Help -- component to VGA connection problem

Discussion in 'Playback Devices' started by Brian Perry, Oct 8, 2005.

  1. Brian Perry

    Brian Perry Cinematographer

    May 6, 1999
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    I recently upgraded my Escient Fireball music server to the new E2 model, which is almost identical physically, but they have eliminated the VGA output in favor of a component output (it still has composite and S-video jacks as well). On the previous model I was using the VGA output to connect to a Samsung 17" LCD monitor, which only has a VGA input. Everything was great.

    When I saw the new model didn't have a VGA output, I bought a component to VGA cable, thinking that would solve the problem. According to the description of the cable, it would work on receivers outputting component Y-Pb/Cb-Pr/Cr (and the Escient outputs Y-CB-Cr). However, I'm getting no signal and I'm worried I'm going to have to lay out money for a new monitor that has component inputs.

    Do I have the wrong cable or am I looking at buying a new monitor? I can't believe Escient would drop a VGA jack (probably for cost considerations) knowing that most of their customers use it to connect to LCD panels, if there wasn't an easy workaround. (Of course, I realize I should have checked all the specs before buying it.)


    If it helps, here is the cable I bought:
  2. ChrisWiggles

    ChrisWiggles Producer

    Aug 19, 2002
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    VGA in standard implementation is just RGBhv, while component is YPbPr, which are totally different signals. Some products will output YPbPr on a VGA plug, but you'll have to enable it in a menu somewhere. If this is not the case, you will need to purchase a transcoder to move between RGB and YPbPr.

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