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#1 jrutz   An OG CAG since the Early Aughts CAGiversary!   1622 Posts   Joined 16.9 Years Ago  

Posted 29 December 2013 - 03:43 AM

My TV (LG 55LW6500) won't accept 480p signals via component or VGA, and my receiver (Yamaha RX-V673) doesn't upconvert 480p. Nice pairing, eh?

 

That means, the Xbox/PS2 generation is pretty much DOA to me right now unless I play with composite cables (no thank you). The same for my Dreamcast hooked up via VGA.

 

I have a cheapo Monoprice VGA/Component to HDMI converter, which upconverts signals to 720p, but the build quality is crap and I get major image doubling and ghosting on the VGA signal. Composite image is washed out and bland.

 

These consoles deserve better, but it seems there's just no all-in-one solution, let alone multiple standalone solutions that are affordable. I wish there was something like that XRGB Framemeister but for more recent consoles, as they all seem to be tailored to composite retro gaming and CRT image quality. 

 

Emulators are an option for me, as my PC is hooked up to my HDTV, but ripping or ROM dumping games becomes a difficult and costly solution, not to mention a buggy experience.

 

Saying all of this, what does everyone else use to play last-last gen consoles? Or should I just embrace the emulator scene?



#2 detectiveconan16   Delicious! CAGiversary!   7171 Posts   Joined 13.5 Years Ago  

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Posted 29 December 2013 - 02:27 PM

You should consider getting a smaller tv/crt, seeing how you already have the space for a 55''. And they cost the fraction of one of those machines.



#3 jrutz   An OG CAG since the Early Aughts CAGiversary!   1622 Posts   Joined 16.9 Years Ago  

Posted 30 December 2013 - 01:41 AM

You should consider getting a smaller tv/crt, seeing how you already have the space for a 55''. And they cost the fraction of one of those machines.

I thought of that. I have a smaller 20" LCD monitor I could use, but I'm trying to find a solution where I can play on the big TV and in my big comfy chair.



#4 Paco   GO TEAM GIRTH! CAGiversary!   4017 Posts   Joined 14.6 Years Ago  

Posted 01 January 2014 - 06:59 AM

XRGB Mini should do you right.



#5 Fabrizo   CAGiversary! CAGiversary!   421 Posts   Joined 16.1 Years Ago  

Posted 09 January 2014 - 11:34 PM

The XRGB mini can accept 480i via Component (using a D-Terminal adapter) or RGB, not just S-Video or Composite. For VGA the upcoming Kenzei adapter supposedly will make that possible.