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This unique RGB to Component (YPbPr) Converter provides a picture
perfect component conversion optimized for HD-ready displays for full
high-definition viewing. It allows you to view high-definition (HD) content from
RGB sources on your existing projector or HD-ready TV such as Mitsubishi and
The Box1020 allows you to use RGB devices on TV's that only
have component inputs!
Adjustable Low Level Black Boost (Gamma Boost): The
Box1020 adds gamma adjustment to RGB devices for absolutely perfect shadow detail
when using *either* the component or RGB output of the Box1020. The Box1020 is the only
solution offering gamma boost on component output!
The World's first Image Alignment Correction (IAC) circuitry to
fix image "left-shift" error found on some converters.
The Box1020's cable driver stage lets you use an analog output
cable of any length with many converters. You no longer need to place the
converter near your TV! Perfect for those of you that
already have a long RGB or component cables installed.
The RGB signal is converted to the component (YPbPr) or passed
through in RGB with no degradation in quality. It works with any
source that has an RGB output.
Box1020 is plug-n-play with no extra steps required. It can be used for all
standard High-definition TV formats: 1080p, 1080i, 720p. All standard frame
rates are supported. Low-level Black Boost operates in both RGB and Component
This converter has a full dynamic range for maximum details in
the picture for all input modes. The converter introduces no missing black
levels in the output (no black crush) or washed-out whites.
Box1020 connects to your display in one of two ways:
For component (YPbPr) displays: Through a standard 3-RCA-RCA
For RGB displays: Through a 15-pin D-Sub VGA connector or
through a VGA-5BNC break-out cable. Horizontal and Vertical sync information is
present in the VGA connector
Both displays can be connected at the same time.
Box1020 Instruction manual (PDF
Low-Level Black Boost (LBB):
In most displays the shadow detail content is severely limited
or simply completely missing. When there are a lot of dark areas in the picture
they simply appear as a uniform black area even though the original content has
a lot of details within these areas. This phenomenon is next to impossible to
compensate by conventional means by simply increasing brightness or contrast.
By increasing brightness true blacks start looking grey and the
overall picture only becomes washed-out.
Box1020 LBB selectively addresses only the correct black (the
shadow detail) information of interest creating a very dynamic looking overall
picture with a rich shadow detail. The level of correction is adjustable for
LBB can be used in both the component conversion output and the
RGB pass-through output to operate as a stand-alone RGB-RGB Low-Level Black
Boost device. (See also Box1021 for this functionality).
The following pictures show LBB in action. Look for black/dark
areas showing rich details using LBB. Brightness and contrast are kept the same
in all pictures and they are in their nominal settings for everyday typical use.
Only LBB is turned on/off. All pictures are taken with a regular camera 3 feet
away from the display.
LBB (gamma boost) off:
LBB (gamma boost) turned up 25%:
LBB (gamma boost) off:
LBB (gamma boost) on:
LBB (gamma boost) off:
LBB (gamma boost) turned up 25%:
LBB (gamma boost) off:
LBB (gamma boost) turned up 25%:
Box1020 is the world's first stand-alone RGB to Component
converter to introduce the Low-Level Black Boost. See
here for more
screenshots of Black Boost from a customer review of the Box1021 (includes
similar Black Boost features as the Box1020).
Want to learn more about Gamma Boost and why it matters? To find out why proper gamma is critical to image quality and movie
reproduction, see our
Greyscale & Colour Calibration for Dummies guide.
The following pictures are examples taken with Blu-Ray player ->
Box1020 -> NEC XG1351 CRT Projector. Low-level black boost is utilized in
all examples to bring out tremendous shadow detail. No photo manipulation of any
kind is done to any of the pictures except for resizing.
Image Alignment Correction (IAC):
Box1020 Component and RGB outputs will not cause an image shift
as documented with the use of other converter boxes.
Many current RGB to Component converters suffer from a
limitation in the control of a picture shift where the displayed image is
horizontally shifted to the left leaving some portion, typically some inches, of
the active image hidden. Existing solutions merely offer a capability to shift
the picture even more to the left thereby exaggerating the problem. This is a
highly undesirable feature that has gone unaddressed until now.
The following pictures show IAC at work.
The following is a comparison picture where IAC is not used. The
picture information is converted into component without using IAC and the
resulting picture is shifted left similar to all other existing RGB-Component
IAC operates similarly in all HD modes, 720p/1080i and 1080p.
IAC can be used in both the component output and in the RGB output.
Long-Length Cable Friendly
Box1020 has a dedicated cable driver circuitry that allows
cables of any length to be used to connect to your display. There is no need to
buy any extra equipment or to have Box1020 close to the display.
Input: RGB (RGB with Horizontal and Vertical syncs - RGBHV)
Output: RGBHV HD-15 D-Sub (VGA) Connector and Component (YPbPr)
over a 3-RCA cable
An adjustable Low-Level Black Boost for restoring shadow details
An Image Alignment Correction circuitry to correctly center the
Supports all standard HD formats, 1080p/1080i/720p NTSC/PAL
400MHz large signal bandwidth for virtually lossless video
Full dynamic range for all input modes to maximize the level of
Highly accurate color-space-conversion for the component YPbPr
User selectable positive or negative sync output for displays
that only accept negative sync (ex: Barco 800/801/808/1208))
Composite sync output available
- Precise black levels - no black crush in any standard mode
Performance depends also on your TV capabilities:
Check your TV for HD component/RGB input support. Some TV's don't support HD
The output resolution is the same as the input. E.g. 1080p in ->
1080p out; 720p in -> 720p out.
What is included:
Wall-mount 9V AC power supply (US/Euro)
"Our TV is an older Mitsubishi model WS-55819 with component inputs.
The horizontal centering is finally correct and the picture quality is great." - Steve & Nancy
"Your Box1020 really brought my Mitsubishi WS-55905 back to life! I bought
the TV in 2000 and even though it was the top of the line at the time, it did
not have HDMI. At that time component was the best available and Mitsubishi
advertised that it was designed for the future, upgradeable and that it would
allow buyers to take full advantage of HD technology. Well then came HDMI and
HDCP and my TV became obsolete and because I could not take advantage of
Blu-Ray's upscaling. Of course Mitsubishi did not provide an upgrade path. After
installing a converter and your Box1020 I can operate at 1080i over HDMI. Even the
regular DVD's look great after being upscaled by my Sony PS3 Blu-Ray player. I
even decided to have my set tuned by Robert Jones of
www.imageperfection.com who went through every
setting, fine tuning convergence, focus and overscan. The television now
outperforms some of the new sets I have seen in local stores.. I also wanted to
thank you for your support and advice, you even helped me with some issues that
had nothing to do with your box that were related to my PS3 settings." -
"The reason I was interested in the Box1020 is that it specifically states it
corrects the left-shift problem that has been the bane of existence for owners
of Mitsubishi RPTVs. I tried an converter but it was unusable on my set. It looks
like this box offers a cure for owners of converters and Mitsubishi sets. I
ordered the Box1020 and I'm happy to report that my converter is now fully
functional with no left shift!" - Faberryman
"I got mine last week. I finally got it hooked up today...the Box1020 worked
perfectly after I remembered that I had to go back into my service menu and
remove the offset that I had put in my H-POS setting to compensate for the HD
Fury. Bottom line, if you want to fix the left image shift...BUY IT! The box
works perfectly. Thanks for for your great support." - gblaue (Glenn)
"Bottom-line, the Box1020 & converter is a great combination for any owners
of older Mitsubishi rear projection TVs. I've got my TiVo HD, Xbox 360, and
HD DVD player *cough* all feeding into it now via HDMI." - Roddie
"All went well I'm glad I pre-staged the install with my JVC M-2000 as those
settings worked absolutely perfect and apparently matched the Toshiba 65" RP TV
PERFECTLY. Thanks again for your help and assistance and most especially for
your product. Box1020 worked GREAT." - G Bel
"I received the box on Thursday just as you said. I hooked it up that evening
and it has been spectacular! I currently have it streaming signal out
from my Denon 2807 receiver which is receiving signals from a first generation
Toshiba HD DVD player and a PS3 using HDMI cables. Between the Denon and the box
1020 is an HDMI converter. The picture on my 58" Projection Pioneer Elite
610HD is beautiful! I'm still playing with the color configuration a bit
(just small adjustments), but everything has been spectacular! I am
completely satisfied!" - Joshua M.
"I calibrated the my Barco 800 projector with the BOX. The Black Boost level
is at around 25%. I now can see each different step from 0 to 5 IRE!! The
projector is so bright and on 0 IRE the room is completely dark. The contrast
and the depth in the picture are great. I'm a very happy man..." -
"I just received the unit, and hooked it up per the included instructions. So
far it is working very well. I had to perform some minor IAC adjustments, but
once I got it right where I wanted it the picture is very clear and stable.
I'm also impressed by the solid feel of the unit...very nice. Thanks for
breathing new life into my aging HDTV!" - Rene
"Overall, the 1020 works perfectly and thanks you selling me the toy which
adds a new life to my NEC1352 CRT projector" - Michael
"I followed the instructions and everything worked perfectly. I
managed to adjust the left shift problem. However, after having such a great
picture I decided to upgrade my surround to get the full HD sound as well. I
bought a new
and a new HDMI
card! Thanks again for everything. Fantastic product! Well worth it."
- Matthew T.
"I received the Box1020 yesterday, and am very happy with the
performance of the unit. Solid construction, and it appears very well made.
I have a PS3 to converter on the input, and both a Sony KP51-WS500 RPTV, and
NEC PG CRT projector hooked up to the output. I use the RPTV most of the time,
and have a screen drop in front of the whole mess for watching movies with the
CRT projector. The BOX 1020 makes my video chain very simple now. I used
to have an Extron VGA splitter, RTC2200, and an Audio authority component
transcoder - all replaced with the Box 1020! Left shift issue is 100% corrected
on the Sony, and I no longer have to use the position shift on the NEC PG - its
set to nearly zero correction now. Picture quality is great on both displays
- the gamma boost seems (by eye) at least as good as it was with the RTC2200.
Thanks for a great product." - Dan
"I would like to personally recommend the Box 1020 to everyone. This
product not only did its job, but it performed without any trouble whatsoever.
My home theater consists of a Pioneer Elite 610 HDTV, a Denon 2807 receiver, an
LG 2400 BD/HDDVD player, a PS3, and a FC4 converter. Because my HDTV only
accepts 480i/p and 1080i signals through RGB cables only, I purchased the FC4
converter to use an HDMI cable for better sound capabilities. However, the FC4
caused color problems (colored lines across the screen), and a slight left-shift
of my TV's image. After researching the Box 1020, I purchased it (without any
hassles concerning payment/shipping), and received it a week and a half later.
Using the appropriate cables for my setup, HDMI included, I plugged it right
in and it worked like a charm! No more random lines across the screen,
and I can alter the screen shift using the Box 1020! Lastly, the unit's
construction is excellent. It is built very well, and is also very sleek and
small. All in all, a great product. My HDTV will last another 10 years
(High definition projection CRT). Thanks!" - Joshua Mallett
"I love my Box1020. Last night I finally had a chance to sit down and
watch Batman 'The Dark Knight'. I watched a couple of scenes with the Box1020
out of the loop on my CRT monitor. The details in the shadows were lacking. Then
I put the Box1020 in the loop, tweaked the gamma slightly and I could really
see what was going on in the shadows as compared to no gamma boost. Now you
may be thinking that you could just turn up the brightness on your TV right? No!
The colors in the picture become washed out, the blacks turn grey, and you loose
that 3D look CRT is so famous for. With the gamma in the loop you can leave the
brightness at the right spot and just boost the shadow details. It makes a
big difference on my CRT monitors, projectors and projection TV's. I have
the Box1020 hooked up to a 42" RCA CRT rear projection HDTV monitor. It looks
fantastic at 1080i. I did some testing with the Box1020 and a converter. I like gaming and it comes in handy there too. You can
bring out the shadow details so other players can't hide in the shadows. If
you really enjoy getting the most out of your system and getting the most out of
the movies you watch I would highly recommend the Box1020." - Jeremy R.
"My converter arrived and I got it hooked up to my Mitsubishi RTPV as you
recommended with the Box1020 and component cable: Dish Network HD Receiver -> HDMI cable -> converter set to RGB output mode ->
Box1020 -> Component cable (included) -> Mitsubishi RPTV. I have to say that this setup has made a huge difference in the high
definition picture from our Dish Network satellite receiver on the old Mits.
picture is rock solid and stable, perfectly sized and centered, and the Box1020
makes the colors vivid and details sharp. The previous HD component cable hookup
was good, but the picture overscanned left and right, loosing a little on each
side. The picture is now sized with virtually no overscan. My wife and I
had been considering replacing the Mits for a new LCD television, but seeing
these results, we have to say that this setup has literally breathed new life
into the old girl. This is a 65" television, and the picture looks every bit as
vivid, sharp, and detailed at 1080i as the 65" LCD Sharp I've seen at Costco
looks at 1080p. We don't have a Blu-Ray DVD player yet, but our Sony player upscales to 1080i through HDMI, and regular DVDs look fantastic through the
converter and Box1020 as well. Nevertheless, it 's great to know we can now get a
Blu-Ray and play it on our Mits in 1080i. In short, we are very impressed and
satisfied with the performance, and are thrilled that the converter/Box1020 combo has given the Mits a new lease on life, and many more years before we will want to replace
her." - Gary
"1 word.... WOW! The Box1021 was not available, so I was shipped a
Box1020 at no additional cost. This product is amazing. I've been
fighting with contrast and brightness issues with my DIY projector for over a
year and the box1020 solved the problem! Depending on the movie or game,
I would have to crank the brightness to 100 and the contrast to 95 which would
really wash out the image but it made viewing possible. Now both brightness and
contrast are where they are supposed to be and the box1020 is set around 85%
with amazing results. I didn't realize that my projector could produce such
vibrant colors. I'll post some screenshots and brag about this thing over at
the lumenlab forums. Thanks again for the recommendation. I wish I would have
know about this product a year ago!!"- Bulletfast
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