain confused but I did not follow the thread after a certain point and forgot
The pertinent information was about a Seiki model which I never heard of and apparently available at Sears in the US. I'll see if anything is available from Sears on it.
It seems way to easy to get caught with a unit that doesn't do this or that region or Pal/NTSC.
Seriously though, look around for a slightly older model player that has more outputs. Check out eBay. I prefer having all the options, composite, component, analog audio, as well as the HDMI & digital audio outs. I like the older Panasonics that still support RAM playback.
Find a Blu-ray player with the additional jacks, and hook it up the same way your current DVD player is connected. Don't mess with adapters.
What's with all the chop bustin'? If the OP is happy with their CRT, let it be. Maybe they aren't so concerned about 720 or 1080. Perhaps they just would like a new player with the ability to access extra content, streaming, and play more types of discs.
2012 was the last year that manufacturers were permitted to get a license for a Blu-Ray player that allowed composite video and analog stereo audio to be used for Blu-Ray playback, although some Blu-Ray players licensed that year just had HDMI and maybe digital coaxial. I got an LG BP220 for my parents that year. It has composite out for Blu-Ray and DVD, assuming the firmware update I performed in 2013 didn't cripple that feature. The LG BP320 and LG BP620, also from 2012, have composite video and analog stereo audio too.
Now that you mentioned it, I do recall reading about eliminating analog connections.
I was mostly ranting about the lack of features and the poor build quality of today's electronics.
I'm glad I've hoarded a bunch of older equipment. Now I'm scared to update firmware.
Also, have a BNIB Sony 34XBR970 as a back-up, along with a few VCRs & LaserDisc players and a Toshiba HD-DVD player.
Couldn't pass up the deals on most of my gear. Oldies, but goodies!
On the needed bluray player front,
I also did find a refurbished Panasonic blu deck that Walmart.com was selling that has the rca composite jacks we both need and they were not disabled. I use this as my main player for anything that I would not need to do a pal/ntsc or region change issue. I keep it for a straight/direct US player- This was the Panasonic DMP-DSB100
The downside is Walmart.com no longer sells this refurbished player, but this place on ebay does (and for the same price- $50.00)- also this is NOT a 3d deck, some of the info mentions it can do 3d but that is the Panasonic DMP-BTD100 not the DSB100
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I will look at the ebay entry. Thanks for continuing with this.
I will report back any progress.
I got one of these a while back:
Pretty cool player, was Region Free right out of the box. At least for regular DVDs. Automatically converts PAL to NTSC.
Not sure about all region on Blu-Ray. But, this machine played a couple of Blu-Rays that would not play on my Panasonic Blu-Ray players. One was a BR from Russian Federation, and the other a European BR import that didn't specify a region code.
I took the precaution of looking up the owner's guide for the Pioneer under discussion above. That does show composite hookup. It would have a refurb warranty as well.
But the discussion is a good one.
As the charge went through it showed Meritline as the recipient so I feel less queasy about
the purchase. Meritline is a trusted source for media which I've used in the past.
Thanks for the tip. I'll report back any issues.
The story so far is that the unit I ordered became unavailable and a refund was issued from Ebay seller.
I saw a listing for the Samsung BD-C6500, looked up the manual and it does appear to have composite connects.
Is there review information at Videohelp?
The available listing was for a big box store but it might have been an old weblink. I'm going out today to investigate.
Another dead end unfortunately. The link must be one of those that never gets updated.
Thanks for answering. If one of those patch boxes is no good (and they don't even sell well) then I'll just have wait out the CRT's demise-- or run a Bluray burner as playback.