Mini for Home Theater?

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  1. gkarris macrumors 604

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    I would like to eventually hook up a mini in my home theater.

    I'm sort of a purest, home theater for me means you have a pull down screen and a projector to project the image onto it (hanging from the ceiling right now).

    I have an older, budget projector (Epson) which, coupled with my Pioneer Elite DVD player, is awesome (480p though). The Epson has also 720p, and 1080i (X-Box 360 looks great on it). I also have a Toshiba Tivo DVD Recorder which actually outputs 480p when I feed my Dish Network receiver into it.

    Is it worth it to hook up a mini?

    The Epson projector only has a VGA connector, and I have a wired it though the ceiling/room to a component video connector (RGB RCA). I didn't think I would be hooking up a computer in the system. The VGA port is set to be a component video port instead.

    Is there a Mac DVI to component solution? Will it work? Can I get 720p (or at least 480p) with it?

    I've seen component video adapters for ATI Graphics cards only for Wintel boxes...

    Thanks.
     
  2. EricNau Moderator emeritus

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    Apple does have this, not sure about the quailty though.
     
  3. mfacey macrumors 65816

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    Apple's product does S-video and Composite. Composite is terrible. You should steer clear. S-video is reasonable, but if you've got a VGA connector that's probably your best bet.
     
  4. gkarris thread starter macrumors 604

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    What about component (Red, Blue, and Green RCA plugs for video)?
     
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  6. mfacey macrumors 65816

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    Component is the best analog technology I'd say (pretty similar to VGA). One thing you need to watch out for is getting a good signal. Analog signals are very susceptible to interference and signal loss, especially over longer distances. If you need to cover more than 2m (6ft) make sure you get a good quality cable to get the most out of your equipment.
     

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