Connecting SNES to HD TV

#1Patriarch105Posted 10/9/2013 4:14:54 PM(edited)
I'm trying to hook my SNES to a VIZIO M321i-A2 32-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED HDTV.

I don't have the composite jacks for it and my tv has component jacks. I use a cable adapter plug.


My current set up is
Cable, SNES adapter plug connects to, DVD/VHS player connects to digital cable box, connects to tv.

Here is an image of the SNES cable I use.
http://www.ebay.com/itm/like/261153806446?lpid=82

Now my cable is at the very start and I can watch TV. But if I switch my SNES system on I lose everything. So it's connected I just can't view the picture.
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#2LvthnPosted 10/9/2013 4:16:11 PM
Does it work if you connect the SNES with coax directly to the TV instead of passthrough on the cable box?
#3Patriarch105(Topic Creator)Posted 10/9/2013 4:24:08 PM
Lvthn posted...
Does it work if you connect the SNES with coax directly to the TV instead of passthrough on the cable box?


Yes but due to the positioning of the cable jack. Even when I screw the adapter in it may fallout. I was hoping to be able to use it without bypassing everything.

The screw on the snes adapter isn't that big and often needs to be positioned carefully to get it to work. In this case it's not possible.
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#4RazarTheGreatPosted 10/11/2013 1:02:12 AM
I had similar issues with my HDTV. I ended up buying a cheap switchbox from radioshack. Something like this is what I suggest...

http://images.cecompass.com/productimages/A/AV_SW_4X/AV_SW_4X_A.jpg

Just something simple for the SNES to connect to. Of course, you will want to buy the composite cable to connect the SNES to the adapter, but it is well worth the investment for the visual upgrade compared to RF. I don't know if there are any companies that make switchboxes that have RF inputs.

When I tried connecting my SNES directly in to my TV using composite, it gave me the black screen problem. For whatever reason, using a switchbox allows the picture/sound to come through.

Side note - some HDTVs have settings on them to make the pictures look nicer, but sometimes this causes input delays when you press a button on the controller. For example, pressing Y to fire in Contra 3 takes a moment for your character to actually shoot on screen.

This second picture is a little small but you can see the front of what the switchbox should somewhat look like.

http://thumbs1.ebaystatic.com/d/l225/m/m5JJxmYpuGHgevk6DedsjZQ.jpg

I hope this helps!
#5leeko_linkPosted 10/11/2013 2:20:09 AM(edited)
This is how I connect my SNES to my HDTV, it actually required quite a few stuffs but it works great. These are the things I use.

S-Video to HDMI Video Converter

http://www.amazon.com/Composite-S-video-Audio-HDMI-Converter/dp/B003NS0UUQ/ref=sr_1_8?ie=UTF8&qid=1381482052&sr=8-8&keywords=av+to+hdmi

Super NES/N64/GameCube S-Video Cable

http://www.amazon.com/Video-Cable-SNES-N64-Gamecube/dp/B000F0QPI6/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1381482291&sr=8-3&keywords=snes+s-cable

HDMI Cable

http://www.amazon.com/DVI-Gear-HDMI-Cable-feet/dp/B0002L5R78/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1381482396&sr=8-3&keywords=hdmi+cable


My Setup:

S-Video Cable connect from SNES to the input on converter, HDMI connect to output on converter from HDMI TV input. Set the converter to 720p S-Video Mode, playing it on any other mode will either not work or show a great deal of video quality loss but S-Video looks great on HDTV. Sound quality is nice and the console works great, the only thing is the image is too stretch when playing and some may show a great deal of pixelated image, if your HDTV had a filter, you can try to smoothen the image a bit but other than that the quality is decent. My TV is a 40" Seiko LED HDTV, not the best HDTV there is but it's better than nothing.
#6the_simurghPosted 10/14/2013 8:59:21 AM
you can always just keep an older style tv just for your nintendos.
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