Like Audio Authority, Key Digital offers the
VGA to Component Transcoder. For the consumer with 720p capable HDTV, the Key
Digital transcoder is the perfect device to output this resolution to a component
(Y-Pb-Pr) TV. Used with Home Theater PCs (HTPC) or VGA based HDTV set-top-box such
as RCA's DTC-100 and ProScan's PSHD105. The added VGA Loop-through allows the use of
a RGB monitor in conjunction with a component HDTV.
Why do I need this device?
The current crop of HDTV decoders available on
the market today are High-band Component Video input (3xRCA), as are most HD capable
Digital TVs. RCA/Thomson Consumer released their first HDTV Decoder with RGB output
(VGA 15-pin), making most televisions incompatible with this affordably priced
receiver/decoder. The transcoder also allows a properly set-up PC connect to
Component input based Digital TV.
How does it work?
The ease of HD access via Satellite was
limited to equipment that offered this type of input. Unfortunately, most major
manufacturers decided not to offer the RGB (VGA) feature connector, although technically
the television was capable of displaying this type of signals. The KD-VTC1 will
transcode VGA signals to Component Video format, allowing a pass-thru from RGB
devices. Please note that the resolution is limited by your TV's scan frequency,
translated to 640x480 (480p) or 960x540 (540p/1080i) or 1280x720 (720p) running in 60Hz
Refresh Rate (Vertical Scan Frequency). Please check your TV's owner's manual for