|Item Weight||1.2 pounds|
|Product Dimensions||9.6 x 7.3 x 2 inches|
|Item model number||TV-LCDHR|
Sabrent Stand Alone TV Tuner Box with Picture in Picture for TV/CRT/TFT and Plasma Monitor/Projectors (NTSC) ANALOG Only (TV-LCDHR)
- This works for analog signals only, so a Digital to Analog converter box will be needed for current digital broadcast tv.
- This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna in the United States because of the transition to digital broadcasting in North America
- This small sleek box lets you watch TV on your CRT/LCD or any VGA Monitors.
- Simply plug it into a CRT or LCD monitor, without the need of a computer and you can enjoy watching TV shows right away
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Turn your monitor into a TV and Home Theater with the Sabrent Stand Alone TV Tuner. Plus, you can capture Video and Audio signals from S-Video or RCA/Composite outputs, such as VCRs, DVD Players, Game Consoles, Camcorders, and spy cams. Watch your favorite NTSC Analog TV stations, where available; in the United States, this feature is limited mostly to Cable and Satellite since over-the-air broadcasting has migrated to ATSC Digital. Conveniently surf channels and adjust volume with the included Remote Control. Supports Picture In Picture (PiP). Consumer Alert: This television receiver has only an analog broadcast tuner and will require a converter box to receive over-the-air broadcasts with an antenna in the United States because of the transition to digital broadcasting in North America. Analog-only TVs will continue to work as before with cable and satellite TV services, gaming consoles, VCRs, DVD players, and similar products. For more information visit the Commission’s digital television transition website. Features: 1 x Coaxial In, Connects to the TV Coaxial feed from Cable or Antenna (where available), 1 x S-Video In, Connects to the Device (i.e. DVD player) (option 1); Includes converter cable forComposite In (Yellow RCA) – Connects to the Device (i.e. DVD player) (option 2), 1 x VGA In – pass-through port used to connect the VGA monitor simultaneously to the Computer, 1 x VGA Out – Exports VGA signal to the VGA Monitor (Resolutions: 800×600, 1024×768, 1280×768,1280×1024, 1280×720, 1440×900, 1600×900, 1680×1050), 1 x Composite Out (Yellow RCA), Connects to the TV (option 1), 1 x Audio In, 1 x Audio Out, 1 x Line In, connect the Sound simultaneously to the Computer’s Sound Card, 1 x DC 5V – Power Supply, IR Remote Control – Wireless Receiver built into the Tuner Box, Supports On Screen Display (OSD), Supports Picture-in-Picture, Full-Screen Display. Hardware only solution, does not require a Computer or software/driver installation. System requirements: Monitor Display: LCD/CRT/Plasma/Projector, with a VGA, Composite RCA, or S-Video Port. PC or MAC with VGA input. What's in the box?, 1 x TV-LCDHR Stand Alone TV Tuner Box, 1 x Converter Cable from S-Video to Composite In (Yellow RCA), 1 x 3.5mm RCA audio cable, 1 x VGA cable, 1 x Remote Control, 1 x 5V Power Supply, 1 x User Manual
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The first thing I did when I got it was to hook up the Atari 2600 which only has RF output. The tuner box was unable to lock on to the signal and kept flickering in & out. I tried a couple of other consoles with RF out and it behaved exactly the same way, unable to tune in the TV signal correctly, even though it was set to the correct channel and I could verify the RF output on a real TV.
I then tried using the composite inputs with an Apple IIc. While the picture didn't flicker, when I booted a color game all I got was a monochrome picture. The box was unable to process the color signal coming from an Apple II or an Atari 800.
This and a $15 used VGA monitor replaced my aging kitchen TV. Now I can switch between the (channel 3) output of my cable box, the VGA signal from my computer, and the composite video from a security camera. Cool! Picture-in-picture is only for overlaying the coax signal (TV) in a corner of the VGA input.
My main complaint is that after tweaking brightness/contrast/color/etc, there's no way to have those settings survive a power outage. The pidgen-english manual gives a procedure for memorizing settings, but no variation of those instructions seem to work. UPDATE: Sabrent's website has a tech support form that they DO reply to, but the reply was only to confirm the manual is misleading: "The settings are saved as long as it is connected to power. There isn't a battery or memory chip that can store it if power is lost. This is mainly due to utilizing another video source so a conflict doesn't occur."
Batteries were corroded when received, but fortunately they were separate and didn't damage the remote. The calendar date was defaulted to 2010.
In case it's not clear from the main writeup, there are four inputs: VGA, RF (TV tuner), composite video, and s-video. There are video and VGA outputs, but I haven't tested the video output to see if it will produce composite from the VGA input. There are also audio inputs and outputs suitable for amplified speakers (the internal speaker is very small, very tinny, and not very loud).
-Send analog video signal from DVD player to VGA monitor.
-Send analog video signal from air antenna to VGA monitor.
-Send analog video signal from cable to VGA monitor.
-Send analog video signal from video game console to VGA monitor.
B) This product CANNOT be used for the following purposes:
-Send digital video signal OF ANY KIND (TV, video game) to VGA monitor.
If you need to accomplish any of the purposes listed on (A), this product will work for you 100%.
Note that analog signals on LCD and LED monitors will not look crisp and sharp. This is not he fault of the product. You would get the same result if you bought a $500 TV screen and plugged it into an analog source.
The product is extremely cheap. It will help convert an idle monitor into a TV. The speaker on the unit serves no useful purpose so you will also need a good pair of speakers.
No complains for this product.
For anyone adventurous enough to try (and who understand that this is a product for hooking analog signal generators directly to their monitors, and not for receiving video signals directly in your computer), the first thing I recommend doing is to turn off the "Blue Screen". I've already packed my boxes for shipping returns, but this was a pretty easy-to-find setting in the menus.
For testing, I was using a Sega Master System II video game system, and an Intellivision system, both of which can send signals on either channel 3 or channel 4 (I tried both channels, with both systems, and both devices I purchased). and worked fine with ACTUAL television receivers.
I was preparing a number of old video game systems for an event where people could come and play old-school video game consoles. This device looked to be a godsend, so I ordered two of them (despite all the bad reviews on this site, mainly because I believed the positive reviews' assessment that virtually all the bad reviews were from people who didn't properly understand what this product was intended to do).
The first one I tried, flat out refused to respond in any fashion to the signal, through multiple attempts with multiple systems, and plugging/unplugging cords. Always unchanging snow.
The second one got better results, but still horribly garbled (unusable) video (and audio, though possibly less so there). Didn't matter whether I used channel 3 or channel 4, they were both equally horrible. The device menu has a "scanning" feature which seemed handy, so I set it to scan all frequencies on its input, but though it found the frequency with the signal, there was zero improvement in quality.
So, the two LCD monitors I brought with me to use as "TVs" to hook video game consoles up to, were entirely useless. Of course, the moment I paired my video game system with a "real" TV, the signal popped up crystal clear, without problem (I'd been using the Sega Master System all week on my HD Plasma TV, as well).
Such a fantastic idea, and maybe someone else has some that work. But two units failed for me (one completely, and one only nearly completely), so I'm unwilling to try any more from this company.