Best RCA to HDMI Converters

Review & Comparison, Last Update August 17, 2020
RCA to HDMI converters let you dust up the good ol' SNES (or any other legacy console) and enjoy the classics on a huge screen. The best RCA to HDMI converters will even enable pairing these screens with old VCRs. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
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PROS

The supplied power adapter is 6 feet long, so you will not be as tied to the mains as usual. There's generous spacing between the inputs and outputs, so you don't have to worry that some cable with a fat head will be able to prevent access to a neighboring port. 

CONS

The supplied cables are pretty fragile. 

OUR VERDICT

While most RCA to HDMI converters are adopting nothing but RCA and HDMI connectors, this model also incorporates an S-Video connector, so you'll also be able to pair old camcorders and VCRs with modern-day screens.

detailed parameters
Max Resolution

1920 x 1080

Interfaces

Input: 3 x RCA connectors, S-Video connector (cables included)

Output: HDMI connector 

Power Source

AC (5V DC power adapter included) 

Extras

PAL / NTSC / SECAM support, CVBS/S-Video switch, 720p/1080p switch

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The device uses a sophisticated conversion module, with 10-bit maximal 162MSPS sampling, dynamic range expansion, black/white level expansion, blue stretch, color transition improvement, as well as 10-bit maximal 162MSPS sampling. 

CONS

The HDMI plug is a little tight initially.

OUR VERDICT

Ditching standard RCA and HDMI inputs and outputs, this device integrates RCA and HDMI cables, with the cables measuring 48.5" and 16.5" respectively. In other words, you can connect two devices on opposite sides of the room without using multiple unnecessary components. 

detailed parameters
Max Resolution

1920 x 1080

Interfaces

Input: 3 x RCA cables (48.5" length)

Output: HDMI cable (16.5")

Power Source

USB port (built-in USB cable)

Extras

PAL / NTSC / SECAM support

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS
The housing's made from high-strength yet lightweight aluminum, dissipating heat and preventing the circuitry from overheating during prolonged use. The device converts legacy formats without producing visible flickering or distortion. 
CONS

Some find the audio quality lacking. 

OUR VERDICT

Old games were the best. With this device from Techole, you can revisit these games, from the Playstation 1 and 2 classics to the best titles that Nintendo had to offer in the 90s and 2000s except that, this time, you'll be enjoying them on a huge screen. 

detailed parameters
Max Resolution

1920 x 1080

Interfaces

Input: 3 x RCA connectors (cables included)

Output: HDMI connector

Power Source

USB port (mini-USB to USB cable included)

Extras

PAL / NTSC / SECAM support

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS

The converter will let you connect legacy devices (VCRs, camcorders, DVD players, old gaming consoles, and more) to a modern screen. The device even supports TVs with 60-hertz refresh rates. The integrated cables are neither too tight nor too loose.

CONS

The upscaling feature is not necessarily great. 

OUR VERDICT

The AuviPal RCA to HDMI Converter commands the smallest footprint, easily fitting people with limited space on an entertainment center. Plus, with the embedded RCA cables, you don't have to worry about forgetting or losing cables.

detailed parameters
Max Resolution

1920 x 1080

Interfaces

Input: 3 x RCA connectors (built-in cables)

Output: HDMI connector (cable included)

Power Source

USB port (built-in USB cable) 

Extras

PAL / NTSC / SECAM support

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

PROS
Using this device, you'll be able to switch between 720p and 1080p resolutions. The RCA connectors that the converter's adopting will be transmitting lossless audio without decreasing the bitrate and distorting the audio. 
CONS

The device overheats easily. 

OUR VERDICT

The GANA RCA to HDMI Converter is an affordable little box that works both with premium displays, mid-range TVs, cheap models, and even old, HD-ready screens (or cheap projectors), pairing them with outdated devices without distorting audio and/or video.

detailed parameters
Max Resolution

1920 x 1080

Interfaces

Input: 3 x RCA connectors

Output: HDMI connector

Power Source

USB port (mini-USB to USB cable included)

Extras

PAL / NTSC / SECAM support, 720p/1080p switch

Warranty

Amazon's 30-day return policy

Easycel RCA S-Video to HDMI

Compatible even with VCRs and old Camcorders

The Easycel RCA S-Video to HDMI Converter can convert RCA, Composite, CVBS, AV, or S-Video signals to an HDMI signal. These include standard 480i(NTSC) and 576i(PAL) signal inputs but the device can also upscale them, turning low-res visuals into HD and Full HD (720 and 1080p respectively).

To add more, the model will let you have S-Video and Composite video inputs connected at the same time, so you can switch between the two inputs using the switch button. Between these supports, the device works with cameras, VCRs, DVD players, old game consoles (NES, SNES, Sega Megadrive, Game Cube, Wii, WiiU, N64, Dreamcast, Playstation 1, Playstation 2, even Atari), and more.

The spacing between the ports is generous, so even cables with the fattest heads will not be able to block neighboring ports. Lastly, unlike most converters nowadays, this one is shipped with an AC adapter, so you can even use it with TVs that do not have a USB port. The cables that are shipped with this device are a little fragile, so we're not crazy about that.

Apart from that though, the Easycel RCA S-Video to HDMI Converter lands among the versatile converters because, unlike most models, this one also works with devices that have an S-Video port.

Review of Easycel RCA S-Video to HDMI Converter

 

Anber-Tech (5582645063)

Integrated Cables

Not unlike most converters, the Anber-Tech 5582645063 converts RCA, AV, CVBS, and Composite signals to an HDMI 1080P (60 Hz) output signal.

The difference between this one and everyday standard converters is that this device ditches the standard RCA inputs and an HDMI output and integrates three RCA cables and an all-in-one HDMI cable, so you're not working with multiple unnecessary components. Plus, the cables are practically endless, with the RCA ones measuring 48.5 inches long and the HDMI cable stretching 16.5 inches long. Owing to these lengthy cables, you can put this device anywhere you want knowing that the screen and the content sources will be able to reach it.

To top them off, the conversion module here that turns an analog signal into a digital one incorporates 10-bit maximal 162MSPS sampling, black and white level expansion, blue stretch, color transition improvement, and dynamic range expansion, making outdated visuals come alive.

As for the model's downsides, the head on the HDMI cable is a bit tight initially but this is nothing compared to everything that the device is offering here. What's more, the cables feature durable braiding and will seldom tangle, which's important considering how long they are.

Review of Anber-Tech (5582645063) RCA to HDMI Converter

 

Techole RCA to HDMI

Flicker- and Distortion-Free Conversion

Mirroring its more expensive competition, the Techole RCA to HDMI Converter also comes employing a robust conversion module, relying upon 10-bit maximal 162MSPS sampling that can automatically detect and convert an analog signal into a Full HD 1080p (60Hz) output, revamping old media with sharp and realistic details.

What sells this product first and foremost though, at least when you start comparing converters, is the aluminum housing that provides excellent heat dissipation and prevents the unit from overheating even during prolonged and extensive use. Working against the housing's admirable efforts is the underwhelming audio quality that the conversion module sometimes offers.

That said, the audio is usually fine, with the device supporting PAL, NTSC3.58, NTSC4.43, SECAM, PAL/M, and PAL/N TV format inputs, converting them without adding noticeable flickering and distortion. These formats include legacy gaming consoles (from Playstation 1 and 2 to NES, SNES, N64, Dreamcast, you name them), outdated camcorders, VCRs, and more.

So, if you would like to revisit the games that made you fall in love with gaming to begin with but, this time, on a large screen with sharp details, this converter is the way to go.

Review of Techole RCA to HDMI Converter

 

AuviPal (HDMIC)

The Smallest One Yet

The AuviPal RCA to HDMI Converter is the most compact entry within this lineup, with the main unit measuring maybe ~ 3 x 2 x 2 inches, maybe even less. At the same time, replacing standard RCA connectors, this device integrates three RCA cables, so measuring the model without them would be a little dishonest since you cannot remove these cables. With them, the converter stretches 8 inches, which is still conservative considering that the cables themselves are measuring ~6 inches.

Needless to say, you can easily hide this accessory behind a TV without cluttering up the entertainment center. The HDMI cable that's shipped with the device caps at 5 inches, which's enough length to connect the converter to a TV without putting it right next to the port.

Besides that, there's nothing necessarily interesting about this converter from AuviPal. Just like most converts, this one supports PAL, NTSC, and SECAM. Opposing the integrated RCA cables is a USB port where you connect USB to HDMI cables. The upscaling module inside this one is nothing to write home about, unfortunate news but, even with these news, the AuviPal RCA to HDMI Converter makes a pretty compelling case when you take into account the model commanding the smallest footprint and the built-in RCA cables.

Review of AuviPal (HDMIC) RCA to HDMI Converter Cable

 

GANA RCA to HDMI

Switching Between HD and Full HD

The GANA RCA to HDMI Converter is a pretty sizable box, measuring 6.1 x 3.5 x 0.8 inches. On the bright side, the box comes at a price that suits all pockets (less than 15 bucks at the moment). On a less bright side, not necessarily surprising considering the cheap price, the plastic housing on this one does not dissipate heat as well as its aluminum relatives, so the device will always start overheating during prolonged use, thus we would recommend disconnecting the cables every few hours and waiting at least a few minutes before using the device one.

Going back to the side where things are bright, this little black box will let you switch between HD (720p) and Full HD (1080p) resolutions, fitting somewhat outdated TVs and cheap projectors as well as regular modern screens. In the same vein, the RCA connectors transmit the audio without reducing the bitrate and, as a result, without distorting the sound. Finally, as always, the device works with PAL, NTSC, SECAM formats.

Long (by converters' standards) story short, the GANA RCA to HDMI Converter will suit people with above-average screens as well as those who're still using a somewhat outdated, HD-ready TV or projector. With this device, pairing legacy, old, outdated, and modern devices will prove an easy task.

Review of GANA RCA to HDMI Converter

 

What Are RCA to HDMI Converters?

HDMI is the most versatile interface there is. Most displays come equipped with HDMI ports, the format transmits both video and audio without distorting them or reducing the quality. The colors always look great when transmitted through HDMI. We can continue but, short version, HDMI rocks. Legacy electronics though, such as old gaming consoles, camcorders, DVD players, VCRs, and others do not incorporate HDMI ports, so pairing them with current displays is not something you can do without employing converters, which is how you arrive at RCA to HDMI converters.

Using these converters, you can convert SECAM, 480i(NTSC), and 576i(PAL) signal inputs to HD and Full HD signal inputs. The converters we're discussing here always include three RCA connectors, though sometimes they replace these connectors with integrated cables, which is usually more convenient than the alternative. The best models are made from aluminum, so you can pretty much abuse them 24/7 knowing that the circuitry will not overheat, though cheap plastic counterparts are usually quite long-lasting as well.

Though most converters are shipped with RCA and HDMI cables (and, again, some even integrate them), sometimes they aren't, so you can purchase them separately here and here.

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Publish Date: 2020-08-17 07:52:07