|Hardware Platform||nintendo wii|
|Item Weight||1.6 ounces|
|Package Dimensions||4.5 x 3 x 1 inches|
ViewHD Wii to HDMI 720P / 1080P HD Output Upscaling Converter (Black)
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- Wii to HDMI Direct Converter / Adapter for BETTER Video Quality in Black
- Upscales Wii's Video from Composite NTSC 480p or PAL 576i to HDMI 720p or 1080p
- Not power supply needed, just a HDMI cable
- Built-in 3.5mm audio converter. Hassle Free! Plug and Play!
- Push Button Selector to Switch between 720P and1080P
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Starting July 18, 2013, new 2013 version of the VHD-Wii2HDMI replaces the older version. The newer version has multiple design improvements.
1) The 720P / 1080P output resolution switcher is now push button, easier operation than the internal needle switch.
2) Larger spacing between the HDMI socket and the 3.5mm audio jack for more practical application.
3) Better looking and better low power design.
Genuine ViewHD: A Must Have for Large Screen HDTV
Nintendo Wii is the only major gaming console that does not have HDMI output. The console’s output resolution is only 480i/p, the lack of a HDMI output on the Wii makes installations and wiring more complex and troublesome.
Wii fans have been waiting for a convenient Wii HDMI adapter for years, Thanks to ViewHD the long wait is over.
The Wii2HDMI up converts the standard Wii 480P output into a digital HDMI 720P or 1080P + audio signal allowing video & audio to be carried over a single HDMI cable to a 720P or 1080P HDTV.
Wii2HDMI is very simple to use and operate, just plug it into the back of the Wii, plug in a HDMI cable and you’re done.
* The HDMI output is either 720P or 1080P, please make sure your TV can support 720P or 1080P.
* The 720P to 1080P push button switch (inside the red box) is located on the front side at the top right corner.
* Also check out item "VHD-W2H", which is the white version to match white console.
* Please use only "POWERED" HDMI switcher for this item. Serviced by J&R Galaxies 30 day no restocking fee return policy, and ViewHD one year warranty.
Top customer reviews
Let's get the obvious out of the way: The Wii is not capable of outputting a High Definition picture. It's only capable of Enhanced Definition TV (EDTV) which means it can run most games in the Wii and Gamecube Libraries in 480 Progressive Scan.
Having said that, do NOT expect that this adapter will magically turn the Wii's last-generation graphics into something comparable to the PS3/XB360's visual output.
Let's weigh out the positives and negatives of this product so that you can make a definite decision if this is worth the investment.
TIP: Most people think that having the best possible connection will automatically give you the best visual experience. However, to get the best picture quality, it's actually a balance between your TV settings as well as having the highest video output you can get out of your electronic devices. I suggest you turn off ALL extra picture processing to get the PUREST video output possible. That means turn off edge enhancement, motion plus, dynamic contrast, etc. Trust me when I say you'll be doing yourself a HUGE favor.
NOW... onto the review:
- HDMI output!: These days, most newer TVs lack built in Component/Composite connections. I myself have a Samsung LED Smart TV which requires an adapter (packaged with the TV) to plug Component/Composite cables into it. It's VERY ugly, even WITH proper cable management. The Wii HDMI adapter will allow you to employ the use of a single HDMI cable, which is absolutely great in terms of cleaning up the wiring behind your TV.
- 3.5mm audio output: A nice little addition that will let you use a separate audio source if you're planning on playing Wii on a monitor or in the case your TV has a DVI port (which accepts the HDMI's video signal but NOT accepts the audio)
- 720p/1080p toggle: There's a little pinhole on the adapter that lets you switch between the two outputs on the fly (yes, you can press it while your Wii is on and it will change accordingly, so long as your TV supports the 2 separate resolutions). While your TV will tell you what the appropriate output is, this is really no better than any up-scaling DVD player. It simply scales the video so it fits the respective resolution (which results in the ghosting effect you'll notice around objects/lines)
- Cleaner picture!: if you can recall the difference in quality between Composite video to an S-Video connection, that's basically the visual results you'll get with this adapter. I tested this on 3 different TVs: an LCD TV, a plasma TV, and finally an LED TV. In comparison, the visual quality is not much of an improvement over a Component connection on the LCD and plasma models. But... the HDMI connection cleaned up the ghosting that was so apparent when I had the Wii hooked up via Component!
- Audio output is LOUD!: This flaw is due to the audio being analog. This may or may not bother you, but it IS noticeable (listen to the ding when navigating the Wii Menu). If you're lucky enough to dial down the audio in Wii game options, that's your best bet to remedy this (unless you use the 3.5mm audio jack and use an external audio source, this may fix the problem)
- Unit stays active while Wii is in Standby mode (yellow light). You'll notice that the device emits a blue light while active. While this is actually not a REALLY bad thing, if you're the type of person that expects the TV to shut off automatically when there's no active video signals, this may be a problem for you.
- PRICEY!: This adapter sells for roughly $35 dollars. It's hard to recommend this adapter at the current price point. I bought it because I like that I don't have to clutter the back of my TV setup with Component wires. This is more than likely the same reason you might want to opt for it; to clean up the clutter that is the Wii's wiring.
As you can see... there's a fair amount of cons to pros. So as I've said before it's REALLY hard to recommend it. If you've got Component inputs on your TV, you can pick up a cheap Wii component cable on Amazon for much cheaper than this adapter. But... if you're like me, here's the main reason I WOULD suggest it:
Portability!: Transport your Wii from place to place? This is a good alternative to carrying a bulky Component wire. As for me, I primarily use the Wii for Netflix in the bedroom, but will occasionally take it to the living room TV to play some Super Smash Bros. So really... this is the EXACT reason I have it, so all I have to do is transport JUST the console without having to go to the back of the TV and remove wiring.
Again... my DEEPEST apologies for the extreme length of this review. But I doubt you're going to find a more comprehensive review than this. I hope it helps! Thanks for reading!
Update 04/22/2013 - We (kids, wife and I) have been using this for 3 months now, and it still works just fine! I'm impressed every time I play one of my old games for the first time with this adapter. The difference in sound through the HDMI into my AV stereo is amazing! It really makes the games come alive. The video is a bit darker, but I turn up the brightness on the TV as necessary (really only an issue for us on Wii Ski - night mode). Clarity is better than with the component cables. I couldn't be happier with this purchase!
Despite the negative reviews, I bought this converter. I already had component cables, but my new Yamaha AV Receiver with HDMI does not convert component or composite signals to HDMI, and I really want just one cable from the receiver into the TV. This did the trick, and I can't believe the difference. Some screens to appear a bit darker, so I switched my LCD TV into "Vivid" mode. We've got all the Mario games, Mario vs Sonic Olympics, Wii Ski, Wii Sports, Sports Resorts, and a number of others. The games that were specifically made for the Wii, like Mario Kart, and Super Mario Bros, not only look better, but the sound is absolutely incredible. I'm sure with a cheap little adapter like this, there will be some duds (the company is aware of several imposters - so make sure you don't get a cheap knock-off), but so far we've been using this for around 2 weeks, and it works great. Having the surround sound feed into my receiver is a big plus, and despite only upscaling the 480P to 720P (without fancy algorithms, which I later realized my DVD player does use, and DOES upgrade component and composite to HDMI...DUH!), everyone noticed that the screens look clearer and crisper. The sound and lack of big ugly 5-part cables are the biggest draws. I hope it lasts, but if not, I (now) know I can run the Wii's component cables through the DVD player/recorder and it will upscale to HDMI for me. I will update this if the device fails, but so far I'm very pleased.
Also, I was using the cables that came with the Wii and not component cables. I was able to switch to 480P on the Wii settings. The up-converted 720/1080P digital signal is then sent to my digital receiver. Worked immediately and the video quality was slightly improved (slightly less jagged edges/smoother image). More noticeable was the improvement in audio quality.
Only reason I am rating it a 4/5 is for a combination of two factors. The over-hype of the product improving video quality as well as the price being a bit high for the device itself. If my (or your) receiver up-converted analog signals, this would be more or less useless compared to quality component cables. However, if yours does not and you are looking to be more organized in your cabling and input selection, it is worth it for the convenience factor. If you are looking for a significant upgrade in picture quality, it will be very minor.