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Box1040 Component to RGB Converter with Cable Driver, Gamma Boost, and Image Alignment Correction

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Box1040 Component to RGB Converter

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This unique component (YPbPr) to RGB converter provides a picture perfect RGB conversion optimized for HD-ready displays for full high-definition viewing. It allows you to view high-definition (HD) content from component sources on your existing projector or HD-ready TV.

Adjustable Gamma Boost:  The Box1040 adds gamma adjustment to RGB signals for absolutely perfect shadow detail.

The World's first Image Alignment Correction (IAC) circuitry to fix the image "left-shift" error on many converters .

The Box1040's cable driver stage also lets you use an analog output cable of at least up to 30 feet with any RGB source. You no longer need to place the source near your TV! Perfect for those of you that already have a long RGB cables installed.

Box1040 accepts Component (YPbPr) and RGB inputs and sends the processed signal out into the RGBHV output port. The component signal is converted to RGB or passed through as RGB with no degradation in quality. Low-level black boost [Gamma] and Image Alignment Correction [IAC] are applicable in both inputs. Also, in order to support long cable lengths, Box1040 has a driver stage.

It works with any source that has an RGB or component output. The Box1040 auto-switches between inputs (if no sync is present on the RGB input than the component input is selected).

Box1040 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 in both NTSC and PAL.

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.

Box1040 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.  

Instruction Manual:

Box1040 Instruction manual (PDF format)

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.

Box1040 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. LBB is applied to both the RGB and component inputs.

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) turned up 25%:

LBB (gamma boost) off:

LBB (gamma boost) turned up 25%:

LBB (gamma boost) off:

LBB (gamma boost) turned up 25%:

See here for more screenshots of Black Boost from a customer review of the Box1021 (includes similar Black Boost features as the Box1040). 

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 -> Box1040 -> 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):

Box1040 RGB output will not cause an image shift as documented with the use of other converter boxes.

Many current Component to RGB 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.

IAC on:

The following is a comparison picture where IAC is not used. The picture information is pass through without using IAC and the resulting picture is shifted left similar to all other existing Component to RGB converters.

IAC off:

IAC operates similarly in all modes, including 480i, 480p, 720p/1080i and 1080p. IAC can be applied to both the component RGB inputs.
 

Long-Length Cable Friendly

Box1040 has a dedicated cable driver circuitry that allows cables of at least up to 30 feet to be used to connect to your display. There is no need to buy any extra equipment or to have Box1040 close to the display.
 

Specifications/Features:

  • Input: RGB (RGB with Horizontal and Vertical syncs - RGBHV) and Component (YPbPr)
  • Output: RGBHV HD-15 D-Sub (VGA) Connector, Female type
  • An adjustable Low-Level Black Boost for restoring shadow details on both component and RGB pass-through for perfect shadow details
  • An Image Alignment Correction circuitry to correctly center the image
  • Supports all standard HD&SD formats from both inputs, 1080p/1080i/720p/576ip/480ip NTSC/PAL
  • Auto-switching between inputs - RGB has a priority over component
  • Full dynamic range for all input modes to maximize the level of details
  • Highly accurate color-space-conversion for the component YPbPr input (separate for HD and SD)
  • Precise black levels - no black crush in any standard mode
  • Polarity inversion applicable in all modes with or without IAC
  • User selectable positive or negative sync output for displays that only accept negative sync (ex: Barco 800/801/808/1208).
  • PC graphics at least up to 1600x1200@85 [229.5MHz]

Performance depends also on your TV capabilities:

  • Check your TV for RGB input support. Some TV's don't support HD analog inputs via RGB.
  • The output resolution is the same as the input. E.g. 1080p in -> 1080p out; 720p in -> 720p out.
     

What is included:

  • Box1040 converter
  • Wall-mount 9V AC power supply (US/Euro)
  • Instructions
     

Reviews/Testimonials:

"Your Box1040 was a great addition to my set and I was stunned what additional details the gamma correction pulled out of my image..." - Carsten
 

Need more information? See the Box1040 FAQ!
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