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Add an RGB (VGA) input to any projector, TV, or monitor that only
accepts a component (YPbPr) signal!
The TC1600 converts a VGA (RGBHV) signal found on
devices such as PCs to a component (YPbPr)
signal required by many TVs and projectors. Designed by a home theater enthusiast,
it is regarded by many as the best
RGB to component transcoder available (regardless of price). The fact that
it's one of the least expensive ones available is an added bonus!
The TC1600 transcoder was developed to be flexible and to
provide impeccable visual quality. It is one of the few transcoders that has a
separate color conversion for different resolutions in order to provide optimum
color fidelity for both standard and high definition (HD). Although the required conversions are nearly identical, the
difference cannot be ignored when optimum quality is pursued.
The TC1600 allows you to use RGB sources on TV's that only
have component inputs!
Corrects the "Left Shift" issue introduced on some displays.
The TC1600's cable driver stage lets you use an analog
output cable of any length with RGB sources. You no longer need to place the
source near your TV! Perfect for those of you that
already have a long component cables installed.
Adjustable Gamma Boost: The TC1600 adds gamma adjustment to
the signal for absolutely perfect shadow detail.
What does the adjustable gamma boost do?
An adjustable gamma boost is used to restore shadow detail. If
you've always found movies too dark or missing detail in dark scenes, you need a
gamma boost! This is best shown with real life examples:
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.
TC1600 instruction manual (PDF
Highly flexible VGA (RGBHV) to Component (YPbPr) transcoder.
High-Bandwidth component output (up to 1080p/60).
Automatically switches between SD and HD colour spaces.
Adjustable gamma correction for absolutely perfect shadow detail. The gamma curve up
to 30IRE can be adjusted in order to improve the low level linearity.
Full control of all timing functions including a full screen
picture shift that can be used to compensate for a left shift caused by some
Supports all video formats, resolutions and refresh rates,
interlaced or progressive, including common resolutions such as 480p, 720p,
Fully transparent with respect to timing and is therefore
optimally suited to drive a variety of display devices.
Drives longer cables of up to 50 feet (16m).
High bandwidth (>130Mhz) signal processing.
Female VGA connector
Component (YPbPr) output on three colour-coded RCA
connectors. Vout = 1Vp-p when driving a standard 75 Ohm cable load.
Includes external US power supply.
Ideal for connecting a Home Theater PC (HTPC) to a TV/projector that only
has component inputs.
The gamma correction works directly on the RGB input and is
identical to the correction on the RTC2200. The
TC1600 will accept any combination of positive and negative horizontal and
vertical sync at its input.
The color conversion is correct for both SD and HD signals. The
TC1600 measures the line frequency and switches to the SD color conversions for
frequencies below 32.768KHz, this will catch 480i, 576i, 480p and 576p/50. At
line frequencies above 32.768KHz it will switch to the HD color encoder so this
will be for 720p, 1080i/60, 1080p and higher.
As shipped the TC1600 will be in native mode meaning that the
H-sync is passed through unchanged and only the V-sync can be changed in width.
After opening the case and moving the jumper from JP1 to JP2 the H-sync can be
fully adjusted in both width and position. The TC1600 supports both left and
right shift using the H-coarse potmeter and a left shift only using the H-fine
potmeter. The width of the H-sync is adjusted to 1us at shipping which should be
Ok for almost any TV.
The H-coarse delay is resolution independent, meaning that if
you shifted the picture by 1 inch at 480p you will have the same 1 inch shift at
1080p or any other resolution. This is not the case for the H-fine shift so it
is probably best to only use the coarse shift if possible.
Need more information? See the TC1600 FAQ!
Visit the TC1600 Discussion/Support Forum
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