Mini-DP to component in?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Cubytus, Feb 27, 2014.

  1. Cubytus macrumors 65816

    Mar 2, 2007
    Hi community,

    I am given the chance to go home with a used, but then top-of-the-line TV that only has component input, along with the classical RCA and S-Video in.

    How would I connect that to a current-generation MBP with a Mini-DisplayPort? It seems there's no dongle doing such a thing. I already have a Mini-DP to HDMI dongle, which seems useless here.
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    You will have to use a converter to convert either VGA/DVI/HDMI to component or S-Video. Converters (not adapters) can be a bit expensive for good quality ones and can result in an unclear picture.
  3. Cubytus thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 2, 2007
    That was one of my concerns, losing too much picture quality, my second one being spending too much for what is essentially an outdated piece of technology.

    Oh, I forgot I also have a Mini-DP to VGA dongle, but converters don't seem significantly less expensive.

    I do have 1080p movies on my laptop, but don't know the TV specs. Guess I'll have to climb up the shelf (literally) to know its model number
  4. Cubytus thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 2, 2007
    A small update on this TV: This is model KV-32FS100 from Sony, 2003-manufactured. According to its specs page 45 of the manual, it's suitable only to 480i, or standard DVD resolution.

    In the meantime I was given a VCR which makes a loud ticking noise. Seems to come from the video heads drum, but nothing obvious to the eye. Oh, analog tech.
  5. TahoeBlue macrumors member

    Apr 4, 2012
    The Goodwill by me wouldn't even take my old Sony WEGA TV when I wanted to get rid of it, and I had to pay a recycling fee at the dump. You have to convert the digital signal to an analog one with that TV, and a simple HDMI to component cable isn't going to do that. You need something like this to get some sort of picture on it.
  6. thats all folks macrumors 6502a

    thats all folks

    Dec 20, 2013
    Austin (supposedly in Texas)
    That TV really isn't worth the effort. Not worth any effort. Not worth the electricity it consumes. Save up for a newer TV or cheap computer monitor which will be much more useful.
  7. Cubytus thread starter macrumors 65816

    Mar 2, 2007
    In fact, it uses less than 200W, which is comparable to a larger-screen LED TV. I never wanted a TV. The few times I watch a movie on the computer and wished for a really larger screen aren't worth the cost of (buying, not operating) one.

    Free signals are all-digital now, but for some reason (I say "some" because I don't subscribe to such a service, although analog cable is still available for digital cable subscribers) there is still an analog cable signal coming in. It's faint and snowy, but maybe usable given an amp.

    What you show is a composite converter, but for quality sake, I have looked at a Component converter, slightly more expensive. But still not worth the cost.

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