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Using the Collectorvision Phoenix on an old CRT or Analog TV


RickR

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More adventures with the Phoenix.

One very minor issue that I've had with the Phoenix has been that my retro gaming is done on an old analog TV.  Since the Phoenix only has HDMI output (and my TV has no HDMI input), this was a problem.

Off to ebay!  I found a very inexpensive (less than $10 shipped) HDMI -> AV converter and ordered one.  It has arrived, and I've been playing around with it.  Summary:  it works!  It's exactly what I needed.  No fuss.  Just plug it in, and it works straight away.  It works on my other HDMI retro gaming systems as well (Commodore 64 Mini, Sony PS1 Mini, Atari Flashback 9). 

The picture and sound quality isn't bad at all.  It pretty much looks identical to a real Colecovision to me.  I didn't notice any lag or any color issues. 

My advice for anyone that wants to use their Phoenix on a CRT is to buy and try one of these devices.  Please note to be careful...they sell devices that convert composite to HDMI, and that's not what you want.  Look at the picture of the item and make sure that HDMI is listed as "INPUT" (and not "OUTPUT"). 

 

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The real question is… is there an adapter from HDMI to coaxial? It would probably have to be a box you plug in the wall, but I wonder if it exists at all. Probably not. All my CRTs except for one are coaxial only.

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On 9/4/2021 at 7:00 PM, HDN said:

The real question is… is there an adapter from HDMI to coaxial? It would probably have to be a box you plug in the wall, but I wonder if it exists at all. Probably not. All my CRTs except for one are coaxial only.

Well, I suppose one could use the method in the first post but plug the output RCA cables to the INPUT of a trusty old VCR and output the Coaxial TO TV 😆 

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