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Box1021 RGB Gamma Boost with Cable Driver

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Box1021 RGB Gamma Boost with Cable Driver

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This unique box provides an adjustable gamma boost and cable driver optimized for HD-ready displays for full high-definition viewing.

Adjustable Gamma Boost:  The Box1021 adds gamma adjustment to RGB output devices for absolutely perfect shadow detail.

The Box1021's cable driver stage also lets you use an analog output cable of any length. You no longer need to place the source near your TV! Perfect for those of you that already have a long RGB cables installed.

The Box1021 is a simplified version of the Box1020 when not all of the features are required.

The RGB signal is passed through with no degradation in quality. It works with any source that has an RGB output.

Box1021 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.

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.

Box1021 connects to your RGB display 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.

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.

Box1021 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 maximum detail.

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%:

Box1021 is the world's first stand-alone RGB to RGB Cable Driver to introduce the Low-Level Black Boost. See here for more screenshots of Black Boost from a customer review of the Box1021. 

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 free Greyscale & Colour Calibration for Dummies guide.

Demo Pictures:

The following pictures are examples taken with Blu-Ray player -> Box1021 -> 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.


Long-Length Cable Friendly:

Box1021 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 Box1021 close to the display.
 

Specifications/Features:

  • Input: RGB (RGB with Horizontal and Vertical syncs - RGBHV)
  • Output: RGBHV HD-15 D-Sub (VGA) Connector
  • An adjustable Low-Level Black Boost for restoring shadow details
  • Supports all standard HD formats, 1080p/1080i/720p NTSC/PAL
  • 400MHz large signal bandwidth for virtually lossless video processing
  • Full dynamic range for all input modes to maximize the level of details
  • 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 analog inputs.
  • The output resolution is the same as the input. E.g. 1080p in -> 1080p out; 720p in -> 720p out.
     

What is included:

  • Box1021 converter
  • Wall-mount 9V AC power supply (US/Euro)
  • Instructions

Reviews/Testimonials

"I received my Box1021 via express mail. The unit is a well constructed device in cased in sturdy extruded housing. The printed wiring board is built using modern surface mount technology with 3 connections, an RGB in/out (HD-DB15) and a 9 volt power supply connection. The unit also has an external adjustment for changing the level of gamma boost. I was only interested in this feature so I will limit the scope of this review to that subject (see my full review and screenshots). Upon initial testing of the Box 1021 to the system the first thing I wanted to test was bandwidth using a 1:1 pattern, it was important to me the box did not degrade the signal to the projector. The bandwidth requirements at 1080p@72Hz are very high with a pixel clock in the 210 MHz range and is way beyond the rated specs of this projector so I cannot afford any loss in of signal. See my 1-on-1-off test patterns. No noticeable degrading of the pattern is detected. In fact the ideal pattern should have equal brightness for vertical and horizontal lines and with the Box 1021 the brightness is much closer to equal. This was a nice unexpected side effect of the box. In short if your after a low cost analog solution to boost your gamma the Box 1021 is hard to beat." - Mike Eby

"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..." - Waling

Need more information? See the Box1021 FAQ!
Visit the Box1021 Discussion/Support Forum

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