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Old 22 August 2009, 21:06   #1
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Arrow VBOX HD-360 : a GREAT component/hdmi to VGA converter

I was tired to plug/unplug component cables behind my gaming monitor , so I was looking for some sort of "multi-component-selector" ... I bought a 4port manual one, only to find that it is crap and the quality degrades lots.
So I scanned eBay and found this thing called: VBOX HD-360 ... another vga-box I thought but it seemed nice... so I read on:

●Delivers crystal clear 480i, 576i, 480p, 576p, 720p(50HZ/60HZ), 1080i(50HZ/60HZ), and 1080p(50HZ/60HZ) displays on standard VGA/LCD monitors.
●Adopts standard component video output, compatible with gaming consoles and video devices, including the PS2, PS3, Xbox, Xbox 360, Wii GameCube, Etc.
●Add black bar to match with 5:4 or 16:10 panel. No more distortion!
●Provides video pass-though function to select images between PC and the gaming console by pressing one signal button.
provides advanced sinal processing withgreat precision. Colors, resolutions, and details.
●High quanlity, state of the art motion adaptive de-interlacing for 480i and 1080i input.
●High quanlity scaling technology for 480p, 576p, 720p, 1080p.
●Provides picture adjustment which brings the most comfortable picture to you.
●When box in standby mode VGA-IN bypass to VGA-OUT.
●Please connect Port YPbPr2 with convert-cable attached.

Inputs: HDMI, component (YPbPr), VGA
Output: VGA
YPBPR input Modes: 480i, 576i, 480p, 576p, 720p(50HZ/60HZ), 1080i(50HZ/60HZ) and 1080p(50HZ/60HZ)
HDMInoutput Modes: 480i, 576i, 480p, 576p, 720p(50HZ/60HZ), 1080i(50HZ/60HZ)
VGA output format: 800x600, 1024x768, 1280x1024, 1440x900, 1440x1050, 1600x1200, 1680x1050, 1920x1200, 1920x1200_RB

it costed a total of ~60eur to get it, and was a little more expensive than a quality multi-component selector (the idea was that since the VBOX has 2 component inputs that plug to vga-in of my monitor, I would have a total of 3 devices conected permanently and controlled via remotes so it suited my needs)

To cut long story sort, this device is AMAZING.

1. I have not noticed any bluring/ghosting/degration when the VBOX is also used as a pass-through device from a pc. The picture is crystal clear!

2. The component->vga conversion is totally awesome and crystal-clear (again!) so much that I thought that the xbox1 and ps2 have native vga-out capablillities!

this thing worths every cent, and I highly recommend it!

here are some pics of the vbox's menus that I took on my test-17"-crt vga monitor and an xbox1 at 720p (keep in mind those are 3MP photos from a mobile phone, resized to 1024x768) :

... and here are the insides, seems quality stuff to me

the only drawback I can think of is having the vga ports in the front... and why I am so excited? because ALL those years I have used several vga boxes, and all were crappy having vhs/svhs as inputs and convert those to vga with a big quality loss... this one makes me wanna get a 2nd to keep as spare!
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