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LittleAngel07

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So my husband just got a new LCD tv and when I unpacked my N64 and Ps2 and go to hook them up, I discover no A/V input on this tv. The only things it has are HDMI, PC In, Cable/Antenna and Video/Component In. The last one when I try to search to see if there's anything that would work with it, the search always comes up with S-Video cables which is nothing like what is on this tv. This is what the Video/Component In looks like on my tv:
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I've heard you can use RF adapters that hook into the cable input, but also hear they won't work with new tvs. Plus when I look at them, they always have reviews saying it doesn't work or the audio/video quality is so bad you can't play. Is there any other way to hook up a N64 to a new LCD tv or is it a lost cause and I should just try to find an older tv to use just for it?

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The Video/Component should still have composite inputs on it. Theres no Red/White/Yellow plugs on there?

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WesCash

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I imagine you'd want something like this:
http://www.amazon.com/Composite-S-video-Audio-HDMI-Converter/...

It converts composite (the old R/W/Y) to HDMI output.

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LittleAngel07

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Nope, there are no red, white and yellow inputs or the blue, green and red inputs for composite. Just that little slit input it shows on the picture. :/

Thanks WesCash! Hopefully that will work.

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apowes

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First of all, let's define the different output types used on older consoles:

RF (worst audio & video quality): Uses the Coax jack on your TV, which is the jack on farthest on the left in the photograph that you posted. Since we see it in your photo, we know that your TV supports it, so it is a valid option for you. Sound and Video are combined into one input, and both end up being pretty poor quality.

Composite (better): What most people are familiar with, the old Red/White/Yellow. Red and White are Stereo Sound, Yellow is Video.

S-Video (better still): Still used in conjunction with the same old Red and White Audio inputs. You no longer use the Yellow. Instead, you have a goofy shaped plug. It's pretty good video quality.

Component (best, equal to HDMI in quality for our purposes here): Instead of Yellow OR S-Video, we now have Red/Blue/Green. STILL used in conjunction with Red and White Audio inputs. Don't confuse the two Red inputs.... one is video, one is audio.

If your TV has neither Component, S-Video, nor Composite, then you'll either have to use an RF adapter, or you can use an HDMI converter like WesCash posted. The RF adapter will be cheaper, but the HDMI converter will look and sound better.

If you go that route, remember that the N64's best possible output is S-Video (without modifications). PS2's best output is Component. So if you want to use Component on PS2, you need a Component to HDMI converter. If you want to use S-Video on N64, you need an S-Video to HDMI converter. If you want both, you need an HDMI converter with both options, or two separate converters.

Can you post your TV's make and model number? That may help.

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LittleAngel07

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The tv is a Sony Bravia LED NX720. Just realized I got it mixed up in the original post where I said LCD.
Here's the link to the info from Sony http://store.sony.com/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/ProductDispla...

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apowes

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I found the following:

Your TV should have come with an adapter included in the box. This adapter plugs into the "Video/Component In" slot on your specific TV, and allows you to plug Component Video into it. Sony basically just "moved" the Component inputs to a separate attachment for whatever reason (cost, space, etc.)

So I'd check your box again, and if you don't have it, call up Sony and have them send you one for free!

They may have also included a separate adapter for Composite; or, the Component adapter may also accept Composite input. But I couldn't confirm those things for sure.

Source: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2FZK42FFLPLTC/ref=cm_cr_pr_cmt?...

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Does the component have a red and white colored input?

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LittleAngel07

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LordLzGlad wrote:

Does the component have a red and white colored input?

There are no colored inputs on this tv. Just that slot thing in the photo.

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apowes wrote:

I found the following:

Your TV should have come with an adapter included in the box. This adapter plugs into the "Video/Component In" slot on your specific TV, and allows you to plug Component Video into it. Sony basically just "moved" the Component inputs to a separate attachment for whatever reason (cost, space, etc.)

So I'd check your box again, and if you don't have it, call up Sony and have them send you one for free!

They may have also included a separate adapter for Composite; or, the Component adapter may also accept Composite input. But I couldn't confirm those things for sure.

Source: http://www.amazon.com/review/R2FZK42FFLPLTC/ref=cm_cr_pr_cmt?...

Ah, that would explain what that slot is for lol. Sadly we got this tv out of box. It was the last one at Best Buy and the display so we got a super great deal on it. But that meant no adapter was included.

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apowes

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You can try calling your Best Buy and telling them the situation. If that fails, you can still try Sony.

Even though it was out of the box, you still bought the TV brand new, not used. And the A/V input in question is a very commonly used input.... they should know and expect that you are going to want to use it. They really should have included the adapter with the set.... it's no different than including the remote control (which I assume you received?).

It doesn't hurt to ask. Good luck!

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Ralizah

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This is why I kept my older TV. Trying to connect older consoles to new TVs isn't a terribly fun experience.

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LittleAngel07

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We did get a remote thank God! lol If I remember correctly the guy did say something about them not having the adapter but they did have the remote for it. I'll see about giving them a call in the morning to see if anything can be done. I do have a small tv with the AV inputs, but I would love to play it on the big screen. Plus I don't really have anywhere to put the smaller tv, it's just in a closet for now.

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apowes

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Ralizah wrote:

This is why I kept my older TV. Trying to connect older consoles to new TVs isn't a terribly fun experience.

And CRT televisions have other advantages as well. Response time is pretty much instantaneous, unlike that of LCD technology. I know that most hardcore Smash Bros. players will not use LCD televisions to play.

It's kind of sad, because CRT technology improved over many many years, but all of that has pretty much disappeared now, probably never to be seen or used again. And like I said, in some ways, the older tech was better. It's just that it couldn't be reduced into a flat panel display.

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RancidVomit86

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They also make a RCA to Coax converter box you can buy. I got one at Wal-Mart a while back for $17.

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